2023

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Emerging trends in ESG governance for 2023

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Maureen Bujno and Kristen Sullivan, Deloitte & Touche LLP, on Sunday, March 26, 2023 Editor's Note: Maureen Bujno is a Managing Director, and Kristen Sullivan is a Partner and leads Sustainability and ESG at Deloitte & Touche LLP. This post is based on their Deloitte memorandum. Related research from the Program on Corporate Governance includes The Illusory Promise of Stakeholder Governance (discussed on the Forum here ) by Lucian A.

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The impact of generative AI on Black communities

Mckinsey and Company

Generative AI has the potential to widen the racial economic gap in the United States by $43 billion each year. But deployed thoughtfully, it could actually remove barriers to Black economic mobility.

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Music Licensing Giant BMI Sells to Private Equity Firm

NYT M&A

Broadcast Music Inc., one of the major performing rights organizations in the United States, collected $1.57 billion and distributed $1.47 billion for its 2022 fiscal year.

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Sony Wanted To Block Activision Microsoft Merger, But May Be Giving Ammo To Antitrust Fight

Benzinga

PlayStation owner Sony Group Corp (NYSE: SONY ) has been vocal in its attempt to block rival Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ), manufacturer of the Xbox, from buying video game publisher Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI ) for roughly $69 billion. And while it would appear that Sony would get its way — with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) suing Microsoft over the deal , citing antitrust issues — the company may soon find itself under regulatory scrutiny as well.

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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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Dear Representative, FNMA Has Gone Rogue!

Appraisers Blog

Dear representative, waiving/eliminating property appraisal for lending purposes is wanton recklessness. Fannie Mae’s decision to waive/eliminate property appraisal for lending purposes is nothing more than wanton recklessness that could have serious repercussions in the future. The truth of the matter is that appraisals are an essential part of any mortgage transaction and should not be taken lightly or eliminated without due consideration.

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How firms can prioritize accountants’ mental health in the workplace

ThomsonReuters

Working in the tax and accounting industry can be a stressful job. With long hours, tight deadlines, and pressure to deliver results, it can be hard to achieve a work-life balance. That’s why it’s important for both tax and accounting professionals and their firms to take steps to protect their mental health. With Mental Health Month upon us, this is a good time to think about strategies to ensure that your teams maintain a healthy work-life balance.

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The Top Internal Audit Articles of 2023

Internal Audit 360

T here’s a palpable concern for the future among internal auditors. I wouldn’t quite call it anxiety, but there’s certainly some underlying angst about how the next few years will play out for internal auditors. There’s consternation, for sure, over how things like artificial intelligence, increasing digitalization, the data of everything, climate change, political uncertainly, and geopolitical tension will impact the business world as a whole and internal auditing in par

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Private equity M&A set to whittle sector down to 100 ‘next-generation’ firms

Financial Times M&A

Split between managers that can raise money and those that cannot will lead to consolidation, predicts Partners Group CEO

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The Buy-Side vs. Sell-Side: Useful Categories in the Finance Industry, or Marketing Hype?

Brian DeChesare

The buy-side vs. sell-side distinction/debate is interesting because it happens on the internet and in real life. With other topics – such as “ target schools ” or “ elite boutiques ” – few people use the terms in-person. In fact, it would be quite weird if you spoke one of these terms aloud in an interview. But everyone from headhunters to bankers to interviewers uses the terms “buy-side” and “sell-side,” and most people put themselves in one category or the other.

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What boards should know about balancing ESG critics and key stakeholders

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Maria Castañón Moats, Paul DeNicola, and Matt DiGuiseppe, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, on Sunday, April 9, 2023 Editor's Note: Maria Castañón Moats is Leader, Paul DeNicola is Principal, and Matt DiGuiseppe is Managing Director at the Governance Insights Center at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. This post is based on their PwC memorandum. Related research from the Program on Corporate Governance includes The Illusory Promise of Stakeholder Governance (discussed on the Forum here ) by

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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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The CEO’s ESG dilemma

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Peter Gassmann and Will Jackson-Moore, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, on Monday, January 23, 2023 Editor's Note: Peter Gassmann is a Global Leader of Strategy and Will Jackson-Moore is a Global ESG Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. This post is based on their PwC memorandum. Related research from the Program on Corporate Governance includes The Illusory Promise of Stakeholder Governance (discussed on the Forum here ) and Will Corporations Deliver to All Stakeholders?

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Global Corporate Governance Trends for 2023

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Richard Fields and Rusty O’Kelley, Russell Reynolds Associates, on Friday, March 10, 2023 Editor's Note: Rich Fields leads the Board Effectiveness practice and Rusty O’Kelley co-leads the Board and CEO Advisory Partners in the Americas at Russell Reynolds Associates. This post is based on their Russell Reynolds memorandum. Keeping up with the ever-changing trends in global corporate governance is no easy task, as countries introduce new governance rules that trigger knock-on effects

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Get boardroom ready: five ways to improve executive interactions with the board

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Maria Castañón Moats, Paul DeNicola, Catie Hall, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, on Saturday, January 21, 2023 Editor's Note: Maria Castañón Moats is Leader, Paul DeNicola is a Principal, and Catie Hall is a Director at the Governance Insights Center at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. This post is based on their PwC memorandum. Why? Whether you are an executive who has been meeting with the board regularly for years or you are in a new role that’s landing you on the agenda, these brief inter

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SEC Risk Factors Disclosure Analysis

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Dean Kingsley, Matt Solomon, Deloitte & Touche LLP, and Kristen Jaconi (USC Marshall), on Sunday, December 3, 2023 Editor's Note: Dean Kingsley is a Principal and Matt Solomon is a Senior Manager at Deloitte & Touche LLP. Kristen Jaconi is an Associate Professor of the Practice in Accounting and Executive Director at Peter Arkley Institute for Risk Management at the USC Marshall School of Business.

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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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Cyber Governance: Growing Expectations for Information Security Oversight and Accountability

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Subodh Mishra, Institutional Shareholder Services, on Monday, November 6, 2023 Editor's Note: Subodh Mishra is Global Head of Communications at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) Inc. This post is based on an ISS Corporate Solutions memorandum by Liam Hardy, Senior Associate, ISS Corporate Solutions. Digital technology impacts businesses in myriad ways.

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Who Are Quality Shareholders and Why You Should Care

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Lawrence A. Cunningham, Mayer Brown LLP, on Saturday, February 11, 2023 Editor's Note: Lawrence A. Cunningham is Special Counsel at Mayer Brown LLP, Principal of the Quality Shareholders Group and Henry St. George Tucker III Professor Emeritus at George Washington University. The following post is based on Professor Cunningham’s address delivered as the 37th Annual Francis G.

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2023 Corporate Governance developments

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Melissa Sawyer, Lauren S. Boehmke and Marc Treviño, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, on Monday, September 25, 2023 Editor's Note: Melissa Sawyer , Lauren Boehmke , and Marc Treviño are Partners at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. This post is based on a Sullivan & Cromwell memorandum by Ms. Sawyer, Ms. Boehmke, Mr. Treviño, Susan M. Lindsay , June Hu , and H.

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Board Practices: Artificial intelligence

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Natalie Cooper (Deloitte LLP), Bob Lamm (Deloitte LLP), and Randi Van Morrison (Society for Corporate Governance), on Saturday, September 2, 2023 Editor's Note: Natalie Cooper is Senior Manager and Robert Lamm is an Independent Senior Advisor, at the Center for Board Effectiveness, Deloitte LLP; and Randi Val Morrison is Vice President, Reporting & Member Support at the Society for Corporate Governance.

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US Public Company Board Diversity in 2023: How Corporate Director Diversity Can Contribute to Board Effectiveness

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Merel Spierings, The Conference Board, on Friday, November 24, 2023 Editor's Note: Merel Spierings is Senior Researcher at The Conference Board ESG Center in New York. This post relates to Corporate Board Practices in the Russell 3000, S&P 500, and S&P MidCap 400: Live Dashboard, a live online dashboard published by The Conference Board and ESG data analytics firm ESGAUGE , in collaboration with Debevoise & Plimpton , the KPMG Board Leadership Center , Russell Reynolds Asso

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2023 Annual ESG Preparedness Report

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Frederik Otto, Jeannette Lichner and Adélaïde Levassor, The Sustainability Board, on Monday, November 27, 2023 Editor's Note: Frederik Otto is Executive Director, Jeannette Lichner is Senior Advisor, and Adélaïde Levassor is Advisor of The Sustainability Board (TSB). This post is based on the 2023 Annual ESG Preparedness Report by Mr. Otto, Ms.

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Global Corporate Credit ESG Engagement Report

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Jonathan Bailey, Savannah Irving, Neuberger Berman LLC, on Saturday, February 4, 2023 Editor's Note: Jonathan Bailey is a Managing Director and Head of ESG Investing, and Savannah Irving is an Associate at Neuberger Berman LLC. This post is based on their Neuberger Berman memorandum. In recent years a variety of market disrupting events have underscored the importance of active ownership and the analysis of material environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in fundamental cred

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Director-Shareholder Engagement: Getting It Right

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Maria Castañón Moats, Paul DeNicola, and Matt DiGuiseppe, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, on Monday, June 5, 2023 Editor's Note: Maria Castañón Moats is Leader, Paul DeNicola is Principal, and Matt DiGuiseppe is Managing Director at the Governance Insights Center at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. This post is based on their PwC memorandum. When done right, director-shareholder engagement can pay dividends for both the investor and the company.

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State of Cyber Awareness in the Boardroom

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Sarah Kuranda Vallone, VP Marketing (NightDragon) and Edna Twumwaa Frimpong, Director of International Research (Diligent Institute), on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 Editor's Note: Sarah Kuranda Vallone is a VP Marketing at NightDragon, and Edna Twumwaa Frimpong is a Director of International Research at Diligent Institute. This post is based on a NightDragon and Diligent memorandum by Ms.

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Director Perspective: Top Priorities of 2023

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Ted Sikora, NACD, on Friday, February 10, 2023 Editor's Note: Ted Sikora is a Project Manager, Surveys and Business Analytics at NACD. This post is based on his NACD publication. If 2020 was the year of the COVID-19 pandemic and 2021 was the year of building toward recovery, 2022 offered little respite for directors overseeing companies amid a chaotic business environment.

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The board’s role: building trust in a multi-stakeholder world

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Maria Castañón Moats, Paul DeNicola, and Matt DiGuiseppe, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 Editor's Note: Maria Castañón Moats is Leader, Paul DeNicola is Principal, and Matt DiGuiseppe is Managing Director at the Governance Insights Center at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. This post is based on their PwC memorandum.

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Russell 3000 Boards Becoming More Diverse

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Subodh Mishra, Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc., on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 Editor's Note: Subodh Mishra is Global Head of Communications at Institutional Shareholder Services. This post is based on an ISS Corporate Solutions memorandum by Paul Hodgson, Senior Editor; Aditi Aier, Senior Associate; and Carmen Luk, Senior Associate at ISS Corporate Solutions.

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The Rise of International ESG Disclosure Standards

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by David A. Cifrino, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, on Thursday, June 29, 2023 Editor's Note: David A. Cifrino is Counsel at McDermott Will & Emery LLP. This post is based on his MWE memorandum. Related research from the Program on Corporate Governance includes The Illusory Promise of Stakeholder Governance (discussed on the Forum here ) by Lucian A.

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Activating Sustainability in the Boardroom

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Laura Sanderson, Sarah Galloway, Russell Reynolds Associates, on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 Editor's Note: Laura Sanderson co-leads the Board and CEO Advisory Partners in Europe and Sarah Galloway is co-head of the Global Sustainability Practice at Russell Reynolds Associates. This post is based on a Russell Reynolds Associates memorandum by Ms.

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CEO Succession and The Walt Disney Company

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by David F. Larcker and Brian Tayan (Stanford University), on Friday, December 22, 2023 Editor's Note: David F. Larcker is the James Irvin Miller Professor of Accounting, Emeritus; and Brian Tayan is a researcher with the Corporate Governance Research Initiative at Stanford Graduate School of Business. This post is based on their recent paper.

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2022 U.S. CEO Outlook

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by John Rodi, KPMG LLP, on Thursday, January 5, 2023 Editor's Note: John Rodi is the leader of the KPMG Board Leadership Center (BLC). This post is based on his KPMG memorandum. Overview. On the heels of the pandemic, CEOs are now facing another turbulent period. Our latest CEO Outlook is being released amid a business environment marred by high inflation, geopolitical tensions and fears of a recession.

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The EU’s New ESG Disclosure Rules Could Spark Securities Litigation in the US

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Raquel Fox, Simon Toms, and Jeongu Gim, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, on Saturday, September 23, 2023 Editor's Note: Raquel Fox and Simon Toms are Partners and Jeongu Gim is an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. This post is based on a Skadden memorandum by Ms. Fox, Mr. Toms, Mr. Gim and Tansy Woan.

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How To Fix The C-suite Diversity Problem

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Tina Shah Paikeday, and Nisa Qosja, Russell Reynolds Associates, on Saturday, February 25, 2023 Editor's Note: Tina Shah Paikeday is the Global Head of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Practice, and Nisa Qosja is a Knowledge Consultant at Russell Reynolds Associates. This post is based on their Russell Reynolds memorandum. Related research from the Program on Corporate Governance includes Politics and Gender in the Executive Suite (discussed on the Forum here ) by Alma Cohen, Mosh

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Boards of Directors in Disruptive Times: Improving Corporate Governance Effectiveness

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Jordi Canals (IESE Business School), on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 Editor's Note: Jordi Canals is Professor of Strategic Management and the holder of Fundación IESE Chair in Corporate Governance at IESE Business School. This post is based on his book. Disney’s board of directors fired CEO Bob Chapek on November 20, 2022. He was nominated for that job in February 2020 to replace Bob Iger -Disney CEO between 2005 and 2020-, after several board attempts in previous years to speed up Ig

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Standardization and Innovation in Venture Capital Contracting: Evidence from Startup Company Charters

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Robert Bartlett (Stanford Law School), on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 Editor's Note: Robert Bartlett is the W. A. Franke Professor of Law and Business and faculty co-director of the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford Law School. This post is based on his recent paper. In 2003, a group of approximately two dozen lawyers specializing in venture capital (VC) finance embarked on a mission to standardize the financing documents utilized by VC firms for inve

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