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Securities Arbitration 2014

Webcast  Webcast

FINRA continues to focus on perceived fairness in the arbitration process and in so doing is developing new rules and procedures regarding arbitrator classification, the compositions of arbitration panels and broadening the arbitrators’ authority to make referrals during an arbitration proceeding. In 2014, FINRA will continue its efforts with regard to employment disputes, requests for expungement and resolving disputes through mediation.This year’s ...

Writing for Transactional Lawyers 2014

Webcast  Webcast

By attending this program you will learn principles of effective writing and drafting to enhance your transactional practice. Particular emphasis will be given to the perspectives of the end users: your clients and those who litigate commercial disputes.

Ethics in Banking and Financial Services 2014

Webcast  Webcast

The intersection of banking and brokerage regulation: What are the ethical and practical issues for lawyers in an era of overlapping regulatory jurisdictions? The dangers and pitfalls of broker-dealer enforcement: What are the ethical and practical issues for lawyers in handling enforcement matters? The ethical responsibilities of legal and compliance professionals in regulated companies: What are the duties and potential liabilities of outside ...

Securities Filings 2014: Practical Guidance in a Changing Environment

Webcast  Webcast

This popular program will analyze in detail the principal forms used for filings with the SEC under the Securities Act of 1933 (“Securities Act”), and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”), with particular emphasis on the mechanics of and timing for assembling particular filings. Each segment of the program will incorporate practical tips and/or interactive drafting exercises. Ethics credit and recent legislation and SEC rule changes ...

Cybersecurity 2014: Managing the Risk

Webcast  Webcast

In today’s interconnected world, cyber attacks are wreaking havoc on organizations around the globe. No entity is immune, and cybercrime targets are found in every industry sector from retail to banking to government. Media reports of the staggering number of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks attest to this trend, and more recent events have dwarfed earlier hacking incidents.In February, the Obama Administration finalized a key initiative ...

Hedge Fund Management 2014

Webcast  Webcast

At this program, our expert faculty will focus on hedge fund structures, the regulatory environment surrounding hedge funds, and the day to day operational issues of running a hedge fund operation. The faculty will also explore strategies for addressing new business issues such as expanding their business to include regulated funds, selling a portion of their business to an outside investor and managing a hedge fund in crisis.

Hot Issues in Executive Compensation 2014

Webcast  Webcast

As the economy shifts and the legislature, SEC and shareholders respond, the design, implementation and disclosure of executive compensation undergoes continual change. At this program, experts in the area - from major corporations, the SEC, the IRS and shareholder activist groups, as well as from leading law, and consulting firms - will lead you through the emerging best practices and the current reactions to the changing landscape.

Bridge-the-Gap: Basic Skills for Newly Admitted Illinois Attorneys 2014

Webcast  Webcast

Taught by a faculty of expert practitioners from varied practice areas, this program will teach you real-world skills and knowledge important to your legal practice. By attending this program, newly admitted Illinois attorneys can also complete their requirement for a Basic Skills Course of no fewer than 6 hours.

Government Contracts 2014

Webcast  Webcast

Government Contracts law and practice continue to evolve. Congress has responded to budgetary pressures with calls for more reform of the acquisition system. New regulations, such as the imposition of rules requiring avoidance, detection, and reporting of counterfeit or suspect electronic parts and other counterfeit items ripple all the way down the supply chain. False claims Act recoveries and qui tam filings are at an all time high. Congress also ...

White Collar Crime 2014: Prosecutors and Regulators Speak

Webcast  Webcast

In an increasingly global and coordinated fashion, the Department of Justice, the SEC, the CFTC, and other U.S. and foreign agencies are pressing forward with a white collar enforcement program of unprecedented scope and severity. With a spotlight on the financial services sector, the authorities are advancing novel theories and exacting increasingly draconian penalties. The government’s enforcement agenda is broad and complex, encompassing benchmark ...

Crowdfunding and Online Direct Lending (Peer-to-Peer) 2014

Webcast  Webcast

Recent market activity demonstrates that crowdfunding is now a bona fide alternative form of early and mid-stage corporate finance and can lead to exits in the M&A and capital markets arenas. In the face of this tremendous growth trajectory, the industry has divided into several categories, each with its own legal risks and challenges. Will this growth continue? Join our expert faculty for a practical discussion on where we are now and where we ...

Securities Law and Practice 2014: How the SEC Works

Webcast  Webcast

Securities lawyers need to have a firm grasp of not only the federal securities laws, but also how the SEC works to administer the securities laws. In this program, you will be given an introduction to the federal securities laws as well as the operating divisions at the SEC that administer the laws. You will be provided with what you need to know about how the SEC administers the securities laws - and the other agencies that the SEC interacts with ...

Corporate Counsel Institute 2014

Webcast  Webcast

It is essential for all corporate counsel to be informed of the latest developments and to possess effective, budget-conscious strategies for managing the legal and practical business matters of corporate law departments, while adding value to the enterprise. The role of the corporate counsel continues to transform to meet new challenges in relation to an increasingly global economy, financial turmoil and continually changing new technologies.

Hot Topics in Mergers & Acquisitions 2014

Webcast  Webcast

The M&A markets were relatively flat throughout 2013, punctuated by episodic but unsustained bursts of activity. By contrast, 2014 appears to be off to a more robust start. The variability in deal activity creates uncertainty and rewards preparedness. Now more than ever, it is critical for dealmakers and their counsel to stay abreast of the latest trends and forecasts. Will the tough markets of the last several years give way to greater stability ...

Advanced Compliance and Ethics Workshop 2014

Webcast  Webcast

Corporate compliance and ethics programs are increasingly important to organizations. Indeed, never in the history of criminal or corporate law has the existence of an effective compliance and ethics program been more valuable.A host of factors have together upped the ante on compliance programs, including: The enormity of recent criminal fines and other sanctions The aggressive enforcement of criminal laws against organizations and their executives ...

Pocket MBA Fall 2014: Finance for Lawyers and Other Professionals

Webcast  Webcast

The ability to identify and appropriately use financial and accounting information is relevant to a wide range of legal and regulatory matters for attorneys and other professionals. Litigators and transactional attorneys will benefit from this practical course designed specifically for non-accountants and taught by members of the nation’s top accounting, tax and advisory firms, leading law firms, in-house counsel and universities.

Fundamentals of Swaps & Other Derivatives 2014

Webcast  Webcast

Over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives are key elements in many of our financial markets. The Dodd-Frank Act is substantially changing how these important instruments are regulated and transacted. This program will introduce you to both the instruments and their new environment.A derivative is a financial instrument that allocates the risks and price exposures associated with a designated reference asset or entity between the parties thereto. Derivatives ...

Advanced Swaps & Other Derivatives 2014

Webcast  Webcast

The Dodd-Frank Act establishes a novel, comprehensive framework for the regulation of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives and the market participants who transact in these products. That regulatory framework, split primarily between the SEC and CFTC, has been substantially implemented by the CFTC, with SEC progress, as well.The new regulatory regime touches the activities of all participants in the swaps markets, from end users to major swap participants ...

Broker/Dealer Regulation and Enforcement 2014

Webcast  Webcast

This program will focus on the many significant developments in the regulation and oversight of broker-dealers. New rules are continuously promulgated under the Dodd-Frank Act and have substantial implications for broker-dealers and the industry. At the same time, there is heightened enforcement of the federal securities laws. The SEC Division of Enforcement has established a new task force focused specifically on broker-dealers. FINRA is considering ...

Outsourcing 2014: Sourcing Critical Services

Webcast  Webcast

PLI’s Outsourcing 2014 is a “must” for every lawyer with business clients engaged in outsourcing transactions!Outsourcing brings new opportunities and new risks for companies sourcing or providing critical services such as information technology, finance and accounting, human resources, facilities management, analytics and other critical non-core functions.And there are newer and better approaches to negotiating agreements for critical services and ...

Financial Services Industry Regulatory Compliance & Ethics Forum 2014

Webcast  Webcast

In the aftermath of the financial crisis and recent scandals, and targeted examination and enforcement scrutiny, financial services firms' corporate compliance and ethics programs are under intense observation. At this program, attendees will get a solid foundation about the relevant regulatory framework as well as practical considerations regarding the design and implementation of such programs. A distinguished faculty of practitioners and regulators ...

Antitrust Counseling & Compliance 2014

Webcast  Webcast

Lawyers counseling businesses need to have a solid foundation in principles of antitrust law and an understanding of the latest antitrust developments in order to appropriately advise their clients. The consequences of running afoul of antitrust rules can be costly: class actions, treble damage litigation, government enforcement, and adverse publicity are all possible outcomes if mistakes are made.Do you have the tools needed to help your clients ...

Securities Regulation Institute (46th Annual)

Webcast  Webcast

We are pleased to co-chair the 46th edition of PLI’s Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, the most highly anticipated annual review of the current state of securities regulation and corporate law and practice.This year’s agenda reflects significant developments in the securities laws, as well as changes in the business and legal environment, including: Continued implementation of the Dodd-Frank and JOBS Acts The latest developments in ...

Law and Regulation of "Intermediary" Business 2014: Consumer-Facing Technology Providers, Online Platforms, and Online Media

Webcast  Webcast

The Internet has spawned many new business models that arise from empowering consumers and satisfying their desires, providing technologies or services that bring individuals and businesses together in new marketplaces, shaking up old industries and networks, and creating new business opportunities and challenges. New technologies and online platforms and marketplaces have changed not only the world of publishing and entertainment but also varied ...

Bolstering Your Company’s Fraud Defenses 2014: Proactive Prevention and Responses

Webcast  Webcast

Companies face greatly increased risks of being a victim of fraud in today's challenging business climate; no company is too big or too small to fall victim. In light of the high costs of fraud, both in actual revenues lost, potential legal exposure and opportunity costs, it is imperative that companies develop and implement proactive strategies to prevent and detect business fraud. Strong fraud prevention and response processes can bolster the confidence ...

Featured Faculty/Authors
George M. Wilson, MBA, CPA

George M. Wilson, MBA, CPA ~ Director, SEC Institute, a Division of PLI

Katie M. Lachter

Katie M. Lachter ~ Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Alex Hao

Alex Hao ~ Jun He Law Offices