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The Professional Corporate Board – July/August 2015

One of the challenges of becoming and operating as a professional governance board is the creation of a legacy. Defining a legacy of professional governance as a culture of professionalism that isn’t limited to the members of...more

[Webinar] Response and Recovery Planning: Corporate Ethics and Compliance Failure - August 11, 1:00pm Central

Most companies have a plan for disaster recovery related to technology, physical location, and data – but what happens when you must respond to allegations of a violation of customer trust or compliance? Does your...more

New SEC And PCAOB Proposals Related To Audit Committee Disclosure And Audit Quality

OVERVIEW - On July 1, 2015, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a concept release relating to its audit committee reporting requirements. This release references two Public Company Accounting Oversight...more

Should Your Startup Become a Public Benefit Corporation?

With the increased attention paid to companies that feature public benefits or social impact as part of their mission or business plan and with the rise of social impact investors, more and more states are enacting public...more

Court of Chancery Dismisses Derivative Claims Even Though Entire Fairness Arguably Applied

Delaware’s requirements for stockholders to maintain derivative actions reflect the twin principles of director management and control and accountability. Because directors manage the business and affairs of Delaware...more

Reminder to Delaware Corporations of New Statute Effective Aug. 1, 2015 – Time to Amend Your Bylaws to Authorize Delaware as the...

A great deal of attention has been paid over the past few years to efforts made by corporations to control in which courts fiduciary duty and other claims may be brought against directors and officers. Effective August 1,...more

Securities and Corporate Governance Litigation Quarterly

Welcome to the fourth issue of Securities and Corporate Governance Litigation Quarterly, Seyfarth’s quarterly publication of the Securities & Financial Litigation Group focusing on decisions or other items of interest for...more

Federal Reserve Changes Name Check Process

As part of its responsibilities as the primary federal banking regulator for bank holding companies, savings and loan holding companies and state-chartered banks that are members of the Federal Reserve System (referred to as...more

Our July Picks for the Top 10 Ethics and Compliance Articles You Don’t Want to Miss

Picking this month’s top 10 was really, really hard. However, since I knew you wouldn’t appreciate a 12 page list of recommendations, I forced myself to narrow it down. Here are July’s top ten articles we think you shouldn’t...more

Orrick Technology IPO Insights - Q2 2015

After a slow start to initial public offerings in the first quarter of 2015, overall IPO activity began to pick up in the second quarter. However, concerns about turmoil in Greece, market declines in China and questions about...more

Conflicts of Interest: When You're Having Too Much Fun at That Business Lunch

How should fund directors monitor gifts and entertainment received by investment adviser personnel? This question moved to the forefront in February, when the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment...more

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

Ontario Ministry’s Expert Report Recommends Big Changes to Province’s Corporate Laws

On July 9, 2015, an expert panel convened by the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) released their final report (the Expert Report) containing many broad recommendations on how to modernize Ontario’s...more

Court Declines To Declare “S” Corporation Shareholders’ Agreement Unenforceable

In general, shareholders of a corporation that has elected to be taxed under Subchapter S of the Internal Revenue Code are taxed on corporate profits regardless of whether the corporation makes any distribution of those...more

Ten Key Elements of an AML Compliance Program

AML compliance reminds me of a classic Three Stooges scene from A Plumbing We Will Go – Curly, as one of the plumbers, continues to add pipes to a leaking bathtub, only to be surprised when the water continues to come out of...more

When It Comes To Director Compensation, California Is Not Delaware

Yesterday, I wrote about my disagreements with the approach to director compensation adopted by the Delaware Court of Chancery in Calma v. Templeton, 114 A.3d 563 (Del. Ch. 2015) and Seinfeld v. Slager, 2012 Del. Ch. LEXIS...more

Regulators Issue Final Dodd-Frank Standards for Assessing Diversity Policies and Practices of Covered Entities in the Financial...

On June 9, 2015, six federal agencies (“Agencies”) subject to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Act”) issued much-anticipated joint final standards (“Final Standards”) in accordance with...more

A Plain English Guide to the SEC's Compensation Clawback Rules

As accounting restatements occur relatively infrequently, and the severity is often modest, the proposed “clawback” rules represent more of a "check the box" compliance activity than a real enforcement threat....more

Directors’ Duties and Obligations Under Cayman Islands Law

There is no statutory codification in the Cayman Islands of the general duties, obligations and liabilities owed by directors to Cayman companies and the general duties are based on a combination of English common law,...more

Private Equity Newsletter - Summer 2015 Edition: SEC Charges Corporate Insiders for Failing to Update Beneficial Ownership...

Enforcement actions raise potential disclosure concerns for private equity sponsors exploring investments in public companies - Earlier this year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced charges...more

Friedman v. Dolan, C.A. No. 9425-VCN (Del. Ch. June 30, 2015) (Noble, V.C.)

In this letter opinion, the Court of Chancery dismissed claims for breach of fiduciary duty and waste under Chancery Rule 12(b)(6), holding that the business judgment rule, rather than entire fairness review, applied to...more

Seven Ways to Put Our 2015 Ethics & Compliance Training Benchmark Report Findings To Work For You

NAVEX Global’s benchmarking reports are trusted by ethics and compliance officers around the world to help ensure best-in-class compliance program performance. The latest in our series, the 2015 Ethics & Compliance Benchmark...more

Owning and Controlling a Company in the United Kingdom: The Company Law Reforms

A number of important reforms are being introduced into UK company law that will increase the accountability of companies registered in the UK. Some are already in effect and some are being introduced on a phased basis up to...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 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

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