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Understanding the Auditing Process: What General Counsel Need to Know

2022-06-24T05:05:06+00:00June 24th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Auditing is the process of evaluating a company’s financial statements according to set standards. While a company’s auditors have primary responsibility over auditing financial reports, lawyers regularly need to work alongside auditors and understand how to interpret audit reports. […]

Drafting Effective Corporate Governance Guidelines

2022-06-24T05:04:32+00:00June 24th, 2022|General Counsel|

Many companies have implemented corporate governance guidelines that capture the distinct procedures, practices, and culture of the management team and board of directors. In-house lawyers are often tasked with drafting, reviewing, or updating a company’s corporate governance guidelines. Although […]

Sell-Side M&A: What In-House Lawyers Need to Know

2022-06-24T05:11:53+00:00June 24th, 2022|Mergers & Acquisitions|

The sale of a company is a time-consuming and intensive process. The sale process often takes many months to complete. There are many key constituents involved including the company’s owners, management, employees, customers, financial advisors, and legal counsel.

The selling […]

Risk Factors in Securities Filings: What Companies Must Disclose

2022-05-09T21:54:25+00:00May 9th, 2022|General Counsel|

A company’s risk factors form an essential part of the reports filed by public companies and companies seeking to go public. Risk factor disclosures are cautionary statements that companies include in their disclosure documents about the key risks a […]

Tracy Britt Cool on Building a Mini-Berkshire Empire of Her Own

2022-05-05T21:16:50+00:00May 5th, 2022|Mergers & Acquisitions|

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Tracy Britt Cool is a former Berkshire Hathaway executive who trained under Warren Buffet. Ms. Britt Cool has garnered success building her own mini-Berkshire empire. Her investment firm has […]

Debt Exchange Offers by Public Companies: Overview

2022-05-04T21:36:19+00:00May 4th, 2022|General Counsel|

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Public companies occasionally adjust their capital structures. To manage their liabilities, companies sometimes restructure their existing indebtedness. They do this by issuing new debt securities in exchange for outstanding existing debt securities. Debt exchange […]

Role of Auditor’s Comfort Letter in Securities Offerings

2022-05-03T22:41:37+00:00May 3rd, 2022|General Counsel|

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The issuance of a comfort letter is an essential component of the due diligence process for a securities offering. The auditors for the company prepare and issue comfort letters. The auditors must prepare, issue and […]

The Legal Landscape of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Law

2022-05-02T21:38:07+00:00May 2nd, 2022|General Counsel|

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While artificial intelligence (AI) technology has the potential to transform society, the legal issues it raises touch upon diverse areas of law. These areas include privacy and data security, commercial contracts, intellectual property, antitrust, employee […]

SEC Proposes New Climate Disclosure Rule for Public Companies

2022-04-29T21:50:30+00:00April 22nd, 2022|Environmental & Energy|

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The SEC proposed new rules mandating climate disclosure by public companies in March 2022. The announcement has drawn mixed reactions from public companies and the investor community.

While many public companies publish sustainability reports, they report […]

FDA Medical Device Regulations: What You Should Know

2022-04-29T21:27:08+00:00April 21st, 2022|General Counsel|

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In the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the production and sale of medical devices. The FDA releases rules regarding classification, registration, premarket approval, product labeling requirements, and quality controls […]

Right to Repair Legislation: Momentum and Challenges Ahead

2022-04-29T21:37:42+00:00April 20th, 2022|Environmental & Energy|

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Right to repair bills have been gaining momentum. Consumers and independent third parties increasingly demand the right to self-repair. They want to be able to repair a wide range of products including electronics, farm equipment, […]

International Climate Change Legislation: Frameworks & Developments

2022-04-29T21:41:56+00:00April 19th, 2022|Environmental & Energy|

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Countries around the world are grappling with how to address climate change and its related risks through legislation. The United Nations has developed many binding international treaties on climate change. Highlighted below are some key […]

Katie Haun Debut Crypto Fund Attracts Investor Interest

2022-04-29T21:55:03+00:00April 14th, 2022|Start Ups|

Venture capitalist and crypto investor Katie Haun raised $1.5 billion for her new debut crypto fund, the largest initial fund ever raised by a solo female founding partner. The fund’s size is also more than double the previous record […]

Merger Disclosures Required by the SEC: An Overview

2022-04-29T22:01:50+00:00April 13th, 2022|Mergers & Acquisitions|

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Public company merger activity has been on the rise in recent years. Global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) volume hit a record in 2021. Fueled by the availability of low-cost financing, 2021 M&A activity exceeded $5 […]

The Clearing and Settlement Process for Debt Securities: An Overview

2022-04-13T16:44:25+00:00April 11th, 2022|General Counsel|

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Debt securities trading in the capital markets involves several steps before the electronic transfer of ownership from one owner to another finishes. For ownership to pass from the seller to the buyer, a “clearing” and […]

Amazon Scores Victory with Dismissal of Antitrust Lawsuit

2022-04-11T18:01:25+00:00April 8th, 2022|General Counsel|

A District of Columbia court dismissed an antitrust lawsuit against Amazon, granting the online retail giant a victory. The lawsuit accused Amazon of violating antitrust laws. The suit claims that Amazon bars third-party sellers on its platform from offering […]

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