2022

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Navigating the ESG landscape: Comparison of the “Big Three” Disclosure Proposals

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Heather Horn, Valerie Wieman, and Andreas Ohl, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, on Monday, October 10, 2022 Editor's Note: Heather Horn, Valerie Wieman, and Andreas Ohl are partners 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 Value to All Stakeholders?

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Generative AI is here: How tools like ChatGPT could change your business

Mckinsey and Company

Generative AI and other foundation models are changing the AI game, taking assistive technology to a new level, reducing application development time, and bringing powerful capabilities to nontechnical users.

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How Does Board-Shareholder Engagement Really Work?

Reynolds Holding

Board-shareholder engagement plays an important role in corporate governance. In the last decade, investors have increasingly influenced business decisions, and their activities have extended beyond the formal submission of shareholder resolutions for voting at annual meetings. On their part, directors and managers have kept an open channel of communication.

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How to keep up to date with accounting standards

ThomsonReuters

The reality is, technical competence still lies at the heart of adding value. When you can flag changes in accounting, auditing, and tax that clients didn’t know about, and help them manage commercial impacts with innovative solutions, then you’re well on your way to gaining their trust. But how do you stay current on accounting and auditing standards when there are new developments happening all the time?

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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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OKR vs KPI: What Are They and Why Do You Need Both? (With Examples)

Rhythm Systems

As a training and on-boarding expert at Rhythm Systems, I know a lot about KPIs. Recently, I’ve also learned a lot about OKRs. Many of my newer clients have come to us for a systematic way to implement their OKRs. As I help these clients map their goals into our Rhythm strategy execution software , I’ve been thinking a lot about whether the KPIs I know and love have a place in this world of Objectives and Key Results.

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Elon Musk Wants Out Of Twitter Deal Due To Lack Of Information: $44B Buyout Off The Table

Benzinga

In a breaking update, Elon Musk has backed out of his deal to buy Twitter, Inc (NYSE: TWTR ) for $44 billion. What Happened: An SEC filing from today has shared that Musk wants out of the deal after false and misleading information was shared to him from Twitter. “ As further described below, Mr. Musk is terminating the Merger Agreement because Twitter is in material breach of multiple provisions of that Agreement, appears to have made false and misleading representations upon which Mr.

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The Great Resignation Risk

Norman Marks

While many are focused on issues like cyber, saying it is perhaps the greatest source of risk to an organization today, I believe there are greater sources of concern. One of these has been in the news over the last months, called the Great Resignation Consider this set of survey results from ResumeBuilder.com. In the […].

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Startup Valuation: navigating opportunity

Equidam

“Every number in your valuation has to have a story that’s attached to it. And every story you tell me about a company has to have a number attached.”. This quote, from Aswath Damodaran , Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business at New York University, is one of the more fundamental truths about valuation. With any product that you might consider buying, ‘story’ is a crucial component of that decision.

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Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for more than $40bn

The Guardian M&A

Tech entrepreneur makes offer of $54.20 a share in cash to ‘unlock potential’ of social media site • How ‘free speech absolutist’ Elon Musk would transform Twitter Elon Musk has launched an audacious bid to buy Twitter for $43.4bn (£33bn), saying he wants to release its “extraordinary potential” to boost free speech and democracy across the world. The Tesla chief executive and world’s richest person revealed in a regulatory filing on Thursday that he had launched a hostile takeover of Twitter.

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Liverpool FC sale explored by US owners Fenway Sports Group

Financial Times M&A

Move comes months after Chelsea was sold to consortium led by American financier Todd Boehly for £2.

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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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How cyber governance and disclosures are closing the gaps in 2022

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Chuck Seets and Pat Niemann, EY, on Sunday, October 2, 2022 Editor's Note: Chuck Seets is Americas Assurance Cybersecurity Leader and Pat Niemann is Americas Audit Committee Forum Leader at EY. This post is based on their EY memorandum. Cybersecurity is reaching an inflection point. Risks are growing and broader regulations are looming. Some companies are keeping pace, but others are lagging, both in disclosures and warding off threats.

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Fintech in Africa: The end of the beginning

Mckinsey and Company

Africa’s fintech industry is coming of age. In the face of political and economic challenges and a global pandemic, fintech on the continent is booming. Here’s what comes next.

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Columbia Law School to Hold 2022 Conference on M&A and Corporate Governance

Reynolds Holding

On December 2, 2022, Columbia Law School will hold its 2022 Conference on Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Governance. The event is co-sponsored by the school’s Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership, the Columbia Law School Center on Corporate Governance, and the law firm of Paul Hastings LLP. The event brings together members of the federal and Delaware judiciaries, government regulators, academics, and prominent M&A and corporate governance practi

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Employer Vaccine Mandates, Worker Refusals, and Unemployment Benefits

ThomsonReuters

Overview. The U.S. Supreme Court settled the issue of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for certain employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on January 13, 2022, by blocking its implementation. However, it ruled in favor of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) emergency regulations for COVID-19 vaccine requirements for certain healthcare workers. .

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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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Avoid 4 pitfalls in launching manufacturing sustainability initiatives

Avanade

Learn about the four pitfalls to avoid when implementing or revamping a sustainability program.

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Could Starlink Go Public Via SPAC? Rumors Of Palihapitiya Deal Increase

Benzinga

Retail investors love a good story for stocks, as well as love the opportunity to get into some potential growth stories on the ground floor. SPACs were one of the hottest stories in 2020 and 2021 but have fallen out of favor with many companies trading well below the $10 price after mergers have been completed. Could a SPAC deal involving two of the biggest names bring life back to SPACs and how many coincidences do there have to be before it's considered research?

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Elon Musk Agrees to Buy Twitter

NYT M&A

The world’s richest man succeeded in a bid to acquire the influential social networking service, which he has said he wants to take private.

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Sports Finance: The New Corporate Trophies

Global Finance

While US sports deals are few and far between, investors have a better chance to score abroad.

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How to Simplify Communication With Clients

Accounting Web

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When Chains Change, Do NFTs Stay The Same? How Hard Forks May Affect NFT Value and Licenses

National Law Review M&A

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Elon Musk proposes buying Twitter for originally agreed $44bn

Financial Times M&A

Tesla chief and social media company were set to take their dispute to trial later this month

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Twitter vs. Musk: The Complaint

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Anna Restuccia (Harvard Law School), on Thursday, July 14, 2022 Editor's Note: This post provides the text of the complaint filed in on July 12, 2022 by Twitter in its widely-followed case against Elon Musk. 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.

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Reducing food loss: What grocery retailers and manufacturers can do

Mckinsey and Company

An estimated $600 billion worth of food is lost during or just after harvest. Can manufacturers and grocers do anything about it? Definitely—and it will be good for business, people, and the planet.

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Can Corporate ESG Reports Clear Up ESG Ratings Confusion?

Reynolds Holding

Investors are increasingly incorporating assessments of companies’ performance on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues in their portfolio decisions. The global assets under management of the signatories to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) have grown from about $20 trillion in 2010 to about $121 trillion in 2021. [1].

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Investment Banker Salary and Bonus Report: 2022 Update

Brian DeChesare

I did not expect to revisit investment banker salary and bonus data for a while, but the banks ruined my plans by changing base salaries multiple times in less than a year. Unfortunately, that has made it difficult to determine the “average ranges.”. As a result, I am listing below the new base salary ranges for U.S.-based roles at large banks as of early 2022, along with total compensation from 2021.

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Can Employers Pay Wages in Cryptocurrency?

ThomsonReuters

In November of 2021, Miami, Florida Mayor Francis Suarez responded to a tweet that asked who would be the first U.S. politician to receive their first paycheck in Bitcoin. “I’m going to receive my next paycheck 100% in Bitcoin,” Suarez wrote. Recently elected New York City Mayor Eric Adams added to the tweet responses on November 4, 2021, by writing that he would receive his first three paychecks via Bitcoin after being sworn in as mayor.

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How Twitter and Tesla Shares Would React To Termination Of Musk-Twitter Deal: Analysts Weigh In

Benzinga

After weeks of dilly-dallying, Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA ) chief executive officer Elon Musk confirmed late Friday that he is terminating the deal to buy Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR ). Legal Battle In Cards: Close on the heels of Musk's disclosure of his intentions, Bret Taylor, chairman of Twitter's board, tweeted that the board is committed to closing the transaction on the price and terms agreed upon with Musk.

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Patagonia Founder Gives Away the Company to Fight Climate Change

NYT M&A

Yvon Chouinard has forfeited ownership of the company he founded 49 years ago. The profits will now be used to fight climate change.

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The Irrelevance of Delaware Corporate Law

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Robert J. Rhee (University of Florida), on Friday, September 30, 2022 Editor's Note: Robert J. Rhee is John H. and Marylou Dasburg Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. This post is based on his recent paper , forthcoming in the Journal of Corporation Law , and is part of the Delaware law series ; links to other posts in the series are available here.

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It Pays For Companies To Leave Russia

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld (Yale School of Management), on Friday, June 24, 2022 Editor's Note: Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld is the Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management at the Yale School of Management. This post is based on a recent paper by Prof. Sonnenfeld, Steven Tian, Steven Zaslavsky, Yash Bhansali, and Ryan Vakil, all of the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute, Yale School of Management.

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Poised for Change? Boardroom Diversity Survey

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Melissa Aguilar, KPMG Board Leadership Center, on Monday, July 11, 2022 Editor's Note: Melissa Aguilar is Director of Content Creation at the KPMG Board Leadership Center, KPMG LLP. This post is based on her KPMG 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, Moshe Hazan, and David Weiss; Will Nasdaq’s Diversity Rules Harm Investors?

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ESG Global Study 2022

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Jessica Ground, Capital Group, on Friday, June 17, 2022 Editor's Note: Jessica Ground is Global Head of ESG at the Capital Group. This post is based on her Capital Group memorandum. Executive summary. ESG adoption is on the rise, fuelled by client demand and a desire to make an impact. As ESG momentum continues to gain steam, investors are refining and evolving their strategies.

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Linking Executive Compensation to ESG Performance

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Merel Spierings, The Conference Board, Inc., on Sunday, November 27, 2022 Editor's Note: Merel Spierings is a Researcher for the ESG Center at The Conference Board. This post is based on her Conference Board memorandum, in partnership with ESG analytics firm ESGAUGE and compensation advisory firm Semler Brossy. Related research from the Program on Corporate Governance includes The Perils and Questionable Promise of ESG-Based Compensation (discussed on the Forum here ) by Lucian A.

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ESG Ratings: A Compass without Direction

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Brian Tayan (Stanford University), on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 Editor's Note: Brian Tayan is a researcher with the Corporate Governance Research Initiative at Stanford Graduate School of Business. This post is based on a recent paper by Mr. Tayan; David Larcker , Professor of Accounting at Stanford Graduate School of Business; Edward Watts , Assistant Professor of Accounting at Yale School of Management; and Lukasz Pomorski , Lecturer at Yale School of Management.