SPACs, conflict minerals, ICOs, ESG, the STOCK Act, the FCPA and more . . . Chris and Kurt sit down with professors Karen Woody of the Washington & Lee University School of Law and James Park of the UCLA School of Law to discuss securities regulatory and enforcement trends that may develop in the Biden Administration.
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James Park is Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. He is an expert on corporate law and securities regulation. His research examines the regulation of securities fraud and corporate governance in public companies. Professor Park has written more than twenty law review articles that have appeared in journals such as the California Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Michigan Law Review, and UCLA Law Review. His book, The Valuation Treadmill: How Securities Fraud Became a Problem for Public Companies, will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2022.
Professor Park teaches Securities Regulation, Business Associations, Civil Procedure, and a seminar on Advanced Topics in Corporate and Securities Law. He currently serves as one of the faculty directors of the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy.
After graduating from Yale Law School, Professor Park clerked for federal judges in the Southern District of New York and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He practiced law in New York City at a law firm and then as an Assistant Attorney General in the Investor Protection Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office.
Karen Woody is an associate professor at Washington & Lee University School of Law, where she teaches business law courses. Her scholarship focuses on securities law, financial regulation, insider trading, and white collar crime. She has published her work in a number of print and online journals, including the Stanford Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, Fordham Law Review, and the Journal of Corporation Law, among others. Her work on corporate disclosures related to conflict minerals is widely cited, and she testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee regarding federal conflict minerals regulation.
Professor Woody previously taught in the Business Law and Ethics department at Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Prior to entering academia, she practiced law for ten years in Washington, D.C. at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. In her practice, she advised corporate and individual clients on issues related to white collar crime and compliance issues, with a particular focus on international corruption, securities and accounting fraud, and internal corporate investigations.