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Court of Chancery Speaks to Exclusivity Agreements in Public Company Acquisitions

You reach the point in the sale of almost every public company where the buyer wants an exclusivity agreement. Lawyers representing the target wring their hands about the effect of an exclusivity agreement and the effect of...more

Sophisticated Hackers Target Insider Information

A security consulting firm has discovered a sophisticated hacking campaign that has targeted more than 100 public companies, investment banks and law firms. In a report released December 1, cybersecurity firm FireEye...more

House Approves Various Bills

Today the House of Representatives approved several bills including these two, which we have previously commented on...more

New COSO Internal Control – Integrated Framework Implementation Date Approaches

The framework used by many public companies to measure internal controls over financial reporting is sunsetting. As of December 15, 2014, the Internal Control – Integrated Framework originally published by the Committee of...more

Blog: Some Ways To Shorten 10-Ks And 10-Qs

I loved this column from Compliance Week by Scott Taub, former deputy chief accountant and former acting chief accountant at the SEC. It’s full of common sense ideas about how to shorten 10-Ks and 10-Qs, both of which seem to...more

Blog: Cyberthieves Collect Confidential Information, Apparently To Conduct Insider Trading

Here is an unnerving warning from FireEye, a cybersecurity firm, discussed in this article from MarketWatch, regarding a sophisticated, native-English-speaking group, designated FIN4, that has targeted almost 100 public...more

2015 Compensation Committee Handbook

Preface - The duties imposed on compensation committees of publicly traded companies have evolved and grown over time. This first edition of the Compensation Committee Handbook from the lawyers of the Executive...more

Disclosure Effectiveness: ABA Business Law Section Committees Suggest Financial Reporting Revisions

In response to the SEC’s request for input on how to improve the effectiveness of public company disclosure, the American Bar Association’s (ABA’s) Business Law Section’s Federal Regulation of Securities and Law and...more

ISS Announces 2015 Canadian Proxy Voting Guideline Updates

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released updates to its Canadian proxy voting guidelines for the upcoming 2015 proxy season. The ISS updates will apply to shareholder meetings of publicly traded Canadian companies...more

The Next Wave of Proxy Access Proposals: What Issuers Should Know and How They Can Prepare

The Comptroller of the City of New York, who oversees pension funds with a combined $160 billion in assets, recently submitted proxy access shareholder proposals at 75 U.S. public companies as part of its Boardroom...more

Proxy Advisory Firms Update Policies with Respect to Executive Compensation for the 2015 Proxy Season

Two of the leading shareholder proxy advisory firms, Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) and Glass Lewis & Co. ("Glass Lewis"), released updates to their proxy voting guidelines for the 2015 proxy season. In sum, there...more

ISS, Glass Lewis Release 2015 Proxy Voting Updates; Espouse Nuanced Review of Equity Compensation Practices

Proxy advisory firms Institutional Shareholder Services, or ISS, and Glass Lewis released their 2015 executive compensation proxy voting updates that may be particularly relevant for public companies that intend to submit new...more

Political Spending Disclosures – An Idea So Good That I Think You Should Pay For It

In July 2011, a group of ten law professors filed a rulemaking petition with the Securities and Exchange Commission seeking adoption of a rule requiring disclosure of political spending by publicly traded companies. ...more

I-9 Forms, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, EB-5 Visas, and Reform Q&A - This month in Immigration

I-9 Audits - A fine for a couple of I-9 violations pales in comparison to the $34 million settlement paid by Infosys in 2012 for repeated I-9 violations and omissions discovered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement...more

Blog: SEC To Issue Concept Release Regarding Audit Committees

Compliance Week reports that SEC Chair Mary Jo White, speaking before the Investor Advisory Group of the PCAOB, said that the SEC plans to Issue a concept release in early 2015 “exploring possible avenues for elevating the...more

Focus on Private Equity - October 2014

Proposed EU Merger Review of Non-Controlling Minority Shareholding Acquisitions: Challenges and Opportunities for Private Equity - At present, the EU Merger Regulation [Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004] (the Merger...more

Supreme Court Makes Necessary Expansions to Whistleblower Law

The United States Supreme Court recently ruled in the case of Lawson v. FMR, LLC that people employed by a private company that is either a contractor or subcontractor or a public company are to be extended the same...more

Can An Employment Agreement Be A Wee Bit Too Integrated?

The Bylaws of many public companies provide for mandatory indemnification of directors and officers (and sometimes other agents as well). Often, Bylaws describe these indemnity obligations as contract rights. For example...more

Final Disclosure Rules Regarding Women on Boards and in Senior Management

TSX-listed companies will almost certainly need to include disclosure in their information circulars or annual information forms on the representation of women on their boards and in senior management for the 2015 proxy...more

Assessing the Increased Regulatory Focus on Public Company Internal Control and Reporting

Over the past few months, the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’) has publicly stated its increasing focus on public company internal controls and related reporting obligations. In February of this year at the...more

Blog: Corp Fin Director Provides Some Insights Into The Direction Of The SEC “Disclosure Effectiveness Initiative”

A few days ago, Corp Fin director, Keith Higgins, gave a speech, “Shaping Company Disclosure for the 21st Century” before the George A. Leet Business Law Symposium at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, in which he...more

Recent Decisions Confirm That Forum Selection Bylaws Are Best Considered on a Clear Day - But May Be Beneficial Later as Well

“Exclusive forum” bylaws and charter provisions are a powerful tool for managing the risk of parallel corporate governance litigation against a company and its directors in multiple forums, allowing stockholders to bring such...more

Re-evaluating the Board Evaluation

Board evaluations have long been standard practice among public companies. With shareholder interest in corporate governance practices at an all-time high, the focus on board evaluations is expected to increase. ...more

Entrepreneurs: The New Wave of Immigrants

In the last ten years, the number of US companies started by foreign-born entrepreneurs has skyrocketed. From Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Zip Car and Tesla, foreign-born founders created some of the most successful US...more

SEC Charges Corporate Insiders and Public Companies with Violations of Section 16 and Section 13 Reporting Obligations

In an enforcement sweep recently brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), 28 officers, directors and major shareholders were charged with violations of the reporting requirements relating to equity...more

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