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2024 Proxy Advisor Guidelines: What Companies Need to Know Heading into the 2024 Proxy Season

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Elizabeth K. Bieber, Sarah Ghulamhussain, and Peter Liddle, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, on Monday, February 26, 2024 Editor's Note: Elizabeth K. Bieber and Sarah Ghulamhussain are Partners, and Peter Liddle is a Law Clerk at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. This post is based on their Freshfields memorandum. The two most influential proxy advisor firms, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis & Co.

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F.T.C. Sues to Block Kroger-Albertsons Grocery Store Deal

NYT M&A

The regulator is trying to stop the largest supermarket merger in history, arguing that the deal would eliminate competition and raise prices for consumers.

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Post-Doctoral Corporate Governance Fellowships For Finance, Economics, and Accounting Researchers

Harvard Corporate Governance

The Program on Corporate Governance at Harvard Law School (HLS) is seeking applications for Corporate Governance Post Doctoral Fellowships from highly qualified candidates with graduate training in finance, economics, or accounting. Applications are considered on a rolling basis, and the start date is flexible. Appointments are for one year but the appointment period can be extended for additional one-year period/s (contingent on business needs and funding as are other Program positions).

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ValuAsia Connect Webinar Series: Environment, Social and Governance

IVSC

Introduction Welcome to ValuAsia Connect, a webinar series specifically tailored for valuation professionals and stakeholders throughout Asia. Co-organised by the International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC) and the Institute of Valuers and Appraisers, Singapore (IVAS), this series seeks to address the evolving landscape of valuation practices in the Asia-Pacific region.

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How to Leverage Intent Data for Better Outcomes

Speaker: Susan Spencer, Principal of Spencer Communications

Intent signal data can go a long way toward shortening sales cycles and closing more deals. The challenge is deciding which is the best type of intent data to help your company meet its sales and marketing goals. In this webinar, Susan Spencer, fractional CMO and principal of Spencer Communications, will unpack the differences between contact-level and company-level intent signals.

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The equity story you need for the long-term investors you want

Mckinsey and Company

Sophisticated investors are more likely to afford a company more time to let its strategy play out, even during volatility. But first, they need a clear equity story.

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Spotlighting Women in Advisory Practice: “We needed to focus on what people wanted,” says Erin Heath, CPA

ThomsonReuters

There are many paths to accountancy, but this is one we don’t hear of often:  Erin Heath   grew up on a cattle ranch in South Dakota, where many of her “ranch-hand” duties sparked her interest in numbers. But it was an introduction to accounting class in high school that paved the way. “It was love at first sight,” she recalls. “I enjoyed it more than chasing cows.

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Comment on AMCs Violating TILA and C&R Fee Clauses by Anonymous

Appraisers Blog

In reply to Maria. Do not worry about the AMC fee is not available. The group collecting the information has what is being charged and can fill in the gaps.

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Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Insider Trading After Overhearing Wife’s Work Calls

NYT M&A

The man made $1.7 million in profits after buying and selling stocks in a company that his wife’s employer, BP, acquired, prosecutors said.

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The potential benefits of AI for healthcare in Canada

Mckinsey and Company

Integrating AI into Canadian healthcare could help simplify administrative work; improve system management, care quality, and patient and staff experience; and boost affordability via lower spending.

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FTC Says Twitter Staff Prevented Musk Violating Privacy Order

Law 360 M&A

The Federal Trade Commission told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that were it not for Twitter employees disobeying Elon Musk's orders to grant some reporters "full access to everything. no limits at all" to the social media platform's systems, the company may have violated a 2022 FTC consent decree.

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Statement of Cash Flows vs. Cash Flow Statement

Speaker: Wayne Spivak - President and Chief Financial Officer of SBA * Consulting LTD, Industry Writer, and Public Speaker

The old adages that "cash is king" and "you can’t spend profits" still hold true today. But however well-known these sayings might be, it requires a change in mindset to properly implement a cash flow management system that predicts your business's runaway as accurately as possible. Key to this new mindset is understanding the difference between the Statement of Cash Flows, a historical look at the source and uses of cash, and the Cash Flow Statement, which uses transaction history and forward-l

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A Theory of the REIT

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Jason Oh and Andrew Verstein, UCLA School of Law, on Monday, February 19, 2024 Editor's Note: Jason Oh is a Professor of Law and the Lowell Milken Chair in Law, and Andrew Verstein is a Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. This post is based on their article forthcoming in The Yale Journal on Regulation. Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are companies that raise money from the public to invest in real estate.

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Comment on Let’s All Build the Gallows Together by Spencer Paul

Appraisers Blog

In reply to Baggins. The other concerns that I have are the legal concerns, specifically with E&O insurance. I have contracted by E&O (a larger one) and they have stated based on state board comments they would NOT cover the new hybrid appraisals due to the lack of verification of data that we are signing off on. If my E&O insurance is not willing to cover me on any assignments related to hybrid work, then why would ever want to do them?

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Capital One Said to Be in Talks to Acquire Discover

NYT M&A

The proposed deal would combine two of the largest credit card companies in the United States.

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Adopting AI at speed and scale: The 4IR push to stay competitive

Mckinsey and Company

AI has brought the Fourth Industrial Revolution to an inflection point, and manufacturers must choose a path forward: innovate, accelerate, or follow fast.

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Mastering Intent Data: Understanding its Importance & Best Practices

Speaker: Joe Apfelbaum, CEO of Ajax Union

In this webinar, Joe Apfelbaum, CEO of Ajax Union and business strategist, will take you through the ABCs of intent data. You'll learn how to effectively use it to drive business results, with practical tips on how to leverage both company and contact intent data to maximize your marketing efforts. Whether you're a seasoned marketer or just getting started, this webinar is a must-attend for anyone looking to stay ahead in the ever-evolving world of digital marketing.

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Texas Statewide Rule 8 Overhaul

Auto Dealer Valuation Insights

In October 2023, the Railroad Commission of Texas (the “RRC,” or the “Commission”) announced that for the first time in nearly 40 years, 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §3.8 (relating to Water Protection), also known as Statewide Rule 8 (“Rule 8”), would undergo a significant overhaul.

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Comment on Let’s All Build the Gallows Together by Todd Redington

Appraisers Blog

In reply to Baggins. As evidenced by my own experience when 2 out of 5 orders I indicated a need for increased scope of work because the PDC data was insufficient. Since then crickets… Note that most of my work from a desktop and PDC perspective is investigatory because of my position with certain organizations and having first hand knowledge of the process is paramount to crafting communication with regulatory parties.

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The BT Tower, a Once-Futuristic London Landmark, Will Become a Hotel

NYT M&A

The tower, once used to send telecom traffic, has been sold and will be transformed by the company that turned the TWA terminal at Kennedy Airport into a hotel.

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Deploying generative AI in US state governments: Pilot, scale, adopt

Mckinsey and Company

States could have much to gain from using generative AI tools in their operations. A low-risk strategy may be to test some applications while preparing a longer-term implementation plan.

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Boomerang In Default For Silence On $7M Del. Contract Suit

Law 360 M&A

A defunct steel tube plant that failed to respond to a Delaware Chancery Court lawsuit seeking $7.35 million for unpaid invoices was found in default Tuesday after failing to appear in court for more than a year and a half.

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Oregon State Treasury Nomination Neutrality

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Philip Larrieu, Oregon State Treasury, on Monday, February 26, 2024 Editor's Note: Philip Larrieu is a Stewardship Investment Officer at the Oregon State Treasury. This post was prepared for the Forum by Mr. Larrieu. Related research from the Program on Corporate Governance includes Universal Proxies (discussed on the Forum here ) by Scott Hirst and The Myth of the Shareholder Franchise (discussed on the Forum here ) by Lucian A.

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Comment on Let’s All Build the Gallows Together by Baggins

Appraisers Blog

In reply to Spencer Paul. State the insurers name specifically if you can. That would send a shock wave to the pro desktop advocates if they’re completing this work, and have that same insurer. Has anyone to date requested the PDC inspectors professional liability insurance or general workers insurance and received a copy of that? Who’s insuring the property data collectors?

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Ncontracts and America's Credit Unions Announce Alliance

N Contracts

BRENTWOOD, TN., February 22, 2023 –  Ncontracts , the leading provider of integrated compliance, risk, and vendor management solutions to the financial services industry, announced today its agreement with America’s Credit Unions for the promotion of Ncontracts' full suite of time and cost-saving risk management solutions.

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Healthcare in Latin America: What are consumers looking for?

Mckinsey and Company

A survey of more than 4,200 people paints a picture of typical healthcare consumers in Latin America, including their tendency to defer care and their desire for more convenient settings of care.

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Capital One Discover Deal: What to Know

NYT M&A

Before two of the largest credit card companies in the United States can complete a $35 billion deal, they’ll face an uphill battle with regulators.

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Trey Dodd Featured in Construction Pros

Butcher Joseph & Co.

Trey Dodd explores the reasons behind the optimistic outlook for the construction industry in 2024, despite challenges such as increasing interest rat. The post Trey Dodd Featured in Construction Pros appeared first on ButcherJoseph & Co.

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Comment on Damned If You Do and Damned If You Don’t by Joseph

Appraisers Blog

A comment was made by an appraiser who is black; in this racially charged world I applaud his thoughts, I have been an appraiser for 20 years, a home inspector for 5, an evil “flipper” for 10 and a real estate agent, in other words I have been around the industry for a long time. I can’t believe we as appraiser have allowed our profession to be bastardized like it has; I always thought like most that the AI would stand up for us, by NO WAY…they just want to pummel us with

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4 strategies to turn around poor staff performance

JPAbusiness

In our ebook Managing Staff for High Performance we explained how to manage staff on a daily basis using our Dynamic Performance Checklist. If this process is working well, there should be minimal requirement for corrective action. However, we're all humans and we're all fallible, so there is always room for improvement, as well as issues that can lead to performance below expectations.

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The growing imperative of energy optimization for telco networks

Mckinsey and Company

Rising energy costs, growing consumption, and the need to meet decarbonization goals are pressuring telcos to lower costs and to use electricity more efficiently.

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Taking Your Spouse on a Business Trip? Can You Write off the Costs?

Machen McChesney

A recent report shows that post-pandemic global business travel is going strong. The market reached $665.3 billion in 2022 and is estimated to hit $928.4 billion by 2030, according to a report from Research and Markets. If you own your own company and travel for business, you may wonder whether you can deduct the costs of having your spouse accompany you on trips.

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BuzzFeed Sells Complex, a Pop Culture Start-Up, for $108.6 Million

NYT M&A

The digital-media company, which has plunged in value, is selling the unit to Ntwrk at a significant discount from its 2021 purchase price.

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Comment on It’s Just Responsible Journalism! by Mary Thompson Thompson

Appraisers Blog

I also told that news director that they include a statement in the story that Appraisers are counter suing for defamation so homeowners better be sure they can prove bias or racism or they will be on the back end of a lawsuit. We shall see.

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Sorrento Says US Trustee's Protest Of Texas Venue Off Base

Law 360 M&A

Sorrento Therapeutics Inc. told a Texas bankruptcy court the company's choice to bring a Chapter 11 in the Lone Star state was sound, so the court should ignore a call from the U.S. Trustee's Office to trash or relocate the case.

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How generative AI could revitalize profitability for telcos

Mckinsey and Company

The new technology offers the sector a real opportunity to reverse its stagnant fortunes. But seizing it will require embracing innovation and agility to an unprecedented degree.

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Should Smart Contracts Be Mandated?

Reynolds Holding

Smart contracts are typically used to facilitate the transfer of cryptocurrencies but can actually be used to conclude all sorts of transactions. Technically speaking, a smart contract is just an automated algorithm. It triggers a pre-defined action once certain preconditions are met but with an added layer of cybersecurity. Yet scholars have been struggling to make sense of the legal status of smart contracts, with some scholars arguing that smart contracts can create legally binding obligation