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CEOs’ ‘Unsavory’ Friendships Create Legal Risks

Madison Square Garden Entertainment and Barclays are fending off lawsuits claiming that the companies financially benefited from obscuring the relationships their chief executives had with sexual predators. The claims give rise to a difficult question: How closely should the personal relationships of CEOs be monitored by boards of directors?

Sabina Menschel, president and COO at global investigations firm Nardello & Co., said prudent companies will do these deeper dives into the backgrounds of executives and board members on a recurring basis. Most companies, however, do not take this route even when an executive has been promoted to a higher-profile role, she said.READ MORE

Global Investigations Firm Nardello & Co. Expands With Digital Forensics Expert Joseph Pochron

Global investigations firm Nardello & Co. has added Joseph Pochron as a Managing Director with its Digital Investigations & Cyber Defense practice.READ MORE

Activist Battle Tips: ‘Hair-Raising’ Red Flags Detailed At Tulane

Nardello & Co.’s Chairman & CEO, Dan Nardello, shared his expertise at the 36th Annual Tulane Corporate Law Institute’s panel on Activism and ESG Considerations in Deal Making.

Companies attending Tulane University Law School’s annual Corporate Law Institute conference got distinctive insights into how they can responsibly fend off activist investor attacks, heard diverging views about activists’ motivations, and were warned about potential red flags in board members’ pasts.

Nardello said the “best practice” is to be proactive about potential issues with the backgrounds of directors, making sure both legal diligence and investigative diligence are completed before onboarding members. He advised companies to “continue to refresh that diligence with the folks who are already on the board.”