In a rapidly changing legal and regulatory landscape, companies must anticipate challenges, minimize their impact and identify opportunities. In this half-day session, Mayer Brown panelists will provide an overview designed to help you manage growing legal risks in three complex areas:


Cyber threats to businesses continue to increase. At the same time, regulatory requirements, litigation risk, and contractual requirements continue to grow. This panel will highlight key recent cyber legal developments and tools companies can use to mitigate associated legal risks, including with respect to:

  • New and forthcoming cyber incident reporting and disclosure requirements, including under the SEC’s new rules
  • Evolving expectations for cyber risk governance, from operations to the board of directors
  • Increasing focus on software security and more prescriptive regulation


Employers who sponsor 401(k) plans are increasingly becoming targets for expensive, risky and often unfounded ERISA class actions. These suits frequently allege that the plan’s fiduciaries breached their duties by overpaying for administrative costs or choosing imprudent investments. This panel will discuss ERISA legal developments and practices companies can use to mitigate associated legal risks, including with respect to:

  • Minimizing the risk of adverse litigation against retirement plan sponsors, including best practices in light of the onslaught of new suits
  • Managing plan sponsor and employee costs
  • Navigating the DOL’s new ESG rule for retirement plans

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

Businesses today are inseparable from the environment in which they operate and the society they serve, and stakeholders understand that ESG gives rise to both risks and opportunities. This panel will discuss recent developments impacting ESG-related initiatives, including:

  • ESG regulation, including the SEC’s proposed climate disclosure rule, social and green financing, and impact investing
  • The anti-ESG movement, including the rise of AG suits, ESG-related legislation, and what a change in administration could mean for ESG investing
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion, including the relevance of HR management for ESG strategies and international standardization initiatives

CLE credit is pending.

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Coffee and registration
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Program

  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Cybersecurity panel
  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Benefits panel
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) panel

12:00 p.m. Luncheon

Mayer Brown
700 Louisiana Street
Lobby Conference Center
Houston, TX 77002-2730

For additional information or to register, please contact Annie Keating at or + 1 312 701 8020.

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