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Welcome to The Sidley Podcast. Join us as we bring a unique perspective to complex issues at the intersection of law and business.

Welcome to The Sidley Podcast. Join us as we bring a unique perspective to complex issues at the intersection of law and business.

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United States

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Welcome to The Sidley Podcast. Join us as we bring a unique perspective to complex issues at the intersection of law and business.

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@SidleyLaw

Language:

English


Episodes

What Fund Managers and Investors Should Know About the SEC’s Bold New Regulatory Agenda

5/16/2022
Private fund managers and investors are on high alert as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposes an aggressive new regulatory agenda. Its new draft rules have been described as a “sea change” and are intended to enhance regulation and protect investors in private funds. But do those investors need or want this protection? What are the broader policy issues? And what should fund managers and investors plan for? Join host and Sidley partner, Sam Gandhi, as he speaks with two...

Duration:00:32:50

Why Are Green Bonds All the Rage, and What’s in it for Business?

3/11/2022
Finance is finally catching up with the environmental movement. Green bonds, which are debt raised by companies whose proceeds are used for environmentally beneficial purposes, are all the rage. More of them are being sold than ever before. But not all green products are equal, and the politics and regulation are complex. Why are investors buying in? What are the compliance challenges, and what are the incentives for businesses? Join host and Sidley partner, Sam Gandhi, as he speaks with two...

Duration:00:33:27

Litigation Trends in Delaware and How Businesses and Boards Can Mitigate Risk

2/15/2022
New structures, new rules? Delaware’s Chancery Court provides guidance on disclosure, conflicts, and risk allocation. We take a look at the latest Delaware rulings and what they say about SPAC directors' fiduciary duty, as well as COVID’s effect on M&A deals, and how corporations and boards can mitigate their liability. Join host and Sidley partner, Sam Gandhi, as he speaks with two of the firm’s thought leaders on these subjects — Jim Ducayet and Charlotte Newell. Jim is a partner in...

Duration:00:44:26

Could Proposed Laws in the U.S. and EU Help Save the Planet?

1/12/2022
Momentum on climate action is unstoppable. Investors, businesses, and the public are demanding policymakers get serious about reducing emissions. Legislation from the U.S. and EU offers challenges and incentives for businesses worldwide. How will these proposed laws impact companies, and importantly, can they deliver on the promise of making tangible progress in the fight against climate change? Our latest episode of The Sidley Podcast grapples with those questions and many others. Join...

Duration:00:51:14

What We’ve Learned About Preempting Crises at Universities

11/15/2021
It’s not just “varsity blues.” Universities are facing different kinds of crises than they ever imagined before, from COVID and Title IX to sports scandals and cyber breaches. As these institutions find themselves in legal and political crosshairs, their legal counsel are called on to mitigate and even preempt potential disaster. How do they plan and execute these strategies, and what makes universities unique compared to other institutions? Our latest episode of The Sidley Podcast grapples...

Duration:00:27:57

Increased Scrutiny Has Boards of Directors in the Hot Seat

11/1/2021
Life is getting harder for boards of directors of public companies. Increased scrutiny of companies — particularly in heavily regulated industries — has led to greater risk of criminal and civil liability. And recent Delaware cases have ratcheted up the pressure, allowing lawsuits to proceed against boards for failure of oversight. What should directors know about their oversight responsibilities? And what can boards do to mitigate their risk? Our latest episode of The Sidley Podcast...

Duration:00:36:05

How to Mitigate Corporate Risk and Respond to Crises

10/11/2021
Recent events have given the term “corporate crisis” a whole new meaning. From cyberattacks and pandemic disruptions to political divisions and tweets that go viral, companies are being challenged in ways they never have before. How should they respond in a fast-moving crisis? How can they identify risks and mitigate them? And who should execute their strategy? Our latest episode of The Sidley Podcast grapples with those questions and many others. Join host and Sidley partner, Sam Gandhi, as...

Duration:00:45:51

Can Private Businesses Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations?

5/13/2021
Three COVID-19 vaccines are now authorized for use in the U.S., and more than half of all U.S. adults have received at least one shot. The push for vaccinations is raising ethical and legal questions. Can private employers mandate vaccinations for their workers? What are the ramifications if they do? How should businesses navigate federal and state requirements? Our latest episode of The Sidley Podcast grapples with those questions and many others. Join host and Sidley partner, Sam Gandhi,...

Duration:00:31:40

Finding New Opportunities in the SPAC Landscape

5/4/2021
Special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) have raised more money in the first quarter of this year than they did in all of last year. And 2020 was already being labeled “The Year of the SPAC,” with hundreds launched. Now, more and more sponsors are stepping up. Why are SPACs so hot, and how have they evolved from their origins in the ‘90s? What are their risks, and where can we find new opportunities in the SPAC landscape? Our latest episode of The Sidley Podcast grapples with those...

Duration:00:37:25

Congress Divided: An Insider’s View on Priorities for Corporate America

3/8/2021
Impeachment is behind us, and President Joe Biden is working to bring to fruition an ambitious agenda. Georgia’s voters gave Democrats a 50/50 Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaker. Now comes the hard part — getting things done. From COVID-19 relief to infrastructure to immigration, how much of the Biden agenda can make it through a still-divided Congress? What does it all mean for business? And what are relationships really like behind the scenes? Our latest episode...

Duration:00:31:58

Shareholder Activism, Hostile M&A, and Related Issues for the 2021 Proxy Season

2/22/2021
It’s proxy season, and for most companies, the time for annual meetings is just around the bend. Publicly traded companies are coming off a tumultuous year. The link between corporation and community has never been more at the forefront — from COVID-19 to racial justice to worker treatment. And businesses are facing activist pressure. How should they navigate this complex environment? Our latest episode of The Sidley Podcast grapples with that question and many others. Join host and Sidley...

Duration:00:28:24

How the New Brexit Deal Will Reshape Business in the EU and UK

2/9/2021
Brexit is finally here. It’s been four and a half years since citizens of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. A deal has been struck, and the UK is out. Companies worldwide are still asking questions. What laws now apply in the UK? Are investment and trade easier — or does bureaucracy reign? And what opportunities exist amid the uncertainty? Our latest episode of The Sidley Podcast grapples with those questions and many others. Join host and Sidley partner, Sam Gandhi, as...

Duration:00:56:33

What the Supreme Court’s Transformation Means for Business

12/17/2020
The Supreme Court of the United States has been transformed with the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett. These events shift the high court further to the right. What will this mean for President-elect Joe Biden’s agenda? How will the new court rule on business cases? What are the cases to watch in 2021? Our latest episode of The Sidley Podcast grapples with those questions and many others. Join host and Sidley partner, Sam Gandhi, as he...

Duration:00:52:59

What Will a Biden Administration Mean for Business?

11/18/2020
The voters have spoken. A Biden administration waits in the wings and could soon pursue an agenda that could change the way companies are regulated and the way they do business. How will the new administration respond to COVID-19, and which companies should now worry about being investigated? Our latest episode of The Sidley Podcast grapples with those questions and many others. Join host and Sidley partner, Sam Gandhi, as he speaks with three of the firm’s thought leaders at the...

Duration:01:00:02

Is a New Era of Trustbusting Upon Us?

10/26/2020
As the presidential election looms, a new report by the House Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee is taking aim at giant technology companies. It charges that these once-underdog startups have been transformed into monopolies, and proposes changes to antitrust law that could lead to the breakup of these companies. How has antitrust evolved, and where is it going? Is this the dawn of a new era of trustbusting? Our latest episode of The Sidley Podcast grapples with those questions...

Duration:00:20:01

Insider Trading and the COVID-19 Impact

9/21/2020
Volatile stock markets are creating more opportunities for insider trading. As U.S. businesses try to return to normal amid COVID-19, the SEC is ramping up its response to potential securities violations. In the UK, the Financial Conduct Authority is warning companies to further protect inside information. How has enforcement of insider trading changed, and how can companies mitigate their risks? Our latest episode of The Sidley Podcast grapples with those questions and many others. Join...

Duration:00:27:40

Can the Yellow School Bus Go Green?

7/29/2020
The classic yellow school bus is turning green. Electric buses may continue to grow in popularity, and the so-called “vehicle-to-grid” technology enables the new buses both to store and draw power. Yet, there is a state-versus-federal regulatory battle that could stifle this innovation. Who can benefit from this technology, and how can companies, utilities, and school districts navigate the opportunities and challenges? Our latest episode of The Sidley Podcast grapples with those questions...

Duration:00:26:06

Shareholder Activism in the COVID-19 Era

7/8/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic poses unprecedented challenges for businesses and their boards of directors. One of the critical matters boards always contend with is the threat of shareholder activism. Now, there is increased scrutiny of how well boards are managing the COVID-19 crisis. How are activists responding, and how can companies plan and react effectively? Our latest episode of The Sidley Podcast grapples with those questions and many others. Join host and Sidley partner, Sam Gandhi, as he...

Duration:00:32:50

COVID-19 Places Corporate Social Responsibility in Sharp Relief

6/9/2020
Two distinct and important trends have emerged in the COVID-19 era for businesses and their boards. Corporate social responsibility and expanding concerns about social justice have become amplified amid the pandemic. Added to this is that investors and Delaware courts are focusing on the role of boards of directors in oversight. The courts are now allowing claims for failures in oversight to be litigated. How has the virus affected these trends and how can boards prepare? Our latest episode...

Duration:00:31:22

COVID-19: Walking the Line Between Worker Safety and Privacy

4/19/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic poses unprecedented challenges for employers. Businesses must walk the line between keeping workers safe and respecting their privacy. How do employers ensure a safe and healthy workplace? And how do they manage layoffs, furloughs and benefits in this rapidly deteriorating economic environment? Our latest episode of The Sidley Podcast grapples with those questions and many others. Join host and Sidley partner Sam Gandhi as he speaks with two of Sidley’s thought leaders...

Duration:00:25:50