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26. Why Are Green Bonds All the Rage, and What’s in it for Business?

April 22, 2022

March 2022 Finance is finally catching up with the environmental movement. Green bonds, which are debt raised by companies whose proceeds are used for environmentally beneficial purposes, are all the rage. More of them are being sold than ever before. But not all green products are equal, and the politics and regulation are complex. Why […]

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25. Litigation Trends in Delaware and How Businesses and Boards Can Mitigate Risk

February 16, 2022

February 2022 New structures, new rules? Delaware’s Chancery Court provides guidance on disclosure, conflicts, and risk allocation. We take a look at the latest Delaware rulings and what they say about SPAC directors’ fiduciary duty, as well as COVID’s effect on M&A deals, and how corporations and boards can mitigate their liability. Join host and […]

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24. Could Proposed Laws in the U.S. and EU Help Save the Planet?

February 12, 2022

January 2022 Momentum on climate action is unstoppable. Investors, businesses, and the public are demanding policymakers get serious about reducing emissions. Legislation from the U.S. and EU offers challenges and incentives for businesses worldwide. How will these proposed laws impact companies, and importantly, can they deliver on the promise of making tangible progress in the […]

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23. Universities in Crisis: It’s Not Just Varsity Blues

November 29, 2021

The Sidley Podcast What We’ve Learned About Preempting Crises at Universities It’s not just “varsity blues.” Universities are facing different kinds of crises than they ever imagined before, from COVID and Title IX to sports scandals and cyber breaches. As these institutions find themselves in legal and political crosshairs, their legal counsel are called on […]

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22. Increased Scrutiny Has Boards of Directors in the Hot Seat

November 16, 2021

November 2021 Life is getting harder for boards of directors of public companies. Increased scrutiny of companies — particularly in heavily regulated industries — has led to greater risk of criminal and civil liability. And recent Delaware cases have ratcheted up the pressure, allowing lawsuits to proceed against boards for failure of oversight. What should […]

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21. How to Mitigate Corporate Risk and Respond to Crises

October 20, 2021

October 2021 Summary Recent events have given the term “corporate crisis” a whole new meaning. From cyberattacks and pandemic disruptions to political divisions and tweets that go viral, companies are being challenged in ways they never have before. How should they respond in a fast-moving crisis? How can they identify risks and mitigate them? And […]

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20. Can Private Businesses Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations?

May 22, 2021

Summary Three COVID-19 vaccines are now authorized for use in the U.S., and more than half of all U.S. adults have received at least one shot. The push for vaccinations is raising ethical and legal questions. Can private employers mandate vaccinations for their workers? What are the ramifications if they do? How should businesses navigate […]

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19. Finding New Opportunities in the SPAC Landscape

May 10, 2021

May 2021 Special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) have raised more money in the first quarter of this year than they did in all of last year. And 2020 was already being labeled “The Year of the SPAC,” with hundreds launched. Now, more and more sponsors are stepping up. Why are SPACs so hot, and how […]

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18. Congress Divided: An Insider’s View on Priorities for Corporate America

March 25, 2021

March 2021 Impeachment is behind us, and President Joe Biden is working to bring to fruition an ambitious agenda. Georgia’s voters gave Democrats a 50/50 Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaker. Now comes the hard part — getting things done. From COVID-19 relief to infrastructure to immigration, how much of the Biden […]

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17. Shareholder Activism, Hostile M&A, and Related Issues for the 2021 Proxy Season

March 25, 2021

February 2021 It’s proxy season, and for most companies, the time for annual meetings is just around the bend. Publicly traded companies are coming off a tumultuous year. The link between corporation and community has never been more at the forefront — from COVID-19 to racial justice to worker treatment. And businesses are facing activist […]

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