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MORGAN LEGAL GROUP SPOTLIGHTED IN CHICAGOLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INTERNATIONAL INSIGHTS

Originally published in the January 2018 publication of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Legal Considerations for Doing Business with Americans: A Guide for Chinese And Hong Kong Companies There are plenty of growth opportunities available for Chinese and American companies, and this is an excellent time to take advantage of them. Investors and governments are supportive of bilateral operations between the two countries. Morgan Legal Group breaks down how companies in both countries can succeed with the right arrangements and legal protections. Read The...

HAVE AN ESCAPE HATCH: EXIT STRATEGIES FOR UNWINDING JOINT VENTURES

HAVE AN ESCAPE HATCH: EXIT STRATEGIES FOR UNWINDING JOINT VENTURES Starting a joint venture is often exhilarating.  The parties have grand plans for the future, and the decision to launch is most often the result of thorough analysis with a vision for the future and the conclusion that the whole will be significantly greater than the sum of the parts.  The participants are eager to move forward and begin realizing the success of the venture.  Because the venture partners are, at...

SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS FOR 2018 PROXY STATEMENTS AND ANNUAL REPORTS

SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS FOR 2018 PROXY STATEMENTS AND ANNUAL REPORTS It is time to begin planning for the 2018 proxy and annual reporting season.  There are several developments this year, most notably the new pay ratio disclosure.  Also, current geopolitical developments require a thorough review of risk factor disclosures in the Annual Report on Form 10-K.  Here is an overview of the key matters that you should consider as you prepare for the proxy and annual reporting season. Pay Ratio Disclosure.  Most public...

THE POTENTIAL FOR WORKING MOTHERS IN BOUTIQUE LAW FIRMS

As published in Diversity & The Bar, May/June 2016  Can boutique law firms help keep working mothers in the legal profession? There is an enormous resource of talented, high-end lawyers who left lucrative positions at the best firms in the United States to raise children. Over the years, there has been much debate about the trajectory of a woman’s career in law as it relates to having a family. Traditionally—as unfair and outdated as it is—the questions female attorneys considering motherhood ask themselves have...

GEOFF MORGAN NAMED ATTORNEY OF THE MONTH

As published in Attorney at Law Magazine, Chicago Edition, Vol. 3, No. 1 Geoffrey Morgan: Today’s Next Generation Lawyer After more than 25 years in a traditional role as a partner in leading law firms, Geoffrey Morgan, founder of Morgan Legal Group, has created a corporate boutique law firm for the next generation of business clients. Based in Chicago and Milwaukee, Morgan has created a technology-first law firm that focuses on the changing needs of his corporate clients. “Morgan Legal Group offers high quality corporate...

TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS DATA

In the United States, regulation of data is hodgepodge at best. There is not yet comprehensive federal or state legislation covering the production, use or protection of data. While there are laws concerning specific types of information (e.g., HIPAA), and emerging policy statements or “best practices” being adopted by trade or industry groups or, in some cases by government agencies, most of these programs are aimed at protecting personal information of customers or users. There is another business purpose though that...

PRESIDENT LAUNCHES WATER FINANCE CENTER

Last Friday, the Obama Administration announced an important step to facilitate much needed private sector investment in the nation’s drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities. The newly created Water Finance Center at the Environmental Protection Agency will help spur public private partnerships and help state and local governments to get more projects off the ground. The Administration also announced proposed tax incentives so that state and local governments can work more easily with the private sector to get projects underway,...

STRATEGIES FOR THE 2015 PROXY SEASON

During the past decade, the length of proxy statements has doubled – from an average of 30 pages to now 60 pages. Though SEC – mandated enhanced disclosure requirements account for much of it, the increase is also due to the fact that the proxy statement now serves multiple audiences: Shareholder Activists seek a forum for both political and social causes as part of a broader strategy; Institutional Shareholders seek to exert influence to hold companies accountable for what they...