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Human Rights as a Business and Reputational Risk

News reports on human rights issues have become a steady drumbeat for companies in a variety of industries that operate in and source from nations in the developing world. The risks to companies posed by human rights abuses...more

CalPERS Claims Success; Proxy Monitor Says CalPERS Success Leads To Lower Stock Prices

“Fair is Foul, and Foul is Fair” - In this press release issued last week, CalPERS congratulated itself on the “success” of its proxy voting initiatives:...more

The Legal Risks Associated with Corporate Sustainability Reporting

Investors, consumers and other stakeholder groups are driving a growing demand for companies to disclose more information about their environmental, social and governance (ESG) and sustainability practices. Many companies are...more

U.S. Capital Markets Regulation and Practices: An Overview for Non-U.S. Companies

Capital markets in the United States provide an unparalleled source of investment capital, measured in trillions of dollars, for companies located outside the United States. For non-U.S. companies (which we refer to in this...more

Delaware Supreme Court Reinforces Importance of Clear and Precise Bylaw Provisions and Specifically Drafted Notices of Annual...

In Hill International, Inc. v. Opportunity Partners L.P., No. 305, 2015, 2015 WL 4035069 (Del. July 2, 2015), the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Chancery’s grant of injunctive relief as it recognized the...more

No Calm In Delaware After Calma v. Templeton

In derivative suits, cases are essentially lost and won at the motion to dismiss stage.  Unless the defendants succeed in winning dismissal, they must confront an unhappy choice between continued litigation with all of its...more

The Purpose of Compliance: Promoting a Positive, Not Preventing a Negative

One thing about maintaining a blog – you have nightmares (alright something a little less than that) about consistency in writing. All of us can be accused of having “evolving” positions, so maybe that is my rationalization....more

The Perils of an Attorney Joining a Corporate Board

From time to time, attorneys are asked to serve as corporate directors or officers. Watch out—there may be some serious perils involved for the attorney and his or her law firm....more

Three Post-Proxy-Season Thoughts

For many companies, the period between Independence Day and Labor Day is a good time to absorb the lessons of the spring proxy season and to catch a corporate breath before the stretch run to the end of the year. With that in...more

Court of Appeals for Third Circuit Overturns District Court Ruling Regarding Exclusion of Shareholder Proposal From Proxy...

On July 6, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued an opinion overturning the November 2014 ruling of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware that Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. had...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Asia Edition - July 2015

In this issue: - HKEx Publishes Consultation Conclusions on Weighted Voting Rights - Corporate Governance Reforms in Japan - SEC and NYSE/Nasdaq Developments - Sanctions Round-Up - Noteworthy US...more

UK Corporate Briefing - Summer 2015

Legislation update - Bearer shares banned - The first of the corporate transparency provisions in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 came into force on 26 May 2015 with the banning of share...more

SEC Proposes Compensation Clawback Rules

Highlights - - As mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed rules requiring national securities exchanges to require listed companies to develop, implement and disclose policies...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - July 2015 #3

In this issue: - US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Revise How Small Banks are Assessed for Deposit Insurance - UK Prudential Regulation Authority Consults on...more

Delaware Corporation Law Now Prohibits “Fee-Shifting,” Allows Limited “Forum Selection”

On June 24, 2015, the Delaware State Legislature enacted various amendments to the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the “DGCL”), which resolved two increasingly controversial issues of corporate governance....more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition - July 2015

In this issue: - Financial Reporting: Commission Delegated Regulations on Equivalence of Certain Third Country National GAAPs to IFRS - Proxy Advisers: ESMA Consultation on Best Practise Principles for Voting...more

SEC Proposes Rules Mandating Executive Compensation “Clawback” Policies

On July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) proposed new rules that would mandate U.S. stock exchanges to establish and enforce standards requiring listed companies to adopt compensation recovery...more

New Pennsylvania Law to Simplify Entity Transactions

Pennsylvania’s new Entity Transactions Law is expected to streamline the process of effecting certain fundamental changes or change of control transactions. Effective July 1, 2015, companies doing, or wishing to conduct,...more

Bridging the Week - July 2015 #2

Alleged Fictitious Sales to Facilitate Improper Money Pass Prompts CFTC Injunctive Action and Asset Freeze: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Illinois against Yumin Li and Kering...more

SEC Clawback Proposal Overlooks Contract Law Fundamentals

In proposing the clawback rules for stock exchanges mandated by Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission evinces little regard for contrary...more

Proxy access proposals march forward on a seemingly inevitable path to adoption

The campaign of New York City Comptroller Scott Springer, on behalf of New York City’s pension funds, to introduce proxy access proposals at 75 different large public companies is well under way, and preliminary indications...more

Issuers Apprehensive of OSC’s Proposed Whistleblower Program

The public comments on the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC)’s proposed whistleblower program (Program) evidence considerable concern that the Program could undermine issuers’ internal reporting and compliance programs,...more

Introduction of New Corporate Governance Code

On June 1, 2015, a new Corporate Governance Code (Code) came into effect for companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE). The Code is part of the Japanese government’s efforts to reform certain long-standing corporate...more

FFIEC’s Cybersecurity Assessment Tool: Guidance for CEOs and Boards - Senior Management and Boards Should Be Actively Addressing...

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released a Cybersecurity Assessment Tool (CAT) on June 30, 2015, to assist organizations in identifying cyber risks and assessing their cybersecurity...more

FFIEC’s Cybersecurity Assessment Tool: Guidance for CEOs and Boards - Senior Management and Boards Should Be Actively Addressing...

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released a Cybersecurity Assessment Tool (CAT) on June 30, 2015, to assist organizations in identifying cyber risks and assessing their cybersecurity...more

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