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International Regulators Issue Cybersecurity Guidance to the Financial Industry

The Bank for International Settlement (BIS) Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) last week issued the first internationally agreed-upon...more

Preparing for GRC in the Decade to Come

What will the world of governance, risk, and compliance look like by 2025? This field is too broad and fast-changing to talk about the far future (and in GRC, 10 years definitely is “the far future”) with any...more

Federal Agencies Release Joint Proposed Rule on Financial Institution Incentive-Based Compensation

Last month, consistent with their obligation under the Dodd-Frank Act, several federal agencies released for comment a joint proposed rule that would prohibit any incentive compensation that encourages inappropriate risk...more

Practical Tips for Effective Corporate Compliance

SEC personnel frequently speak publicly on a variety of topics. Some speeches are less than memorable, while others so perfectly capture the essence of a subject and provide such practical insight that it would be a shame for...more

CMS Issues Revised Rules for CO-OPs and Special Enrollment Periods

As implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues, the federal government continues to make adjustments to its rules to respond to the needs and circumstances arising from this transformational legislation. On...more

Federal Regulator Issues Proposed Rule Aimed at Incentive Compensation Policies of Banking Organizations

On April 21, 2016, the National Credit Union Administration (collectively, with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Treasury, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation,...more

Five Nutshell Questions about Cybersecurity for the Board of Directors

On April 29, 2016, the Council of Institutional Investors (CII) published its new Special Report, Prioritizing Cybersecurity: Five Investor Questions for Portfolio Company Boards. ...more

Cybersecurity, Corporate Governance, and Risk Management: Best Practices

As litigators, we help clients resolve conflicts that have matured into disputes. In the realm of cybersecurity, we defend claims brought by private parties or governmental entities against companies facing the fallout from...more

Compliance 2.0: DOJ Pushes the Compliance Agenda

The FCPA Paparazzi have a thick head and a stubborn chin. They just do not understand the significance of Compliance 2.0 to corporate governance and they blindly adhere to simplistic, yet unexplained, solutions to complex...more

New Proposed Rules on Banker Incentive Compensation Released

The National Credit Union Administration, or NCUA, became the first of six Agencies to unveil a revised rule proposal under Section 956 of the Dodd-Frank Act: prohibiting incentive-based payment arrangements that the...more

FDIC’s Corporate Governance Guidance Reinforces Board of Directors’ Role in Cybersecurity Preparedness

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has long considered a community bank’s board of directors as one of the most important elements in the successful operation of a bank. Nearly thirty years ago, the FDIC issued its...more

Prog Rock Week – Part III: Watcher of the Skies and Staying Sane as the CCO

As noted by Dan Epstein, in the Rolling Stone article “50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time”, the Genesis album Foxtrot was arguably the band’s first great album. The album “took the eccentric worldview and symphonic...more

PRA Publishes Policy Statement on Internal Governance of Third Country Branches

The U.K. Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has issued a policy statement on the internal governance arrangements of U.K. branches of non-EEA banks and PRA designated investment firms, known as “third country branches.”...more

President Obama establishes commission on enhancing national cybersecurity

Earlier this week, President Obama, by Executive Order, established the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity within the Department of Commerce. The commission will be comprised of up to 12 members including...more

"US Corporate Governance: Have We Crossed the Rubicon?"

The general themes on the corporate governance front — shareholder activism, governance activism, scrutiny of board composition, concerns regarding board oversight of risk management, director-shareholder engagement — remain...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: Risk Management

Risk Management - Risk management goes hand in hand with strategic planning — it is impossible to make informed decisions about a company’s strategic direction without a comprehensive understanding of the risks involved....more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity - Nearly 90 percent of CEOs worry that cyber threats could adversely impact growth prospects, up from nearly 70 percent the previous year. Yet, in a recent survey, nearly 80 percent of the more than 1,000...more

OCC Proposes Recovery Plans for Large Banks

On December 17, 2015, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) proposed guidelines establishing enforceable standards for recovery planning by certain large national banks, federal savings associations and insured...more

Cybersecurity 2.0: What’s Expected of Federally Regulated Financial Institutions

As federally regulated financial institutions (FRFIs) expand their reliance on technology, employ progressively complicated and interconnected networks and systems, increase their electronic service offerings and collaborate...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC prevailed on two summary judgment motions. One centered on a manipulation action. The other was against an attorney who facilitated a prime bank fraud. The Commission also filed: An action against UBS tied to its...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2015: Developing and Maintaining a Modern U.S. Compliance Program

When the SEC adopted Rules 38a-1 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (Investment Company Act) and 206(4)-7 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act) in 2003 – which required registered funds and registered...more

Astros in the Playoffs, Will Hell Freeze Over?

When recently I contacted the Underworld about the potential listing of this vast property, I was stunned when Satan himself answered the phone. While I was tempted to ask what happened to all his hired help down there,...more

The Modern Slavery Act 2015

The UK’s Modern Slavery Act is an effort by the government to end all forms of labour exploitation. The UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015 aims to prevent all forms of labour exploitation and increase transparency of labour...more

Addressing Cybersecurity in Board Committee Charters

As boards of directors have become more focused on their fiduciary duties to oversee cybersecurity, new governance practices have begun to develop. For example, many companies have shifted cybersecurity oversight from the...more

Taking Charge of a Company’s Reputation: Assign a Single Person to Manage Reputational Risks (Part III of III)

One person who does not have a conflict in evaluating a company’s reputational risks should manage a company’s reputation. This approach starts with one basic requirement – the board and the CEO have to agree that a company’s...more

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