Above Board Podcast

  • How Will the SEC Approach a New Framework for Climate Disclosures?: 27 April 2021

    In this episode of the Above Board podcast, Morrison & Foerster partner and host Dave Lynn speaks with Alfredo (“Fredo”) Silva, San Francisco partner and co-chair of the firm’s Social Enterprise and Impact Investing Group, on the SEC’s possible future implementation of a global framework for climate disclosures and the potential ESG disclosure implications for public companies. Fredo and Dave touch on why the SEC has recently sought input on implementing a framework for climate change disclosures and formed a Climate and ESG Task Force, the guidance and rules already in effect, and what public companies and their boards of directors should be thinking about with respect to climate and ESG disclosure.

  • Above Board: 10b5-1 Plans: 16 March 2021

    In this episode of the Above Board podcast, Morrison & Foerster partner Dave Lynn speaks with Jina Choi, San Francisco partner and former director of the SEC’s San Francisco Regional Office, about Rule 10b5-1 Plans. Jina discusses what these plans are, how they get implemented, and how they are intended to mitigate the risk of insider trading. Dave and Jina examine the recent scrutiny around Rule 10b5-1 plans. Jina also gives valuable advice on what boards should be considering in relation to Rule 10b5-1 plans.

  • Above Board: Inspection Demands: 15 January 2021

    In this episode of the Above Board podcast, San Francisco-based securities litigation partner Mark R.S. Foster describes an issue that more and more boards are facing: how to best manage inspection demands from shareholders. Which shareholders can make these demands, which are expensive and risky for the recipient company? Can shareholders make the demand for any reason? What are the best practices for responding to an inspection demand?

  • Above Board: Changes to DOJ's Compliance Guidance: 16 December 2020

    In this episode of Above Board, Morrison & Foerster partner Dave Lynn speaks with James Koukios and Chuck Duross, heads of the firm’s FCPA and Global Anti-corruption practice, about the Department of Justice’s revised guidance on the evaluation of corporate compliance programs.

  • Above Board: Cybersecurity - What Boards Should Know Now: 01 December 2020

    In this episode of the Above Board podcast, Morrison & Foerster partner Dave Lynn speaks with Miriam Wugmeister, co-chair of MoFo’s preeminent Global Privacy and Data Security Group, and John Carlin, chair of the firm’s Global Risk and Crisis Management practice group, about directors’ roles in maintaining their companies’ cybersecurity, and mitigating the damage caused by a cybersecurity incident.

  • Above Board: California's Board Diversity Law: 29 October 2020

    In this episode of the Above Board podcast, Dave Lynn, a Washington, D.C.-based partner at Morrison & Foerster, speaks with Jackie Liu and Alexa Belonick, partners based in the firm’s San Francisco office, about a law requiring companies headquartered in California to have a certain number of board members from underrepresented communities.

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