William “Bill” Ide


  • Wednesday, October 1, 2008
    Editor: Bill, what was the role of the ABA Task Force that you chair in preparing the ABA's Comments on the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) exposure draft titled "Disclosure of Certain Loss Contingencies: An Amendment of FASB Statements 5 and 141(R)" ("Exposure Draft or Amendment") and why was it involved?
  • The Menace And Promise Of The Independent Monitor
    Friday, February 1, 2008
    Editor: How did the special monitor concept begin? Ide : The concept that a court of equity has special powers to direct resources has been around forever. The courts of equity in England used special masters as ancillary resources. Recently in the US, the concept was applied under RICO when courts found themselves dealing with what they perceived to be...
  • AAA, Independent Fact-Finding And The Subprime Crisis
    Tuesday, January 1, 2008
    Editor: Bill, when did you first become aware of the power of Independent Fact-Finding (IFF)? Ide: My interest was sparked back in the 1980s in connection with the E.F. Hutton debacle. Public trust needed to be restored in that company because doubts, media attacks and regulator involvement were dissipating stakeholder value by driving off customers...
  • A Key Compliance And Governance Role For The General Counsel
    Sunday, July 1, 2007
    The contributors to this Special Section were asked to comment on the role of the general counsel as persuasive counselor as discussed in an article by E. Norman Veasey and T.
  • Friday, June 1, 2007
    The Committee of Corporate General Counsel ("Committee") of the ABA Business Law Section presented a program on March 16 that included a panel entitled " New Commissions, New Recommendations: U.S. Capital Markets and Corporate Reforms." The panel discussed three reports ("the Reports") containing recommendations to improve the competitiveness of U.S ....
  • Thursday, March 1, 2007
    Editor: Why do you feel that the relationship between government and the business community needs to change?
  • Monday, January 1, 2007
    Editor: What brought about the focus of the ABA on the Thompson Memo and the need to revise it? Ide: Confidentiality is a broader concept than the attorney-client privilege or work product doctrine. When I was general counsel at Monsanto, employees would come to me because they could have a confidential conversation, and I would provide advice on how to...
  • How Do I Know If There Is A Back-Dated Options Problem And What Do I Do?
    Saturday, July 1, 2006
    So, you're a General Counsel of a public company, and you've received one of those "back-dated options" letters from the Council for Institutional Investors - Or maybe CALPERS or another pension fund. Do you call the SEC? DOJ? Outside counsel? The Board? Your shrink?
  • Thursday, June 1, 2006
    The American Bar Association has joined forces with a broad and diverse coalition of legal and business groups and others in an effort to protect the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine and roll back various federal governmental policies and practices that have seriously eroded these fundamental rights. Despite some recent success, the ABA...
  • The Positive Use Of Independent Investigations To Lower Risk And Create A More Effective Business Model
    Thursday, June 1, 2006
    The typical investigation is reactive, conducted with a prosecution mindset and imposes legalistic rules and a watchdog. The more effective model is to conduct the investigation as a proactive tool to solve a business problem and add significant value by effecting change of culture and remediating ineffective business practices.
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