Corporate Governance and Compliance

The governance of your company may seem to be an insignificant, purely administrative task. Yet this often overlooked aspect of company operations can become critical in the event of mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, and especially litigation, when the formalities of board approvals or the details of operating agreements or bylaws can be the difference between winning and losing, or protecting officers, directors, or shareholders from liability.

Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph’s experienced corporate attorneys can assist your company in drafting and executing proper governance documents such as bylaws or operating agreements, and board and shareholder resolutions and meeting minutes.

We can also develop, implement, and help you maintain appropriate internal controls as well as the policies and procedures expected by government enforcement agencies, shareholders, lenders, and other third parties. If your company has existing governance documents and procedures, we can also audit these efforts to ensure your company is up-to-date and in compliance.

Beyond basic corporate governance, if you operate in a highly regulated industry or market, we can also design and implement comprehensive compliance programs for your business. Very often, having a robust compliance program that fully meets government regulations (and industry best practices) is the only thing that will protect your directors and officers, as well as the corporation itself, from potential criminal or civil liabilities in the event of an enforcement action. A strong compliance program demonstrates to authorities that your company is taking affirmative steps to meet government regulations, and control fraud and abuse. From anti-money laundering (AML) programs and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance, to addressing privacy issues such as the Privacy Act and HIPAA, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) protections, effective compliance programs add value to your company and protect you from liability.

Let Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph, and its team of corporate and regulatory attorneys, work to make your business run more effectively, with greater compliance, and reduced exposure to liabilities.