November 17, 2010

Dave & Marty on Shareholder Proposals and Lynyrd Skynyrd

In this podcast, Dave Lynn and Marty Dunn engage in a lively discussion of the latest developments in securities laws, corporate governance, and pop culture. Topics include:

– Marty’s “13 Tips for Shareholder Proposals
– Shareholder proposals outside of the 14a-8 process
– Favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd songs

Our New Feature: Jimmy from Legal

Maybe this is a bad idea. You tell me. But I thought I’d try an occasional installment of fictional dialogue to inject a little more humor into this blog. Here is my first one:

Sam (from the Controller’s office): Hi Jimmy. Can you review the draft of our Form 10-Q and provide us with any comments by the end of today?

Jimmy (from the Legal Department): I would love to but I have at least five meetings today. Plus I have a bad “feeling” about this quarter.

Sam: Bad feeling. How so?

Jimmy: Well, my coin dealer told me it was valuable – but I think I was shafted. [Pulls quarter from pocket.]

Sam: Oh, that’s so ’70s Jimmy. Coin collecting is long dead. Just review the Q and mark it up pronto.
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Jimmy (muttering to himself, back at his desk): He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Being a numismatist is where it’s at; it’s been listed in the Top 100 hobbies by “Hobby World” magazine for years. We’ll see what he thinks about this…
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Sammy (yelling on the phone): What is this Jimmy? I have your comments right here.

Jim: Well?

Sam: They’re so…so…symmetrical. It looks like you just struck every 8th word!

Jimmy: Maybe.

Sam (slamming down the phone): Crazy. But it’s probably the best work you’ve done around here.

Next episode: Jimmy teeters towards the “dark side”…

Please send me your ideas for “Jimmy from Legal” episodes. Or let me know how I can spice this feature up…

More on “The Mentor Blog”

We continue to post new items daily on our blog – “The Mentor Blog” – for members. Members can sign up to get that blog pushed out to them via email whenever there is a new entry by simply inputting their email address on the left side of that blog. Here are some of the latest entries:

– Impact of FINRA Regulations on the Structuring and Distribution of Public Offerings
– Home Countries Unwilling to Allow Inspections: Non-US Auditors Must Prove SOX Compliance
– Is the DOJ Moving Beyond the FCPA?
– An Insider’s View of the SEC: Principles to Guide Reform
– The Countrywide Settlement: Significant Questions

– Broc Romanek