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Conversations on Goverance: Practical Insights for Public Company Leaders: Crisis Management: Key Questions

We live in a world full of high-stakes, high-profile corporate crises – environmental disasters, product liability issues, data breaches and government investigations, to name a few. No company is immune. Therefore, advance...more

"Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protections to Include Employees at Private Firms That Contract...

Today, in a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Lawson v. FMR LLC that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act’s whistleblower protections apply to employees of a public company’s private contractors and subcontractors. Justice...more

PCAOB Reproposes Rule Requiring Engagement Partner To Be Named In Audit Report

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has reproposed for public comment amendments to PCAOB auditing standards that would provide greater transparency into audits of public companies, brokers, and dealers about the...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2014

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2014 - U.S. public companies face a host of challenges as they enter 2014. Here is our list of hot topics for the boardroom in the coming year: 1. Oversee strategic planning amid...more

Shareholder Issues Arise When Full Enterprise Value Fails to Be Assessed

In dissenters' rights actions, shareholder oppression and member disputes as well as in breach of fiduciary duty cases, the fair value of a company becomes center stage for debate. As shareholders and companies keep an eye...more

DiRienzo v. Lichtenstein, et al., C.A. No. 7094-VCP (Del. Ch. Sept. 30, 2013) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this lengthy memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery dismissed claims relating to a series of complex transactions in which a hedge fund, previously organized as a private limited partnership, was converted by its...more

Indirect investors: know where you stand

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP recently won a landmark case in the English High Court for client, Wickeder Westfalenstahl GmbH ('Wickeder'). The case highlights to investors in public companies holding their...more

Becoming a 10% Shareholder of a Canadian Public Company

Investors in a Canadian public company need to be aware of the consequences of becoming a holder of 10% or more of any class of its voting or equity securities. Canada’s requirements are in some ways very similar to the...more

SEC Gives Guidance on Use of Social Media under Regulation FD

Over the last several months, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has provided the public with two new interpretive guides regarding the use of social media by public companies, investment companies and their...more

SEC Considers Returning to Its Roots

The SEC has recently taken a well-deserved beating for its lack of attention to financial fraud at publicly traded companies. The numbers speak for themselves. In 2012, the SEC brought 79 financial fraud cases, when in years...more

SEC Order Against ISS

On May 23, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS), a Maryland-based proxy adviser, with failure to safeguard its advisory clients’ confidential proxy voting information. ...more

Race to the Finish: June 30 Deadline for Delaware’s New Unclaimed Property Voluntary Disclosure Program

June 30 is the deadline to enter into the new Unclaimed Property Voluntary Disclosure Program — run by Delaware’s Secretary of State (“SOS”)— which temporarily supplants the State Escheator’s voluntary disclosure process. Any...more

Could Twitter Help Companies Revolutionize Earnings Calls?

On May 7 Seattle-based real estate information company Zillow became the first publicly traded company ever to take live questions from the public over Twitter and Facebook during its earnings call. Zillow opened the floor to...more

SEC Provides No-Action Relief On Regulation BTR

Broadly speaking, SEC Regulation BTR prohibits directors and executive officers of public companies from trading in the issuer’s securities which were acquired in connection with service to the issuer if a sufficient number...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether SOX’s Whistleblower Provision Protects Employees of Publicly Traded Company’s Contractors

On May 20, 2013, the United States Supreme Court granted a petition for a writ of certiorari to review the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit’s decision holding that SOX’s whistleblower protection does not...more

California Requires Many Foreign Corporations To Send Annual Financial Statements To Shareholders

California is a net exporter of corporate charters, but it remains home to many corporations. As a result, the California Corporations Code has a preternatural concern with foreign corporations. ...more

Third Circuit Panel Liberalizes "Protected Activity" Immunity for Employees Claiming Whistleblower Status

The popular image of the American corporate whistleblower, as depicted in Hollywood box-office smashes such as The Insider and Michael Clayton, is a courageous hero who reports corporate wrongdoing, often at the risk of...more

White Collar Watch - April 2013

In This Issue: - Third Circuit Panel Liberalizes “Protected Activity” Immunity for Employees Claiming Whistleblower Status - Doing Time: A Requirement for White Collar Crime? - Casting a Smaller Net:...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Social Media and Regulation FD

Public companies are encouraged to rigorously analyze SEC guidance prior to disseminating material information via social media....more

SEC Report Opens Door to Use of Social Media

On April 2, 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a Report of Investigation (the “Social Media Report”) clarifying that a company subject to Regulation Fair Disclosure (“Regulation FD”) may use...more

SEC Opens Door for Public Companies to Make Announcements Using Social Media

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a Report of Investigation on April 2, 2013, that addresses whether public companies may use social media to make certain announcements....more

SEC ‘Likes’ Public Company Disclosures on Facebook and Other Social Media

Last December, we wrote about the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s issuance of so-called “Wells” notices indicating that the agency was considering whether to bring enforcement proceedings against Netflix and its...more

SEC Addresses Use of Social Media for Public Company Disclosures

On April 2, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a Report of Investigation that directly addresses the application of Regulation FD to disclosures made through social media channels such as Facebook and...more

SOX Whistleblower Protection Expanded by a Federal Appeals Court

A federal appeals court recently made it substantially easier for plaintiffs to assert claims that they were fired for "whistleblowing" activity protected by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act ("SOX"). In Wiest v. Lynch, 2013 WL 1111784...more

Final Regulations Implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”)

On January 17, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released final regulations (the “Final Regulations”) implementing the reporting and withholding provisions of the HIRE Act (commonly known as the Foreign Account Tax...more

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