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The Basics of Board Service: Sheila Ronning Demystifies the Fundamentals

Long before adding women to boards was a hot topic, Sheila Ronning, CEO and founder of Women in the Boardroom, believed in the importance of providing women the opportunity to serve and excel on corporate boards. Today, as...more

Update: Another SEC Enforcement Action on Whistleblower Waivers and Releases

Summary - Earlier this month, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its second significant enforcement action against an employer based on confidentiality and release provisions that the SEC asserts...more

SEC Targets Employment Agreements Requiring Waiver of Whistleblower Awards

The SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower continues to examine employee severance, settlement and confidentiality agreements for language that might chill reporting of securities violations to the SEC and other regulators. The...more

Public Companies to Revise Employee Confidentiality and Severance Provisions

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued two Cease and Desist Orders that dramatically change the landscape for employee contractual confidentiality provisions, as well as for employee waiver and release...more

After Adopting the “Fraud-on-the-Market” Presumption of Reliance, Australia is Poised to Become a Plaintiff-Friendly Venue

The United States is a popular location for securities class actions, due in large part to its reputation as a generally plaintiff-friendly system. A key contributor to that reputation is the acceptance of the...more

Practice Pointers on Non-GAAP Financial Measures

On June 27, 2016, Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Chair Mary Jo White, speaking at the International Corporate Governance Network’s Annual Conference in San Francisco, reiterated the SEC’s growing concern regarding...more

Review Severance Agreements For Unlawful Anti-Whistleblower Provisions

On Wednesday, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) settled with Atlanta-based BlueLinx Holdings over claims that the publicly traded building products distributor’s severance agreements stifle protected...more

SEC Issues Cease-and-Desist Order Against Severance Agreement Clause Limiting Whistleblowers' Rights to Recover Bounty Awards

On August 10, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued a cease-and-desist Order and imposed remedial sanctions against a publicly traded company for including language in its severance agreements requiring...more

The Rise of Principles-Based Corporate Governance

In late July, executives at thirteen major companies and investor institutions published and widely advertised their “Commonsense Principles of Corporate Governance” for public companies, boards of directors and shareholders....more

Russian Legislation Update: 9 May - 17 July 2016

Welcome to the most recent issue of our Russian Legislation Update, covering the period of 9 May - 17 July 2016. In this issue: - Civil relations - Currency Control - Anti-Money Laundering - Banking -...more

Key Takeaways from Cornerstone Research’s Securities Class-Action Filings 2016 Midyear Assessment

Cornerstone Research recently released its 2016 midyear assessment of federal securities class-actions filings. The report finds an increase in filings in the first half of 2016, with particular increases in M&A filings,...more

SEC Approves Nasdaq Rule Requiring Disclosure of Third-Party Payments to Directors

New Nasdaq Rule 5250(b)(3) is a result of increased activist shareholder efforts to place representatives on public company boards of directors. During the past several years, activist shareholders have sought to nominate...more

SEC Approves NASDAQ “Golden Leash” Rules

Recently, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) approved NASDAQ’s new Rule 5250(b)(3), which requires NASDAQ-listed companies to publicly disclose any cash or non-cash payments made by third parties to any...more

SEC Approves Nasdaq’s Proposed Rule on Third Party Payments to Directors and Director Nominees – The “Golden Leash” Disclosure

On July 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) approved, on an accelerated basis, proposed amendments to the listing rules of The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) to require Nasdaq-listed companies to...more

SEC Approves Nasdaq “Golden Leash” Disclosure Rule

On July 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved Nasdaq’s proposal for a “golden leash” disclosure rule (Rule 5250(b)(3)) requiring listed companies to publicly disclose benefits given by investors or other...more

Tips for Preclearing Insider Trades

Insider trading policies are among the most detailed and confusing of all corporate polices. And though they are not required by any SEC or stock exchange rule, virtually every public company has one. Included in almost every...more

Nasdaq Rule Requiring Disclosure of Director “Golden Leash” Compensation Goes into Effect August 1, 2016

A new requirement that Nasdaq-listed companies disclose certain payments made to directors by third parties is scheduled to go into effect on August 1, 2016. The new rule targets so-called “golden leash” payments made to...more

SEC Approves Nasdaq Rule Requiring Public Disclosure of Payments to Directors by Third Parties

In March 2016, the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) proposed new rules regarding disclosure of third-party compensation of directors. This third-party compensation, which may not be publicly disclosed, arises when a party...more

What Is Good Corporate Governance? A Commonsense Approach

It seems to be a very simple question that does not always produce a clear-cut response. A group of high profile executives, including CEOs of major US corporations, tried to reach consensus on commonsense principles that are...more

Challenges for Investors in Dealing with Section 13(d) Filing Requirements

A significant challenge for institutional investors, such as private equity firms, investing in public companies is managing the disclosure hurdles of Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. That section was...more

A Baker's Dozen of Blue Chip CEO's and Leading Investors Speak Out on Corporate Governance: What Else Can be Offered to the...

A most curious press release sprouted up amidst summer's hot growing season: 13 leaders of public companies and investing firms have put forth self-professed governance principles for public companies. (See...more

Blog: CEO Group Offers List Of Commonsense Corporate Governance Principles

A group of CEOs of major public companies and institutional investors, including Jamie Dimon, Warren Buffett, Larry Fink, Mary Barra and Jeff Immelt, among others, have developed a list of “commonsense corporate governance...more

Acquisitions of Publicly Traded Corporations: A Cure for the Two Step in Texas

The State of Delaware recently adopted amendments, which will be effective on August 1, 2016, to an oft-used statute that streamlines the acquisition of a public Delaware corporation (the “Target”) structured as a tender...more

A Call to Action: Leading Executives Issue “Commonsense Principles of Corporate Governance”

Citing the importance of publicly owned companies to the U.S. economy, a group of thirteen leading executives issued a set of principles, on July 21, 2016, outlining their vision for the critical elements of good corporate...more

How The Failure To Comply With The Conflict Minerals Law Can Expose Manufacturers To Criminal Penalties

Last year, we provided an overview regarding the requirement that U.S. publicly traded companies disclose their use of “conflict minerals.”  As of 2014, the Government Accounting Office reported that 1,321 companies filed the...more

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