Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance



The Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance Practice Group helps the largest U.S. public and private companies, financial institutions and U.S.-listed foreign private issuers navigate a broad range of matters.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance group has been frequently recognized by top legal publications, including the International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers and the Guide to the World’s Leading Corporate Governance Lawyers.  In 2011 and again in 2013, the group received the Chambers USA Award for Excellence, given for notable achievements including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.

The Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance group advises clients on diverse market issues including:

  • Investment adviser and broker-dealer registration and exemptions
  • Supervisory and compliance policies and procedures
  • Conflicts of interest and insider-trading policies
  • Sales, trading and operational issues

We represent clients before the SEC on a number of matters including:

  • The preparation of SEC reports and registration statements and related policies
  • Periodic reports and securities offering documents
  • Internal policies relating to matters such as insider trading, selective disclosure and related-party transactions
  • Periodic and current reports under the Exchange Act
    Earnings releases
  • Beneficial ownership and Section 16 reporting
    Compliance matters
  • Conflict minerals diligence and disclosures
    Dealings in Iran under Section 13(r)
  • “Say-on-Pay” and “Say-on-Frequency” proposals
  • Other executive compensation matters, including approaches designed to maximize support from proxy advisory firms including Institutional Shareholder Services and Glass Lewis

We advise boards of directors and their committees and management at public companies and major nonprofit institutions on a vast array of critical matters including:

  • Board effectiveness and benchmarking with respect to governance structures and board processes
  • Director and committee independence
  • Fiduciary duties
  • Executive compensation
  • Directors and officers (D&O) indemnification and insurance
  • Board and board committee investigations

We advise public companies and audit firms on SEC and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) accounting and auditing matters, including:

  • Financial statement materiality assessments and restatements
  • Other accounting-related disclosure issues
  • Internal control processes and procedures
  • Auditor independence
  • Responses to SEC accounting and disclosure comments and investigations

The group works with clients on a variety of disclosure and regulatory issues arising under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Dodd-Frank Act, as well as related SEC rules and regulations, and listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), NASDAQ Stock Market and other stock markets.

We represent clients before the SEC, where many of our lawyers have previously worked.  Our lawyers provide guidance on regulatory and compliance issues under the rules and regulations of the SEC, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), NYSE and other U.S. and foreign regulatory organizations by working with broker-dealers, securities exchanges, and hedge funds and other investment managers.

Our lawyers provide a full range of services to investment managers, including hedge fund and private equity fund advisers, to help satisfy regulatory obligations.  We counsel on matters involving derivatives and hedging activities.  Our experience and keen understanding of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the SEC and prudential banking regulators enable us to advise on a wide range of regulatory, compliance and implementation matters relating to derivatives.  We also help clients navigate the challenging tides on Capitol Hill, especially when regulatory channels do not satisfy desired goals.

The Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance group has extensive experience advising on shareholder engagement and annual meeting matters, including disclosures addressing institutional investor concerns, and advises more companies on Rule 14a-8 shareholder proposals than any other law firm.  We assist clients in strategizing responses to proposals, negotiating proposal withdrawals and, if necessary, filing no-action requests with the SEC to exclude such proposals.  In addition, we advise clients, including trade associations, on responding to SEC rule proposals and seeking changes in existing SEC rules and interpretations.

We frequently counsel on matters involving the auditor-public company relationship.  In addition, we work with our clients to address accounting irregularities, including conducting internal investigations for management, audit committees, special litigation and other board committees.

The Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance group integrates current best practices with practical analysis on a company-by-company basis, bringing our judgments to address complex situations that can pose regulatory issues and liability risks.  Our lawyers are active in developing and reviewing governance policies and tailoring key governance documents to each client’s specific needs.



Washington Judge Dismisses Challenge to Starbucks Diversity Policies in Decisive Order Upholding Business Judgment Rule

-September 14, 2023

Gibson Dunn Environmental, Social and Governance Update (August 2023)

-September 12, 2023

European Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD): Key Takeaways from Adoption of the European Sustainability Reporting Standards

-August 23, 2023

M&A Report – Annual Activism Update – 2022

-August 21, 2023

11 Gibson Dunn Lawyers Named Lawyers of the Year for 2024

-August 17, 2023

Gibson Dunn Environmental, Social and Governance Update (July 2023)

-August 10, 2023

Delaware Chancellor Raises the Standard for Pricing Mootness Fees for Supplemental Disclosures

-August 2, 2023

SEC Adopts New Rules on Cybersecurity Disclosure for Public Companies

-July 31, 2023

Shareholder Proposal Developments During the 2023 Proxy Season

-July 25, 2023

Webcast: Recent Developments – ATM Programs and Rights Offerings

-July 19, 2023

Attorneys General of 13 States Issue Warning to Fortune 100 Companies Regarding Their Diversity and Inclusion Programs in Wake of Supreme Court’s Decision Overturning Affirmative Action in Higher Education

-July 18, 2023

Form 10-Q Updates and Reminders

-July 18, 2023

Gibson Dunn Environmental, Social and Governance Update (June 2023)

-July 11, 2023

Webcast: Stock Buybacks: What You Need to Know (and Disclose) Following Adoption of the SEC’s New Rules

-July 11, 2023

Updated Summary of Director Education Opportunities Available (July 2023)

-July 10, 2023

SEC Affirms Intention to Prioritize Adoption of Cybersecurity Rules for Public Companies and Investment Advisers and Funds

-June 30, 2023

Aaron Briggs Elected as Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel

-June 29, 2023

Who’s Who Legal 2023 Recognizes Nine Gibson Dunn Partners in M&A and Governance

-June 23, 2023

Gibson Dunn Environmental, Social and Governance Update (May 2023)

-June 13, 2023

Another Step in Seeking to Broaden the Scope of Public Company Audits: The PCAOB Proposes an Expansive Non-Compliance Standard

-June 12, 2023

NYSE and Nasdaq Allow More Time for Companies to Adopt Rule 10D-1 Clawback Policies: What to Do Now

-June 9, 2023

Child and Forced Labor Risks Global Task Force

-May 17, 2023

Gibson Dunn Environmental, Social and Governance Update (April 2023)

-May 10, 2023

SEC Adopts Amendments to Enhance Company Stock Repurchase Disclosure Requirements

-May 5, 2023

Executive Compensation Disclosure Handbook: A Practical Guide to the SEC’s Executive Compensation Disclosure Rules 2023

-April 20, 2023

Updated Summary of Director Education Opportunities Available

-April 11, 2023

M&A Report – Takeaways from Mindbody Stockholder Litigation

-April 10, 2023

Gibson Dunn Environmental, Social and Governance Update (March 2023)

-April 6, 2023

How S&P 100 Cos.’ Human Capital Disclosures Are Evolving

-March 9, 2023

Webcast: Five Things to Know About Convertible Note Offerings

-February 23, 2023

SEC Adopts New Final Rules for Clearance and Settlement; Proposes Changes for Investment Adviser Rules

-February 22, 2023

Eight Gibson Dunn Attorneys Named in 2023 Lawdragon Green 500: Leaders in Environmental Law

-February 7, 2023

Delaware Court of Chancery Holds That Corporate Officers Owe a Duty of Oversight

-February 3, 2023

2022 Year-End Securities Enforcement Update

-February 2, 2023

Who’s Who Legal Germany 2023 Recognizes Three Gibson Dunn Partners

-January 18, 2023

Webcasts: Gibson Dunn’s Annual California MCLE Marathon – 2023

-January 12, 2023

Evolving Human Capital Disclosures

-January 9, 2023

Considerations for Preparing Your 2022 Form 10‑K

-January 9, 2023

SEC Approves New Insider Trading Rules

-December 16, 2022

Webcast: 2022 Capital Markets in Review and 2023 Outlook

-December 15, 2022

Webcast: Considerations for Preparing Your 2023 Proxy Statement

-December 12, 2022

Parsing SEC’s Rule Extension For Fixed-Income Issuers

-December 6, 2022

Webcast: Considerations for Preparing Your 2022 Form 10-K

-December 5, 2022

SEC Extends Phased-in Approach for Application of Rule 15c2-11 for Certain Fixed Income Securities, Including Most Notably Securities Being Sold Pursuant to Resales under Rule 144A

-December 1, 2022

European Union’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive — What Non-EU Companies with Operations in the EU Need to Know

-November 29, 2022

Rule 10b5-1: Change Is Coming to the Insider Trading Regime – Or Is It Already Here?

-November 28, 2022

Recent SEC Interpretation of Exchange Act Rule 15c2-11 May Pressure Private Issuers of Fixed Income Securities to Publicly Disclose Financial Information

-November 21, 2022

Net Zero Commitments – UK Regulatory Guidance

-November 18, 2022

FTC Announces Broader Vision of Its Section 5 Authority to Address Unfair Methods of Competition

-November 14, 2022

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Names Gibson Dunn Law Firm of the Year for 2023 in Real Estate and Securities Regulation

-November 3, 2022

SEC Releases Final Clawback Rules

-October 27, 2022

Euromoney’s Rising Star Awards 2022 Recognizes 16 Gibson Dunn Partners

-October 12, 2022

Expert Guides Best of the Best United States 2022 Recognizes Ten Gibson Dunn Partners

-October 7, 2022

Twenty-Two Gibson Dunn Lawyers Recognized in Expert Guides’ Women in Business Law

-October 6, 2022

Thirty-Nine Gibson Dunn Partners Recognized in Banking, Finance and Transactional Expert Guide 2022

-October 6, 2022

Webcast: Capital Raising in a Challenging Environment: PIPEs

-September 15, 2022

SEC Releases Final Pay Versus Performance Rules

-August 29, 2022

2022 Mid-Year Securities Enforcement Update

-August 11, 2022

Energy Industry Reacts to SEC Proposed Rules on Climate Change

-August 10, 2022

Update on Changes in SEC Commissioners

-July 22, 2022

Now Available: SEC Desktop Calendar for 2023

-July 20, 2022

Shareholder Proposal Developments During the 2022 Proxy Season

-July 11, 2022

Updated Summary of Select Director Education Opportunities Available (Q2 2022)

-June 29, 2022

Webcast: Is Becoming a Public Benefit Corporation Right for Your Company?

-June 28, 2022

Best Lawyers in Germany 2023 Recognizes 26 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

-June 24, 2022

Ninth Circuit Enforces Forum Selection Bylaw Against Federal Securities Claim

-May 20, 2022

Webcast: The Role of ESG in Capital Markets

-May 19, 2022

DOJ Antitrust Division Head Promises Litigation to Break Up Director Interlocks

-May 2, 2022

Webcast: Understanding the SEC Rule Proposal on Climate Change Disclosure

-April 21, 2022

Summary of and Considerations Regarding the SEC’s Proposed Rules on Climate Change Disclosure

-April 15, 2022

SEC Proposes Rules to Align SPACs More Closely with IPOs

-April 6, 2022

SEC Proposes Rules on Cybersecurity Disclosure

-March 11, 2022

Webcast: IPO and Public Company Readiness: Strategies and Considerations

-February 24, 2022

SEC Proposes Rule Changes to Shorten the Security Settlement Cycle to T+1 by March 31, 2024

-February 14, 2022

BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street Update Corporate Governance and ESG Policies and Priorities for 2022

-January 25, 2022

Considerations for Preparing Your 2021 Form 10-K

-January 21, 2022

Webcast: Navigating the Minefield of Dodd-Frank’s Whistleblower Provisions (2021 Update)

-January 18, 2022

Webcast: 2022 SEC Disclosure & Proxy Season Outlook

-January 12, 2022

SEC Proposes Rules on Insider Trading, Rule 10b5-1 and Share Repurchases

-December 23, 2021

Webcast: 2021 Capital Markets in Review and 2022 Outlook

-December 14, 2021

ISS and Glass Lewis Issue Voting Policy Updates for 2022

-December 13, 2021

SEC Adopts Rules Mandating Use of Universal Proxy Card

-November 18, 2021

Discussing Human Capital: A Survey of the S&P 500’s Compliance with the New SEC Disclosure Requirement One Year After Adoption

-November 10, 2021

ISS Proposes and Opens Comment on Draft 2022 Voting Policy Updates

-November 5, 2021

The Pendulum Swings (Far): SEC Staff Issues New Guidance on Shareholder Proposals

-November 5, 2021

Gibson Dunn Promotes 27 Lawyers to Partnership

-November 4, 2021

Recent SEC Amendments Bring Changes to Filing Fee Disclosure and Payment Methods

-October 19, 2021

Seventeen Gibson Dunn Partners Recognized in Expert Guides’ Women in Business Law

-October 7, 2021

PCAOB Adopts Final Rule on the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act

-September 30, 2021

Now Available: SEC Desktop Calendar for 2022

-September 30, 2021

SEC Staff Scrutiny of Climate Change Disclosures Has Arrived: What to Expect and How to Respond

-September 20, 2021

SEC Announces First Enforcement Action Against Alternative Data Provider for Securities Fraud, Highlighting Regulatory Risks in Growing Industry

-September 20, 2021

New York Stock Exchange Further Amends Related Party Transaction Approval Rules

-August 24, 2021

What Can We Expect from the SEC with COP26 Around the Corner?

-August 23, 2021

SEC Settlement Reflects Increasing SEC Focus on Cyber Disclosures

-August 23, 2021

Shareholder Proposal Developments During the 2021 Proxy Season

-August 19, 2021

SEC Approves New Nasdaq Board Diversity Rules

-August 12, 2021

ISS Releases Surveys for 2022 Policy Updates

-August 5, 2021

2021 Mid-Year Securities Enforcement Update

-July 20, 2021

SEC Fires Shot Across the Bow of SPACs

-July 14, 2021

Directors Resign After Department of Justice Raises Antitrust Concerns

-June 25, 2021

Back to the Future: SEC Chair Announces Spring 2021 Reg Flex Agenda

-June 21, 2021

German Transparency Register on Beneficial Ownership: New Filing Requirements for German Corporations and Foreign Entities Directly or Indirectly Acquiring German Real Estate

-June 16, 2021

Gibson Dunn Earns 94 Top-Tier Rankings in Chambers USA 2021

-May 20, 2021

Seventeen Partners Named Among the 2021 Lawdragon 500 Leading Dealmakers in America

-May 13, 2021

Webcast: SPACs: What You Need to Know to Prepare for the Wave of Litigation and Investigations

-May 13, 2021

Court Holds That Federal Securities Law Claims Are Subject to Delaware Exclusive Forum Bylaw

-May 3, 2021

Understanding the SEC’s Focus on Environmental, Social, and Governance Investing and Investment Advisers

-April 14, 2021