To avoid falling foul of regulators, leaders should follow four key steps.
Patent pools allow licensors to reach more customers with less intellectual property risk, and allow licensees to speed new products to market by giving them access to more patents without a lot of time-consuming, one-off negotiations.
The Obama administration got tougher against mergers motivated by so-called corporate tax-inversion schemes, and now the states are doing something similar by mitigating tax-haven usage. Boards will have to deal with the state-government impulse just as they’re confronting more obstacles to combinations of American companies with overseas concerns.
The top 10 Fortune 500 companies have significantly more male executives and board members than female, according to a study by eCard Shack.
Regulators are increasingly focusing on culture as a critical driver for corporate compliance, and board members should take note of this trend.
Boardrooms are facing great unpredictability and a breakdown of business models in their industries, which changes the role of directors today. We need directors who are synthesizers of information—who can see the smoke over the horizon and bring this insight into their companies.
Entrepreneurs are often advised that they should have a board of directors; but due to their lack of familiarity with such groups, they don’t understand why they need one, what they’ll get from having one, and what it will cost to assemble it.
If you are contemplating a GC hire—whether for the first time, your current GC is leaving, or you are a new CEO building out your team—considering the following points during the hiring process will help provide the best outcome.
Mid-market firms must have policies in place to ensure they are neither promoting nor bearing the brunt of governmental favoritism.