September 3, 2020 - Resources

Recent Changes in Human Capital and D+I for Public Companies

On August 26, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced, as part of its ongoing initiative to modernize Regulation S-K disclosure, amendments that add human capital resources as a separate disclosure topic, including any human capital measures or objectives that issuers focus on …›

September 3, 2020 - Resources

New California Law to Require Representation from “Underrepresented Communities” on Boards of Public Companies Headquartered in California

California’s Assembly Bill (“AB”) 979 is set to make waves both within the state and across the country as a groundbreaking new law that would require companies to diversify their boards and reserve seats for directors from “underrepresented communities.” The bill defines a director …›

September 3, 2020 - Resources

Capital Markets Embrace a Novel Corporate Form

In 2013, Delaware passed legislation adopting a new corporate form, the public benefit corporation (PBC), with a view to allowing directors of for-profit corporations to take actions not just in pursuit of stockholder returns, but also with the “[intent] to produce a public benefit …›

ESG Goes Mainstream: How “Return First” PE Funds Can Factor ESG Considerations into Their Investment and Portfolio Management Strategies

Considering environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors when making an investment is no longer solely the province of “impact-first” investors—those who prioritize social or environmental impact above return on capital—but has become, to one degree or another, the norm among private equity (PE) funds. …›

July 30, 2020 - Resources

MoFo Spearheads California Task Force to Save Small Businesses

When California became the first state to go into COVID-19-related lockdown in late March, Morrison & Foerster San Francisco-based corporate partner Susan (Suz) Mac Cormac was alarmed by what she knew would be a devastating impact on the state’s small businesses. Her concern was compounded by …›

Impactful Conversations: An Interview with Rodney Foxworth at Common Future

In this episode of Impactful Conversations, Michael Santos, a social-enterprise- and impact-investing associate in Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office, interviews Rodney Foxworth, the CEO of Common Future. Based in Oakland, California, Common Future tackles wealth inequality nation-wide by focusing on the needs of communities that …›