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Protecting Data Assets Critical Amid Increased Technology Acquisitions

The acquisition of technology is a leading driver of mergers and acquisitions in 2018, underscoring what many insiders already know: companies are spending significant sums to acquire the technology assets that enable them to slice and dice data like never before. Still, the protection of data – both company-generated data and its byproducts – particularly by small-to-medium-sized businesses, remains casual and inconsistent. In this piece for insideBIGDATA, Geoff Morgan explores three things SMBs can do to protection their data assets. Click...

Illinois General Assembly Passes Bill, Establishing Statewide Historic Preservation Tax Credits

ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY PASSES BILL, ESTABLISHING STATEWIDE HISTORIC PRESERVATION TAX CREDITS If signed into law, the bill would be a boon for developers of historic properties in Illinois June 12, 2018 | Earlier this month, the Illinois General Assembly passed SB3527, a bill which both amends and expands the River Edge Redevelopment Zone Historic Tax Credit (RERZ) and establishes a new statewide Illinois Historic Preservation Tax Credit, effectively incenting developers to undertake historic reuse projects across Illinois. If signed into law, the bill...

SEC Issues Guidance on Cybersecurity Disclosure

SEC ISSUES GUIDANCE ON CYBERSECURITY DISCLOSURE March 1, 2018 | The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued interpretive guidance to assist public companies in preparing disclosures related to cybersecurity risks and incidents. The guidance represents the first of its kind released by the full Commission on the topic of cybersecurity for public companies. The 2018 interpretative release expands on guidance from 2011, which first outlined cybersecurity disclosure obligations. The latest interpretation also addresses two topics not previously developed by SEC staff:...

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,...