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New Guidance Restores 1994 ERISA Proxy Voting Interpretation

The DOL bulletin also clarifies the ability to consider ESG factors in proxy voting and shareholder engagement. On December 29, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued Interpretive Bulletin 2016-1 (IB 2016-1),...more

House Acts to Place Additional Limitations on SEC Rulemaking

With its passage of the SEC Regulatory Accountability Act last week, the U.S. House of Representatives has taken action to place additional constraints on future rulemaking by the Securities and Exchange Commission; however,...more

Election Result Risk Factors

January is a good time for calendar-year-end companies to re-evaluate, and update as necessary, their Form 10-K risk factors. This year in particular, the November election results introduce a wide range of new considerations...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 1

SEC/CORPORATE - President-Elect Trump Nominates Clayton as SEC Chair - On January 4, President-elect Donald Trump announced his nomination of Jay Clayton to serve as chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission,...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - December 2016

As the SEC as we know it labors through its last five weeks, we note the following activities: - Publication last week of 35 CDIs, covering a host of topics, including Regulation S and qualified institutional buyer...more

Enforcement Director Ceresney to Leave US Securities and Exchange Commission

The US Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Enforcement Director Andrew J. Ceresney will leave the agency by the end of the year...more

Transfer pricing rules to change in Ukraine from 2017

On December 21, 2016, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved in the second reading the Draft Law "On Amending the Tax Code of Ukraine (on the Improvement of Investment Climate in Ukraine )" No. 5368. The law has been sent to...more

A new chapter for UK-Gulf trade and investment

On 7 December 2016, British Prime Minister Theresa May addressed the 37th Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Manama, Bahrain. She was the first British Prime Minister, the third Western leader and the first woman to be...more

Uncertainty in the Air: Boards Face Shifting Landscape in 2017

Corporate boards have become increasingly well acquainted with uncertainty as activist shareholders, aggressive regulators and shifting investor priorities have brought new levels of scrutiny and pressure on directors and...more

"Developments: Applying Federal Pay-to-Play Rules to Trump/Pence Inaugural and Transition Committees"

For financial institutions subject to federal pay-to-play rules (SEC Rule 206(4)-5 for investment advisers, MSRB Rule G-37 for municipal bond underwriters and municipal advisors, and CFTC Rule 23.451 for swap dealers),...more

New SEC No-Action Guidance on Proxy Access Bylaw Amendment Proposals

The SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance recently granted no-action relief to a company seeking to exclude shareholder-proposed amendments to the company’s proxy access bylaw provisions on the basis of substantial...more

ISS Updates Proxy Voting Guidelines and New Survey on Mid-Market Compensation

Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) has issued updated proxy voting guidelines, including an update to guidelines related to director compensation and the equity plan scorecard. The updated guidelines are...more

Provisional EU Agreement on Draft Prospectus Rules as Part of Capital Markets Union

The Council of the European Union announced the conclusion of a provisional agreement with representatives of the European Parliament on new rules on prospectuses for the issuing and offering of securities. The draft...more

There’s Still Time For Congress To Void The SEC’s Resource Extraction Rule

Last June, the Securities and Exchange Commission belatedly adopted a rule requiring disclosure of resource extraction payments by issuers. As I wrote at the time...more

SEC Chair White Refuses To Delay New Rules

According to Fortune, outgoing Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White is refusing to delay adoption of new rules and regulations. Senate Republicans–in particular the Senate Banking Committee’s top two...more

Big Regulatory Changes in Store for Funds and Advisers? No One Knows for Certain, but Here’s Our Best Guess

While no one knows for sure what the future holds for investment management regulation, the tea leaves indicate that we may expect a slowdown on new regulations, some pullback on parts of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and...more

Global Financial Markets Insight - Issue 11, 2016

As we come to the end of 2016 we re ect on a year characterised by events that have sent political shockwaves through the world’s major markets and consider what this may mean for the coming year. The surprise may be...more

House Passes Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses and Investors Act

On Monday, the House of Representatives passed the Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses and Investors Act (H.R. 6427) (the “Act”) by a vote of 398 to 2. The Act is actually a compilation of six measures that were...more

Change and Continuity in Securities Regulation

The election of Donald Trump as the next President and the continued Republican control of Congress raise questions as to what changes may be expected at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) and what may...more

ISS Corporate Governance and Compensation Voting Policies for 2017

ISS has announced its policy updates for 2017 shareholder meetings. Significant corporate governance policy changes include negative voting recommendations for companies that restrict shareholders’ ability to amend the...more

ISS and Glass Lewis Update Their Proxy Voting Guidelines for 2017

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) and Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC (“Glass Lewis”) recently updated the guidelines they will use to inform their voting recommendations for the 2017 proxy season. The updates address...more

U.K. Autumn Statement 2016: Key Implications for Investment Funds

On Wednesday 23 November 2016, Philip Hammond delivered the U.K. Autumn Statement, which included a number of announcements of relevance to the financial services industry. While relatively few new tax measures were...more

US Securities Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White Announces Departure at End of Obama Administration

SEC Chair Mary Jo White announced that she will leave the SEC at the end of President Obama’s term...more

Saudi Arabia Update - November 2016

Special Labor Courts Launching Soon - The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and the Supreme Judicial Council have finally stepped forward with launching the special labor courts in Saudi Arabia, which are expected to begin...more

Proxy Advisory Firms Issue 2017 Voting Guidelines

Proxy advisory firms Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co. (Glass Lewis) recently issued updated proxy voting guidelines for the upcoming 2017 proxy season. Notable updates were issued by one or...more

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