Steven Stokdyk

Steven Stokdyk

Latham & Watkins LLP

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Proxy Access In The 2015 Season

Rhonda Brauer is a senior managing director of corporate governance at Georgeson Inc. where she helps companies enhance their shareholder communications and analyze their governance practices. She recently joined Latham &...more

9/4/2015 - Board of Directors Bylaws CalPERS Corporate Governance Corporate Social Responsibility Cybersecurity Independent Boards Lobbying Political Contributions Proxy Access Rule Rule 14a-8 S&P SEC Shareholder Meetings Shareholder Proposals Shareholders Sustainable Business Practices TIAA CREF Transparency Vanguard Written Consent

What To Expect in the Remainder of the 2015 Proxy Season

In this interview Latham & Watkins partners Steven Stokdyk and Jim Barrall discuss shareholder proponent types, director voter results, proxy puts and other 2015 shareholder activism trends. “There are victories in...more

8/11/2015 - Change in Control Corporate Governance Proxy Put Proxy Season Shareholder Activism Shareholders Voting Rights

Boardroom Perspectives: Oversight of Material Litigation in Four Practical Steps

Public companies in the United States are subject to litigation in various areas, including: shareholder litigation; government investigations and enforcement actions; environmental litigation and intellectual property...more

7/1/2015 - Best Practices Board of Directors Publicly-Traded Companies Risk Assessment Risk Mitigation

Three Practical Steps to Oversee Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)

Introduction - Oversight of enterprise risk management, or ERM, continues to challenge boards and occupy a prominent place on the governance agenda. Effective ERM seeks to balance risk and opportunity while enhancing...more

3/27/2015 - Board of Directors Enterprise Risks EU Proxy Advisors

Developments & Predictions for the 2015 Proxy Season

In a January 2015 webcast, Latham & Watkins partners Jim Barrall, global Co-chair of the firm's Benefits and Compensation Practice, and Steven Stokdyk, global Co-chair of the firm's Public Company Representation Practice,...more

2/12/2015 - Bylaws Corporate Governance Equity Plans Proxy Season Say-on-Pay Shareholders

Pumping Up for Proxy Season: Know Your Supplements

In connection with a meeting of stockholders, many companies face the decision of whether and how to prepare and file supplemental or amended proxy materials. The decision to supplement or amend, and how to deliver...more

1/9/2015 - Corporate Governance New Amendments Proxy Materials Proxy Season Proxy Statements Shareholder Meetings Shareholders Supplemental Information

Director Tenure: A Solution in Search of a Problem

Director tenure continues to gain attention in corporate governance as term limits become a cause célèbre. Proponents argue directors should no longer qualify as independent after 10 years of service, even though no law, rule...more

12/19/2014 - Board of Directors Corporate Governance Directors Independent Boards Tenure

Activism: Every Season is Now Open Season

Activism has become omnipresent and now targets virtually every industry sector regardless of a company’s size. The number of campaigns are up, the amount of capital allocated to activism is at an all-time high and activists...more

11/4/2014 - Corporate Counsel Corporate Governance Shareholder Activism Shareholder Litigation Shareholders

The Activist Investor and Negotiated Share Purchases

Steven Stokdyk is the global Co-chair of Latham & Watkins’ Public Company Representation Practice. He has extensive corporate, finance and acquisition experience representing companies, principal investors and investment...more

8/11/2014 - Shareholder Activism Shareholders Stock Purchase Agreement Stock Repurchases

Three Practical Steps to Managing FCPA & Anti-Corruption Risks

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement continues to be a priority for the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In recent years, U.S. authorities have aggressively...more

6/4/2014 - Compliance Corporate Counsel DOJ Enforcement FCPA Internal Investigations Investigations Remediation Risk Assessment Risk Management SEC

Boardroom Perspectives: Three Practical Steps to Stay Ahead of Shareholder Activism

Activist investors continue to shape corporate governance. Last year saw more than 300 activist proxy campaigns, proposals and contests. Activism-focused funds manage over $100 billion in assets. In this climate, no...more

3/6/2014 - Board of Directors Corporate Counsel Corporate Governance Proxy Season Shareholder Activism Shareholder Litigation Shareholders

Preparing for the 2014 Proxy Season

Latham & Watkins partners Jim Barrall, global Co-chair of the firm's Benefits and Compensation Practice, and Steven Stokdyk, global Co-chair of the firm's Public Company Representation Practice, discuss how companies can...more

2/10/2014 - Dodd-Frank ISS Proxy Season SEC

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