Corporate Governance

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Recognized by U.S. News & World Report
and Best Lawyers®

Metropolitan Tier 1, Corporate Governance Law

Gardere’s corporate governance team owns a great amount of experience and familiarity with the federal and state securities laws, enabling them to be strategic advisors to both seasoned and newly public companies. The knowledge we possess as a full-service law firm amps up the quality of our counseling services, as we are able to provide advisement in other areas by which impact securities laws and public companies, including tax, employee benefits, employment, intellectual property, antitrust, environmental and litigation. Our clients look to us for advice on a wide range of matters, with a major focus on compliance with federal and state securities laws, and securities regulations such as:

  • The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and related regulations.
  • Corporate governance.
  • Preparation and review of filings made with the SEC and other regulatory agencies (e.g., annual and quarterly reports, current reports on Form 8-K, proxy statements, insider filings).
  • Securities transactions such as initial, follow-on, and secondary public offerings, financings, mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests, going private efforts and tender offers.
  • Internal and external investigations.
  • Public disclosures generally including press releases and communications with analysts.

Our team has developed extensive, practical expertise in advising clients on issues related to compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and other corporate governance matters. With a broad client list which includes public companies, boards of directors, board committees and corporate executives personally, we’re highly skilled in a wide array of corporate governance matters including:

  • Complying with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, SEC-related regulations, and NYSE and Nasdaq governance requirements.
  • Structuring boards of directors and their committees.
  • Developing and establishing comprehensive corporate governance plans, including those related to Sarbanes-Oxley.
  • Reviewing and advising boards and board committees on related party transactions.
  • Avoiding, recognizing and responding to white collar criminal situations.
  • Developing and overseeing insider trading policies and programs – advising on director and officer indemnification and insurance coverage matters.
  • Advising on corporate fiduciary duties.

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