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ESG Disclosure Trends in SEC Filings

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Maia Gez, Era Anagnosti, and Taylor Pullins, White & Case LLP, on Sunday, July 17, 2022 Editor's Note: Maia Gez , Era Anagnosti , and Taylor Pullins are partners at White & Case LLP. This post is based on a White & Case memorandum by Ms. Gez, Ms.

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NC Lands #1 Spot in CNBC’s Top States for Business

Viking Mergers

Last week, CNBC announced that North Carolina has nabbed the #1 spot in America’s Top States for Business.

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France to pay €9.7bn for nationalisation of EDF

Financial Times M&A

Government to offer €12 per share to investors to take full control of power group

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Do We Need a Restatement of the Law of Corporate Governance?

Reynolds Holding

In 1978, the American Law Institute (ALI) authorized a project originally intended to result in a Restatement of corporate law. [1] 1] The drafters intended their project to be a departure from traditional restatements. [2]

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Genuine Commitment and Explicit Net Zero Targets

Harvard Corporate Governance

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Economic Damages and the Depp-Heard Trial

BVR

Determining damages in any court case is a matter of information. Having the wrong information can result in a painful defeat. Having the right information can result in a stunning victory and even a substantial boost to your reputation. One only must look to recent events for an example of this. economic damages & lost profits

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Judge grants Twitter fast-track trial to decide fate of $44bn Musk deal

Financial Times M&A

Social media platform wins early victory in fight to force billionaire to complete acquisition

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A Board’s Guide to Oversight of ESG

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Katie LaVoy, Sidley Austin LLP, on Friday, July 22, 2022 Editor's Note: Katie LaVoy is Counsel at Sidley Austin LLP. This post is based on a Sidley memorandum by Ms. LaVoy and Ben Cross. Related research from the Program on Corporate Governance includes The Illusory Promise of Stakeholder Governance by Lucian A.

Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between TruePoint Laser Scanning and Ground Penetrating Radar Systems

Benchmark Report

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the successful transaction between TruePoint Laser Scanning and Ground Penetrating Radar Systems (GPRS).

Amazon to acquire One Medical for $3.9bn

Financial Times M&A

Ecommerce group announces all-cash deal as it continues expansion into healthcare sector

What Internal Audit Gets Wrong when Assessing Cybersecurity Risk

Internal Audit 360

GUEST BLOG: O ne of the challenges when it comes to so-called “cybersecurity risk” is in accepting and then applying the idea that cyber is not an “IT risk.” It’s a business risk. That is easy to say, and it makes all the sense in the world.

The Long and Winding Road to Financial Reporting Standards

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Robert Eccles (Oxford University), and Kazdi Soonawalla (Oxford University), on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 Editor's Note: Robert G. Eccles is Visiting Professor of Management Practice, and Kazdi Soonawalla is a Senior Research Fellow in Accounting at Oxford University Said Business School. This post is based on the first part of a three-part series on financial reporting by Professor Eccles and Professor Soonawalla.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between Hargreaves Jones Limited and CCI Group Holdings Limited

Benchmark Report

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the acquisition of Manchester-based Hargreaves Jones by London-based CCi.

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In Twitter vs Musk, the just outcome would be out of court

Financial Times M&A

The seller-friendly contract contains a nuclear option to force a purchase

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Federal Valuation Agency Impact on Appraisers & the Public

Appraisers Blog

To establish an independent agency to be known as the Federal Valuation Agency that would oversee the appraisal industry in the name of “equity.”

Racial and Ethnic Diversity on U.S. Corporate Boards—Progress Since 2020

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Subodh Mishra, Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc., on Thursday, July 21, 2022 Editor's Note: Subodh Mishra is Managing Director at Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc. This post is based on an ISS memorandum by Fassil Michael, Head of Thought Leadership for ISS Governance.

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When Interest Rates Rise, Optimizing Tax Accounting Methods Can Drive Cash Savings

Machen McChesney

businesses have been hit by the perfect storm. As the pandemic continues to disrupt supply chains and plague much of the global economy, the war in Europe further complicates the landscape, disrupting major supplies of energy and other commodities. In the U.S.,

Mergers destroy value. Without reform, nothing will change

Financial Times M&A

The M&A playbook of warped incentives, rent extraction and creative accounting is overdue a rewrite

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How to Make Better Business Decisions in Your Next Strategic Planning Session

Rhythm Systems Growth

The best companies are already starting their Annual Strategic Planning process for 2023. They're engaging in pre-planning activities like. budgeting , brainstorming, gathering data and insights, and scheduling time for the team to hash out any major decisions.

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Twitter vs. Musk: Musk’s Opposition to Expedited Proceedings

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Anna Restuccia (Harvard Law School), on Monday, July 18, 2022 Editor's Note: This post provides the text of the response filed July 15, 2022, by Elon Musk to the Twitter complaint (discussed on the Forum here ). This post is part of the Delaware law series ; links to other posts in the series are available here. IN THE COURT OF CHANCERY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE. TWITTER, INC., Plaintiff, v. ELON R. MUSK, X HOLDINGS I, INC., and X HOLDINGS II, INC., Defendants.

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FHA Extends Appraisal Validity Period

Appraisers Blog

On July 12, 2022, the FHA announced that it is extending the initial appraisal validity period from 120 days to 180 days and the appraisal update validity period from 240 days to one year. This applies to case numbers assigned on or after June 1, 2022.

The lawyer trying to defeat Elon Musk

Financial Times M&A

Plus, Euromoney accepts £1.7bn buyout and a British billionaire’s crypto empire

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How REAG Works with CEPAs During the Exit Planning Process

Scott Mashuda

As an exit planning professional, you’ve likely had conversations with business owners about succession planning. Some may toe the line between exiting the business and exploring growth strategies. Others may simply know the business needs additional capital to grow as they edge closer to retirement.

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A Jam-Packed Spring 2022 Agenda for the SEC

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Cydney Posner, Cooley LLP, on Sunday, July 17, 2022 Editor's Note: Cydney S. Posner is special counsel at Cooley LLP. This post is based on her Cooley memorandum. The SEC has posted its Spring 2022 Reg-Flex agenda and it’s crammed with pending and new rulemakings—and they’re all going to be proposed or adopted in October! (Ok, Ok, admittedly, that’s an exaggeration, but not much of one.) Here is the short-term agenda and here is the long-term agenda.

How can CFOs rebrand themselves as innovation allies?

McKinsey

They can take five actions to improve objective-setting, performance measurement, and cultural factors associated with successful innovation projects. Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Strategy Innovation Digital

FTX in joint offer to buy Voyager Digital’s assets

Financial Times M&A

Proposal by Sam Bankman-Fried’s affiliates would offer accounts to customers of failed crypto group

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When to Do Strategic and Annual Planning vs. Budgeting?

Rhythm Systems Growth

Most companies do budgeting first and then strategy and annual planning. Think about this. If you have created a budget, you have inadvertently limited the freedom to think about what is possible. You are giving your team a financial view BEFORE you discuss what are the top priorities to focus on.

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The Rapidly Changing World of Human Rights Regulation: A Resource for Investors

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Subodh Mishra, Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc., on Monday, July 18, 2022 Editor's Note: Subodh Mishra is Global Head of Communications at Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc.

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August - The Time for a Financial Reboot

Biz Equity

GSK split will help deal with ‘perennial underperformance’, says chief

Financial Times M&A

Emma Walmsley believes listing of consumer health business will strengthen pharma division

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Imagine Running the Lawn Mower Industry Like the Appraisal Industry

Appraisers Blog

I’m on about lawn mowing lately. It’s my new full time passion. The appraisal industry should be as straight forward as lawn mowing, but due to the special interests pressures within the value industry, it has become convoluted and dysfunctional.

Name That Boon: SEC Proposes Rules on ESG Fund Names & Disclosures

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Matt Filosa, William Edwards, and Oliver Parry, Teneo, on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 Editor's Note: Matt Filosa is Senior Managing Director of Governance, William Edwards is Senior Managing Director, and Oliver Parry is Managing Director at Teneo. This post is based on a Teneo memorandum by Mr. Filosa, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Parry, Martha Carter , and Harvey Pitt.

How to value your startup for a friends & family round

Equidam

When we raised our first round of capital for Equidam, about a decade ago, we didn’t know much of what we now know about fundraising.

Suncor: Elliott sees value in Canadian oil sands

Financial Times M&A

Producer is a notable laggard of its peers

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Remote Auditing: A Brave New World

Machen McChesney

The pandemic has presented numerous challenges for businesses, but it also taught us how to be resilient, cost-conscious, and adaptable. Over the last few years, we’ve learned that remote working arrangements offer many benefits, including reducing the time and cost of performing many tasks.

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SEC Proposed Reforms of SPACs: A Comment from Andrew Tuch

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Andrew F. Tuch (Washington University in St. Louis) , on Thursday, July 21, 2022 Editor's Note: Andrew F. Tuch is Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis. This post is based on his comment letter submitted to the SEC. Related research from the Program on Corporate Governance includes SPAC Law and Myths (discussed on the Forum here ) by John C. Coates, IV.

Maryland Small Business Retirement Savings Program Set to Launch September 2022

Gross Mendelsohn

It seems like ancient history, but back in 2016, Maryland passed a law requiring any covered employer (i.e., one that didn’t have its own retirement plan and used a payroll system or service) to participate in the Maryland Small Business Retirement Savings Program - MarylandSaves.

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