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Corporate Advisory and Governance

Practical and actionable advice on strategic and sensitive matters as well as day-to-day governance considerations.

Freshfields’ corporate advisory and governance practice advises public and private companies, senior management and boards of directors on a broad range of corporate governance, compliance and disclosure matters.

Our integrated offering covers day-to-day matters as well as time-sensitive, event-driven challenges. We combine current best practices with pragmatic advice, bringing our judgment to help clients address a broad range of issues, from everyday governance questions to the most sensitive situations that can pose reputational, regulatory or liability risks.

We do not adopt a one-size-fits-all approach, but rather provide tailored guidance at every stage of a company’s life cycle, including advising:

  • Public companies of various sizes on routine SEC reporting and disclosure obligations, compensation and benefits programs, stakeholder engagement and ESG trends and developments, and strategy and execution on crisis management, litigation and activism scenarios
  • Private companies at varying stages of growth on devising size-and-stage-appropriate governance (including dual class and public benefit corporation matters), structuring compensation and benefits programs, managing data governance and ethics, and transitioning from private to public
  • Boards of directors on satisfying their fiduciary duties in connection with critical, high-profile issues and oversight in an environment where the risk landscape is constantly evolving

Our integrated corporate advisory and governance offering includes:

  • Public and private company corporate governance matters
  • Reporting and disclosure obligations
  • Compensation and benefits programs
  • Succession planning
  • Shareholder engagement and activism defense and preparation
  • Board and committee advice
  • Shareholder litigation
  • Capital markets and securities offerings
  • Data privacy, data protection, and data governance and ethics
  • Cybersecurity risk mitigation and response
  • Investigations and crisis management
  • Strategic and related party transactions
  • ESG and sustainability advice

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