Corporate E-Note October 2021

Articles / Publications


October Is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Burr & Forman's experienced Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Team helps clients navigate the complex cybersecurity and data privacy landscape with strategies designed to assess current risks, develop a corrective action plan, implement best practices, and provide immediate and appropriate responses to a cybersecurity breach. Below is a sampling of our cybersecurity articles:

Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Team Member Spotlight

India Vincent, Burr & Forman's Chief Privacy Officer and Chair of the firm's Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice group, was profiled in a Q&A published by as part of the publication's "How I Made Law Firm Leader" series. In addition to detailing her career arc from beginning her career at the firm to her current leadership roles, India provides insights and valuable takeaways for success in the legal profession. To read the Q&A published on August 30, 2021 by, please click here.


What We Do And Don't Know About The New COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates

Since President Biden's announcement on September 9, 2021 of plans for COVID-19 vaccination and/or weekly testing mandates, we have received numerous questions about how this plan will affect employers and employees. In this article, we cover the most common questions we have received regarding the proposed COVID-19 vaccination and testing mandates. This article was written by Amy Jordan Wilkes.

They're Baaaack! Admissions In SEC Settled Actions

In remarks at the SEC Speaks conference, new SEC Enforcement Director Gurbir Grewal said he's bringing back admissions in SEC settled actions to help spur accountability. Read the article, written by Thomas ("Tom") K. Potter, III.

FAR Council Issues Ensuring Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols For Federal Contractors Clause

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory ("FAR") Council has published a new clause ("COVID Clause"), and has asked contracting agencies to develop deviations allowing use of the new COVID Clause. Read the article, written by Michael ("Mike") W. Rich, and Amy Jordan Wilkes

Gamification Of Securities Trading: Big Risk Or Just Evolution?

In remarks at the SEC Speaks conference, SEC Investor Advocate Rick Fleming mused that the "gamification" of securities trading might pose an undue risk that exploits a potential loophole in Regulation Best Interest ("Reg. BI").
Read the article, written by Thomas ("Tom") K. Potter, III.

Town Of Hilton Head Business License Requirements – Changes Effective January 1, 2022

The South Carolina legislature enacted the SC License Tax Standardization Act in September 2020 to standardize business license requirements throughout South Carolina. Information about changes to Town of Hilton Head business license requirements are outlined in this article, written by Lindsay Hartman.

Firm News

17 Burr & Forman Attorneys Recognized In 2021 Legal Elite Of South Carolina

The "Legal Elite" are voted on by other attorneys in the area who choose the top lawyers in 26 different practice group categories. Winners are nominated and selected by their peers. Click here for the list of Burr & Forman attorneys named among the "Legal Elite" for South Carolina along with their respective practices.

Burr & Forman Partners Recognized In Benchmark Litigation

Thirteen Burr & Forman partners were recently recognized in the 2021 edition of Benchmark Litigation, a guide to the world's leading litigation firms and lawyers. Those individuals recognized are highly regarded by their peers and possess a strong case record and positive client feedback. Click here for the list of Burr & Forman partners, along with their practices, receiving recognition.


DOL Rule Would Permit Benefit Plans to Consider ESG Factors (Source: Chief Investment Officer, 2021-10-14)

IPOs Have Raised Over $1B So Far in 2021, On Par for Record Year (Source: Yahoo Finance, 2021-10-14)

D&O Insurance Premiums Rise as Risk Litigation Increases (Source: S&P Global Market Intelligence, 2021-10-13)

Threat of New Ransomware Models is Execs' Top Concern (Source: Help Net Security, 2021-10-26)

Ransom Disclosure Act Would Require Firms to Report Payments (Source: Tech Crunch, 2021-10-06)

Future Smart Factories Enabled by Use of Simulation Software (Source: Automotive World, 2021-10-22)

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