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Navigating the U.S. Criminal Law Maze in the Corporate Deal (Audio-only)

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

There has been a surge in global M&A and financing activity, with no end in sight. At the same time, U.S. and foreign prosecutors continue aggressively to investigate corporations for an array of potential crimes rooted in national security concerns, ranging from domestic and foreign bribery to sanctions, export controls and money laundering violations. Today, more than ever, it is critical for transactional lawyers to understand the enforcement ...

Who's the Boss (of Compliance)? (Audio-only)

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Over the past decade the reporting line of the compliance function has generated much debate. Should the Compliance Officer report to the GC, CEO or the Board? In the midst of significant momentum for an independent elevated CCO with direct, unfiltered access to the governing body, regulators and prosecutors have heightened their scrutiny of the CCO's positioning and empowerment. Please join Donna C. Boehme and Joseph E. Murphy for a lively discussion ...

Ethical Issues in Limited Scope Representation (Free Audio-only)

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Limited scope representation, also known as unbundling, is a way to connect lawyers needing work to clients needing affordable or pro bono legal assistance. It allows the lawyer and the client to agree in advance that the lawyer will undertake certain tasks, such as drafting pleadings or appearing at a contested hearing, and the client will represent him or herself for other parts of the case. This is a valuable tool in increasing access to justice ...

SEC's Conflict Minerals Rules: What We Learned from 2013 and What Happens Next (Audio-only)

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Over 1,300 companies filed Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Form SDs and, in most cases, Conflict Mineral Reports (CMR) for 2013. The SEC's Conflict Minerals Rule left unanswered many of the filing details and challenges that issuers dealt with up until the end. In addition, late-breaking developments in the ongoing legal challenge to the Rule and formal and informal SEC guidance further complicated what companies understood they needed to ...

Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank: An In-House Counsel Perspective (Audio-only)

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The Alice decision held that patent claims directed to certain abstract ideas are invalid under 35 U.S.C. Sec. 101. This represents the fourth time in the past five years that the Supreme Court has tackled the question of whether a patent was directed to patent-eligible subject matter. The decision impacts the future of software patents, other business method patents, and patent troll (NPE) activity. This One-Hour Briefing will address what inside ...

Accessing Justice: Ethics and Lawsuit Financing in a New Era (Audio-only)

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The expense of bringing a case to trial for attorneys, firms, and the parties themselves can be astronomical. How often in your practice do you reject cases because neither your firm nor the client will be able to shoulder the costs of litigation, particularly in cases that will be complicated or protracted? Have you found yourself at the receiving end of a scorched-earth defense strategy that has swallowed up firm resources and profits? Have your ...

Ebola and the Workplace -- An Update on Key Issues

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Ebola and the Workplace -- An Update on Key Issues Since the first Ebola patient came to the United States in late September 2014, all employers have been enormously challenged to deal with the many issues that this international emergency has engendered.  While the issues have their most immediate and direct effect on health care employees, in fact all employers who require travel or who whose employees may have contact with individuals who ...

Simplifying the World of Complex Financings (Audio-only)

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Expert faculty will focus on equity-linked instruments that may be offered in securities financing and other strategic transactions, including warrants and convertible securities. They will discuss the principal negotiating issues in connection with such instruments and the associated accounting and financial reporting consequences. Anna T. Pinedo of Morrison & Foerster LLP and Jarrod M. Rhen of WithumSmith+Brown, PC will address the following:  ...

Fiduciary Duty Obligations in Construction Contracts: How They are Created and How to Avoid Them (Audio-only)

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Construction professionals, especially design professionals, are commonly hired as consultants to owners on significant projects. Those same owners place a significant amount of trust and confidence in their consultants to complete complicated projects. What happens when the relationship between an owner and its consultants becomes so dependent that a fiduciary relationship is created? This program deals with this exact situation using the City of ...

Post Cyber Attack Litigation -- Trends and Predictions

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

With the constant onslaught of cyber-attacks facing the private sector, a key question every lawyer should be asking themselves is what does the post-attack litigation landscape look like? Can companies rest relatively easily knowing that most cases will be readily dismissed, or are there are lurking threats that could open up a free-for-all for plaintiff’s counsel. Please join Brian E. Finch of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP as he reviews:  ...

Drafting and Implementing International Employee Handbooks, Global Codes of Conduct and Cross-Border HR Policies (Audio-only)

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Everyone says “HR has gone global,” but the acid test of global HR is whether a multinational employer effectively aligns its HR policies globally. And many multinationals flunk this test. Is a multinational really globally-integrated if it has a zero-tolerance discrimination policy in the states?but it imposes mandatory retirement abroad? Is a multinational globally-integrated if its U.S. headquarters claims FCPA compliance on securities ...

Conducting Global Sweepstakes and Contests (Audio-only)

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

With the rise in social media, and as advertisers look to create integrated global campaigns, more and more marketers are turning to global sweepstakes and contests to engage with consumers on a global basis. This program, featuring speakers from Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (“GALA”) firms from around the world, will help marketers understand the rules of the road when conducting promotions globally, including: What promotion ...

Featured Faculty/Authors
Mark D. Roellig

Mark D. Roellig ~ Executive Vice President and General Counsel, MassMutual Financial Group

Jodie Berger

Jodie Berger ~ Regional Counsel, Legal Services of Northern California

David G. Wilkins

David G. Wilkins ~ Chief Compliance Officer, SNC-Lavalin Group