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2015 Federal Contractor Compliance: Are You Ready for the OFCCP?

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

2014 was a year of unprecedented change for Federal contractors.  The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) issued final regulations on protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  President Obama issued a series of Executive Orders addressing LGBT protections and discrimination in pay and new regulations have been proposed and/or issued to implement these Executive Orders.  OFCCP has also modified ...

Effective Lateral Partner Recruitment in 2015

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

There will be no CLE credit for this briefing. Recent surveys indicated that while lateral partner hiring remains as robust as ever, a large number of managing partners question the overall efficacy of such efforts. In this One-Hour Briefing, recruiters Stephen Nelson, Andi Cullins and Ellen Dougherty of The McCormick Group, Inc. review recent changes in the lateral market, and how firms can take advantage of these changes.   Among ...

Derivatives Regulatory Update

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Expert faculty in this One-Hour Briefing will update the current state of play regarding the implementation of U.S. regulations under Title VII of Dodd-Frank.   Julian E. Hammar and James Schwartz of Morrison & Foerster LLP will discuss, among other topics:    The recently released proposals of the CFTC and the Federal banking agencies that would require margin for uncleared swaps; Efforts to harmonize the ...

Demystifying Cyber-Attacks: How Directors and Officers Can Best Prepare Themselves and the Follow-On Shareholder Litigation

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

No director or officer can afford to ignore the threat posed to their company by cyber-attacks. Recent events have shown that cyber-attacks can disrupt business operations and revenue flow, and that poses a greater danger than the theft of personally identifiable information or health records. This briefing will inform directors and officers of just how broad the threat from cyber-attacks can be, offer tips on how to establish policies and procedures ...

Affordable Care Act in 2015: The State of the Law for Employers, Individuals, and Health Care Providers Five Years After Enactment

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

This March marks the fifth anniversary of the enactment of the Affordable Care Act.  Employers, individuals, and health care providers are now required to comply with the core provisions of the law that expand access and regulate health coverage.  Meanwhile, the thousands of pages of implementing regulations and the administrative positions adopted by federal agencies have given rise to additional legal issues.   Please join Catherine ...

Open Source Software Scanning and Management

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Open source software has rapidly evolved from being an IP curiosity to a critical element of today’s software. The vast majority of mainstream technology companies and enterprises are using open source components as an important pillar of their software development. But open source is not without risks that need to be managed, and management strategies and processes have lagged adoption.  By proactively managing, organizations can enjoy ...

How a Lender Looks at Commercial Leases

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Whenever a commercial real estate lender considers any real property collateral, the lender’s first questions relate to the rental income from the property. And the leases are the documents that create and define that income. So the leases become tremendously important. In this program, Joshua Stein, the program chair (since 1997) for PLI’s annual two-day seminar on commercial real estate financing drills down on how a lender and its counsel ...

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 101: Learn the Basics

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Many have asked, what is FERC?  Indeed, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or FERC is one of the smaller and lesser known agencies in the Federal government; however, its decisions reportedly affect five percent of the Nation’s gross national product.  It received some publicity (not good) at the turn of the century during the California energy crisis, although there was plenty of blame to spread around at the time.  It ...

Delaware's Old Rules and New Statutes: Corporate Mistakes, Consequences, and Solutions

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Under longstanding Delaware case law, including STAAR Surgical, when a corporation fails to follow the procedures set forth in its certificate, bylaws or the Delaware General Corporation law when authorizing or executing corporate action, the action taken may be void or voidable.  In many cases, corporations do not realize that their prior actions were void or voidable until they are on the verge of a transformative event, like an IPO, and are ...

Patent Litigation Before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and in MDL Proceedings in 2015

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Although the number of patent cases consolidated by the Judicial Panel of Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) for pretrial purposes declined in 2014, pretrial consolidation remains an important consideration in multi-defendant and multi-jurisdictional cases.  In addition, with the Supreme Court’s recent decision limiting the reach of general jurisdiction in Daimler AG v. Bauman, there may be an uptick in MDL patent cases, particularly Hatch-Waxman ...

European Unified Patents Court: When Will the UPC Arrive and What Will You Need to Know?

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The European Unified Patents Court (UPC) is coming in early 2016, and all U.S. companies that hold patents and do business in Europe need to be prepared.  Olswang's pan-EU IP team has identified procedural features that could attract “patent trolls”/NPEs to this new system.  This is particularly so given the UPC opens its doors at a time when such entities are seeking a new forum to monetize their patents as U.S. ...

Tips from the Trenches to Make You an Effective Negotiator

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

A lawyer's ability to negotiate is in many ways the most important skill a lawyer can have.  In this one hour session, lawyer, author and frequent speaker on negotiating skills Mark Grossman of Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP will give you the benefit of what he learned in his 30 plus years as a negotiator.  Among the many things that Mark will discuss:  Handling bullies  How to handle negotiating ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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