As the business environment continues to evolve in complexity, so does the oversight role of boards. At the same time, investor, regulator, and other stakeholder expectations of board involvement in certain aspects of the business, including aspects traditionally within management’s sole purview, are changing in ways that may blur the lines of responsibility between the

The SEC today paused implementation of the climate rules the agency rolled out less than one month ago, in the face of significant legal challenges in numerous federal lawsuits.  The rules would impose substantial disclosure mandates on companies, including concerning the costs of extreme weather events, corporate strategies for addressing climate change, corporate governance procedures

Climate disclosure regulations are among the most significant and complex challenges faced by companies and boards, with a variety of requirements emanating from numerous governmental authorities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in recent years. Mayer Brown lawyers from around the world produced a White Paper on Global Climate Change Disclosure Initiatives and Board Corporate Governance Considerations

All across the world, climate disclosure regulations are among the most significant and complex challenges faced by companies and boards, with a variety of requirements emanating this past year from numerous governmental authorities and non-governmental organizations.

At Mayer Brown, I had the honor of leading a group of 21 partners from across 14 of the

Adding new board members is a critical decision for any company, as it can affect its strategy, performance, culture and reputation. However, finding and selecting the right candidates can be complex and time-consuming, involving multiple sources, criteria, interviews, checks and disclosures. Here are some good practices to help boards navigate this process.

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Lawrence A. Cunningham & Bill Hayes

The SEC’s climate disclosure rule will have obvious and enormous impacts on company disclosure teams, including lawyers, accountants, and compliance personnel. What about boards of directors?  The Editor of Directors & Boards magazine, Bill Hayes, recently opened that topic with Mayer Brown’s Lawrence Cunningham, who has been closely involved

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has adopted new rules that require public companies to disclose substantial information about the material impacts of climate-related risks on their business, financial condition, and governance (the “Final Rules”).  The SEC says that “climate-related risks, their impacts, and a public company’s response to those risks can significantly affect

The Securities and Exchange Commission adopted (in a 3-2 vote) final rules requiring disclosures about the material impacts of climate-related risks on their business, financial condition, and governance.

These rules had first been proposed in March 2022.  The SEC adopted the final rules after considering, over a two-year period, some 4,500 unique comment letters from

We acknowledge the insight and assistance of Gary J. Previts, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Case Western Reserve University  

As the regulator of public company auditors, following the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) aims to safeguard investors’ interests. The PCAOB establishes auditing standards, reviews audit firms’ performance, and holds them