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Taming the Unicorn: Corporate Governance for Companies in the Private Market

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Produced on October 11, 2016

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$ 59 Business, Corporate, & Securities In Stock

Course Information

Time 1h 2m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Business, Corporate, & Securities

Course Description

Corporate governance treatises are generally written for publicly traded companies and focus on requirements that may not directly apply to privately held companies.  With the recent growth in private capital markets, however, it is increasingly important for privately held companies to be governed well in order to give prospective investors the confidence to purchase securities and to protect officers and directors from potential liability to stockholders.

This course will examine the legal and practical foundations of good corporate governance for privately held companies, particularly younger growth companies, or start-ups, and companies backed by venture capital or private equity investors.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify the principal sources of law and other guidance for private company corporate governance
  2. Highlight typical governance issues faced by private companies and help explain why private companies should care about good governance
  3. Discuss some of the policies and procedures that companies and boards can adopt to improve governance


Bonnie Roe

Cohen & Gresser LLP

Bonnie Roe has over thirty years of experience as a corporate lawyer advising publicly and privately held companies and funds. Her practice focuses on securities law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and private equity. Bonnie regularly advises public companies and their boards of directors on public disclosure, SEC compliance matters, corporate governance, and executive compensation. She has served as counsel for issuers, investors, and placement agents in connection with public and private offerings, including cross-border offerings. She also represents companies and investment funds in early and later stage financing transactions and has significant experience in fund formation and investment. Bonnie has counseled numerous buyers and sellers of publicly and privately held businesses, helping to develop and execute strategies for achieving business goals in an efficient manner. Her clients include both U.S. and internationally based companies.

Bonnie is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where she was the Managing Editor of the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics. Prior to joining the firm, she was a partner in the New York office of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. Bonnie has been named one of New York’s Super Lawyers for Securities & Corporate Finance each year since 2011. Bonnie is Co-Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee and is a member of Law360’s editorial advisory board for its private equity coverage. She is proficient in French. 


Randi M.

Bonnie is a member of my organization and a fine lawyer and engaged participant

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