Hale and Dorr corporate partner Edward “Ned” Young spent a lot of time last year learning to say what he means, simply and clearly.

And as Hale and Dorr’s “plain English” point person, Young was responsible for getting the rest of the firm to do the same. With the Securities and Exchange Commission’s new plain English rules in full effect, Hale and Dorr dusted off forgotten copies of Strunk and White, and rewrote forms of prospectuses, merger proxies, and other disclosure documents to conform with SEC standards.

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