May 6, 2016

John Olson: A Legal Giant

As you’ll find out in this 40-minute podcast with Gibson Dunn’s John Olson, he is a legal giant. In 52 years of practice, he has done it all. Chair of the ABA’s Federal Regulation of Securities committee; Advisory Committee for both the NYSE and NASD. Drafting insider trading legislation for Congress. Just to name a few.

John has proven not to just be a leader among securities lawyers – but also in the field of corporate governance. John may have been in more boardrooms during his life than any other lawyer. More recently, John has spent more time with his true love – teaching. Learn all about him…

Will All Institutional Investor Become “Activists”?

Here’s the intro from this Cooley blog:

To date, for the most part, when it comes to shareholder activism, the heavy lifting has been done by hedge fund activists. Now, as discussed in this NYT DealBook column, institutional shareholders may be stepping out on their own.

Transfer Agents: Companies Need to Focus on SEC’s Proposal

Recently, Carl Hagberg forced me to read his comment letter over the SEC’s recent transfer agent proposals – as I admit that I didn’t realize that transfer agents can assume – and sometimes create – significant liabilities for companies! This proposal really hadn’t been on my radar screen. The SEC extended the comment period so that it ended a few weeks ago – so I imagine the agency will still accept comments as the deadline typically is soft. Here’s all of the comments submitted so far…

Broc Romanek