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  • Kicking Investors Out of Court: The Looming Threat of Forced Arbitration
    Kicking Investors Out of Court: The Looming Threat of Forced Arbitration
    Paul Bland, James Cox, Salvatore Graziano, David Kaplan, Brandon Marsh Recorded: May 15 2018 52 mins
    This webcast will address the recent calls by federal officials to consider mandatory arbitration of securities claims and discuss steps investors can take now to preserve their basic right to pursue securities fraud remedies in court.
  • The Rise of Corporate Impunity - A Conversation with Jesse Eisinger
    The Rise of Corporate Impunity - A Conversation with Jesse Eisinger
    Jesse Eisinger, Blair Nicholas, Brandon Marsh Recorded: Jul 20 2017 50 mins
    Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jesse Eisinger has been following a scandal that has come to define our time: Despite seemingly endless discoveries of white collar crime on Wall Street and in corporate America more broadly, CEOs and other top business leaders commonly enjoy relative impunity. Eisinger’s new book — The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives — is a blistering account of corporate greed and misconduct, and the limited response from law enforcement. Jesse argues that the Justice Department has faced a variety of economic, political and cultural changes, both internal and external, that have eroded its commitment, ability and resources to prosecute powerful corporate leaders.

    In this candid conversation, Jesse discusses how we got here and the ways he believes we need to fight to create balance in our justice system while rebuilding trust and integrity in corporate America.
  • Corporate Heroism - The Whistleblower
    Corporate Heroism - The Whistleblower
    Eric Ben-Artzi, Dana Gold, Benjamin Galdston, Lucas Gilmore Recorded: Nov 17 2016 56 mins
    Dr. Eric Ben-Artzi, former Deutsche Bank Risk Officer, and Dana Gold, Esq., Senior Fellow at the Government Accountability Project ("GAP") discuss Dr. Ben-Artzi's remarkable whistleblower effort to expose improper accounting practices at Deutsche Bank, as well as GAP's ground-breaking advocacy efforts on behalf of whistleblowers and to advance corporate and regulatory reform.
  • Corporate Disclosure of Climate Change and Sustainability Risks and Practices
    Corporate Disclosure of Climate Change and Sustainability Risks and Practices
    Jim Coburn, Andrew Collins, Ben Galdson, Lucas Gilmore Recorded: Mar 17 2016 41 mins
    In this edition of BLB&G's Speaker Series, attorneys Ben Galdston and Lucas Gilmore welcome Jim Coburn and Andrew Collins, leaders from Ceres and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board ("SASB") respectively, to discuss the rising demand by institutional investors, policymakers and public interest groups of improved corporate disclosure regarding climate and sustainability issues.

    Climate change and its regulation pose significant and increased risks to public companies' operations and financial results. Since 1980, weather and climate disasters have caused losses of over $1 trillion in the U.S. alone. Experts predict these climate change-related costs will only continue to intensify. Moreover, new climate-related federal and state regulations have dramatically impacted the electric power, coal, oil and gas, transportation and insurance industries.

    Despite these known trends, it is estimated that more than 75% of public companies fail to make adequate disclosures regarding climate and sustainability risks. While the SEC issued guidance in 2010 regarding how public companies should address and report material risks posed by climate change, the SEC has yet to pursue any formal enforcement action. As a result, investors have suffered enormous losses when the undisclosed sustainability and climate risks materialize.
  • Volkswagen Investor Settlement Foundation
    Volkswagen Investor Settlement Foundation
    Prof. mr. Huub Willems; Jeroen van Kwawegen; Arnold Croiset van Uchelen; Jim Harrod Recorded: Feb 18 2016 69 mins
    The Foundation's Chair, the Hon. Huub Willems, and its US and European counsel will discuss its strategy for recovering Volkswagen ("VW") investor losses.

    VW’s admitted cheating of emissions tests caused massive declines in the prices of VW ordinary shares, American Depository Receipts ("ADRs") and VW preference shares, erasing tens of billions of dollars in investors' assets. Additionally, VW faces criminal investigations and massive civil penalties from governments around the world, and has set aside over $7.3 billion to cover the costs of the cheating scandal.

    The US District Court for the Northern District of California has appointed leading shareholder rights law firm Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann ("BLB&G") as sole Lead Counsel in the pending ADR securities class action case. Coextensive with BLB&G's appointment as Lead Counsel, the Firm established the Volkswagen Investor Settlement Foundation in the Netherlands under the Dutch Collective Settlement Act (the "Act") to provide a vehicle to recover damages in VW's other publicly traded securities.

    The discussion will cover, among other topics, the following:
    - The status of litigation and investigations in the US regarding Volkswagen's conduct
    - Background on the Dutch Collective Settlement Act and its procedures
    - The relationship between the US ADR class action and the Dutch settlement Foundation
    - The Foundation's efforts to protect VW investor interests

    An interactive Q&A will follow.

    Panelists:
    - Prof. mr. Huub Willems, Chairman of the Board, Volkswagen Investor Settlement Foundation
    - Jeroen van Kwawegen - Partner, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann (US Counsel to the Foundation)
    - Arnold Croiset van Uchelen - Partner, Allen & Overy (Dutch Counsel to the Foundation)
    - Jim Harrod - Partner, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann (Counsel for VW investors in the Volkswagen ADR Securities Litigation)

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