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Analyzing CLOs in 2015: Regulatory and Structural Considerations

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The global CLO market continues to evolve as the CLO asset class has reemerged in the post-credit crisis era.  Features in current CLO transactions have been influenced in part by lessons learned from pre-credit crisis transactions as well as by developments in the underlying loan market.  Going forward, the changing regulatory landscape, including the adoption of the Volcker Rule and US ABS risk retention rules and clarifications to European ...

Integrating Human Rights Compliance into Corporate Strategy and Operations: The Role of Lawyers

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Global policy and law increasingly require companies to identify and address their human rights impacts.  By doing so, companies not only avoid adverse human rights impacts to individuals and communities, but also can avoid substantial business risks.  These include: legal liability under transnational tort suits and other commercial disputes, reputational damage; increased costs of doing business; lower productivity; reduced access to financial ...

Bridge-the-Gap I: Ethics and Skills for Newly Admitted New York Attorneys 2015

Seminar  Seminar

If you have already attended a PLI Bridge-the-Gap I program, you cannot attend a second Bridge-the-Gap I program and receive MCLE credit.Learn everyday insights into law practice that you wish you learned in law school. Our expert faculty will guide attendees through a variety of commonplace duties, demands and situations that newly-admitted attorneys may face. The lessons taught in this program are not theoretical. More like ...

Food Marketing Law: Hot Topics

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Along with the rise in consumer interest in healthier foods is increasing legal risk for food companies. This One-Hour Briefing will describe the latest regulatory actions, along with emerging legal pitfalls that food businesses, big and small, need to be advised of.  Lauren Handel and Michele Simon, two experienced food and farming lawyers from Foscolo & Handel PLLC (“The Food Law Firm”) will explain the latest developments including:  ...

First Annual Form 10-K Tune-Up

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

As you draft your annual report on Form 10-K it is always a challenge to be sure that you have effectively dealt with new and emerging issues and the ever-evolving focus areas of the SEC.  Join our workshop leaders Carol A. Stacey and George M. Wilson, both directors at the SEC Institute Division as they review the key issues to address in this year’s Form 10-K.  Topics addressed will include:  SEC staff focus areas for ...

ERISA Fiduciary Investment Basics 2015

Seminar  SeminarWebcast  Webcast

This course provides an introduction to the basics of ERISA fiduciary law using a case-study vehicle. At this year’s program, you will learn about the principal issues in ERISA’s regulation of plan investments through a case study of a hypothetical plan asset hedge fund exploring entry in the plan marketplace and a plan investor considering such an alternative investment. The program also will utilize a hypothetical fiduciary ...

Private Placement Related Developments

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

During this session we will provide a brief update of how the world of private offerings has changed following the JOBS Act.  Please join Anna T. Pinedo of Morrison & Foerster LLP and Tymour A. Okasha of Bank of America Merrill Lynch as they address the following:  Complying with the bad actor rule; Documentation changes to engagement letters to address Rule 506 and Rule 144A changes; The CFTC’s limited relief ...

Drafting and Negotiating Corporate Agreements 2015

Seminar  Seminar

Why You Should Attend At this perennial favorite, our expert faculty will teach you the basics of drafting and negotiating corporate agreements -- from how the provisions of an agreement fit together, to the fundamental drafting and negotiating principles common to all corporate agreements. You will learn how to reduce your client’s goals to a complete, clearly written and enforceable agreement, and how to identify what issues are most likely ...

CFIUS's Web: From Pig Farms to the Waldorf -- How Real Estate and Other Transactions Outside the Defense Sector May Trigger CFIUS Review

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews foreign acquisitions of U.S. businesses to assess their impact on U.S. national security.  Under CFIUS oversight, acquisitions deemed to threaten U.S. security may be restructured, or mitigation requirements may be imposed to protect national security interests.  If national security concerns cannot be addressed, the President has authority to veto the transaction, ...

CPO and CTA Annual Reviews and Examinations: Current Trends

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

In the last two years, the number of registered CPOs and CTAs has ballooned, a direct result of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's revocation of an exemption commonly claimed by hedge fund managers.  CPOs and CTAs that are also advising hedge funds or that are managing accounts using hedge fund-like strategies for large institutional managers have had to grapple with becoming familiar with a new regulatory regime that is often enforced, ...

False Claims Act: 2014 Year in Review

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The False Claims Act (“FCA”) continued to be a significant focus of government and whistleblower activity in 2014.  The U.S. Department of Justice reported another record-breaking year of recoveries – more than $5.6 billion in settlements and judgments from cases arising under the FCA in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014.  In addition, the number of new FCA lawsuits exceeded 700 for the second year in a row – ...

Social Media 2015: Addressing Corporate Risks

Seminar  SeminarWebcast  Webcast

Did you know that Facebook now has over 1.3 billion monthly active users? (By contrast, the entire population of the United States is 317 million people.) Or that 72% of online adults visit Facebook at least once a month? And that over 350 million photographs are posted to Facebook each day? Or that Twitter users are expected to send over 182 billion tweets during 2014? And that over six billion hours of video are viewed each ...

Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2015

Seminar  SeminarWebcast  Webcast

Public companies and their directors and officers face increasing responsibilities and are under intense scrutiny from investors and regulators. Legal and regulatory changes, including Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank and listing standards, as well as overall changing expectations in the marketplace contribute to this new challenging environment. Corporate governance provides the framework within which directors and officers must ...

Emotional Intelligence, the Law, and Professionalism: A Practical Introduction

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

There will be NO CLE credit for this briefing.Have you ever wondered why some very bright lawyers who are well educated and know the law very well struggle in their career while others who may possess solid, but not extraordinary, intellectual and technical legal skills soar through the promotional ranks of business to great success? Research shows that the difference is that the latter has the “right stuff”, “x-factor” or ...

CMBS and the Real Estate Lawyer 2015: Lender and Borrower Issues in the Capital Markets

Seminar  SeminarWebcast  WebcastGroupcast  Groupcast

This is a webcast of the live New York session. As commercial real estate and its financing reemerge strongly from the turmoil and the dislocation of the downturn of the late ‘00s, securitization is once again becoming a significant part of the real estate debt and equity markets. Capital markets lenders are again competing aggressively with traditional main street portfolio lenders for large as well as conduit loans. But ...

Green Bonds and Social Impact Investing

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Many investors are increasingly seeking to align their financial goals with their social objectives. Various legal entity structures have evolved, such as benefit corporations. Similarly, certain financial instruments have developed that may be structured in order to align financial and social goals. An example of these trends can be seen in the development of the market for green bonds, which has grown as issuers of debt securities reach a broader ...

Moving Away From the C-Corporation: Understanding REITs, MLPs and PTPs

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Traditionally, most public companies in the U.S. were organized as C-corporations. However, tax developments in recent years have given corporate planners a wide range of new tools to structure a public company. For example, tax pass-through MLP and REIT structures are spreading into new asset classes. Also, traditional double taxed ‘C’ corporations are using tax pass-through entities, including REITs and partnerships, to reduce or eliminate ...

Bridge-the-Gap II: Ethics and Skills for Newly Admitted New York Attorneys 2015

Seminar  Seminar

Newly admitted attorneys in New York State are required to complete at least sixteen transitional CLE credit hours in ethics and professionalism, skills, and law practice management and/or areas of professional practice during each of their first two years after admission to the Bar. By attending PLI’s Bridge-the Gap II: Ethics and Skills for Newly Admitted New York Attorneys program, you can satisfy all of your annual ...

Broker-Dealer Advisory Services 2015: Current Legal and Compliance Issues Facing Dual Registrants

Seminar  SeminarWebcast  WebcastGroupcast  Groupcast

Broker-dealers that are dually registered as investment advisers are under intense regulatory scrutiny.  At this program, attendees will be provided with expert analysis regarding today’s hot topics impacting the relevant regulatory framework, as well as practical considerations regarding the design and implementation of such programs. A distinguished faculty of practitioners and regulators will review current ...

Spin-offs 2015

Seminar  SeminarWebcast  WebcastGroupcast  Groupcast

Why You Should Attend An increasing proportion of global M&A transactions take the form of spin-offs, equity carve-outs and similar architectures not involving an outright sale.  But what is a spin-off, what makes it different from other types of business separation transactions, and why are people doing more of them?  This program will provide an in-depth perspective on:  the factors that drive the recent trend towards business ...

Strategies for a Smooth and Ethical Transition Plan That Will Help Your Firm Close the Deal: How to Keep Lateral Candidates on Track

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Although lawyer mobility is now the norm in the legal profession, changing firms may be risky for both hiring firms as well as the mobile lawyers.  Closing the deal and transitioning the lawyer into the new firm can present many challenges, including partnership duties, partnership agreements, ethical issues and disciplinary rules .  What are some of the do’s and don’ts for firms seeking experienced lawyers? Please join Professor ...

Ethics for Financial Industry Lawyers 2015

Seminar  SeminarWebcast  WebcastGroupcast  Groupcast

Co-Sponsored by Atlanta Bar AssociationAttendees in Atlanta will view the program via Groupcast at the offices of the Atlanta Bar Association, 400 International Tower, 229 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30303-1601. With PLI’s Groupcasts you'll instantaneously receive streaming audio/video of the live program and be able to submit your questions electronically. At these locations you’ll also receive the printed Course Handbook upon arriving.Why ...

Cloud Computing: BIS Reinforces the Export Control Insulation for Cloud Computing Services

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Cloud computing services, including the use of Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) are becoming standard industry practices and the U.S. export control regimes are not keeping up with these fundamental shifts in remote computing services.  The U.S. federal agencies responsible for most international trade and technology transfer controls are being led by the U.S. Department of Commerce, ...

The SEC Speaks in 2015

Seminar  SeminarWebcast  Webcast

This is a webcast of the live Washington, D.C session.Why You Should Attend At the beginning of each year PLI presents, in cooperation with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, The SEC Speaks program, providing an essential update on the current initiatives at the Commission as well as the priorities for the coming year. At this unique program, you will hear remarks by the Chairman and Commissioners, as well as panel discussions by senior ...

Presentation Skills for Attorneys 2015

Seminar  Seminar

The ability to speak clearly and confidently is important for all lawyers, whether speaking with partners, making a pitch to clients, or addressing a courtroom. At this two-hour program, taught by a former practicing lawyer, you will learn techniques that will immediately improve your presentation skills.What you will learnYou will learn how to: Master effective physical delivery skills (eye contact, body language, voice, gesturing) ...

Featured Faculty/Authors
Angela J. Grayson

Angela J. Grayson ~ Associate General Counsel, Global Leverage, Intellectual Property & Privacy, Walmart Legal

Adam O. Emmerich

Adam O. Emmerich ~ Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Ellen Moran Dwyer

Ellen Moran Dwyer ~ Managing Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP