Regulatory compliance and corporate governance
More than 55 different regulatory agencies regulate through a system of overlapping and sometimes contradictory rules that can make compliance difficult. Sarbanes-Oxley significantly increased the disclosure obligations of public companies and their officers and directors, but also expanded the role of the SEC and SROs. Our clients need to know which of these regulatory schemes applies to their company or transaction, and what they must do — or not do — to comply.
Porter Wright attorneys help public companies and their management, boards of directors and shareholders successfully find their way through the regulatory maze to meet federal, state and SRO filing, disclosure and reporting obligations. Our attorneys combine securities expertise with practical legal advice, so that management can focus on running the company's business.
We advise businesses on the corporate governance implications of business entity formation and structure. We help new companies establish required corporate governance policies and compliance programs to protect them from violations that could ultimately result in delisting actions by the SEC or SROs.
Our attorneys provide counsel in extraordinary events or transactions such as proxy contests, contentious stockholder proposals, special investigations by boards of directors or committees, government inquiries and hostile transactions.