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John F. Olson

John F. Olson

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Washington, DC, USA


John F. Olson is a founding partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Olson represents business organizations in corporate governance, corporate securities, corporate finance and merger and acquisition matters. He has frequently led legal teams conducting internal investigations for boards of directors and board committees.   

Mr. Olson is recognized as one of the nation's foremost authorities on securities, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions law. He led the Federal Regulation of Securities and Corporate Governance Committees of the ABA Business Law Section and is a longtime member of and advisor to the Section’s Corporate Laws Committee.  He has been ranked annually as one of the top securities regulation attorneys in the country by Chambers USA, as one of the top lawyers in corporate governance by Who’s Who Legal, and has been named by the International Financial Law Review as a Leading Lawyer in U.S. Mergers & Acquisitions.  In 2013 he was elected to the NACD Directorship Corporate Governance Hall of Fame.  He was the founding Chair of the American College of Governance Counsel.

The author and editor of many books and articles on legal issues, Mr. Olson is a Distinguished Visitor from Practice at Georgetown University Law Center where he teaches organizational governance and securities law courses.

John F. Olson is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment PCAOB Developments: What’s Happening in the Auditing Arena? - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2015: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Evolving Expectations for Audit Committees, including Audit Committee and Company Communications - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2015: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Wednesday, June 24, 2015
SEC Developments Audit Committee Members Need to Know About - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2017: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Ethical Issues in Transactional Settings - 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Monday, November 13, 2017
Risk Management & Compliance: What Audit Committees Need To Know - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Tuesday, June 12, 2018
SEC Developments Audit Committee Members Need to Know About - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Evolving Ethical and Liability Challenges for Audit Committee Advisors: 2018 Edition - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Evolving Expectations for Audit Committees, including Audit Committee and Company Communications - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Tuesday, June 12, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Evolving Expectations for Audit Committees, including Audit Committee and Company Communications - Evolving Expectations for Audit Committees, including Audit Committee and Company Communications, Wednesday, June 24, 2015
PCAOB Developments: What’s Happening in the Auditing Arena? - PCAOB Developments: What’s Happening in the Auditing Arena?, Wednesday, June 24, 2015
SEC Developments Audit Committee Members Need to Know About - SEC Developments Audit Committee Members Need to Know About, Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Ethical Issues in Transactional Settings - Ethical Issues in Transactional Settings, Monday, November 13, 2017
Evolving Ethical and Liability Challenges for Audit Committee Advisors: 2018 Edition - Evolving Ethical and Liability Challenges for Audit Committee Advisors: 2018 Edition, Tuesday, June 12, 2018
SEC Developments Audit Committee Members Need to Know About - SEC Developments Audit Committee Members Need to Know About, Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Risk Management & Compliance: What Audit Committees Need To Know - Risk Management & Compliance: What Audit Committees Need To Know, Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Evolving Expectations for Audit Committees, including Audit Committee and Company Communications - Evolving Expectations for Audit Committees, including Audit Committee and Company Communications, Tuesday, June 12, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Evolving Expectations for Audit Committees, including Audit Committee and Company Communications - Evolving Expectations for Audit Committees, including Audit Committee and Company Communications, Wednesday, June 24, 2015
PCAOB Developments: What’s Happening in the Auditing Arena? - PCAOB Developments: What’s Happening in the Auditing Arena?, Wednesday, June 24, 2015
SEC Developments Audit Committee Members Need to Know About - SEC Developments Audit Committee Members Need to Know About, Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Ethical Issues in Transactional Settings - Ethical Issues in Transactional Settings, Monday, November 13, 2017
Risk Management & Compliance: What Audit Committees Need To Know - Risk Management & Compliance: What Audit Committees Need To Know, Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Evolving Ethical and Liability Challenges for Audit Committee Advisors: 2018 Edition - Evolving Ethical and Liability Challenges for Audit Committee Advisors: 2018 Edition, Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Evolving Expectations for Audit Committees, including Audit Committee and Company Communications - Evolving Expectations for Audit Committees, including Audit Committee and Company Communications, Tuesday, June 12, 2018
SEC Developments Audit Committee Members Need to Know About - SEC Developments Audit Committee Members Need to Know About, Tuesday, June 12, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2015: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Tuesday, July 07, 2015, New York, NY
Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2017: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 26, 2017, New York, NY
49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Sunday, December 03, 2017, New York, NY
Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 18, 2018, New York, NY
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2017: Recent Developments and Current Issues
Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Evolving Ethical and Liability Challenges for Audit Committee Advisors: 2017 Edition - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2017: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Tuesday, June 13, 2017
SEC Developments Audit Committee Members Need to Know About - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2017: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The Williams Companies, Inc. v. Energy Transfer Equity, L.P., et al., No. 330, 2016, C.A. Nos. 12168 & 12337 (Del. Ch. Mar. 23, 2017) - Securities Regulation Institute (49th Annual), Monday, November 13, 2017
Ethical Issues in Transactional Settings, Selected Materials - Securities Regulation Institute (49th Annual), Monday, November 13, 2017
Audit Committee Checklist and Compliance Timeline - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 11, 2018
SEC Proposes Amendments to Securities Regulations to Modernize and Simplify Disclosure (October 13, 2017) - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 11, 2018
SEC Press Release: SEC Announces Its Largest-Ever Whistleblower Awards (March 19, 2018) - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 11, 2018
Emily Childs, Eric Knachel, and Rob Moynihan, Deloitte, Heads Up, Volume 25, Issue 1, Observations from a Review of Public Filings by Early Adopters of the New Revenue Standard (January 22, 2018) - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 11, 2018
SEC Release No. 34-82897, Whistleblower Award Proceeding - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 11, 2018
SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 118, https://www.sec.gov/interps/account/staff-accounting-bulletin-118.htm - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 11, 2018
Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers (February 21, 2018) - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 11, 2018
SEC Staff Provides Important Guidance for Disclosure and Accounting Implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—Practical Considerations for Reporting Companies (December 26, 2017) - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 11, 2018
Chairman Jay Clayton, Statement on Charges Against Former KPMG and PCAOB Personnel (January 22, 2018) - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 11, 2018
SEC Amicus Curiae Brief in Wadler (December 13, 2016) - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 11, 2018
PCAOB News Release: PCAOB Announces $1.5 Million Settlement with Grant Thornton for Quality Control Violations and Audit Failures (December 20, 2017) - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 11, 2018
SEC Chairman Jay Clayton, Statement on Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings (December 11, 2017) - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 11, 2018
NYCLA Committee on Professional Ethics Formal Opinion 746 (October 7, 2013) - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 11, 2018
SEC Release No. 34-82556, In the Matter of Cynthia Holder, CPA, Jeffrey Wada, CPA, David Middendorf, CPA, Thomas Whittle, CPA, and David Britt, CPA (January 22, 2018) - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 11, 2018
Wadler v. Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., Appellant Letter to 9th Circuit Referencing Digital Realty Trust (March 5, 2018) - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 11, 2018
Deloitte: Financial Reporting Alert 18-1—Frequently Asked Questions About Tax Reform (March 20, 2018) - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 11, 2018
Laccetti v. SEC (March 23, 2018) - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 11, 2018
Wesley R. Bricker, Chief Accountant, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Speech, Remarks before the Financial Executives International 36th Annual Current Financial Reporting Issues Conference: Effective Financial Reporting in a Period of Change (November 14, 2017) - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 11, 2018
SEC Release No. 34-81396, In the Matter of KPMG LLP and John Riordan, CPA (August 15, 2017) - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 11, 2018
SEC Release No. 34-82557, In the Matter of Brian Sweet, CPA (January 22, 2018) - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 11, 2018
Michael P. Berrigan, Professional Accounting Fellow, Office of the Chief Accountant, Speech, Remarks before the 2017 AICPA Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments (December 4, 2017) - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 11, 2018
SEC Press Release: SEC Obtains Bars and Suspensions Against Individuals and Accounting Firm in Shell Factory Scheme (February 16, 2018) - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 11, 2018
Ryan Wolfe, Senior Associate Chief Accountant, Office of the Chief Accountant, Speech, Remarks before the 2017 AICPA Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments (December 4, 2107) - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 11, 2018
Money Laundering Regulations 2017: Consultation (June 26, 2017) - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 11, 2018
Section 330 of the United Kingdom’s Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2018: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 11, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Ethical Issues in Transactional Settings - Ethical Issues in Transactional Settings, Monday, November 13, 2017
Risk Management & Compliance: What Audit Committees Need To Know - Risk Management & Compliance: What Audit Committees Need To Know, Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Evolving Expectations for Audit Committees, including Audit Committee and Company Communications - Evolving Expectations for Audit Committees, including Audit Committee and Company Communications, Tuesday, June 12, 2018
SEC Developments Audit Committee Members Need to Know About - SEC Developments Audit Committee Members Need to Know About, Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Evolving Ethical and Liability Challenges for Audit Committee Advisors: 2018 Edition - Evolving Ethical and Liability Challenges for Audit Committee Advisors: 2018 Edition, Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Live Seminar  Live Seminar 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018, New York, NY
Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2019: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Tuesday, June 04, 2019, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018, New York, NY
Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2019: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Tuesday, June 04, 2019, New York, NY
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