Today, clients are faced with unprecedented challenges as new laws and regulations are changing the way business entities are selected, formed and governed. Jackson Walker has one of the preeminent corporate governance practices in the country, drawing upon the experience of our corporate, securities, governance, litigation, and compensation specialists to provide our clients with the information and analysis needed to respond to a rapidly changing regulatory environment.
Our attorneys are experienced in all aspects of governance counseling including board and board committee composition, process and independence. We are on the cutting edge in responding to new judicial decisions and regulatory actions that impact the needs of our clients.
We regularly advise clients with respect to the formation of entities. Our services with respect to entity formation include advising and drafting documents in connection with the formation of corporations, limited liability companies, business trusts and partnerships, including general partnerships, limited partnerships and registered limited liability partnerships. We provide targeted advice with respect to both the choice of entity and the state laws under which the entity is to be organized. We also provide guidance as to governance structures and governing documents for those entities.
We routinely advise boards of directors, audit and compensation committees, special committees, and controlling shareholders on a variety of matters related to the fiduciary duties of governing persons in Delaware, Texas, and beyond. Our attorneys frequently appear on corporate panels with prominent academics and members of the Delaware Chancery Court and Supreme Court, and are often called upon to serve as expert witnesses in fiduciary duty litigation.
We also advise our public company clients on a full range of securities law and related matters, including disclosure and regulatory obligations under federal and state securities laws, and the rules of the national securities exchanges and associations. Our experience in this area includes the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Dodd-Frank Act, as well as other corporate governance rules. Our clients range from small private companies with no internal legal staff to large public companies with their own internal compliance teams, and our services include:
- Advising boards and their special and independent committees on mergers and other business combinations, affiliated-party transactions, securities offerings, and corporate governance matters.
- Counseling concerning sales of securities by insiders and affiliates, including Rule 10b5-1 programs, Rule 144 compliance, and insider trading guidelines and restrictions.
- Employee benefits advice with respect to all types of equity compensation and other benefit programs such as stock option plans, SARs, restricted stock arrangements, cash bonus plans, and employee stock purchase plans.
- Section 16 compliance advice.
- Representing companies in special investigations involving matters such as accounting or disclosure issues, SEC enforcement actions, and the defense of whistleblower claims.
- Advising corporate boards and officers regarding risk assurance with respect to cybersecurity issues, data handling policies and document retention policies.
October 29, 2020
For guidance on business entities in Texas and Delaware, look no further than Byron Egan, who literally wrote the book on choice of entity.
June 28, 2019
In 2015, Blue Bell Creameries USA, Inc., a Delaware subchapter S corporation headquartered in Brenham, Texas (Blue Bell), through subsidiaries made and distributed ice cream tainted with listeria bacteria.
April 19, 2019
“Choice, Governance & Acquisition of Entities” Course on May 24 Remains Go-To Source for Texas Lawyers and CPAs, Honors Co-Founder Byron Egan
This year, Byron Egan, who co-founded the course in 2002, will be honored by the State Bar of Texas as the Chair Emeritus.
March 4, 2019
Leadership San Antonio was founded in 1975 to identify individuals who demonstrate leadership potential and are active in community organizations that support San Antonio’s growth and development.
July 10, 2018
Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the addition of Larry Glasgow and Richard Waggoner to the Corporate & Securities practice in Dallas. Larry and Richard each bring to the Firm over 30 years of experience in sophisticated transactions involving mergers and acquisitions and private equity.
June 13, 2017
Core elements of the U.S. Department of Labor’s controversial new fiduciary investment advice rule (the “Fiduciary Rule”) became effective on June 9, 2017, despite President Trump’s February 3, 2017 memorandum ordering further review of the rule, and despite numerous attempts in Congress and in the courts to halt its adoption.