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Three Tips for Handling the Difficult Decision to Downsize

by Dentons on

In a perfect world, law firms would always continue to grow and there would never be a need to reduce attorney or staff head count. However, with the changing market for legal services, many law firms have been forced to...more

The Top Eight Things You Should Be Doing to Protect Your Business from Cyber Threats

by Burr & Forman on

Cyber threats take many forms. The wide-spread WannaCry ransomware attack in May of 2017 highlighted how computer files could be held hostage in return for payment, while the Dyn denial of service in October of 2016...more

Private Equity Watch - July 2017

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

With the year half over, it’s still too early to say whether it’s going to be a good one or a difficult one for the private equity market. The July edition of Private Equity Watch provides important perspective on the issues...more

FBI Issues Warning about Internet-Connected Toys

We previously reported about the microphone and video capabilities of Echo technology. The FBI is also concerned about this technology being used in toys that are connected to the Internet....more

Chris Froome Wins Tour Again; Maintenance and Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

Just as he did in 2013, in 2015 and in 2016, Kenyan-born British cycling star Chris Froome crossed the finish line in Paris wearing the Yellow Jersey as this year’s winner of the Tour de France. As reported by Chris Chavez,...more

Is Your Company At-Risk for a Government Enforcement Action?

by Michael Volkov on

For some reason, I have always believed that picking successful stocks should not be very difficult. Unfortunately, my record in the stock market does not back up my self-assessment. On the other hand, when it comes to...more

Clarence Darrow, the Scopes Monkey Trial and Leadership

by Thomas Fox on

Today we honor one of the ‘Trials of the Century’ from the 20th century, as on this day in 1925, the Scopes Monkey Trial ended with defense attorney Clarence Darrow giving one of his greatest closing arguments, asking for his...more

Municipalities Under Connecticut's New Cybersecurity Strategy

by Murtha Cullina on

On July 10, 2017, Governor Dannel Malloy, along with Chief Information Officer Mark Raymond and Chief Cybersecurity Risk Officer Arthur House, released Connecticut’s initial Cybersecurity Strategy. The goal of the...more

Pension Plan Sponsors – When “De-Risking”, Select Annuity Providers With Care

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Employer-sponsored retirement plans come in many varieties. For example, under 401(k) and other defined contribution plans, employees and, often, employers may make specific contributions to an employee’s plan account...more

National Association of Corporate Directors Updates Cyber-Risk Oversight Handbook

by Hogan Lovells on

Earlier this year, the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) released an updated version of its Director’s Handbook on Cyber-Risk Oversight (Handbook). The updates add 16 pages of content to the previously...more

Protecting Data: Vendors May Be Your Weakest Link

by Murtha Cullina on

A Verizon Communications vendor misconfigured a cloud server that caused the information of 6 million Verizon customers to be exposed on-line. When a cyber incident or data breach occurs on your vendor’s watch, regardless of...more

Buyout Firms Must Take Action to Respond to Global Cyber Threats

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Cybercrime has become a critical issue for buyout firms as hackers are increasingly targeting sensitive business data to profit from insider knowledge. According to a Private Funds Management survey of 91 PE houses, 54% of PE...more

The Risk Management Module: How it can save valuers' money, reputations and careers

by DLA Piper on

In such a dynamic, emotive and challenging industry as the property market, and with ongoing pressure being put on valuers’ prices and time, it is vital all valuers undertake daily practises to mitigate their risk, not only...more

Cyber Threats Equal Serious Threats

by Burr & Forman on

Every where you look these days, there seems to be another report of a cyber attack--attacks which do not discriminate based on industry type, size of business, or impact. In other words, everyone is vulnerable. In fact, the...more

Cybersecurity Issues of Self-Driving Vehicles

by Bryan Cave on

In the next five years we will see more and more self-driving vehicles, or autonomous vehicles, hit the market. An “autonomous vehicle” is a vehicle capable of navigating roadways and interpreting traffic-control devices...more

Important Polling Results from BVD Webinar on Beneficial Ownership

by Michael Volkov on

On July 5, 2017, Bureau Van Dijk, a sponsor of my blog, conducted a webinar on the importance of beneficial ownership information to corporate compliance functions....more

NYDFS Updates FAQs to Clarify Cybersecurity Regulations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) recently updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) about its cybersecurity regulations, 23 NYCRR 500, to address four new issues. NYDFS published its initial set of FAQs...more

A Federal Cyber Security Law Coming Your Way?

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On Thursday, June 29, 2017, Sens. Hatch and Markey introduced the “Promoting Good Cyber Hygiene Act” that would direct the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to establish a set of baseline voluntary best...more

Insider Trading: Five Reminders From the SEC Division of Enforcement

A recent litigation release from the SEC Division of Enforcement, though seemingly unremarkable, highlights five basic principles that sometimes slip off a company’s insider trading compliance radar. ...more

Hobby Lobby Forfeits Thousands of Ancient Iraqi Artifacts, Pays $3M, and Admits Fault to Settle Civil Forfeiture Action

by WilmerHale on

The US government's settlement with Hobby Lobby on July 5, 2017 is part of its broader effort to combat trafficking in looted antiquities from the war-torn Middle East and to reduce market demand for such objects by punishing...more

Non-Compete News – Third Circuit Says Tortious Interference with a Non-Compete Requires Actual Knowledge of the Agreement at Issue

by FordHarrison on

An employer hiring an individual known to be subject to a non-compete contract can expect to be accused of tortiously interfering with that contract. On the other hand, the hiring employer should be innocent of wrongdoing if...more

Ransomware is taking the world by storm; does insurance respond?

On June 27, 2017, the world had its second major ransomware attack in two months, and experts are predicting more to come. The first, named WannaCry, began May 12, and quickly spread to over 400,000 machines, the vast...more

DFS Cyber Compliance Nightmare? Detailed survey results indicate compliance is far from reach

New York’s powerful Department of Financial Services (DFS) upended cybersecurity regulation with its new and sweeping “Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies,” which took effect on March 1, 2017. But is...more

DFS Issues Additional Guidance for Cyber Regulation Compliance

New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) has issued additional guidance for compliance with the state’s sweeping cybersecurity regulation that went into effect earlier this year. Companies covered by the regulation...more

Cloud Computing (Update)

by Bryan Cave on

Most companies today use some form of cloud computing whether through software-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, or infrastructure-as-a-service. Cloud computing’s cost-effective scalability can offer significant advantages...more

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