Category: Risk Management

Why Patent Trolls Could Be an Increasing Threat to Your Company

John Chambers and Myron Ullman, CEOs of Intel and JCPenney, raised eyebrows recently by co-writing a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece in which they called for Congress to approve legislation that would “break the business model” of “patent-assertion firms,” otherwise known as patent trolls, which collectively cost the two companies more than one-third of a billion dollars in legal expenses over the last five years.

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Entrepreneurs’ Propensity for Risk; Taxes, Licensing Regulations and Economic Uncertainty Cited as Challenges

Data on newly formed companies and their founders are hard to come by, but a vital component to measuring economic health emerged in a recent study of today’s entrepreneurs. LegalZoom and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation surveyed 1,431 business owners who formed their companies through LegalZoom in 2012. Policy makers should heed the finding that certain barriers impede start-ups at a critical stage of development.

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How to Evaluate Legal Risk in Acquisitions

Litigation does not have to be an uncontrollable factor in the valuation of any business. By properly evaluating the potential for materiality and future litigation, and the connection between the litigation and the business plan, investors can make informed decisions, with a full understanding of the legal risk associated with a potential company.

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The New Risk Paradigm for Corporate Governance

Effective risk management oversight by boards of directors — accompanied by risk-centric culture and governance — is the best defense against earnings surprises, reputational and legal problems, and financial ruin. Here are seven essential questions every board must consider.

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