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Reg FD in the Age of Twitter: Using Social Media without Running Afoul of the SEC

Product Code - LGA154
Speaker(s): William S. Freeman, Jones Day; Greg Chin, Jones Day
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When it comes to communicating effectively with their target audiences, public companies today are faced with competing imperatives to optimize their use of social media while observing U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) restrictions on “selective disclosure” of material information. Companies that navigate these waters successfully will reap the advantages of powerful communications strategies without risking enforcement action. General counsel and outside attorneys alike will be faced with a continual stream of issues as communications technologies continue to advance.

The faculty for this program will explain the current environment and give attendees tools they can use to address questions that will inevitably arise in the future.

Educational Objectives:

• Learn how the SEC has enforced Regulation FD since its inception.
• Understand the SEC’s views on Reg FD and how they have developed in response to new technologies.
• Find out about the recent Netflix Report of Investigation, in which the SEC set forth its current views on the use of social media in light of Reg FD, and what this means for companies and their counsel.
• Learn how to implement a social media strategy that maximizes communication without running afoul of Reg FD.

Who would benefit most from attending the program?

This program is designed for all attorneys who work with publicly traded companies in the areas of public relations, investor relations, communications strategy, social media and SEC compliance, including:

• Corporate general counsels and other in-house attorneys.
• Corporate attorneys representing public companies.
• Litigators defending SEC investigations and enforcement actions involving Regulation FD or insider trading.

Program Level: Advanced.

Credit Available: CLE. For more information, please click on the “CLE Credit” tab.

William S. Freeman, Jones Day; Greg Chin, Jones Day

William S. Freeman, Jones Day
Bill Freeman litigates securities and complex commercial cases. For more than 30 years he has represented companies, officers, directors, and investors in a wide array of proceedings. He has served as lead defense counsel in more than 40 class action and derivative suits, litigated corporate control and merger-related cases, and defended dozens of investigations and enforcement actions by the SEC and other regulators. Mr. Freeman has extensive jury trial experience and has led more than 25 internal investigations in the last five years. He also advises public companies and their officers, directors, principal shareholders, and underwriters on a broad range of issues including public disclosure, fiduciary duties, insider trading, and litigation risk reduction.

Mr. Freeman earned a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was Associate Editor of the Harvard Law Review, and an A.B., summa cum laude, from Harvard College. He is admitted to practice in California, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of securities litigation, class actions, derivative litigation, SEC enforcement actions, internal investigations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act actions, and False Claims Act actions.

Greg Chin, Jones Day
Greg Chin represents public and private companies in clean technology, life sciences, and other emerging growth industries. He also regularly represents venture capital firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that support emerging growth companies. Mr. Chin’s transactional experience includes numerous public securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital financings. He has advised boards of directors regarding corporate governance matters and has assisted companies with business plans, company formation issues, financing, employment matters, equity incentives, public company disclosure issues, and federal and state securities law compliance.

Mr. Chin earned a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a B.A., Distinction in the Major, from Yale College. He is admitted to practice in California, where he focuses on public company disclosure matters, SEC compliance corporate governance, capital markets (IPOs and other equity offerings), mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings and company formation.

This program’s CLE-credit eligibility varies by state. Bloomberg BNA is an accredited provider in the states of New York, California, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia, and most other jurisdictions grant CLE credit on a per-program basis. At this time, Bloomberg BNA does not apply directly to the states of Florida, Rhode Island, Montana and Hawaii although credit is usually available for attorneys who wish to apply individually. Additionally, the following states currently do not grant credit for Bloomberg BNA OnDemand programming: Arkansas, Ohio, Nebraska, and Delaware. All requests are subject to approval once the live webinar has taken place or the customer has viewed the OnDemand version. Please contact the Bloomberg BNA accreditations desk if you have specific questions that have not been addressed.

If you have further questions regarding a specific state or how to file for CLE credit, please contact Bloomberg BNA customer service at 800-372-1033 and ask to speak to the CLE Accreditation Coordinator.

Hardship Policy
Bloomberg BNA offers a hardship policy for attorneys earning less than $50,000 per year. If an attorney wishes to take advantage of this option, he or she must contact Bloomberg BNA directly. For attorneys who are unemployed or earning less than $35,000 per year, a full discount off the price of the program will be awarded upon written proof of hardship. Attorneys earning between $35,000 and $50,000 per year will receive a 50% discount off the price of the program. Any attorney working in the public service sector also qualifies for a special price. If you have further questions regarding the hardship policy or seek additional information, please contact Bloomberg BNA customer service at 800-372-1033 and ask to speak to the CLE Accreditations Coordinator, or email us at

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