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Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2015: What Every Practicing Lawyer Needs to Know

Seminar  SeminarWebcast  Webcast

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND Attorneys are often presented with accounting information when working on cases or legal transactions.  While they are not expected to have an accountant’s expertise, understanding the story behind the numbers can only help paint the full picture of a legal matter.  A good grasp of core accounting concepts can put otherwise raw data into an informative legal context.  This program is designed for the ...

Disguised Investment Management Fees: Where Are We Now?

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

May 27, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (E.D.T.) The UK tax treatment of distributions to private equity executives will change substantially from 6 April this year, and will affect any investment manager who undertakes some activity in the UK (even if just meeting with a potential investor).  The new rules seek to tax "disguised investment management fees" to UK income tax rather than under the lower tax rates offered by the capital gains tax ...

DOI's New Fracking Regulations: Impact on Industry, the States, and the Public

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

On June 24, 2015, new regulations published by the Bureau of Land Management of the Department of the Interior go into effect.  These new regulations govern oil and gas drilling utilizing hydraulic fracturing on Federal lands and lands owned by Native Americans.  The new regulations cover a number of areas not previously regulated, or lightly regulated, by the Federal government.  Not surprisingly, the regulations have been criticized ...

Global Capital Markets & the U.S. Securities Laws 2015

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Co-Sponsored by Pennsylvania Bar InstituteAttendees in Pennsylvania will be viewing the live broadcast at the the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Professional Development Conference Center, Heinz 57 Center, 339 Sixth Avenue, 7th Floor, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222-2517. You will have the opportunity to submit questions and will receive the printed Course Handbook.Mark Your Calendar.  More Information to Come!

Corporate Compliance and Ethics Institute 2015

Seminar  SeminarWebcast  Webcast

This is a webcast of the live New York session.Why You Should Attend Organizations face enormous legal and compliance risks, and the need for effective compliance and ethics programs to help manage those risks is greater than ever. Indeed, compliance and ethics programs should no longer be considered optional. Government expectations and standards for compliance and ethics programs have become increasingly specific, and good practices continue to ...

Complying with the Final Tangible Property Regulations -- Opportunities and Pitfalls

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

June 2, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) In 2013 and 2014, the government issued final regulations providing rules for the acquisition, maintenance, improvement and disposition of tangible property.  The regulations, which are generally effective for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2014, likely affect all taxpayers with tangible property. The government has also issued several revenue procedures providing guidance on how to ...

Proxy Access Proposals in the 2015 Proxy Season

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Shareholder proposals seeking proxy access – a mechanism by which shareholders meeting certain shareholding requirements can nominate directors and have their nominees included in the company’s proxy materials – have been increasingly popular this proxy season.  While in 2013 and 2014, just over a dozen proxy access shareholder proposals went to a vote at Russell 3000 companies, in the 2015 proxy season, 75 proxy access proposals ...

Delaware Law Developments 2015: What All Business Lawyers Need to Know

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Co-Sponsored by Pennsylvania Bar Institute Attendees in Pennsylvania will be viewing the live broadcast at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 10th floor, Philadelphia (Juniper St. entrance, between 13th & Broad Sts., opposite City Hall). You will have the opportunity to submit questions and will receive the printed Course Handbook.Why You Should Attend Delaware law continues to play a critical role ...

OFCCP Audits and the New Scheduling Letter

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

In  late 2014, OFCCP issued a new, expanded and more detailed form of scheduling letter. Virtually every OFCCP audit includes both a detailed review of a contractor's affirmative action plan and program, as well as an in-depth review of a contractor's hiring, promotion, termination, and pay practices. Under the Obama Administration, and at the direction of the President, OFCCP has taken the lead in investigating the workplace for potential systemic ...

Very Little Trouble with Tibble -- Supreme Court Unanimously Holds that ERISA's Statute of Limitations Does Not Bar Claims for Inadequate Fund Monitoring

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

On May 18, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided the case of Tibble v. Edison International.  In Tibble, the Court held that the statute of limitations under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) allows participants to bring fiduciary-breach claims challenging the inclusion of particular investment options even if the options have been in the plan’s menu for more than six years, under the theory ...

Cloud Computing 2015: Key Issues and Practical Guidance

Seminar  SeminarWebcast  Webcast

Why You Should Attend Corporations, government organizations and millions of consumers are shifting massive quantities of data and their software applications to cloud computing facilities. Cloud computing uses the Internet to give every size organization access to large, dynamically scalable resources (data storage, software applications and computing power). “The Cloud” allows users, at all levels, to avoid large capital outlays for ...

Navigating an Accounting and SEC Restatement

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Financial statement restatements are disastrous, disruptive and costly events in the life of a public company.  Restatements inevitably damage a company’s relationship with investors, and almost always involve the company with the SEC’s Division of Enforcement.  This One-Hour Briefing provides an overview of how to deal with the restatement process.  After review of the relevant accounting and SEC reporting issues in restatements ...

Burnout 911: Tools to Thrive in Your Legal Career and Life

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

There will be NO CLE credit for this briefing. Did you know that the average recovery time from burnout is 100 days?  Chronic low energy, frequent colds, sore lower back, anxiety and a general lack of vitality are symptoms of an experience referred to as "burnout".  This 60-minute briefing teaches concrete tools to prevent it, or recover if you're already there.    This briefing is for you if ...

Internal Investigations 2015

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Why You Should Attend Knowing how to conduct efficient and effective internal investigations is key to protecting your clients or company. Companies and their counsel need to be diligent and proactive in identifying risks and remedying potential issues. At this program, an expert faculty will use an accounting fraud scenario with a graphic novel presentation to review the fundamentals of conducting an effective and efficient investigation, as well ...

Investigating and Litigating Fraud Issues Post-Merger

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Dashed buyer expectations in the post-merger context can often lead to litigation.  What are the remedies available to a financial or strategic buyer who believes that fraud may have impacted a stock purchase or asset sale?  One available option for buyers is to conduct a post-merger investigation into whether fraud exists with respect to the assets of the company purchased or the sale transaction itself.  In many cases, a buyer may ...

Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2015

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Co-Sponsored by Massachusetts CLE Attendees in Boston will be seeing the live broadcast from New York City at the conveniently located offices of Massachusetts CLE, 10 Winter Place, Boston, Massachusetts. Remote Location participants will receive all course materials. Why You Should Attend At this perennial favorite, our experienced faculty will walk you through all of the steps associated with acquiring and selling a privately held company, ...

Import Practice 101

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

In 2014, goods and services valued at nearly $3 trillion were imported into the United States, the majority of which was commercial goods.  Importing commercial goods involves complying with the many complex laws and regulations administered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  Customs law is a highly specialized area in which customs brokers, accountants, and customs attorneys work together with importers and their corporate and tax ...

Environmental Regulation 2015: Hot Topics, Regulatory Developments, and Practical Guidance for Corporate Compliance

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This is a webcast of the live New York session.Why You Should Attend The 2015 program will review recent activities in environmental regulation affecting compliance obligations for a range of businesses and organizations.  Taking a comprehensive look at how new developments in environmental regulations and recent case law will affect deal negotiations, daily operations and corporate compliance efforts, our expert faculty will lead practical ...

Auditor Independence -- Reminders and Current Issues for Auditors and Companies

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The foundation of the audit process is the auditor’s independence from the client.  The SEC and the PCAOB are continually focused on the importance of auditor independence and they have recently sent important reminders through public statements and enforcement proceedings.  In this One-Hour Briefing we will discuss:  The principle based definition of auditor independence The foundational notion of independence in ...

Protecting Critical Energy Infrastructure Information: FERC CEII Rules and Related Federal and State Regulations and Protocols

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Protecting critical infrastructure information is axiomatically important – an axiom that U.S. energy companies recognize regardless of government regulations.  Nevertheless, they are subject to such regulations, and understanding how those regulations work is necessary for those companies to be compliant with the rules.  In addition, at times, other companies and members of the public need to access information on the regulated companies’ ...

Reps & Warranties Insurance: No Longer Optional

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Representations and warranties insurance has become increasingly popular among buyers and sellers as a form of added protection in structuring transactions and as a mechanism for getting deals done.  The increased familiarity of the M&A market with transactional risk insurance coupled with the more fulsome coverage are just two factors driving this development.  Dechert LLP’s Mark E. Thierfelder (Chair of our New York Corporate ...

Crossroad of the U.S. Embargo and the Cuban Legal Framework -- Overview and Developments

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

With the December 17, 2014 announcement by the White House and the subsequent changes to the regulations codifying the U.S. embargo with the Cuban government, interest in Cuba as a market has intensified.  Businesses seeking to enter the Cuban market, however, must gauge the risk and rewards of such a strategy.  In doing so, they must not only evaluate what is currently permitted under the U.S. regulations but what is allowed and advisable ...

Responding to the Activist Playbook

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Shareholder activism is widespread, but recent board and management victories over activists (like DuPont’s successful defense of an activist attack by Trian) suggest there is a path for companies to defend proxy fights against activists.  A successful defense includes several elements, some of which need to be implemented before an activist even emerges.  Leading M&A practitioners Francis J. Aquila and Melissa Sawyer from Sullivan ...

Abbreviated Debt Tender Offers and Other Liability Management Developments

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

A recently issued SEC no-action letter provides for an abbreviated approach to tender offers and exchange offers involving non-convertible debt securities provided certain conditions are met.  The new guidance may offer increased flexibility to issuers that are considering restructuring their liabilities.  Issuers considering a restructuring also should consider recent court decisions related to the application of the Trust Indenture Act.  ...

Featured Faculty/Authors
Jae  Kim

Jae Kim ~ Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Rambus Inc.

Lori A. Richards

Lori A. Richards ~ Chief Compliance Officer, Asset Management Unit, JP Morgan & Co

Edwin E. Smith

Edwin E. Smith ~ Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP