The 116th United States Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which includes the Corporate Transparency Act (the CTA). The CTA seeks to provide appropriate safeguards to identify bad actors engaged in terrorism, money laundering, sex trafficking and other heinous acts through “shell companies” that are not actually engaged in a bona fide business venture but instead are created for the principal purpose of shielding the owners from liability for engaging in illicit behavior and, in many cases, their identities.
This Month from the Temple Law Center for Compliance and Ethics: Ethics and compliance champions play a critical role in enhancing program effectiveness with technology and personal leadership. A trusted champion can encourage more people to speak up internally, early and often. A human review system in business units and local offices where risks occur is one of the biggest opportunities for an organization.
In recent years, private misbehavior of corporate executives like Harvey Weinstein, Steve Wynn, Leslie Moonves, and Elon Musk has outraged many people around the world. Such misconduct – when made public – has frequently damaged the executives’ public reputations, diminished the value of their companies’ stock, and raised some serious legal and policy issues. Part of the challenge in dealing with misbehaving business executives is that the two bodies of law and regulation that govern much of American business – state corporate law and federal securities law – were largely designed to address the professional duties of executives and not their personal lives. Temple Law Professor Tom Lin proposes an original and workable roadmap for conceptualizing, navigating, and addressing executive private misconduct.
On October 7, 2020, Morgan Lewis Partner Christina Edling Melendi moderated a virtual panel discussion examining the impact of COVID-19 on shareholder activism in the retail industry. Panelists included attorneys and consultants alike from some of the nation’s top legal and consulting firms. The panel’s focus was aimed squarely at helping retailers understand the threats they may face in the wake of the pandemic, as well as possible strategies to defend themselves against activist campaigns.