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SEC Proposes Disclosure Rule for Hedging Transactions by Directors, Officers and Employees

On February 9, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a proposed rule that, if adopted, would require public companies to disclose in annual proxy statements whether their employees and board members...more

Homebuilder Series Webinar: Fiduciary Duties & Auditor Liability [Video]

Watch an in-depth Homebuilder Series webinar that discusses auditor liability and fiduciary duties. Two issues of recurring interest to company officers and directors are the potential liabilities of outside...more

Board Oversight of Cyberrisks: Directors and Officers Litigation

The duty of a board to monitor and oversee organizational risk includes cyberrisks. As cyberrisks and incidents proliferate, boards are seeking to enhance the information they receive about cyberrisks and incidents. One...more

"SEC Proposes New Rules on Hedging Policy Disclosures"

On February 9, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released proposed rules to implement Section 955 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank). Dodd-Frank amended Section...more

How Recent Fiduciary Duty Cases Affect Advice To Directors And Officers Of Delaware And Texas Corporations

The conduct of corporate directors and officers is subject to particular scrutiny in the context of business combinations (whether friendly or hostile), executive compensation and other affiliated party transactions,...more

Shareholder’s Challenge to Smith & Wesson SLC’s Independence Misfires in the First Circuit

On February 4, 2015, the First Circuit affirmed the summary dismissal of a shareholder derivative suit, which brought Nevada state claims for breach of fiduciary duty, waste of corporate assets, unjust enrichment, and...more

Breaches in the Boardroom: What Directors and Officers can do to Reduce the Risk of Personal Liability for Data Security Breaches

Corporate directors and officers may increasingly be targets of shareholder derivative lawsuits in the wake of the surge of regulatory actions and private litigation around data breaches,. While no individual directors and...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2015: Explore New Trends in Reducing Corporate Health Care Costs

The increasing cost of healthcare is a significant concern for companies that provide health care benefits to their employees. With certain key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known...more

WHS Update: Officer liability - Exposure of directors and managers

The Model Act - New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the Territories have broadly similar WHS laws based on the model Act developed by Safe Work Australia (Model Act). Under the Model Act,...more

Securities Litigation Economics: A Blast from the Past

Securities litigation headlines are dominated by mega-cases. But the majority of securities class actions are brought against smaller companies. And it appears that plaintiffs’ lawyers are filing an increasingly large number...more

CFPB and Maryland AG Bring Enforcement Action For Alleged RESPA Violations

On January 22, the CFPB and Maryland Attorney General announced an enforcement action against two banks, as well as a former loan officer and his wife, for alleged violations of RESPA and state law. The complaint filed in...more

2015 Proxy Advisory Voting Guidelines: Proxy Season Highlights

In preparing for the upcoming proxy season, it is important for issuers to be familiar with the current Canadian proxy voting guidelines prepared by Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) and Glass Lewis & Co. (Glass...more

Recent Delaware Court of Chancery Decisions Address When A Non-Majority Stockholder Will Be Deemed a Controlling Stockholder

In three recent decisions, the Delaware Court of Chancery reiterated that under Delaware law, a large, though not majority, stockholder of a corporation will not be considered a controlling stockholder (with the attendant...more

COSO and Internal Controls, Part II

This post continues my exploration of internal controls and how companies can demonstrate compliance with the internal controls requirement under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by adherence to the COSO 2013...more

SEC Staff Will No Longer Issue No-Action Letters on Conflicting Shareholder Proposals During the 2015 Proxy Season

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance (the “SEC Staff”) recently announced that it would refuse to grant no-action relief during the 2015 proxy season to companies seeking...more

Inside M&A - Winter 2015

Recent U.S. Cases Highlight Liability Risks to Executives in Mining, Heavy Industrial Transactions - Historically, corporate executives rarely faced personal or criminal liability resulting from mining or environmental...more

The Patriots, the NFL and Compliance

You knew it was coming. No, not a Cialis-themed blog post, but close enough, ‘Deflategate’ and the compliance angle. In honor of this weekend’s Super Bowl it is certainly worth considering. You might think with all that is...more

Good Bye to Mr. Cub, the Siege of Vienna and Doing More Compliance with Less

Let’s play two! That was perhaps the most famous maxim from Ernie Banks, who died this past weekend at the age of 83. As for a sobriquet, it does not get much better than being known as ‘Mr. Cub’ from any baseball fan from 9...more

CD&A Disclosure

The CD&A is a required part of a public company’s annual proxy statement. Its stated purpose is to give shareholders material information about a company’s compensation objectives and policies for the named executive officers...more

CFTC Staff Issues No-Action Relief Extending the Deadline for Certain CCO Annual Reports

On December 22, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a no-action letter that extends the deadline for submitting the annual report that must be...more

CFTC Allows Swap Dealer’s CCO to Report to the Governing Body

On November 25, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a no-action letter permitting the chief compliance officer (CCO) of a provisionally registered...more

Massachusetts Court Rules In Insurer’s Favor On Date Claim Made Issue

In its recent decision in Biochemics, Inc. v. Axis Reinsurance Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 896 (D. Mass. Jan. 6, 2015), the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts had occasion to consider the concept of...more

Former Compliance Officer Assessed Million Dollar Penalty For Role In Company's Money Laundering Violations

Corporate officers with compliance duties, take note: you may face personal liability for your role in failing to prevent your company's violations of federal law. This new reality comes courtesy of the U.S. Department of the...more

What’s Mine is Not Yours: Former Officers and Directors and a Corporation’s Attorney–Client Privilege

An officer or director’s company exit often feels like a divorce, with post-departure monetary payments and document-custody issues dominating the immediate aftermath. Companies are quick to enforce non-compete agreements and...more

SEC Seeks Serious Penalties Against Sands Brothers and its Senior Officers for Alleged Repeated Custody Rule Violations - Former...

On October 29, 2014, the SEC announced that it had instituted administrative proceedings under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 against Sands Brothers Asset Management LLC (Sands Brothers), its two co-founders and the...more

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