Amy Batten

Amy Batten

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SEC Adopts Final Pay Ratio Rule

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted a final pay ratio rule that implements Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”) nearly two years...more

8/28/2015 - CEOs Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Median Employee Multinationals Pay Ratio Publicly-Traded Companies SEC

Proposed Legislation Threatens Corporations' Ability to Select Forum

Current Delaware law permits a Delaware corporation to adopt a bylaw specifying an exclusive forum other than Delaware to litigate intra-corporate disputes, so long as there is a logical connection between the forum selected...more

4/21/2015 - Bylaws Delaware General Corporation Law Exclusive Forum Fee-Shifting Proposed Amendments

Public Companies Take Note: SEC Launches Enforcement Initiative Targeting Section 16 and Other Shareholder Filings

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced charges against 28 public company officers, directors and ten percent shareholders for repeated violations of federal securities laws requiring them to promptly...more

9/24/2014 - Compliance Disclosure Requirements Enforcement Enforcement Actions SEC Section 16 Shareholders

Delaware Court of Chancery Upholds North Carolina "Exclusive Forum" Bylaw

In a closely-watched case with implications for corporations across the nation, Chancellor Andre Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery has issued an opinion enforcing a forum-selection bylaw that requires intra-corporate...more

9/11/2014 - Bylaws Exclusive Forum Forum Forum Selection

SEC Commissioner Gives Corporate Boards a Cybersecurity Wake-up Call

“Given the significant cyber-attacks that are occurring with disturbing frequency, and the mounting evidence that companies of all shapes and sizes are increasingly under a constant threat of potentially disastrous...more

7/23/2014 - Corporate Counsel Popular

The SEC's Proposed Pay Ratio Rule: What it Could Mean for Your Upcoming Filings

Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) mandates the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to amend Item 402 of Regulation S-K (Item 402) to require certain companies to...more

10/4/2013 - Annual Filings Annual Reports CEOs Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Pay Ratio Regulation S-K SEC Wages

SEC Report Opens Door to Use of Social Media

On April 2, 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a Report of Investigation (the “Social Media Report”) clarifying that a company subject to Regulation Fair Disclosure (“Regulation FD”) may use...more

4/16/2013 - Disclosure Requirements Information Sharing Material Nonpublic Information Netflix Publicly-Traded Companies Regulation FD SEC Social Media

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