US Public Company Advisory

About

Our public company clients face continuously evolving regulatory requirements, legal obligations and corporate governance challenges and trends. We advise US and non-US public companies on their day-to-day affairs, crisis and other special situations and all aspects of their compliance with the US securities laws and the listing requirements of the major US exchanges. We focus exclusively on public company representation and assist our clients with respect to, among other things:

  • Exchange Act reporting
  • Materiality and disclosure determinations
  • Proxy statement review
  • Shareholder proposals and activism
  • Corporate governance best practices
  • NYSE/NASDAQ governance requirements
  • Director independence
  • Auditor independence
  • Executive compensation
  • Insider trading issues
  • Rule 10b5-1 trading plans
  • Employee-related securities law matters
  • ISS/Glass Lewis reports
  • Annual meeting matters
  • Share repurchases (including ASRs)
  • Board and committee materials
  • D&O indemnification and insurance
  • SEC comment letter process
  • Charter/by-law review
  • Management succession
  • Crisis management
  • FINRA trading reviews
  • Rule 144
  • Schedule 13D/13G
  • Section 16
  • In-house "boot camp" training

Our clients range in size and maturity from newly public to mature companies and small cap companies to global Fortune 500 companies.

We work with partners across White & Case in a range of disciplines that focus on assisting public companies. This work often includes preparatory and risk mitigation efforts in the following areas:

  • Antitrust
  • Arbitration
  • Data privacy and cybersecurity
  • Employment, compensation and benefits
  • Environmental compliance
  • Financial restructuring and insolvency
  • Intellectual property
  • Investigations and enforcement
  • Liability management
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Securities and commercial litigation
  • Tax

 

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AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Highly regarded: Corporate Governance
Legal 500 US, 2021

'They have a deep bench, which enables them to efficiently leverage and staff teams.'
' W&C's M&A corporate and commercial team is extremely talented and I appreciate the efficiency, pragmatism and reasonableness of working through even the most complex issues.'
'White & Case's team possesses the perfect combination of strong legal knowledge, innovative thinking, and superior client care.'
'Great service with innovative solutions to solving problems.'
'They really, really know how to listen and do not test until the understand everything from the client's perspective. This builds trust – they are fully integrated into our thinking and can foresee potential issues before they become problems. There is no arrogance at all, which is refreshing and unique.'
Legal 500 US 2021 - Corporate Governance

'I have found the attorneys in the practice to be professional, committed to client service, responsive and always open to dialogue. They are focused on legal excellence and ensuring that their clients get the best result possible. Additionally, the quality of the work product I received was excellent. It reflected a thoughtful approach and provided sufficient but not too much detail. The expertise the Public Company Advisory Group brought to bear on the work they conducted was unparalleled.'
'They have tremendous substantive knowledge, a practical approach to problem-solving and are client-friendly.'
'This practice focuses not just on the regulatory compliance aspects of corporate governance, but also on in-depth board management. They provide expertise not just in advising on how to address a legal question, but how to present it to management and the board. They provide fully formed board decks customized around the issues we are addressing with the board and for hot topics, have slides on the shelf that allow inside counsel to leverage into quick responses. The team is also very adept at taking a practical and customized approach with their governance advice. They don't just point to best practices or provide the advise that poses the least risk to them, but they seek to understanding the company's size, stage of maturity, corporate values and management style to provide the appropriate advice for that company at that point in time. They are not afraid to dig in on understanding management team dynamics and board member dynamics to enable them to craft the most effective strategy for communication. I love that at the end of a conversation with them I have an answer, not just an understanding of the legal framework and issues around a question.'
Legal 500 US 2020 - Corporate Governance