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Credit Rating Regulation from AAA to Z

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Some have said that more than any other single factor, overly optimistic credit ratings triggered the financial crisis of 2008 and the “Great Recession.”  Yet with limited exceptions, credit rating agencies flew largely under the regulatory radar screen before that.   During this program, Robert Harris, currently a consultant to the Credit Rating Agency Constituent Group of the Financial Information Services Association ...

Disability Accommodations in the Digital Age

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The Americans with Disabilities Act (the “ADA”) requires covered entities – which include employers, businesses, and educational institutions – to take steps to ensure that they are accessible to people with disabilities.  Since the ADA’s passage in 1990, digital technology has become ubiquitous and has changed the way we work, shop, manage our finances, and learn.  As a result, businesses and institutions increasingly ...

Trusts and Estates: Back to the Basics of Death and Taxes

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Thomas P. Gannon, a partner of Schlesinger Gannon & Lazetera LLP, will review the fundamentals of substantive and tax aspects of the trusts and estates practice, including the following:  Dispositions at Death – Wills, property passing under a Will, the process of probating a Will, the role of an Executor, intestacy laws and property passing outside of a Will by contract, beneficiary designation, title and/or operation of law ...

Supreme Court and Social Media: Bringing the First Amendment into the 21st Century

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The inevitable happened last December when a case involving Facebook made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Elonis v. United States presents the issue of what is a “true threat,” and does it amount to speech that is unprotected by the First Amendment?    Anthony Elonis used Facebook to make angry statements after his wife, Tara, left with their two children. He was fired from his job in an amusement park after posting ...

Fundamentals of Delaware Limited Liability Companies

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

During little more than two decades, the Delaware limited liability company (LLC) has become one of the most commonly used forms of business entity.  The great flexibility offered by the Delaware LLC Act enables parties to form entities tailored precisely to their needs, avoiding entity-level income tax yet shielding owners from entity-level debts.  The Delaware LLC Act’s permissive nature, however, can also result in unintended consequences ...

Evidence for Everyone (Including Judges)

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Please join The Honorable William G. Young, Judge of the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts for an informal but informative look at how the rules of evidence work today in our federal district courts.  This presentation will provide the opportunity to:  Hear trial stories illustrating hearsay and the attorney-client privilege; Review and understand a series of simple diagrams you can use to frame key evidentiary ...

Compliance and the Regulatory Enforcement Environment in the Pharmaceutical Industry - 2015

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The enforcement environment affecting the pharmaceutical industry has and continues to be in a constantly evolving state. Anyone providing guidance to those involved in any  aspect of industry practice must be knowledgeable as to the complexities of the regulatory, compliance and legal framework that form the basis of oversight and enforcement by a range of government and private sources.    To identify and address the requirements ...

Veteran Benefits: Maximizing Benefits for Servicemembers Discharged for Misconduct

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Not all servicemembers will receive access to veterans’ benefits and services from the VA.  A major obstacle to getting health care and services arises when a servicemember is discharged for misconduct.  In those cases, the VA will decide whether their conduct should make them ineligible for veteran benefits.  This affects a large number of servicemembers.  Since 2001, over 140,000 people have been separated from military ...

Evolving Employee Benefits: A Modern Approach to Traditional Severance

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

When it comes to planning layoffs, decision makers tend to take their old severance policy off the shelf, dust it off, and re-apply to the current situation. This may seem like a safe strategy for an uncomfortable topic, but by leaving severance so largely unexamined, many major considerations for a Reduction in Force may be overlooked, perhaps resulting in greater organization liability, unnecessary spending, and inefficiently utilized employee benefits ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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’ ...

Basics of the Federal Election Campaign Act 2015

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

In just one hour, this briefing will provide you with a summary of federal candidate and PAC campaign law, as regulated by the Federal Election Campaign Act and administered by the Federal Election Commission’s Regulations and Disclosure Rules.  Please join Kenneth A. Gross of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Chip Nielsen of Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP and Jan Witold Baran of Wiley Rein LLP for a discussion ...

U.S. Companies Trading on the London Stock Exchange and the Impact of EU Regulations Requiring Mandatory Electronic Settlement

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Under Article 3(2) of the European Union Regulation on Central Securities Depositories (“CSDR”) published on 28 August 2014, where transactions in transferable securities take place on a trading venue, the relevant securities should be recorded in book entry form in a Central Securities Depository (“CSD”) on or before the intended settlement date (unless already so recorded). The requirement applies irrespective of whether ...

Basics of Federal Natural Gas Law

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Natural gas is frequently in today’s headlines, either as the bane of environmentalists who oppose hydraulic fracturing (fracking) or the savior of environmentalists who see it as a fuel to replace coal for generating electricity.  Less than ten years ago, however, the United States was supposedly running out of natural gas, and the issue of the day was the siting of liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities to import supplies from the Middle ...

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