2017 began with a heightened level of uncertainty as the beginning of the year brought significant change in the legal environment, including a change in administration that promised to significantly alter the tenor of regulation. While certain changes did occur in 2017, in many respects, 2018 is setting itself up as the year to watch for continuing developments in areas that are likely to fundamentally transform how companies operate and interact with an increasingly larger number of vocal stakeholders. The trends discussed in each of the sections of this memorandum will increasingly be a focus of boards of directors and companies in the United States and across the globe, particularly as boards consider how best to assess and assist in mitigating associated risks. The role that the board and its oversight plays in guiding companies in these times will be critical and a strong understanding of the issues and challenges facing boards and companies over the next year and beyond will assist boards in addressing the issues and complexities that will undoubtedly arise in 2018.
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Selected Issues for Boards of Directors 2018 (Home Page)
Developments in Best Practices in the Boardroom
- Board Refreshment and the New York City Comptroller
- Tone at the Top
- Environmental, Social and Governance Focus
- Guidance on Board Effectiveness for Large Financial Institutions
Significant Regulation and Reform Under the Trump Administration
Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Updates
The New DOJ FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy Highlights the Continued Importance of Anti-Corruption Compliance
Evolution or Revolution for Companies with Multi-Class Share Structures
Corporate Governance in the Context of Brexit and Political Uncertainty in the United Kingdom and Europe