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Economic Sanctions Update: Iran and Other Hot Topics 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Jul. 8, 2014

Taken from the briefing Economic Sanctions Update: Iran and Other Hot Topics recorded June, 2014.Since early 2014, the Joint Plan of Action has governed certain transactions between the United States, members of the European Union, and Iran. The JPOA has opened up limited but important trade opportunities for Iran. Yet the JPOA is set to expire at the end of July, and it is far from clear what will happen thereafter. In the meantime, the United States ...

Electronic Discovery in the Delaware Courts: What Delaware Counsel, Outside Counsel, and In-House Attorneys Need to Know 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Apr. 2, 2014

Taken from the briefing Electronic Discovery in the Delaware Courts: What Delaware Counsel, Outside Counsel, and In-House Attorneys Need to Know recorded March, 2014.While Delaware courts have earned a prestigious reputation for commercial litigation, the Delaware courts have also been active in addressing issues related to discovery of electronically stored information. Attorneys – whether they are licensed in Delaware, appear pro hac vice, or work ...

Emerging Regulatory Landscape for U.S. Asset-Backed Securities 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Jul. 21, 2014

Taken from the briefing Emerging Regulatory Landscape for U.S. Asset-Backed Securities recorded July, 2014.As the U.S. capital markets continue to evolve and longstanding regulatory uncertainties are resolved, ABS and MBS issuers and investors are increasingly entering or considering entering these markets once again. The years since the financial crisis have brought sweeping changes in the rules affecting structured finance in the U.S., and more ...

Ethical Considerations for Trade Controls Lawyers 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Mar. 11, 2014

Taken from the briefing Ethical Considerations for Trade Controls Lawyers recorded February, 2014.Lawyers that advise on economic sanctions and export controls (“trade controls”) matters face unique ethical and compliance challenges. These laws can restrict not only commercial transactions, but also can create obligations for lawyers, or restrict their ability to provide advice in some circumstances. Lawyers that are active in these areas accordingly ...

Exporting EEO: Aligning a Multinational's Approaches to Discrimination, Harassment and Diversity Compliance Overseas 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Sep. 25, 2014

Taken from the briefing Exporting EEO: Aligning a Multinational's Approaches to Discrimination, Harassment and Diversity Compliance Overseas 2014 recorded September, 2014.A multinational might proclaim “zero tolerance” for discrimination and harassment across its U.S. operations. But does it ignore sex harassment in its Dubai office? Does it tolerate mandatory retirement in its Berlin facility? And does it excuse blatant race and gender discrimination ...

False Claims Act: 2013 Year in Review (Audio-only)

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Released on: Apr. 1, 2014

Taken from the briefing False Claims Act: 2013 Year in Review recorded February, 2014.The False Claims Act (“FCA”) continued to be a significant focus of government and whistleblower activity in 2013. The rate of FCA filings increased, resulting in a record number of private whistleblower suits filed in a single year – 752 qui tam suits in 2013 alone. The U.S. Department of Justice, moreover, reported more than $3.8 billion in settlements and judgments ...

FATCA Withholding and Reporting Rules: The IRS Issues the Latest (and Last?) Round of Substantial Guidance 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Mar. 31, 2014

Taken from the briefing FATCA Withholding and Reporting Rules: The IRS Issues the Latest (and Last?) Round of Substantial Guidance recorded March, 2014.Since the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act ("FATCA") withholding and reporting rules were enacted in 2010, the Treasury Department has been issuing regulatory guidance, negotiating intergovernmental agreements, and creating the administrative infrastructure for the enforcement of FATCA. The latest ...

Final Volcker Rule: Overview and Likely Implications 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Jan. 24, 2014

Taken from the briefing Final Volcker Rule: Overview and Likely Implications recorded January, 2014.The Dodd-Frank Act added a new section to the Bank Holding Company Act, commonly known as the “Volcker Rule,” that generally prohibits banking entities from engaging in proprietary trading or investing in, or having certain relationships with, a hedge fund or private equity fund. However, the Act provided only the broadest of brushstrokes, charging ...

Financial Due Diligence and the Specter of Fraud in the Private M&A Context 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Oct. 7, 2014

Taken from the briefing Financial Due Diligence and the Specter of Fraud in the Private M&A Context 2014 recorded September, 2014.In the context of private M&A transactions, where do the boundaries exist between proper negotiation and fraudulent conduct? A buyer may believe that the seller has a duty to disclose negative facts about the company, while the seller may believe that the buyer has the responsibility to ask the right questions and ...

FINRA - Essentials for Deal Lawyers 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Jan. 22, 2014

Taken from the briefing FINRA - Essentials for Deal Lawyers recorded January, 2014.This Briefing will provide a review of the FINRA rules applicable to public offerings, including FINRA’s new review process. Nilene R. Evans and Anna T. Pinedo will discuss the compensation review process, conflicts of interest and QIUs, direct participation programs, and Regulation M notice requirements.Lecture Topics  [Total Time: 01:02:10] Address FINRA’s ...

Getting the Engagement Letter Right

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From the program: Getting the Engagement Letter Right

Released on: Oct. 28, 2014

Taken from the briefing Getting the Engagement Letter Right recorded October, 2014 in New York. When risk managers audit a law practice for legal malpractice risk, they often look first to see if every file contains an executed engagement letter, retainer letter, or fee contract. These documents are some of the most reliable indicators of whether a law practice has systems in place to effectively reduce the risks of malpractice claims in a modern-day ...

Heading for the Exit: Best Practices for Successful PE-Backed IPOs 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Feb. 6, 2014

Taken from the briefing Heading for the Exit: Best Practices for Successful PE-Backed IPOs recorded January, 2014.Private equity firms frequently utilize the initial public offering as a pathway to monetizing and exiting their portfolio investments.  IPO exits require careful planning and focus to ensure successful execution. This program will serve as a refresher on private equity-backed IPOs in light of current market conditions and recent ...

HIPAA Compliance: Law, Accounting and Other Professional Service Firms - Are You a Business Associate With Respect to Your Clients? (Audio-only)

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Released on: Apr. 23, 2014

Taken from the briefing HIPAA Compliance: Law, Accounting and Other Professional Service Firms - Are You a Business Associate With Respect to Your Clients? recorded April, 2014.HIPAA privacy has been around since 2003, but the recent “HITECH” requirements have upped the ante: increased enforcement and specifically making HIPAA applicable to professional service firms, such as law firms and accounting firms, who assist their covered entity clients.The ...

Hype or Help? How Can Alternative Fee Arrangements Add Demonstrable Value to Your Practice and Your Clients? (Audio-only)

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Released on: Jul. 3, 2012

This program has expired for credit in many states. Please check the credit calculator to the right. No certificate will be issued if credit has expired in your state.Taken from the briefing Hype or Help? How Can Alternative Fee Arrangements Add Demonstrable Value to Your Practice and Your Clients? recorded June 2012.The discussion of AFA's (aka alternative fee arrangements or value-based fees), is no longer a discussion of "alternatives" ...

Insider Transactions: Guardrails for Your Officers and Directors 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Feb. 4, 2014

Taken from the briefing Insider Transactions: Guardrails for Your Officers and Directors recorded January, 2014.In 2013, more than 10 years after the adoption of Exchange Act Rule 10b5-1, there was a renewed attention by The Wall Street Journal, the institutional investor community and the SEC on the use of Rule 10b5-1 plans. In May 2013, the Council of Institutional Investors submitted a letter to the SEC Chair asking the SEC to address “the variety ...

Inside the U.S. Black Box: CFIUS National Security Reviews of Foreign Acquisitions 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Jul. 2, 2014

Taken from the briefing Inside the U.S. Black Box: CFIUS National Security Reviews of Foreign Acquisitions recorded June, 2014.Global capital is on the move again, and United States businesses continue to attract foreign purchasers and investors. The pace of U.S. M&A has picked up substantially in recent months. Many of the deals involve companies with sensitive national-security issues and foreign buyers. Transactions are more complex. There ...

International Market and the JOBS Act Amendments Eliminating the Prohibition on General Solicitation and General Advertising Under New Rule 506(c) of Regulation D and Rule 144A (Audio-only)

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Released on: Jun. 25, 2014

Taken from the briefing International Market and the JOBS Act Amendments Eliminating the Prohibition on General Solicitation and General Advertising Under New Rule 506(c) of Regulation D and Rule 144A recorded June, 2014.In a follow-up to the September 2013 discussion surrounding the SEC’s adopted and amended rules under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act” that allow “general solicitation” and “general advertising” in private placements ...

Is a REIT Right for Your Company? A Discussion of Their Current Use and Future Outlook 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Apr. 25, 2014

Taken from the briefing Is a REIT Right for Your Company? A Discussion of Their Current Use and Future Outlook recorded April, 2014.Interest in REIT formations, conversions and spin-offs has been accelerating as companies continue to explore options to maximize asset value. Listen to Michael Beinus, Meryl K. Chae and Jonathan L. Friedman, partners from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s Los Angeles office for a discussion of REITs - ...

JOBS Act Implementation Update 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: May. 29, 2014

Taken from the briefing JOBS Act Implementation Update recorded May, 2014.The Securities & Exchange Commission has adopted or proposed rules implementing much of the JOBS Act. Also, the SEC’s staff has provided significant guidance on the JOBS Act and market practice continues to evolve.Lecture Topics  [Total Time: 01:02:27]During the session Martin P. Dunn and Anna T. Pinedo of Morrison & Foerster LLP will focus on: Trends affecting ...

Labor, Employment and Benefits Legal Issues When Buying and Selling Companies 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Mar. 27, 2014

Taken from the briefing Labor, Employment and Benefits Legal Issues When Buying and Selling Companies recorded March, 2014.Buying and selling companies, especially in New York City, raises a number of difficult legal and practical issues that transactional, compensation and employment lawyers – both in-house and outside counsel – must navigate successfully for their clients.Listen to Samuel Estreicher, Laurence M. Moss and Ronald E. Richman of the ...

Legal Issues for Startups: What Non-Lawyer Entrepreneurs Need to Know 2014 (Free Audio-only)

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Released on: May. 8, 2014

Taken from the briefing Legal Issues for Startups: What Non-Lawyer Entrepreneurs Need to Know recorded April, 2014.Early stage companies (startups) are critical to economic growth. But startups face unique legal issues because of their limited financial resources, the dynamic phase of product development, hiring requirements, and pursuit of investment. Put simply: startups always have legal questions and never have money; attorneys have answers, but ...

Liability Arising Out of Third-Party Legal Opinions 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Jun. 13, 2014

Taken from the briefing Liability Arising Out of Third-Party Legal Opinions recorded May, 2014. Substantial business transactions often involve giving a legal opinion to the "other side" in the transaction, often a lender or purchaser. It is clear that giving such an opinion to a nonclient can result in liability for the opinion preparer (the drafting attorney) and the opinion giver (the law firm). The potential liability almost always exceeds the ...

Life Sciences M&A: You are Not Buying Widgets - Special Considerations that You Need to Know to Buy and Sell Life Sciences Companies or Assets 2013 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Mar. 27, 2013

Taken from the briefing Life Sciences M&A: You are Not Buying Widgets - Special Considerations that You Need to Know to Buy and Sell Life Sciences Companies or Assets recorded March, 2013. Handling an acquisition or divestiture deal involving pharmaceutical products, biologics, medical devices, diagnostics or the like can be challenging. These deals often involve critical intellectual property and complex regulatory assets and/or third party ...

Making a Successful Transition into a Compliance and Ethics Career - What Lawyers, In-House Counsel and Others in Transition Need to Know 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Jan. 31, 2014

Please note: NO CLE CREDIT will be offered for this briefing.Taken from the briefing Making a Successful Transition into a Compliance and Ethics Career - What Lawyers, In-House Counsel and Others in Transition Need to Know recorded January, 2014.Because the compliance and ethics profession is still relatively new, many compliance professionals are coming to the role from other functional and business areas in the organization, and finding ...

Mindful Lawyering: An Introduction to Mindfulness and How it Can Boost Your Life and Legal Practice 2014 (Audio-only)

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Released on: Sep. 30, 2014

There will be NO CLE Credit for this briefing.Taken from the briefing Mindful Lawyering: An Introduction to Mindfulness and How it Can Boost Your Life and Legal Practice recorded September, 2014.One of the greatest challenges in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world is staying present in life’s most sacred moments. The overwhelming pace of communication, keeping up with inboxes and texts, the sea of information at our fingertips, and efficiency ...

Featured Faculty/Authors
Kevin J. Ryan

Kevin J. Ryan ~ Managing Director, Global Capital Markets, Morgan Stanley

David G. Keyko

David G. Keyko ~ Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Alyssa A. Grikscheit

Alyssa A. Grikscheit ~ Sidley Austin LLP