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Directors' Institute on Corporate Governance (Twelfth Annual)

Seminar  Seminar

Learn how to manage today’s heightened scrutiny and expectations of corporate boardsThe past year has seen a host of new expectations imposed on corporate boards in critical areas of governance, including: Risk management and compliance Disclosure Audit committee oversight of financial reporting Shareholder relations Additionally, the Dodd-Frank Act created new requirements for companies and boards, and boards must now ...

Annual Disclosure Documents 2014

Seminar  Seminar

Stay current on disclosure requirements and developments affecting annual disclosure documents and proxy soliciting materials prepared by SEC reporting companies.  2014 has been another interesting year with significant events and uncertainties covering a wide spectrum of matters affecting public company disclosures, including the Dodd-Frank Act mandated rulemaking by the SEC; domestic and international economic, political ...

Bridge-the-Gap II: Ethics & Skills for Newly Admitted New York Attorneys 2014

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 MCLE ethics ...

New Developments in Securitization 2014

Seminar  Seminar

As the securitization world continues to emerge from the financial crisis, it faces a continuing flow of new regulation and, in some cases, uncertainty. Some asset-backed securities (ABS), collateralized mortgage obligations (CLOs), and mortgage-backed securities (MBS) markets are experiencing robust activity, with issuance volumes steadily rising. Other markets such as residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) are slower ...

Ethics for Corporate Lawyers 2014

Seminar  Seminar

What you will learnAt this unique interactive program, faculty will review various everyday ethical scenarios in corporate practice and “quiz” you on the ethical implications.You will learn about: The reach of the duty of confidentiality, and the obligation of disclosure of mistakes Misrepresentation, fraudulent nondisclosure and omissions Responsibilities of the firm/legal department, supervising, and subordinate attorneys for an attorney’s ...

Immigration and Naturalization Institute (47th Annual)

Seminar  Seminar

At this year’s Institute, an outstanding faculty of leading practitioners will discuss recent developments, key immigration trends and hot topics. The conference planners are closely monitoring the 2014 immigration reform debate, and speakers will discuss the potential impact of proposed or enacted provisions on an issue-by-issue basis.What you will learn The latest updates about immigration reform legislation and the effects ...

Understanding Financial Products 2015

Seminar  Seminar

The explosion of new financial products over the past decade, the implosion of the credit markets and the resulting significant new regulatory requirements underline the importance of a basic understanding of financial products. While these instruments have been, in the view of many, invaluable investment tools, and have presented enormous potential for product manufacturers and investors, they also create potentially significant ...

Hedge Fund Compliance & Regulatory Challenges 2015

Seminar  Seminar

As our first educational conference of 2015 focused on hedge funds, this afternoon program will deliver insights from three distinguished panels of experts who will discuss the regulatory and compliance challenges expected to face hedge fund managers in 2015.A stellar faculty composed of hedge fund general counsels and chief compliance officers, representatives from the SEC and NFA, and law firms will share their insights on building ...

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 ...

Secured Transactions 2015: What Lawyers Need to Know About UCC Article 9

Seminar  Seminar

Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code applies to secured transactions, which are interests in specific collateral granted by the debtor in conjunction with the debtor’s promise to pay. At Secured Transactions 2015: What Lawyers Need to Know About UCC Article 9, you will learn the fundamentals of acquiring a security interest, including how to attach, to perfect (filing and non-filing methods) and to gain (and maintain) ...

Mergers & Acquisitions 2015: Trends and Developments

Seminar  Seminar

Spawned by strength in the debt markets, a strong stock market, and plentiful levels of cash, merger and acquisition activity has been robust in 2014. The ability to be an effective negotiator in an M&A transaction requires staying abreast of the latest deal trends. This program will help you stay up-to-date on recent trends in deal making such as developments regarding material adverse change provisions, lessons in addressing ...

Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2015

Seminar  Seminar

Over the past year, the REIT and commercial real estate industries have continued to experience strong M&A activity, with some sectors poised for large-scale consolidation even as new property types enter the REIT universe through spin-offs, conversions and IPOs. At the same time, high profile transactions involving non-traded REITs and the increasing presence of activist investors – and a number of high-profile governance ...

Securities Products of Insurance Companies in the Course of Regulatory Reform 2015

Seminar  Seminar

The insurance industry continues to navigate the legal environment and regulatory hurdles in meeting insurance and retirement needs facing Americans. This timely program provides critical content on the prevailing and emerging legal issues practitioners must understand and insights into product development and asset management services offered by insurance company complexes. Our stellar faculty will provide you with a clear understanding ...

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 ...

ERISA Fiduciary Investment Basics 2015

Seminar  Seminar

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 ...

Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2015

Seminar  Seminar

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 ...

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

Seminar  Seminar

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 is the securitized loan market now different ...

Bridge-the-Gap II: Ethics and Skills for Newly Admitted 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  Seminar

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  Seminar

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 ...

Ethics for Financial Industry Lawyers 2015

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The program will review the professional responsibility issues confronting lawyers who advise clients in connection with securities and derivatives transactions, including the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act.What you will learn Who the client is - organizations, not officers When to report wrongdoing: internally (up the corporate ladder and to the Board) and externally (to regulators) SEC professional responsibility ...

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) ...

Social Media 2015: Addressing Corporate Risks

Seminar  Seminar

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 ...

Asset Based Financing Strategies 2015

Seminar  Seminar

Asset based financing is a key source of credit for small and medium-size companies and for some larger, publicly traded companies as well. In contrast to equity financing where ownership in the company is diluted, asset-based financing allows companies to borrow funds against their own assets as collateral to generate cash for working capital and capital acquisitions.In structuring these loans, lenders rely on their collateral ...

Investment Management Institute 2015

Seminar  Seminar

You’ll hear expert panelists discuss: significant business and legal developments in the investment management area over the past year and important regulatory initiatives such as: The SEC’s regulatory agenda New money-market fund regulations New SEC staff guidance Potential new rulemakings relating to target date funds and exchange-traded funds Possible modifications of the fund reporting regime Governance matters ...

Featured Faculty/Authors
Rebecca Walker

Rebecca Walker ~ Kaplan & Walker LLP

K. Susan Grafton

K. Susan Grafton ~ K&L Gates LLP

Garner K. Weng

Garner K. Weng ~ Hanson Bridgett LLP