Broadcast Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2020
from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)


Securities and shareholders’ litigation is already building an eventful year ahead. The past year has shown a higher record of new federal securities fraud class actions filed and this trend is continuing up until now. The nearly doubled number of filed cases may have been due to the decisions made by the Delaware Court of Chancery that critically limits the ability of stockholders to resolve breach of fiduciary duty claims against directors in the M&A context.

With the current legal landscape,  companies should keep themselves in the know of the recent trends and court ruling developments to avoid potential risks and pitfalls.

In this LIVE Webcast, business litigation attorneys Zheyao Li (Seyfarth Shaw) and Steven Kaufhold (Kaufhold Gaskin) will provide the audience with an in-depth analysis of the fundamentals as well as the recent developments in securities and shareholder litigation. Speakers will present the important issues surrounding this area of law. As experts, they will also provide the audience with practical strategies in dealing with the continuous evolving legal climate and what to expect in the year ahead.

Key topics include:

  • Securities Fraud Class Actions
  • Recent Trends and Rulings
  • Notable Recent Actions Filed
  • SEC Investigations/Enforcement Proceedings
  • Internal Investigations
  • Securities-related Arbitrations
  • What Lies Ahead


Course Level: Intermediate

Advance Preparation: Print and review course materials

Method of Presentation: On-demand Webcast (CLE)

Prerequisite: General knowledge of securities and shareholder litigation

Course Code: 148363

NY Category of CLE Credit: Areas of Professional Practice

Total Credit: 1.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Zheyao Li, Attorney
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Zheyao is an experienced class and collective action litigator, having defended companies and individuals in complex cases for over a decade. He has extensive substantive experience in securities and shareholder litigation, and wage-and-hour disputes involving both federal and state law issues. Zheyao began his career by directly confronting the challenges of the credit crisis and Great Recession. He has helped companies, boards of directors, and officers navigate and defeat allegations of securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, wage-and-hour violations, ERISA violations, and other claims in many complex cases. He has resolved cases favorably in a variety of ways, from outright dismissal to defeating or limiting class certification, to defending victories on appeal. Whenever possible, Zheyao also seeks to narrow discovery and leverage technological tools to reduce the costs of any necessary electronic discovery.

Steven Kaufhold , Lawyer
Kaufhold Gaskin LLP

Steven Kaufhold has represented hundreds of directors, officers, companies and funds in securities and derivative litigation.  These disputes have ranged from defense of public companies in class actions to fights among company founders regarding governance and ownership issues.  In addition, Mr. Kaufhold routinely guides clients through investigations by federal and state regulators and prosecutors.


SEGMENT 1: Zheyao LiAttorney Seyfarth Shaw LLP

  • Historical and recent trends in securities filings
  • State court developments since Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund
  • Securities litigation in the age of COVID-19

SEGMENT 2: Steven KaufholdLawyer Kaufhold Gaskin LLP

  • The Securities Exchange Commission remains quite active
  • Current investigation targets include COVID-19 related issues and cryptocurrency
  • Disgorgement survives as a potential remedy but questions remain regarding application

Date & Time:

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Securities and Shareholder Litigation Lawyers
  • Corporate Governance Lawyers
  • In-house Counsel and Consultants
  • Multinational Companies Multinational Companies
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Zheyao LiAttorney
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Steven Kaufhold Lawyer
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