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First Annual Dealing with MD&A Hot Topics

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

This One-Hour Briefing will help you effectively deal with the  current issues and most challenging areas in MD&A for 2015 Form 10-K Annual Reports and for Form 10-Q Quarterly Reports as we begin 2016.    Please 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 the 2015 MD&A and upcoming quarterly MD&As.  Topics ...

ACA Co-Ops: Struggling Startups with Industry-Wide Implications

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

February 9, 2016, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (E..S.T.) Established by the Affordable Care Act to increase competition in the health insurance market, nearly two dozen Co-Op insurers came into the market in 2014. Enabled by low premiums, they enrolled over a million people. Then a combination of higher than expected claims and lower than expected federal funds drove half into receivership in 2015, and leaving others teetering today.  Please ...

Federal Elections: Federal Campaign Finance Issues

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

With the 2016 federal elections gearing up, this briefing will provide you with an overview of federal campaign law finance law, and will highlight hot topics that arise during presidential election years.  Please join Patricia M. Zweibel of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP for a discussion addressing:  Contributions and expenditures:  definitions, limits and restrictions  Impact of Citizens United ...

Managing Global Intellectual Property Litigation in Asia

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

In today’s global markets, it is critical that companies protect their IP not just in the U.S. but in all jurisdictions. However, the differences between litigation and adversarial patent procedures in Asia and the U.S. are significant, and can impact the effectiveness of overseas litigation unless they are recognized and adapted to. This presentation provides tactical tips to U.S. companies on how to manage overseas litigation and will provide ...

Addressing the TLAC, the Long-Term Debt Requirement, and the Clean Holding Company Requirements

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The Federal Reserve Board’s proposed long-term debt requirement, a TLAC requirement and a clean holding company requirement for US G-SIBs, and the intermediate holding companies of foreign (non-US) G-SIBs subject to an IHC requirement will have a significant impact on bank funding. Similar requirements resulting from the Financial Stability Board’s final TLAC principles will affect non-U.S. G-SIBs.  Given that banks are frequent debt ...

ABCs of ETFs

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Exchange traded funds have grown in popularity and complexity. This program will tell you what you need to know -- how they are structured, how they operate, and legal and regulatory trends that affect them.   Please join Jay G. Baris and Kelley A. Howes of Morrison & Foerster LLP as they address the following topics:  The distinctions between mutual funds and ETFs How ETFs are created and how they trade The ...

“Spoofing:” What Is It, How Do Regulators Detect It, and Recent Regulatory Enforcement Actions

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

There continues to be much discussion in the securities industry about the changing nature of trading in our capital markets and those who attempt to improperly take advantage of technological advances. One practice that has generated significant attention and scrutiny from regulators is manipulative trading activity such as spoofing. This briefing will provide regulatory perspectives on the identification of spoofing and other types of manipulative ...

M&A Default Rule Roulette: Winning the Bet with the Law You Pick

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

When negotiating the deal, going-silent could be pro-buyer or pro-seller depending on the law you pick. Comparing Delaware, New York and Texas laws, this panel of seasoned M&A pros will separate fact from fiction on what happens when you go silent and when you test the freedom-of-contract limits of common, yet potentially outcome-determinative deal points.   Topics will include: Sandbagging (aka preserving the benefit-of-the-bargain) ...

Estate Planning for the Non-Specialist

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

This One-Hour Briefing will review the basics of estate planning for lawyers who are not specialists in the field and wish to gain a general understanding and be able to identify the issues involved.  Among the topics covered will be:               The passing of assets at death, including wills, living trusts, beneficiary designations and intestacy  ...

Anti-Corruption Regimes and Enforcement in Asia Pacific

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

February 25, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (E.S.T.)Law enforcement agencies in Asia Pacific are becoming increasingly active in penalizing businesses for non-compliance with anti-corruption laws. Effective handling of anti-corruption enforcement can be essential to maintaining business-continuity.    Mark Johnson and Ralph Sellar of Debevoise & Plimpton will:   review recent anti-corruption issues which are the ...

EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) -- What is Ahead for U.S. Companies?

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The biggest change in EU data protection law in two decades is imminent. The GDPR is set to be enacted in March 2016 and become effective 2 years later. U.S. companies should assess how the GDPR will affect their business models and data processing practices and start formulating a game plan to address the transitional steps they would need to take locally, regionally and globally to meet compliance when the GDPR comes into force.  Dyann Heward-Mills ...

Nuts and Bolts of Poison Pills

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Shareholder rights plans, also known as poison pills, are an extraordinarily effective takeover defense.  However, they also continue to be a source of intense scrutiny by proxy advisory firms.    At first blush, the mechanics of rights plans can seem dauntingly complex. Leading M&A practitioners Francis J. Aquila and Melissa Sawyer from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP will guide you through how a rights plan works.  ...

Protecting Your Intellectual Property Rights in Africa

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Africa is the world’s second largest and second most populous continent. After decades of slow growth, areas of the continent have experienced a boom, with six of the thirteen fastest growing economies currently being African nations. But with 54 countries, where and how does one begin to enforce one’s intellectual property rights? And are these rights enforceable at all in countries still plagued by corruption and unrest?   Please ...

Pension De-Risking: Legal Issues and Market Insights for ERISA Attorneys

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Pension risk transfer activity has increased dramatically over the past few years and is expected to continue to increase in 2016.  The size and complexity of these de-risking transactions and the impact on current and former employees make it important for a company’s legal counsel to be involved.   As such, in-house attorneys and counsel representing clients sponsoring defined benefit plans (particularly those with closed ...

How to Engage Personnel in Places Where the Employer Has No Registered Payrolling Presence: Tiptoeing into a New Country

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

When a multinational business or nonprofit enters some new foreign market where it has never done business before to launch a “greenfield” presence?a new local office, facility or factory?the path is clear. The organization marches into the new market flying its flag, heading straight for local governmental authorities’ offices. The organization declares its intent to enter the country. It registers a local branch, representative ...

How to Use Maps to Support Your Work with Low-Income Communities

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Please join Robert Hammond and Jay Ackley from Legal Services NYC as they demonstrate how user-friendly online mapping software can support the goals of legal services providers work with low-income communities. Relying on New York City as a case study, they will provide examples of how software, such as ArcGIS and Mango Maps, can be used in conjunction with publicly available data to create compelling visual evidence, improve advocacy efforts, and ...

Lateral Partner Movement Today: What Candidates Should Be Considering

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

There will be no CLE credit for this briefing. Lateral partner acquisitions remain an essential component of most firms’ growth strategy, even though studies continue to show that only about half of lateral partners are deemed successful.  In this One-Hour Briefing, Executive Search Consultants Stephen Nelson, Andi Cullins and Ellen Dougherty of The McCormick Group, Inc. explain the strategies that partner-level candidates should ...

Ethics and the "Reasonable" Legal Fee

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

According to the Rules of Professional Conduct, an attorney’s fees shall be “reasonable.” What exactly does that mean? This program will feature a comprehensive discussion on the timely and evolving issue of legal fees and the issue of reasonableness – particularly in connection with an attorney’s ethical and professional obligations. Our speakers (who have extensive experience as in-house counsel, private practitioners, ...

How the Private Bar Can Impact America's Indigent Defense Crisis

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Many misdemeanor courts across the country fail to provide lawyers to the indigent accused despite the constitutional imperative to do so.  Those that do often provide lawyers who are so financially conflicted, or who juggle so many cases at once, or who are appointed so late in the life of a case, that the defendants have in effect no legal counsel advocating on their behalf. This leads to one of two results.  Either the courts experience ...

Leadership for Lawyers

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Leadership training is growing rapidly for lawyers.  In 2001 only one state in the Union provided CLE credit for leadership training. Today, over 30 states provide CLE credit for “leadership for lawyers courses” based on the recognition that lawyers are called upon to be leaders every day and need formal training in leadership just as much as they need formal training in civil procedure, taking an excellent deposition, and drafting ...

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