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Gardere has a national and international energy practice formed around our Energy Industry Team, which is a multidisciplinary group of approximately 80 attorneys with diverse backgrounds, experience and skills specific to the energy industry. Our team includes attorneys who have served as in-house counsel for major energy companies, providing a depth of insight into our clients' needs, issues and concerns. We understand and regularly practice in virtually every sector of the energy, and we represent a wide variety of industry participants from multinational corporations to individuals.
From our offices in the United States and Mexico, our International Practice helps clients operate in today’s global economy. We have more than 30 professionals operating as a boutique within an Am Law 200 law firm and are able to provide focused service with the resources of a large firm. We understand that clients who are engaged in the global marketplace need lawyers who can operate seamlessly across multiple jurisdictions. Our international experts are multi-lingual, are culturally fluent and intimately familiar with various legal systems across the world, especially those in Latin America. Whether you need help with commercial transactions, regulatory matters, customs and import regulations, immigration matters, M&A and joint ventures, international disputes, or international tax planning, Gardere’s international team is here to assist you.
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As reported on the Delaware Corporate Governance Blog and by the Wall Street Journal, the Study Group on Corporate Boards released “Bridging Board Gaps,” a report intended to identify and address the most critical board gaps and propose practical solutions for improvement (PDF). The report identifies problems and proposes solutions in seven core areas: Purpose; Culture; Leadership; Information; Advice; Debate; and Self-Renewal. Through the report, the Study Group hopes to “contribute to what [it] see[s] as the gradual but positive improvement of board practices and standards and director attitudes.
With respect to Purpose, for example, the report notes that many boards are focused on process and compliance and do not have a real sense of their own purpose. The report’s general recommendation is that “Boards must understand their purpose—to ensure that the corporations they serve create sustainable long-term value for shareholders.” One of the specific recommendations in this regard is to always ask, with every board decision, how will our decision affect long-term shareholder value.
Other examples of specific recommendations include:
The Study Group is a 20-member blue ribbon panel co-sponsored by Columbia Business School and the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. Its members include a diverse group of current and former CEOs and directors of publicly held companies, academic and professional leaders, and former government officials. Notable members include Richard Daly, CEO and director of Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., Arthur Levitt, former Chairman of the SEC, the Kenneth Daly, President and CEO of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Kenneth A. Bertsch, President and CEO of The Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, and E. Norman Veasey, retired Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. The Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance publishes the Delaware Corporate Governance Blog.
OUR TAKE: Boards have been heavily criticized for the last few years in the wake of the economic downturn—and, in fact, or ten years or more going back to the corporate events that gave rise to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act—for not providing effective oversight of company management and operations. The report is a positive step toward improving board governance by providing a clear focus on problems and solutions. The report builds on past reforms but strives to drive gradual forward progress. And it is not reticent about including proposals, like the encouragement of dissenting votes where appropriate and the implementation of director term limits—that are rarely seen in today’s public company board governance.
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