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SEC Names Company, Eight Directors and Officers In Financial Fraud Actions

Since the market crisis enforcement officials have heard repeated calls to prosecute not just companies but high ranking corporate officials. While the Commission brought a series of market crisis actions against firms and...more

Introduction To The SDX Protocol

The Shareholder-Director Exchange (SDX™) is a working group of leading independent directors and representatives from some of the largest and most influential long-term institutional investors. SDX participants came together...more

Just Who Is Behind The Universal Proxy?

Recently, it was reported that the Council of Institutional Investors had submitted a petition for rule making to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Indeed, the CII did submit this petition on January 8, 2014. ...more

Executive Compensation Considerations for 2014

Executive compensation is a topic that just won’t go away, particularly with pay disparity and pay for performance regulations still looming. We highlight below some of the matters directors should be considering as they...more

Dodd-Frank Essentials: Executive Compensation Requirements And Disclosures

Several provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act have brought compensation of financial institution executives into the public eye. Although disclosure of executive and director compensation...more

And On The 12th Day Of Privacy, Something For Directors…..Mind The Gap!

On our last “day of Privacy”, we have a little extra (perhaps a lump of coal….) post: in 2014, cyber risk has been elevated to a board issue – read on and forward to your favorite company director! As we have discussed...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- December 2013

In This Issue: Regulatory Updates - SEC Continues to Look at a Uniform Fiduciary Standard for Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers; SEC Grants Unusual Exemptive Relief from Pay-to-Play “Time-Out” Provision;...more

D&O Questionnaire Update Forms For 2014

The SEC has adopted rules prohibiting “bad actors” from using Rule 506 after September 23, 2013 (the effective date of the rules), or if prohibited conduct occurred prior to the effective date of the rules, the prohibition...more

SEC’s Champ to Fund Directors: Let’s Work Together to Advance a Common Purpose

The Director of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management seeks a “successful collaboration” between fund directors and the SEC staff to further a common purpose: to protect investors....more

SEC Chair Speaks on Public Company Disclosure

On October 15, Mary Jo White, Chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, delivered a speech to the National Association of Corporate Directors regarding the current state of public company disclosure. Chairwoman...more

Recent Changes In SEC Enforcement Policy Require Renewed Attention To Directors’ And Officers’ Insurance Terms

In recent months, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced and implemented policy shifts that could compromise the availability of directors’ and officers’ (D&O) insurance coverage for entities and...more

White Collar Watch - September 2013

Contents - FDIC filing more suits against officers and directors of failed financial institutions - Third Circuit upholds 12-year prison sentence for former BigLaw associate - Health care executives...more

Inside The Courts - August 2013 | Volume 5 | Issue 3

In This Issue: - AUDITOR LIABILITY: Sec. & Exch. Comm’n v. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu CPA Ltd., No. 11-mc-512 (D.D.C. Apr. 22, 2013) - CONFIDENTIAL WITNESSES: Fort Worth Emps. Ret. Fund v. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.,...more

SEC Settles with Fund Directors for Failure to Satisfy Valuation Responsibilities

On June 13, 2013, the SEC filed an order settling administrative proceedings (the “Order”) against eight former directors (the “Directors”) of five Regions Morgan Keegan open- and closed-end funds (the “Funds”) that had been...more

Does Your Director Have A Guilty Conscience? SEC To Press For More Admissions

Some of the SEC’s enforcement targets are no longer in denial, or at least they won’t be if a recent policy shift at the regulator takes hold. ...more

Former Morgan Keegan Directors Settle Valuation Case

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued a cease and desist order on June 13, 2013 (the “Order”) against former members of the boards of directors (the “RMK Directors” or the “RMK Boards”) of five Regions Morgan...more

Small Business Securities Bulletin - SEC Approves Nasdaq Rule Addressing Compensation Committees, Consultants

A periodic bulletin keeping small businesses informed about current developments in securities law and related matters. Final Nasdaq Rule - In our October 2012 Bulletin, we discussed The NASDAQ Stock Exchange LLC’s...more

Planning for the 2013 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season

As companies prepare for the 2013 annual meeting and reporting season, we have compiled an overview of the corporate governance and disclosure matters that companies should consider as they draft this season’s disclosure...more

The SEC Is Scrutinizing Asset Valuations—Are You Ready?

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently has set its sights on registered entities and their officers and directors for overvaluing the entities’ assets....more

Lessons Learned in 2012

As one calendar year ends and the next begins, it is natural to look back to take an inventory of lessons learned and to look forward in an attempt to implement such lessons. The year 2012 certainly had its fair share of...more

Delaware Law Update — Delaware Court Applies Heightened Scrutiny to Director Compensation

In an era of intense investor scrutiny and SEC rulemaking regarding executive compensation, a recent decision by the Delaware Court of Chancery raises questions as to the protections afforded to directors when granting...more

Corporate Communicator - Winter 2013

In This Issue: - 2013 Annual Meeting Season - Dealing with ISS and Other Proxy Advisory Firms this Proxy Season - SEC Update - Other NYSE/NASDAQ Developments - Delaware Law Update — Delaware Court Applies...more

SEC Charges Eight Mutual Fund Directors for Failure on Valuations

On December 10, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges against eight former member of the boards of directors overseeing five mutual funds for violating their asset pricing responsibilities under the federal...more

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