We kick off 2013 with our first Top 5 of the year. Highlights include several year end countdowns, the financial crisis in the courts and more. As always, if there are any corporate or securities blogs you think should be highlighted by our Top 5, please comment on this post and we’ll check them out!
1) Footnoted: 2012: The year in numbers in SEC-land - We can always count on the gang at Footnoted to break down the numbers for us and in this 2012 wrap-up post they focus on the numbers from their particular slice of the world – the SEC.
2) HLS Forum on Corporate Governance & Financial Regulation: SEC to Propose Rules on Corporate Political Spending by April 2013 - This is the hot topic that will not go away and now it is looking increasingly likely that the SEC will begin rulemaking. In this post, Lucian Bebchuk, who served as co-chair of the Committee on Disclosure of Corporate Political Spending, which filed a rulemaking petition concerning political spending, discusses the road ahead.
3) DealBook: The Financial Crisis in the Courts - Two of the three branches of government have responded to the financial crisis with bailouts and stimulus, but we are only beginning to hear from the third one, the judicial branch. In this post, David Zaring discusses the reasons for the lack of judicial action and says it is likely to be a disappointment to those who believe that the blame for the financial crisis can only really be apportioned through verdicts and judgments.
4) The Race to the Bottom: Delaware’s Top Five Worst Shareholder Decisisions for 2012: A Recap - According to J. Robert Brown, it was neither a particularly good or bad year for shareholders in Delaware in 2012. The management friendly status quo remained largely unchanged. In a series of posts, he discusses four important cases as well as the lack of diversity on the Delaware bench.
5) The D&O Diary: Top 10 D&O Stories of 2012 - According to Kevin LaCroix, this was an eventful year in the world of D&O with many significant developments from the massive Libor settlement to FDIC litigation to the sweeping changes brought by the JOBS Act. In this post, he counts ‘em down.