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Corporate Governance

Blog: NACD Public Company Governance Survey Examines Key Trends And Board Priorities

by Cooley LLP on

The National Association of Corporate Directors has released the results of its 2017-2018 Public Company Governance Survey of over a thousand direc­tors and executives. The survey looked at directors’ outlook for 2018 on key...more

Examiners are Carefully Scrutinizing Financial Institutions’ Compensation Arrangements

by Ruder Ware on

It has come to our attention that some examiners have recently been carefully scrutinizing financial institutions’ employee compensation arrangements. Although it now appears unlikely that the proposed Dodd-Frank rules on...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Issues Important Decision on Recapitalizations and Dual-Class Structures Involving Controlling...

On December 11, 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a decision that will be important for companies looking to implement measures to extend or make changes to dual-class voting structures and for companies with...more

What's on the horizon?

by Hogan Lovells on

Our corporate law horizon spotter looks ahead at the regulatory agenda for 2018 and 2019 and highlights the key items which may affect you and your business. If you have any queries on anything on the horizon, speak to your...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2018

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - 1. Cybersecurity threats. Cybersecurity preparedness is essential in 2018 as the risk of, and associated adverse impact of, breaches continue to rise. The past year redefined the upward bounds of the...more

Preparing for the 2018 Public Company Reporting Season

by Perkins Coie on

In anticipation of the upcoming annual report and proxy season, we are highlighting new requirements and trends for public companies in 2018....more

Star Wars Week: Part I – What is Risk?

by Thomas Fox on

Whether you utilize one approach or another, analyzing the results of your risk assessment is as important as doing the risk assessment. With the recent Department of Justice (DOJ) remarks around how they will review the...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - December 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Unprecedented 2018 Board Challenges - The health system board should be prepared to address an extraordinary number of significant, enterprise-level challenges that are expected to arise in 2018. These challenges will...more

Bill 141: New Governance Rules for Certain Quebec Companies

Directors of Quebec insurers, trust and savings companies and deposit institutions will have increased duties regarding the development and enforcement of “sound commercial practices” and “sound and prudent management...more

Activist Versus Institutional Investors, and the Role of Sustainability

Sustainability concepts are now widely accepted as legitimate, mainstream considerations for boards of directors and corporate management. As a result, many companies now routinely consider the long-term impact on their...more

2018 Proxy Season – Quick Reference Guide

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Death, taxes and proxy season. Although it may seem like you just filed your 2017 proxy, the 2018 proxy season is on the horizon. This quick reference guide identifies considerations based on themes from 2017, offers...more

Would Glass Lewis Have Anything To Do If It Were Consistent?

by Allen Matkins on

If there is a foolish consistency might there also be a foolish inconsistency? Compare the following two statements by Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC in its 2018 Proxy Paper Guidelines...more

ESMA Issues Technical Advice on Format and Content of Prospectuses: Focus on Proposed Deletion of Requirement to Include...

by Jones Day on

As noted above, the new Prospectus Regulation entered into force on 20 July 2017. Following a request for technical advice from the European Commission, the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") has published...more

ICSA and The Investment Association Publish Guidance on Board Engagement with Stakeholders, European Capital Markets Update

by Jones Day on

In September 2017, ICSA: The Governance Institute ("ICSA") and The Investment Association published new guidance to help company boards ensure that they consider and understand the interests of their key stakeholders when...more

Jones Day Global Merger Control Update

by Jones Day on

This is the latest Jones Day Global Merger Control Update, which discusses recent developments in current merger regimes, as well as the emergence of new merger control regimes worldwide. Over the past few years, merger...more

A Look Inside OSFI’s Draft New Corporate Governance Guideline

In November 2017, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) released for public comment a revised draft of its Corporate Governance Guideline (CG Guideline). The proposed revisions follow...more

Matters to Consider for the 2018 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season

Companies have important decisions to make as they prepare for their 2018 annual meeting and reporting season. We have prepared a checklist of key corporate governance, executive compensation and disclosure matters on which...more

US Department of Justice Refines Incentives for Corporate Disclosure of Potential FCPA Violations

by Dechert LLP on

Speaking at a conference in Maryland on November 29, 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced a revised Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) Corporate Enforcement Policy (“CEP”). This policy builds on the...more

Governance and more on market manipulation

by DLA Piper on

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has been busy heading into the end of the year. Amongst other things, the FMA has...more

Italy Enacts New Anti-Raider Rules to Protect Strategic Assets

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Recent foreign investments in Italian blue chips led the Italian government to intervene to protect strategic assets. The Result: Decree 148/2017 introduced new disclosure requirements regarding...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest, Featuring Topics on SEC/Corporate, Broker/Dealer, Derivatives, CFTC and UK/Brexit/EU...

FASB Ceases Work on Proposal To Amend Definition of “Materiality” for US GAAP - As previously discussed in the September 1edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) had...more

Let's Have A Really Uncomfortable Conversation

Having recently returned from three weeks of corporate engagements and conferences across nine time zones, I should be exhausted, but instead I’m exhilarated. Originally published on the FCPA Blog, www.fcpablog.com. ...more

Is Someone Else's Purpose An Improper Purpose?

by Allen Matkins on

A post on the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation discusses Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster’s recent decision in Wilkinson v. A. Schulman, Inc., 2017 Del. Ch. LEXIS 798. The case...more

French Regulators Launch Public Consultation for Initial Coin Offerings

by Jones Day on

The Situation: French investors continue to show interest in initial coin offerings. The Result: The French Financial Market Authority has launched a public consultation to assess whether ICOs might fall within the scope...more

DOJ Issues New FCPA Policy Offering Incentives to Encourage Disclosure of Foreign Bribery and Corruption Misconduct

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On November 29, 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) was issuing a new enforcement policy covering its enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The...more

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