Law notes: Young Conaway to advise Facebook oversight board’s LLC


A multi-disciplinary team has been assembled by the Delaware firm of Young Conaway Stargatt& Taylor, LLP to advise Oversight Board LLC, a Delaware LLC wholly owned by a Delaware Purpose Trust created by Facebook.

The Oversight Board will consist of members selected from around the world. Members will serve a three-year term and make independent decisions about content appearing on Facebook and Instagram. Their decisions to leave or remove content will take into account Facebook’s current content policies and values, along with established principles of freedom of expression and human rights.

Partner,Vincent C. Thomas, will be leadingYoung Conaway’smulti-disciplinary team in advising the Oversight Board on US matters. He is joined by his Business Planning and Tax colleagues, CounselJustin P. Duda and Associate Travis G. Maurer, who will be focusing on governance, trust, and contract issues. Corporate Counseling and Litigation Partner Tammy L. Mercer, along with Former Vice-Chancellor and Delaware Supreme Court Justice,Jack B. Jacobs, and Associate Alberto E. Chávez, will be handling all fiduciary issues for the Oversight Board. Data privacy issues will be managed by CounselSara Beth A.R. Kohutand employment issues will be managed by Counsel,Lauren M. Russell.Young Conaway’steam will be working closely with a multi-disciplinary team led by partner,Ross McNaughtonat Penningtons Manches Cooper.

“The Oversight Board is a unique institution with an important mission ahead of it, and we’re delighted to benefit from the multi-disciplinary expertise ofYoung Conaway,” saidThomas Hughes, director of the Oversight Board Administration. “Their support will be invaluable as we continue to build the Board and Administration team, and work to going fully operational later this year.”

Krapf named chairman of American University of Rome

The  Board of Trustees  ofThe American University of Rome(AUR) has elected a new Chairman as of June 2020. The new Chair of the AUR Board is Robert J. Krapf.Krapf is the past president of the Richards, Layton & Finger, Wilmington.

Krapf has served on the Board of Trustees of The American University of Rome since 2003

Green joins Halloran Farkas + Kittila

The national corporate, litigation, and IP law firm Halloran Farkas + Kittila LLP has announced the addition of a senior attorney.

William Greenjoined HFK’s Delaware practice specializing in complex corporate and commercial litigation. His focus is on litigation in Delaware related to mergers and acquisitions, D&O liability, shareholder suits, and business valuation.

Prior to joining HFK, Bill served for nearly a decade in the Delaware Department of Justice, representing the state in administering and enforcing securities laws in administrative, civil, and criminal proceedings. Earlier, he practiced litigation focused on the internal governance of Delaware business entities.

Barnes & Thornburg adds attorney

Barnes & Thornburg added a corporate attorney at its Wilmington office.

William Burton, an associate in the Delaware office, regularly litigates issues related to breach of fiduciary duties, shareholder and corporate governance disputes, valuation and appraisal law, and other corporate and commercial litigation issues, on behalf of corporations, directors, officers, members, partners, investors and stockholders.

While his practice is primarily focused in the Court of Chancery, he also represents clients in other state and federal courts. Burton earned his J.D. from Delaware Law School in 2015 and his B.A. in political science from West Chester University in 2011.

RLF’s trusts & estates practice recognized

Richards, Layton & Finger’strusts and estates practice and all of the group’s directors have been recognized in ChambersHNW, an international guide to the world’s leading high net worth advisors.The law firm is based in Wilmington.

Donald Sparks II, F. Peter Conaty Jr., and Beth Gansen Knight are recognized for excellencein Private Wealth Law, and the firm has earned the guide’s highest Band 1 ranking. Noting that Richards Layton is “a great firm,” Chambers HNWreported,“They have a culture of bending over backwards to service clients, and provide high-end and thoughtful advice.”

Richards Layton’s trusts and estates teamrepresents financial institutions, corporate fiduciaries, and high net worth individuals in sophisticated estate planning, trust and estate administration, tax issues, and fiduciary matters, including litigation.

Toxic tort trial attorney joins Maron Marvel

The national law firmMaron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy announced that national toxic tort trial attorney Howard E. Jarvis has joined the firm. The firm is headquartered in Wilmington.

Jarvis, who will work from Knoxville, TN, brings to Maron Marvel more than 40 years of experience.

Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy LLC is a national boutique law firm specializing in litigation risk management.In addition to Wilmington, the firm has offices in Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

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