Corporate Governance

Corporate compliance with federal, state and provincial securities regulations is an area of critical importance for all public companies. Regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, subsequent SEC rules, and NYSE/NASDAQ/TSX final listing standards have expanded the responsibilities of public companies and their audit committees. With a keen understanding of corporate operations and objectives, Dickinson Wright assists companies in meeting the complex, ongoing requirements of federal, state and provincial law.

While most recent governance reforms apply only to public companies, some of these same laws and regulations may eventually be directed at private companies. The team at Dickinson Wright is also highly qualified to help smaller, privately-held companies implement best practices from major public companies. 

The corporate governance practice’s areas of expertise include:

  • Counseling on federal and state securities law compliance, including the preparation of quarterly and annual reports, Section 16 insider trading reports, proxies, and other annual meeting materials.
  • Serving as special and general counsel to many publicly-traded corporations and/or their audit committees, compensation committees, and other board committees.
  • Acting as counsel to boards of directors on issues including: committee charters, internal control procedures, codes of conduct and ethics, executive benefit plans, mergers and acquisitions, insider trading and others.