Robert Wayne Dockery

Robert Wayne Dockery

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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ISS and Glass Lewis Adopt 2015 Voting Policies

Proxy advisory firms Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) and Glass Lewis have both released their voting policies for the 2015 proxy season. The policy changes for U.S. companies include updates to the firms’...more

11/18/2014 - Bylaws Corporate Governance Corporate Social Responsibility Employee Stock Purchase Plans Equity Compensation Executive Compensation Glass Lewis Independent Boards ISS Proxy Season Proxy Voting Guidelines Shareholder Rights

ISS Launches QuickScore 3.0

On October 29, 2014, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) introduced an updated version of its global corporate governance scoring solution for institutional investors, designed to help investors identify and measure...more

11/6/2014 - Corporate Governance ISS QuickScore

Anticipating Shareholder Proposals During the 2015 Proxy Season

As companies begin to prepare for the 2015 proxy season, it will be important to anticipate the types of shareholder proposals they should expect so that they can develop a more meaningful response. This can be accomplished...more

9/30/2014 - Corporate Governance Corporate Social Responsibility Diversity Executive Compensation Proxy Advisors Proxy Season Shareholder Proposals Shareholders

SEC Guidance on Proxy Voting for Investment Advisers and Proxy Advisory Firms

In response to years of criticism concerning the influence of proxy advisory firms, such as ISS and Glass Lewis, over proxy voting of investment advisers, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued new guidance...more

7/15/2014 - Final Guidance Investment Adviser No-Action Letters Proxy Advisors Proxy Voting Guidelines SEC Securities Exchange Act

WKSI Waivers: More Guidance and Not Everyone Agrees

As we discussed here, on March 12, 2014, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revised its previous guidance on granting waivers to well-known seasoned issuers (WKSIs) to continue...more

5/8/2014 - Guidance Update SEC Waivers WKSIs

Implications of SEC’s Revised “WKSI-Waiver” Guidance

On March 12, 2014, the SEC updated its guidance regarding the framework it will follow in reviewing a “WKSI waiver” request. Such a waiver – which, if granted, allows an issuer to continue to qualify as a WKSI despite...more

4/18/2014 - SEC Waivers WKSIs

SEC Director of Corporation Finance Discusses Disclosure Effectiveness

On April 11, 2014, Keith F. Higgins, Director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance, gave a speech before the ABA Business Law Section discussing the new Disclosure Project...more

4/15/2014 - Disclosure Requirements Regulation S-K Regulation S-X SEC

ISS Opposes Director Compensation Bylaws

On January 13, ISS released FAQs expressing its views on a board’s adoption of director compensation bylaws. To counteract the increasing practice implemented by hedge funds and other dissident shareholders of paying their...more

2/7/2014 - Board of Directors Bylaws Compensation & Benefits Corporate Governance Directors ISS

ISS Releases 2014 Proxy Voting Policies

On November 21, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. issued updates to its benchmark proxy voting policies for the U.S. The updated policies will be effective for shareholder meetings on or after February 1, 2014. The...more

11/26/2013 - CEOs Compliance Corporate Governance ISS Proxy Voting Guidelines

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