Securities Litigation: Defense Strategies in 2018 and Beyond
With lawsuit filings reaching its highest peak, securities-related litigation has been under the limelight since its banner year in 2016. As the economy continuously evolves at a rapid pace, the types of securities claims, plea requirements and the overall mechanism and procedure surrounding securities litigation become more complex than ever. These trends create intensified risks and threats for companies both locally and internationally.
In this LIVE Webcast, a team of seasoned thought leaders and professionals brought together by The Knowledge Group will provide and present the important issues in Securities Litigation. Speakers will also give emphasis on key defense strategies.
Key topics include:
- Securities Enforcement: 2017 Trends and Issues
- Securities Class Action Litigation
- Recent Court Decisions
- Defense Strategies
- Significant Pending Issues
- Implications to the Year Ahead
Inez H. Friedman-Boyce, Partner
- The disclosure requirements relating to known trends, uncertainties, and risks in Items 303 and 503 of SEC Reg. S-K, including increasing assertion of Item 303/503 claims by the plaintiffs’ bar and whether an Item 303 violation can trigger a §10(b) fraud claim;
- “Confidential witness” allegations, including increasing judicial skepticism about such allegations and defense strategies available in 1933 Act cases as well as 1934 Act cases; and
Pamela S. Palmer, Partner
Pepper Hamilton LLP
- Defending against securities fraud claims for allegedly false disclosures containing “mixed” contemporaneous facts and forward looking statements. A recent Ninth Circuit decision, In Re Quality Systems Inc., throws the PSLRA’s Safe Harbor protections for forward looking statements into unsafe territory.
- Defending target company boards against merger class action claims after the Delaware Court of Chancery’s firm stand against pre-merger settlements containing broad D&O releases in exchange for “a peppercorn and a fee” in In re Trulia Inc. Securities Litigation.
Matthew Aharonian, Senior Associate
The Brattle Group, Inc.
- Insight from an accountancy perspective (34 Act focus, market damages, appraisal, M&A etc.)
Who Should Attend:
- Securities Litigation Officers
- Securities Lawyers
- Litigation Attorneys
- In-house Counsel
- Senior Counsel
- General Counsel
Inez Friedman-Boyce, a Securities Litigation + White Collar Defense partner at Goodwin Procter LLP, has spent over two decades defending securities class action and shareholder litigation matters against financial institutions and publicly-traded and privately-held operating companies. Ms. Friedman-Boyce also has significant experience in litigating, arbitrating, and mediating securities and shareholder-related matters, and she has represented numerous clients in investigatory proceedings brought by the SEC, FINRA, and other agencies. Her clients include banks, mutual funds, hedge funds, venture capital firms, computer hardware and software manufacturers, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and life sciences companies, and other high technology companies.
Her practice is national in scope, and she has represented U.S. and foreign-based issuers, directors and officers in securities matters across the country. In addition to defending shareholder litigation matters, Ms. Friedman-Boyce advises companies on how to minimize securities liability, and how best to manage such exposure when it arises. Ms. Friedman-Boyce also writes and speaks nationally to the legal and business communities on securities and shareholder litigation, risk management, and corporate governance matters.
Inez Friedman-Boyce, a Securities Litigation + White Collar Defense partner at Goodwin Procter LLP, has spent over two decades defending …
Pamela S. Palmer is a partner in the Commercial Litigation Practice of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Los Angeles and Orange County offices. She handles a wide range of complex business disputes with particular emphasis in matters involving investor disputes, securities litigation, class actions, derivative suits and corporate investigations. Ms. Palmer defends public and private companies, officers, directors against claims involving fiduciary duty, business judgment, and professional liability. She handles SEC and other regulatory matters, as well as litigation arising out of mergers and acquisitions. She advises boards and special committees in internal investigations involving whistleblowers, shareholder demands, restatements and other corporate crises, and also advises clients on business liability, corporate governance, disclosure, indemnification and director and officer liability insurance coverage. Her clients have included Fortune-ranked public companies, private companies, accounting firms and individuals involved in a wide range of industries.
Ms. Palmer has achieved judgments of dismissal in numerous actions and proceedings in federal and state trial courts and in courts of appeal. She has been named one of the Top 100 Women Litigators in California by the Daily Journal (2009),named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list in litigation every year since 2005, recognized as a leading securities litigation attorney in The Legal 500 U.S., and is rated AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell.
Pamela S. Palmer is a partner in the Commercial Litigation Practice of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Los Angeles …
Dr. Matthew Aharonian is a financial economist with The Brattle Group. He consults and provides expert testimony on issues involving securities pricing, valuation and appraisal, risk management, damages, structured finance, capital markets, and statistical design/econometrics. Over the past ten years, Matthew has worked on a range of high profile securities litigation and international arbitration matters, including a number of class actions and securities valuation/appraisal disputes.
Dr. Matthew Aharonian is a financial economist with The Brattle Group. He consults and provides expert testimony on issues involving …
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