A Useful Article on Sarbanes-Oxley and the Contract Process

Yesterday I encountered an article that discusses why Sarbanes-Oxley should be of concern to anyone who’s responsible for a public company’s contracts. There are doubtless other works on this subject, but I’m cheerfully unaware of them. Here’s the citation: Colin P.A. Jones, Sarbanes-Oxley and the Inch-Thick Contract, 5 Richmond Journal of Law and Business 1 (2005). Click here for a copy.

Professor Jones teaches at Doshisha University Law School in Kyoto, Japan, but he told me that he wrote this article while he was in-house counsel. The conclusions he offers in the article are sensible, but I’d add one more—that the demands of Sarbanes-Oxley regulation offer yet another reason why companies should consider document-assembly and contract-lifecycle-management solutions.

If you have any thoughts on this subject or know of any other useful authorities, by all means let me know.

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.