Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP regularly contributes to the discussion of important business and legal issues - in print, on the web and at public forums.
Our most recent publications and speaking engagements are listed below.
Jonathan Friedland offers insight on best strategic practices for guiding private equity portfolio companies amid COVID-19 in “Top Tactics for Supporting Your Portfolio in Unsettled Times”
SFGH's Jonathan Friedland offers insight on best strategic practices for guiding private equity portfolio companies amid COVID-19 in “Top Tactics for Supporting Your Portfolio in Unsettled Times”
Jeremy Waitzman, head of SFGH's corporate practice group, featured on Sun Acquisitions webcast to discuss the effect of Illinois shelter-in-place order on businesses
Jeremy Waitzman, the head of the corporate practice group at Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP, appeared as a featured guest of Dominic Rinaldi of Sun Acquisitions on a webcast to discuss the recent shelter-in-place order issued by the Illinois Governor.
SFGH Partner Matthew Schiff participated as a panelist in the ABA's Litigation Section roundtable "What’s New in Employment Law for 2020"
SFGH Partner Matthew Schiff participated as a panelist in an ABA roundtable discussion February 26, 2020 titled "What’s New in Employment Law for 2020." Matt discussed independent contractor misclassification issues.
The ABA Litigation Section Employment & Labor Relations Committee hosted this Roundtable discussion to explore hot topics and emerging trends in employment litigation and regulation. Among the topics discussed were independent contractor misclassification issues, impacts from the DOL’s changes to the “white collar” exemption rules, the FLSA’s regular rate of pay to determine overtime, and the gig economy.
SFGH Partner Jack O'Connor moderated Financial Poise webinar "Cannabis Basics: Getting up to Speed with Current Laws, Legislation, & Essential Business Issues"
SFGH Partner Jack O’Connor recently moderated West LegalEd Center/Financial Poise’s Webinar “Cannabis Basics: Getting up to Speed with Current Laws, Legislation, & Essential Business Issues” as part of its 2020 series “Cannabis Law 2020.” The webinar took place on January 29, 2020.
The cannabis and hemp industries in the U.S. have exploded in recent years due to increased numbers of states allowing businesses to grow, process, and sell cannabis products for medical and adult use. But one may ask: how are these businesses capable of operating if federal laws prohibit them? In the first episode of this series, our panel of experts brings the audience up to speed on the complex and constantly evolving legal framework governing cannabis businesses.
SFGH Partner Mark Melickian moderates Financial Poise / West LegalEd Center webinar "Bankruptcy Claims Trading"
On Tuesday March 3, 2020 at 1:00 PM CST SFGH Partner Mark Melickian will moderate the Financial Poise / West LegalEd Center webinar titled "Bankruptcy Claims Trading." Claims trading in bankruptcy cases has grown in sophistication in recent years, and companies and their advisors should be prepared before wading into the claims trading waters. This webinar covers the nuts and bolts of claims trading, claims trading agreements, business and legal strategies for buying and selling claims, and what happens if a dispute arises over a purchased claim. This webinar is part 2 of a 3-part series entitled Bankruptcy Transactions: Advice for the Advanced Practitioner 2020. Part 1 addressed purchasing assets in bankruptcy cases, and part 3 (premiering in April 2020) will cover cash collateral and debtor financing in bankruptcy cases.
Financial Poise webinar “Representing Asset Purchasers in Bankruptcy” on February 4, 2020 featured SFGH Partner Mark Melickian as moderator and SFGH Partner Christopher Horvay as a panelist
Financial Poise webinar series Bankruptcy Transaction: Advice for the Advanced Practitioner premiered on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 with “Representing Asset Purchasers in Bankruptcy” moderated by SFGH Partner Mark Melickian and featuring as a panelist SFGH Partner Christopher Horvay. Last Tuesday’s webinar focused on the unique benefits and challenges for a professional business adviser when representing an asset purchaser in a bankruptcy.
SFGH Partner Matthew Schiff to moderate panel at the ABA’s Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Mid-Winter Seminar
At the ABA's Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Mid-Winter Seminar in New Orleans on March 27 and 28, 2020, SFGH partner Matthew Schiff will moderate a panel titled Sexual Harassment as a Work-Related Injury (Post #MeToo).
Jeremy Waitzman, the head of the corporate practice group at Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP, was the featured speaker on a recent M&A Unplugged podcast regarding the non-price considerations of a purchase agreement.
Lisa Vandesteeg to speak on panel “Ethical Traps for the Unwary Bankruptcy Lawyer” as part of the Hon. Robert E. Ginsberg Annual Program on Commercial Bankruptcy
SFGH partner Elizabeth “Lisa” Vandesteeg will speak on a panel for the Bankruptcy and Reorganization Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. The panel, “Ethical Traps for the Unwary Bankruptcy Lawyer,” will discuss some of the common ethical traps that bankruptcy lawyers may face in their practices, and it will offer techniques and solutions to avoid those traps.
All of us have had experiences of meetings that were painful to participate in. Lack of preparation or inability to move decisions forward can all lead to an ineffective board. In this discussion, SFGH partner Mark Melickian and a panel of professionals will share practices that happen in real boardrooms that help equip directors to lead an energized and productive debate.
SFGH partner Elizabeth “Lisa” Vandesteeg to moderate panel “Risk: It’s a Board’s Game – Anticipating, Avoiding, Abating Risk for Private Company Directors” in New York, NY
SFGH partner Elizabeth “Lisa” Vandesteeg will moderate a panel in New York, NY on November 6, 2019. The panel, “Anticipating, Avoiding, Abating Risk for Private Company Directors,” will cover how a board can help to foster a risk-focused corporate culture, what the risk oversight function of the board is and what steps a board should take when it becomes aware of such a situation.
Join Lisa Vandesteeg on October 22, 2019, as she and a panel of experts address the basic requirements of recent privacy regulation and enforcement actions. In this panel, Lisa will also discuss how boards can help their organizations assess and manage privacy risks. Case studies will be offered to describe the experiences of organizations implementing new privacy controls as well as current and planned compliance activities of companies.
Elizabeth “Lisa” Vandesteeg to moderate webinar “Introduction to EU General Data Protection Regulation: Planning, Implementation, and Compliance”
On October 22, 2019, in this second part of the Cybersecurity & Data Privacy series, Lisa Vandesteeg will discuss the GDPR requirements and how your organization may meet those standards.
While we think of a board as a functioning entity, much of the success of the board relies on the individual behavior of its directors. SFGH partner Mark Melickian and a panel of experts will discuss some of the productive and problematic behavior that can show up in the boardroom, and the effect that it can have on board effectiveness. The webinar will take place on October 10, 2019, at 1 PM CT.
On October 10, 2019, SFGH associate Kathryn Nadro will speak on the Cybersecurity and Privacy Risks for the Construction Industry panel at the ABA Construction & Data Privacy Regional Conference.
Elizabeth “Lisa” Vandesteeg to moderate webinar “Introduction to US Privacy and Data Security: Regulations and Requirements”
Join Lisa Vandesteeg for an overview of the many US privacy and data security laws and regulations which may impact your business. This webinar is part one of the “Cybersecurity and Data Privacy" series and will take place on September 24, 2019.
Today, SFGH attorney Jack O’Connor will be speaking on a live webinar titled “Making Cash With Cannabis” as part of the Financial Poise "Hot Topics 2019" series. In this webinar, Jack will discuss legal and regulatory issues with running a successful cannabis business.
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger partner John Martin to moderate webinar titled “Legal Ethics - Best Practices 2019 - Bankruptcy Edition”
On August 21, 2019, at 1 PM CT, join Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger partner John Martin as he leads a panel of experts in discussing how rules relating to communication, conflicts, and candor are modified or expanded in the unique context of insolvency proceedings.
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger partner Jeremy Waitzman will moderate a Private Directors Association program on August 13, 2019, titled “The Psychology of a Private Company Board… ESOP and Other Employee-Owned Businesses”
SFGH partner Jeremy Waitzman will moderate a Private Directors Association program titled “The Psychology of a Private Company Board… ESOP and Other Employee Owned Businesses.”
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger partner Jonathan Friedland to moderate West LegalEdcenter’s webinar titled “More About Stocks” as part of its 2019 series “Personal Finance & Investing Fundamentals 2.0”
In this final episode of West LegalEdcenter’s 2019 series “Personal Finance & Investing Fundamentals 2.0,” Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger partner Jonathan Friedland provides a broad introduction into the basics of investing in the stock market.
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger partner Jeremy Waitzman will moderate a Private Directors Association program on July 9, 2019, titled “The Psychology of a Private Company Board… Fund (and Fund-like) Owned Businesses”
SFGH partner Jeremy Waitzman will moderate a program produced by the Private Directors Association titled "The Psychology of a Private Company Board… Fund (and Fund-like) Owned Businesses."
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger partner Jonathan Friedland to moderate webinar titled “All About Asset Allocation” as part of its 2019 series “Personal Finance & Investing Fundamentals 2.0”
In this third episode of West LegalEdcenter’s 2019 series “Personal Finance & Investing Fundamentals 2.0," Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger partner Jonathan Friedland discusses asset allocation and the benefits when investing in more than one asset category.
SFGH partner Elizabeth Vandesteeg to speak on webinar titled “Data Privacy & Security 101” as part of its 2019 series “One Hour Law School”
Businesses must understand and protect against the legal, business and reputational risks from actual or perceived misuse of data. Experts further warn (and sometimes daily news seems to suggest) that data breaches are inevitable, and businesses must plan for the operational, legal and reputational fallout of such events. Lisa Vandesteeg will be speaking on this topic that will continue to grow in importance in today’s data-driven marketplace. The webinar will take place on June 18, 2019.
Join SFGH partner Jeremy Waitzman for a panel discussion titled “Who is Your Buyer?” on June 13, 2019, at Chicago Cut Steakhouse! In this session, Jeremy and a panel of subject matter experts we will have an in-depth conversation on how business owners can identify an ideal buyer for their business. This event is hosted by the Exit Planning Exchange (XPX) and is a great opportunity to develop relationships with like-minded professionals.
SFGH partner Jeremy Waitzman to moderate a Private Directors Association program titled “Family Owned Businesses” as part of its three-part series “The Psychology of a Private Company Board”
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger partner Jeremy Waitzman will lead a Private Directors Association program on June 11, 2019, titled “Family Owned Businesses.”
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