We help financial institutions develop takeover defenses, handle unsolicited takeover attempts, and prepare shareholders' rights plans, and we advise on corporate governance and shareholder relations issues. We also represent acquirors in takeovers, offering special value in resolving regulatory and antitrust issues raised by proposed transactions.
Because many Arnold & Porter lawyers have prior regulatory agency experience, we have an appreciation for what the regulators expect and demand in the development, implementation, maintenance, and monitoring of a strong corporate governance structure for financial institutions. Arnold & Porter routinely advises financial institution clients on the establishment of board of directors committees, their appropriate governance structure, reporting responsibilities, and the necessary documentation to support decision-making. We work with clients to develop board committee charters, governance policies and procedures, and special committee formation, independence, and structure. Our lawyers regularly advise senior management, directors, and board committees on the expectations of the regulators and the ways in which a robust corporate governance structure can be used to assist when responding to government inquiries, investigations, and enforcement actions, or when addressing issues relating to institutional risk management, transactions with affiliates, or conflicts of interest. We also counsel company boards when they receive shareholder demand letters and defend company boards when sued in derivative actions.
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