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Welcome to The Sidley Podcast. Join us as we bring a unique perspective to complex issues at the intersection of law and business.

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Welcome to The Sidley Podcast. Join us as we bring a unique perspective to complex issues at the intersection of law and business.

    What Fund Managers and Investors Should Know About the SEC’s Bold New Regulatory Agenda

    What Fund Managers and Investors Should Know About the SEC’s Bold New Regulatory Agenda

    Private fund managers and investors are on high alert as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposes an aggressive new regulatory agenda. Its new draft rules have been described as a “sea change” and are intended to enhance regulation and protect investors in private funds. But do those investors need or want this protection? What are the broader policy issues? And what should fund managers and investors plan for? Join host and Sidley partner, Sam Gandhi, as he speaks with two of the firm’s thought leaders on these subjects — Elizabeth Shea Fries and Stephen Cohen.
    Liz is the managing partner of Sidley’s Boston office, global co-leader of the Investment Funds practice, and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She advises clients on a broad range of transactions, business and investment structures, and regulatory matters.  
    Steve is the global practice leader of the firm’s Regulatory and Enforcement group and a member of Sidley’s Executive Committee. He advises clients on governmental and internal investigations, enforcement-related litigation, whistleblower complaints, cyber breaches, and regulatory and compliance issues, including those that involve private fund managers. 

    • 32 min
    Why Are Green Bonds All the Rage, and What’s in it for Business?

    Why Are Green Bonds All the Rage, and What’s in it for Business?

    Finance is finally catching up with the environmental movement. Green bonds, which are debt raised by companies whose proceeds are used for environmentally beneficial purposes, are all the rage. More of them are being sold than ever before. But not all green products are equal, and the politics and regulation are complex. Why are investors buying in? What are the compliance challenges, and what are the incentives for businesses? Join host and Sidley partner, Sam Gandhi, as he speaks with two of the firm’s thought leaders on these subjects — Benedetta Pacifico and Matt Feehily.
    Benedetta is counsel in Sidley’s London office and a member of the firm’s Capital Markets practice. She founded Sidley’s ESG-focused cross-practice sustainable finance and ESG working group in Europe. Matt is a senior managing associate in Sidley’s London office and a member of the firm’s Banking and Financial Services practice. He is also a member of Sidley’s sustainable finance and ESG working group.
    Executive Producer: John Metaxas, WallStreetNorth Communications, Inc.

    • 33 min
    Litigation Trends in Delaware and How Businesses and Boards Can Mitigate Risk

    Litigation Trends in Delaware and How Businesses and Boards Can Mitigate Risk

    New structures, new rules?  Delaware’s Chancery Court provides guidance on disclosure, conflicts, and risk allocation. We take a look at the latest Delaware rulings and what they say about SPAC directors' fiduciary duty, as well as COVID’s effect on M&A deals, and how corporations and boards can mitigate their liability. Join host and Sidley partner, Sam Gandhi, as he speaks with two of the firm’s thought leaders on these subjects — Jim Ducayet and Charlotte Newell.
    Jim is a partner in Sidley’s office in Chicago and a co-head of the firm’s Securities and Shareholder Litigation practice. Charlotte is a partner in Sidley’s office in New York and a member of the firm’s Securities and Shareholder Litigation and Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation practices.

    • 44 min
    Could Proposed Laws in the U.S. and EU Help Save the Planet?

    Could Proposed Laws in the U.S. and EU Help Save the Planet?

    Momentum on climate action is unstoppable. Investors, businesses, and the public are demanding policymakers get serious about reducing emissions. Legislation from the U.S. and EU offers challenges and incentives for businesses worldwide. How will these proposed laws impact companies, and importantly, can they deliver on the promise of making tangible progress in the fight against climate change?   
    Our latest episode of The Sidley Podcast grapples with those questions and many others. Join host and Sidley partner, Sam Gandhi, as he speaks with three of the firm’s thought leaders on the subject — Nicolas Lockhart, Andrew Shoyer, and Brittany Bolen. Nic is a partner in Sidley’s Geneva office and a member of the firm’s Global Arbitration, Trade, and Advocacy practice. Andy co-leads Sidley’s Global Arbitration, Trade, and Advocacy practice and is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Brittany is a senior policy advisor in the firm’s Environmental and Government Strategies practices in Sidley’s Washington, D.C. office.
    Executive Producer: John Metaxas, WallStreetNorth Communications, Inc.

    • 51 min
    What We’ve Learned About Preempting Crises at Universities

    What We’ve Learned About Preempting Crises at Universities

    It’s not just “varsity blues.” Universities are facing different kinds of crises than they ever imagined before, from COVID and Title IX to sports scandals and cyber breaches. As these institutions find themselves in legal and political crosshairs, their legal counsel are called on to mitigate and even preempt potential disaster. How do they plan and execute these strategies, and what makes universities unique compared to other institutions? 
    Our latest episode of The Sidley Podcast grapples with those questions and many others. Join host and Sidley partner, Sam Gandhi, as he speaks with two of the firm’s thought leaders on the subject — Wendy Lazerson and Karen Popp. Wendy is co-chair of Sidley’s Labor, Employment, and Immigration practice and is a partner in the firm’s San Francisco and Palo Alto offices. She also serves on the firm’s COVID-19 Task Force. Karen is the global co-leader of the firm’s White Collar: Government Litigation and Investigations practice and is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. 
    Executive Producer: John Metaxas, WallStreetNorth Communications, Inc.

    • 27 min
    Increased Scrutiny Has Boards of Directors in the Hot Seat

    Increased Scrutiny Has Boards of Directors in the Hot Seat

    Life is getting harder for boards of directors of public companies. Increased scrutiny of companies — particularly in heavily regulated industries — has led to greater risk of criminal and civil liability. And recent Delaware cases have ratcheted up the pressure, allowing lawsuits to proceed against boards for failure of oversight. What should directors know about their oversight responsibilities?  And what can boards do to mitigate their risk? Our latest episode of The Sidley Podcast grapples with those questions and many others. Join host and Sidley partner, Sam Gandhi, as he speaks with two of the firm’s thought leaders on the subject — Holly Gregory and Dr. Paul Kalb.
    Holly is co-chair of Sidley’s global Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation practice, and currently serves as the president of the American College of Governance Counsel. Paul serves as the global leader of Sidley’s Healthcare and FDA group and leader of the firm’s COVID-19 Task Force. He is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. 
    Executive Producer: John Metaxas, WallStreetNorth Communications, Inc.

    • 36 min

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