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News and Articles

Private equity boards enable directors to hone their skills without the publicity and liability that can be associated with public boards. 
The SEC’s climate proposal affects private equity firms, whether they trade on U.S. stock exchanges or not.
Boards and CEOs are most effective when they allow themselves to be open to ideas and vulnerable enough to have their own missteps corrected.
Complicating factors include inflation, interest rates and midterm election fallout.
Three questions family enterprises should ask when putting a governance model in place.
The SEC’s Hester Peirce addresses issues with the commission’s recent proposals.
In board meetings, be aware of who is responsible for what.
Honoring the dedication of talent is key to retention success.
Support the board by providing feedback and sharpening your listening skills.
The proper agenda is a must, but so is self-evaluation and diversity.

Mark Penn’s Private Equity Group to Buy PR Firm SKDK

Mark Penn’s private investment firm, Stagwell Group, is set to purchase SKDKnickerbocker, according to an article published on

The purchase price was not disclosed, but Stagwell has raised $250 million and may invest as much as $750 million, according to the article.

Electronifie Elects Former SEC Commissioner to Board of Directors

Submitted by RChakler on Fri, 10/09/2015 - 15:40

Electronifie, operator of an anonymous all-to-all corporate bond trading marketplace, announced that Troy Paredes, a former Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Max Kamhi, a successful entrepreneur and strategic investor in early stage companies, have joined the company’s Board of Directors effective immediately, according to a Business Wire press release.

Mayer Brown Launches New Guide on Cybersecurity

Mayer Brown announced that the firm launched a new guide, “Preparing For and Responding To a Computer Security Incident: Making the First 72 Hours Count,” which offers insights on how to prepare for a computer security incident and how to implement a timely, effective response.

The guide’s launch coincides with the beginning of National Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2015. Mayer Brown is an official Champion of NCSAM.

Women Continue to Be Under-Represented in Management Positions

According to research from The Conference Board (in collaboration with Bloomberg and GRI), women continue to be under-represented in management positions despite the push for gender equality on boards.

Data shows that women only accounted for 22% of management positions among S&P Global 1200 companies.

The analysis by region suggests companies in Asia-Pacific and Latin America showed improvement.

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