MCC Interactive - Digging Deeper With Westlaw

Tuesday, May 1, 2007 - 01:00

As federal regulations increase, so do compliance concerns. In recent months, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel has dedicated considerable coverage to compliance in varying areas of the law. This month is no exception. The May issue includes three interviews that examine, among other things, the impact these compliance concerns have on the competitiveness of U.S. capital markets. Moreover, this month's issue also includes articles on international law & trade, employment law and a Special Section on Delaware and the Southeast.

Craig Miller, vice president and general manager, Corporate Sales and Account Management, Thomson West, invites Westlaw subscribers to dig deeper into these issues through direct links to the databases noted below from The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel's Web site, www.metrocorpcounsel.com.

This month's editorial focus on international law & trade brings to the attention of in-house counsel articles addressing the vibrancy of other countries' capital markets, barriers to foreign trade imposed by U.S. laws and regulations, and FCPA compliance and other issues pertinent to U.S. companies engaged in foreign trade. These articles may be found on pages 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18. In addition, this month's cover story, an interview with Christine Edwards, is part of a series of articles offering recommendations on how to improve the competitiveness of U.S. capital markets and U.S. public companies. The interview with Ms. Edwards is complemented by interviews with Michael Ryan and Richard Murray on page 5 which further express the reforms needed to sustain the U.S.'s competitiveness in the financial services industry. In the same way, a number of Westlaw resources offer in-depth information for readers interested in learning more about capital markets regulation abroad.

The treatise International Capital Markets and Securities Regulation (SECINTCAP) provides in-depth analysis of trends in securities regulation for major industrialized nations and emerging markets, by the leading securities experts, Harold Blumenthal and Samuel Wolff. Market Guide Company Financials (MKTGUIDE) provides detailed financial information on more than 12,000 U.S. public companies, in an easy-to-use template format.

The articles on pages 31, 33, 34 and 35 discuss various employment law issues affecting in-house counsel. Westlaw provides highly useful resources related to the topic. Corporate Compliance Series (CORPC-ERISA, -OSHA, -EEO), for example, provides practical guidance and sample policies and forms on ERISA, OSHA and EEO compliance. In addition the interview on page 32 is one of the topics discussed at a recent Corporate Counsel Forum on Wage & Hour Compliance. At the forum, leading in-house counsel and outside counsel experts provided invaluable information to help companies protect themselves from the increase in class action suits based on wage and hour laws. A number of guides and manuals found on Westlaw can help in-house counsel, too. Wage and Hour Law: Compliance and Practice (WHLCP) is a practical source of essential information, forms and guidance on federal wage, hour and leave laws. BNA Labor Relations Reporter: Wage and Hour Manual (BNA-WHM) lists relevant federal laws, regulations, and opinion letters in addition to an alphabetical listing of state wage and hour codes.

The Special Section on Delaware & the Southeast begins with a feature interview of Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Myron T. Steele on Page 45. Justice Steele provides a Delaware state-law perspective on the competitiveness discussion that begins on page 1 of the May issue. Likewise, the articles on pages 46, 47, 48, 49, 50 and 51 provide in-house counsel with additional state-law perspectives on issues relevant to their practice. State-specific information on corporate law is fully searchable on Westlaw . Delaware Journal of Corporate Law and BNA Corporate Practice Portfolios: Delaware Corporation Law are just two relevant resources.

For information on becoming a Westlaw subscriber, please visit west.thomson.com or call Jocelyn Tollin at (212) 548-7438. Visit www.metrocorpcounsel.com to access the live links in this article and more.