Corporate Governance

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The Origins of the FCPA: Lessons For Effective Compliance and Enforcement - Pt 3

The foreign payments cases held the organization and the individuals involved accountable while improving corporate governance for the benefit of the shareholders in the future. A series of cases followed the initial filings....more

Recent Decision Confirms That Forum Selection Bylaws Are Best Considered on a Clear Day

“Exclusive forum” bylaws and charter provisions are a powerful tool for managing the risk of parallel corporate governance litigation against a company and its directors in multiple forums, allowing stockholders to bring such...more

OCC Finalizes Heightened Standards for Large Financial Institutions

On September 2, the OCC published its final guidelines to purportedly strengthen the governance and risk management practices of large financial institutions. The guidelines provide that covered institutions should establish...more

OCC Issues Final Guidelines Calling for Heightened Standards for Governance and Risk Management of Large Financial Institutions

The OCC issued final guidelines (the “Final Guidelines”) that call for strengthened governance and risk management practices at the following categories of large financial institutions with $50 billion or more in average...more

Behind the Veil and the Blurred Distinctions of Entity Liability

As corporate counsel, you are well aware that the practice of creating, expanding, or reorganizing corporate entities and their subsidiaries is fraught with legal peril, both for your client and its officers and directors....more

OCC Finalizes its Heightened Standards for Large Financial Institutions

On September 2, the OCC published final guidelines to strengthen the governance and risk management practices of large financial institutions. The guidelines apply to insured national banks, insured federal savings...more

Board of Directors and FCPA Oversight – An Internal Control Under SOX, Part II

In Part I of this two-part post regarding a Board of Director’s Role in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) oversight from the internal controls perspective, I reviewed how a Board might have independent liability for its...more

Activism and Engagement: Yadda, Yadda, Yadda or a Useful tool (or a Little of Both)

Activism is on the rise and everyone's activism defense playbook includes engagement, engagement and more engagement as the principal response. The experts in the field are well versed in when to engage, who to engage...more

When A Corporation Dissolves, Do The Directors Become Zombies?

Even though a corporation has dissolved, there may still be a need to take certain corporate actions. For example, the corporation may need to continue to prosecute or defend lawsuits, file a final franchise tax return, or...more

Does The Corporations Code Permit “Boards R Us”?

In an article published last summer, Professors Stephen Bainbridge and M. Todd Henderson argued that “significant gains that could be realized by permitting firms (be they partnerships, corporations, or other business...more

OCC Specifies ‘Heightened Expectations’ for Board of Director Oversight Responsibilities for Large Banks

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, or OCC, has adopted guidelines, issued as an appendix to its safety and soundness standards regulations, establishing minimum standards for the design and implementation of a...more

Considering a Director Emeritus

Board composition has been a governance focus for a while. In addition, recent pronouncements by ISS and The Council of Institutional Investors have expressed concerns about the impact of lengthy tenures on director...more

Federal Prosecutors: The New Architects Of Corporate Governance

If I asked who or what are the primary sources of corporate governance changes, I would expect the following answers: Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the stock exchanges, proxy advisory firms, public pension...more

Board Oversight of Cybersecurity

Cyber-attacks on U.S. companies have increased over recent years resulting in significant costs to companies. According to surveys, U.S. companies have experienced a 42% increase between 2011 and 2012 in the number of...more

Lead Director Network: Viewpoints: Proxy trends and advisory firm policy

Lead Director Network (LDN) and Compensation Committee Leadership Network (CCLN) members met jointly on July 17, 2014 to discuss proxy advisory firm policy and trends from the 2014 proxy season. They were joined for part of...more

Lead Director Network: Viewpoints: A dialogue with Keith Higgins, Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance

On July 16, 2014, as part of a joint meeting between the Lead Director Network (LDN) and the Compensation Committee Leadership Network (CCLN), members of both networks met with Keith Higgins, director of the Division of...more

Why Keeping Corporate Lawyers Quiet Is Good For Us All

In a recent post in The New York Times DealBook, Berkeley Law School Professor Steven Davidoff Solomon argues that keeping corporate lawyers silent “can shelter wrongdoing”. I completely agree that the attorney-client...more

Information Governance: On-the-Ground Perspectives and Practical Guidance

“Information Governance is: The activities and technologies that organizations employ to maximize the value of their information while minimizing associated risks and costs.” – Information Governance Initiative Annual Report ...more

Creative Shareholder Engagement–Director Videos?

Much has been written lately about the importance of shareholder engagement. (See this Doug’s Note, for example.) There has even been recent clambering to involve directors directly in shareholder engagement....more

Dealmakers Q&A: Bradley Arant's D. Franklin

D. Franklin is a partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Birmingham, Alabama. He advises clients on a broad range of issues, including mergers and acquisitions, finance transactions, and federal and state securities...more

EY Global Fraud Survey: “Depressing,” yes, surprising, no.

In an August 21, 2014 post concerning the Ernst and Young (EY) 12th Global Fraud Survey (link here for download), Cindy Knezevich, (Vice President of Marketing Operations at The Network), states, “it’s shocking how little...more

Substantial Holder Notices - Some Recent Developments

Substantial holder notices are essential for the existence of an informed market. As reiterated by the Takeovers Panel (Panel) in the recent Northern Iron Ltd [2014] ATP 11 (Northern Iron) decision: "the broadly cast...more

Dealmakers Q&A: Baker Botts' John Martin

John W. Martin is a corporate partner with Baker Botts LLP and serves as the partner-in-charge of the firm’s Palo Alto, California, office. He also serves on the firm’s executive committee and as the firmwide technology...more

The Corporate Representative’s Deposition Bill Of Rights (And Wrongs)

Your company’s general counsel just “voluntold” you that you’re going to be deposed as the company’s representative in a court case that you’ve never heard of. What in the world is she talking about, and what will you have to...more

Five Essential Improvements to Corporate Governance

Continuing with my list theme for the week, it is important to remind everyone that a culture of compliance begins with the board of directors, filters to the CEO who commits to promoting ethics and compliance in the company,...more

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