Corporate Governance

Walter E. Zalenski, of Weil’s Financial Institutions Regulatory practice, published a timely article with Bank Director magazine detailing how retail bankers, facing  a double-barreled enforcement authority assault from the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) and the states, must consider compliance a high priority, starting at the board of directors level.

Full-Text Article from Bank Director Magazine

April 17, 2012
2012 Financial Women’s Association Dinner
New York, NY

Weil Corporate Governance partner Holly Gregory will be among a panel of experts sharing their experiences and views on board service in an informal, off-the-record discussion at the upcoming 2012 Financial Women’s Association Directors’ Dinner, which will take place at Weil’s New York office on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 5:45pm. Other panel members include Elisabeth DeMarse, CEO of and founder of DeMarseCo, Inc.; Barbara J. Krumsiek, Chair, CEO and President of Calvert Investments, Inc. and a Director and Chair of Acacia Life Insurance Company; and Pamela J. Packard, a corporate director and a retired vice chairman of a public accounting and consulting firm. Merrie S. Frankel, a Senior Credit Officer and Vice President in the Commercial Real Estate Finance Group at Moody’s Investors Service, will serve as moderator.

For more information visit the event website.

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By Ira M. Millstein and Holly J. Gregory

Weil’s senior partner Ira M. Millstein and partner Holly J. Gregory reflect annually on corporate governance.  “Rebuilding Trust: The Corporate Governance Opportunity for 2012.” is published in the March-April 2012 issue of Corporate Governance Advisor and posted at The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.  Millstein and Gregory, both Corporate Governance partners, offer their thoughts on how–without the need for regulatory intervention–boards and shareholders can rebuild trust in 2012 and, by doing so, help resolve some of the tensions that are stalling our economic recovery.

 Link to the posting here, or download a pdf.

“Concerns about the responsible use of corporate power remain high in the wake of the financial crisis. Although these concerns have been focused primarily on the financial sector, there is spillover to corporations in every industry. Tough economic conditions, slow job growth, political dysfunction and general uncertainties about the future continue to undermine investor confidence and fuel public distrust (with Occupy Wall Street an example). This in turn intensifies the scrutiny of corporate actions and board decisions, … [click to continue…]

By Christian R. Bartholomew and Sarah S. Nilson

Weil’s litigation partner Christian R. Bartholomew and associate Sarah S. Nilson give an overview of the SEC’s Whistleblower Program that came into effect as a result of the Dodd-Frank Reform Act, including details on what constitutes a whistleblower action, requirements for bounty, anti-retaliation provisions, the SEC’s enforcement powers and their possible implications, and strategic actions companies should take in response in a presentation made to the 30th Annual Federal Securities Institute in February.

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By Christian R. Bartholomew and Sarah S. Nilson

Weil’s litigation partner Christian R. Bartholomew and associate Sarah S. Nilson summarize the most recent SEC enforcement trends, including whistleblower, insider trading, and FCPA cases, as well as the SEC’s enforcement powers under Dodd-Frank and enforcement actions post-Janus in a presentation made to the 30th Annual Federal Securities Institute on February 16, 2012.


The Working Group will continue to monitor any developments and provide timely coverage at Weil’s Financial Regulatory Reform Center.  If you are interested in discussing this or other regulatory enforcement issues, please contact Working Group member Christian R. Bartholomew (202-682-7070 or