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SEC Request For O&D Bar Denied

A frequently used remedy in Commission enforcement actions is the officer and director bar. A permanent bar has the very harsh effect of precluding the person from being an officer or director of any public company. That, of...more

Directors Beware – The SEC’s High Expectations for Gatekeepers

In a recent speech, SEC Chair Mary Jo White put directors of public companies on notice of their responsibility as “essential” and “important” gatekeepers upon whom their investors and the SEC rely. Chair White described...more

SEC Chair White Discusses Directors’ Responsibilities

In a recent speech at the Stanford Directors’ College, SEC Chair Mary Jo White discussed several “things that directors should know about the SEC.” Her speech focused on directors as gatekeepers, self-reporting of wrongdoing,...more

SEC: Don’t Ignore the Habitually Wrong Whistleblower

SEC Chair Mary Jo White recently gave a speech on a number of important matters, including the role of directors as gatekeepers, her views of self-reporting of violations and the SEC’s whistleblower program. In the speech...more

What Are the Regulators Thinking?

Recently the New England Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors presented a distinguished panel of current and former securities regulators discussing enforcement and governance issues facing boards of...more

Fair Valuation and Mutual Fund Directors: Alternative Approaches to Valuation

Directors’ legal responsibilities for valuing portfolio securities is a logical place to start an examination of why misvalued securities pose a risk to independent directors. This Client Alert therefore considers the...more

Surviving in an Age of Individual Accountability: How Much Protection Do Indemnification and D&O Insurance Provide?

We consider below how advancement of legal fees, indemnification, and insurance operate when officers and directors become involved in regulatory investigations and proceedings. Part I addresses the enhanced risk officers and...more

Cyber Risks for the Boardroom Part 2: Why Corporate Directors Should be Concerned About Data Security Breaches

All this week, we are featuring a series “Cyber Risks – Director Liability and Potential Gaps in D&O Coverage” Part 2 of 5: Why Directors Should Be Concerned...more

Cyber Risks for the Boardroom Part 1: The Recent Increase in Focus on Privacy Issues

Each day this week, we are going to explore some of the issues in the rapidly growing area of cyberliability. We will examine the recent increase in focus on privacy issues, why directors should be concerned, the top...more

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

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