Public Companies Counseling + Compliance

Morrison & Foerster has the sophisticated practice knowledge and depth that public companies need in today’s dynamic and challenging environment.

We represent public companies and their boards of directors in all aspects of regulatory compliance, including securities disclosures and compliance with government and stock exchange requirements. We advise public companies at all stages, from the newly public to large global brands. Clients appreciate our efficiency, quality of service, and depth of knowledge. A number of our lawyers have served in senior positions in government, including at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong.

Our counseling and compliance work includes:

  • Preparation and review of annual, quarterly, and current reports, and other communications;
  • Preparation and review of documents used in connection with shareholder meetings;
  • Planning for shareholder proposals, contested elections, and other forms of shareholder activism;
  • Representation in connection with all securities regulatory matters;
  • Advice concerning all forms of employee equity compensation and benefit programs; and
  • Counseling boards of directors and special committees dealing with corporate governance issues and special investigations of all types.

Through our active representation of issuers, we have an understanding of emerging disclosure issues and engage in frequent dialogue with the SEC, other regulatory authorities, and the securities exchanges on disclosure and compliance matters. Our team also works closely with lawyers in our corporate governance practice in areas where governance and compliance with securities regulation intersect—serving as special counsel to boards of directors, independent directors, and special committees.

When required, our corporate lawyers team with our securities litigators in matters relating to outside investigations, disclosure and compliance, and potential conflict situations. Our resources include our in-house forensic accounting services group to assist in identifying, interpreting, and clarifying financial and accounting matters.

We also regularly represent public companies in their mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, securities offerings, and other capital-raising activities, as well as product distribution, and licensing.

We have vast experience in industries such as consumer products, energy, life sciences, REITs, retail, and technology and telecommunications.

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