Hagen Ganem

Hagen Ganem

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

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"Key Takeaways: Corporate Governance Series — Preparing for the Shareholder Proposal Season"

On November 16, 2016, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Preparing for the Shareholder Proposal Season.” The panelists were Amy Borrus, deputy director of the Council of Institutional Investors (CII); Skadden M&A and corporate...more

12/3/2016 - Board of Directors Bylaws Corporate Governance Independent Directors ISS Proxy Access Proxy Season Shareholder Proposals Special Meetings Universal Proxy Cards Written Consent

"SEC Staff Issues Interpretive Guidance on Pay Ratio Rules"

On October 18, 2016, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued interpretive guidance on the pay ratio disclosure requirements in Item 402(u) of...more

10/21/2016 - Disclosure Requirements Division of Corporate Finance Executive Compensation New Guidance Pay Ratio SEC

Corporate Finance Alert: SEC Staff Continues to Focus on Non-GAAP Financial Disclosures

In recent months, companies have experienced greater scrutiny of their use of non-GAAP financial measures by the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This greater scrutiny follows the release earlier...more

10/14/2016 - CDIs Disclosure Requirements EBITDA Enforcement GAAP Non-GAAP Financial Measures SEC Tax-Deferred Exchanges

'Tandy' Representations No Longer Required in Responses to SEC Staff Comments

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance announced that the staff will no longer require companies to provide the so-called “Tandy” representations in response to staff comments on a...more

10/6/2016 - SEC SEC Comment Letter Process Tandy Letter

"SEC Amends Form 10-K to Specifically Allow New Summary Section"

On June 1, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) amended Form 10-K to specifically allow companies to provide a summary section in their annual reports. This revision to Form 10-K was adopted to implement...more

6/9/2016 - Annual Reports Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) Form 10-K SEC

"SEC Staff Issues Updated Non-GAAP Financial Measures Guidance"

On May 17, 2016, the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance issued new and revised compliance and disclosure interpretations (CDIs) regarding the SEC’s rules and...more

5/20/2016 - CDIs Guidance Update Non-GAAP Financial Measures Regulation S-K SEC

"Conflict Minerals Disclosures Due May 31, 2016"

Companies that are required to make conflict minerals disclosures on Form SD with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for calendar year 2015 must do so no later than Tuesday, May 31, 2016....more

5/16/2016 - Conflict Mineral Rules Disclosure Requirements Form SD Product Labels SEC

"SEC Issues Concept Release Seeking Feedback on Business and Financial Disclosure Requirements"

On April 13, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a concept release seeking feedback on ways to modernize the business and financial disclosure requirements of Regulation S-K. The 341-page release...more

4/21/2016 - Audits Disclosure Requirements Environmental Assessments Financial Statements Foreign Investment Investor Protection Public Comment Public Policy Regulation S-K Risk Management SEC

"Annual Meeting Proxy Statement Filing Reminders"

Following are a few points to consider when preparing proxy statement materials for filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in connection with annual shareholder meetings....more

3/9/2016 - Annual Meeting Annual Reports EDGAR Filing Deadlines Form 8-K Proxy Statements SEC Shareholders

"SEC Proposes Rules to Implement Resource Extraction Issuer Disclosure Provisions"

On December 11, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released another set of proposed rules to implement the resource extraction issuer disclosure provisions in Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The...more

12/17/2015 - Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Form SD Minerals Oil & Gas Resource Extraction SEC

"Glass Lewis Issues 2016 US Proxy Policy Guidelines"

Proxy advisory firm Glass Lewis recently issued its U.S. voting policy guidelines for the 2016 proxy season. The guidelines include a few key changes, a summary of which is outlined below. Conflicting Shareholder...more

11/23/2015 - Board of Directors Conflicting Proposals Corporate Social Responsibility Director Nominations Exclusive Forum Executive Compensation Glass Lewis Proxy Advisors Proxy Voting Guidelines Publicly-Traded Companies SEC Shareholders

"SEC Staff Issues Revised Guidance on Unbundling of Shareholder Votes in M&A Deals"

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) recently published revised guidance regarding the "unbundling" of matters presented for shareholder votes in connection...more

11/18/2015 - Acquisitions CDIs Mergers Proxy Materials SEC Shareholder Votes

"SEC Staff Issues New Shareholder Proposals Guidance"

The Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (Staff) recently published Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H (SLB), which provides important new guidance for companies that may receive...more

10/29/2015 - Conflicting Proposals Manager Proposals New Guidance No-Action Requests Ordinary Business Exception Proxy Season Rule 14a-8(i)(7) Rule 14a-8(i)(9) SEC Shareholder Proposals Wal-Mart

"Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirement Confirmed Unconstitutional"

On August 18, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a 2-1 decision (opinion available here), confirmed its earlier decision in April 2014 by ruling that the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

8/24/2015 - Appeals Commercial Marketing Compelled Speech Conflict Mineral Rules Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo Disclosure Requirements First Amendment Free Speech Petition For Rehearing Product Labels Reaffirmation SEC

"SEC Adopts CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Requirements"

On August 5, 2015, in a 3-2 vote, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules implementing the controversial “CEO pay ratio” disclosure requirements that were proposed in 2013 and mandated by...more

8/7/2015 - CEOs Compensation Agreements Compliance Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Exclusions Executive Compensation Pay Ratio SEC

"SEC Considers Possible Revisions to Audit Committee Disclosures"

On July 1, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a concept release soliciting public comment on possible revisions to its existing disclosure requirements related to audit committees. The release...more

7/10/2015 - Audit Committee Auditors Audits Disclosure Requirements PCAOB SEC

"Conflict Minerals Disclosures Due June 1, 2015"

Conflict minerals disclosures on Forms SD for calendar year 2014, if required, must be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by June 1, 2015 — the Monday after the annual May 31 due date. As companies...more

5/15/2015 - Auditors Conflict Mineral Rules Country of Origin Disclosure Requirements Due Diligence Form SD SEC

"Wal-Mart Wins Appeal of Shareholder Proposal Decision"

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision on April 14, 2015 that reversed a U.S. District Court opinion and vacated a permanent injunction that would have required Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to include a...more

4/16/2015 - Appeals Board of Directors Corporate Governance Ordinary Business Exception Permanent Injunctions Proxy Statements Reversal SEC Securities Exchange Act Shareholder Proposals Wal-Mart

"SEC Staff Issues Statement on Conflict Minerals Ruling"

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued a statement on the effect of a recent circuit court decision on the SEC’s conflict minerals rules. In an April 14 ruling, the U.S. Court of...more

5/2/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules First Amendment SEC

"SEC Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirements Ruled Unconstitutional"

On April 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s conflict minerals disclosure requirements are unconstitutional and remanded the matter to...more

4/16/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank SEC

"SEC Resource Extraction Issuer Disclosure Rules Vacated"

On July 2, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the resource extraction issuer disclosure rules adopted last year by the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to Section 1504 of the...more

7/8/2013 - American Petroleum Institute Chamber of Commerce Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank First Amendment Natural Resources Resource Extraction SEC Section 1504

"SEC Staff Issues Conflict Minerals & Resource Extraction Payments Disclosure Guidance"

The staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently issued long-awaited guidance on two of the more controversial provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act — the conflict minerals...more

6/7/2013 - Conflict Mineral Rules Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Resource Extraction SEC

"New CFTC Swap Clearing Rules to Require Board Review and Approval of the Election to Rely on the 'Commercial End-User Exception'"

New Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) swaps clearing rules will force non-financial entities to stop uncleared trading of certain interest-rate swaps (IRS) and index credit default swaps (index CDS) starting on...more

3/14/2013 - CFTC Commercial End-User Exception Credit Default Swaps Derivatives Clearing Organizations Dodd-Frank Interest Rate Swaps Mandatory Clearing Requirements Swaps

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