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California And The “Entitled To Vote” Standard

by Allen Matkins on

Recently, I came across a proxy statement for a California corporation that stated the vote required for shareholder action on several proposals was “the affirmative vote of the majority of the shares represented at the...more

Blog: More Opposition To The Virtual-Only Annual Meeting

by Cooley LLP on

In case you missed it, Gretchen Morgenson’s column in the Sunday NYT railed against virtual-only annual meetings, which according to her data (provided by Broadridge), have increased in number from 21 in 2011 to 154 in 2016. ...more

Certain Considerations Relating to Virtual Shareholder Meetings

by White & Case LLP on

Virtual annual shareholder meetings are gradually increasing year-over-year, but the absolute number is still small and investor resistance to the "virtual-only" format persists. Nevertheless, additional companies continue to...more

"Annual Meeting Proxy Statement Reminders"

As companies finalize their proxy materials for annual shareholder meetings, they should consider the following U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing and disclosure requirements. Ensure clarity on the proxy...more

It’s Time to Consider Virtual Annual Meetings

More and more companies are moving to virtual-only or hybrid (both virtual and physical) annual shareholder meetings, though they remain in a substantial minority. Other companies sometimes pause to consider virtual meetings...more

Reminders for US Public Companies for the 2017 Annual Reporting and Proxy Season

by White & Case LLP on

This memorandum outlines certain considerations for US public companies in preparation for the 2017 annual reporting and proxy season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the...more

Recent Changes to the Florida Statutes Governing Homeowners Associations

Does your homeowners association require nominations from the floor for an election to the board of directors? Recent changes to the Florida Statutes governing homeowners associations have given some associations the right to...more

Activist Hot List: A Few to Watch For – 2016

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Listed below are selected funds with a recent history of US shareholder activism that we expect will continue those activities in connection with the 2017 proxy season. Companies should note that these activists may not...more

Anticipating Activism: Implications for Your 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Activist investors often begin planning their campaigns as much as a year in advance of the annual meeting. This includes accumulating stock positions, coordinating with other hedge funds in so-called “wolf packs,” analyzing...more

"Matters to Consider for the 2017 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season"

Each company faces important decisions in preparing for its 2017 annual meeting and reporting season. Once again, we have prepared a checklist of essential areas on which we believe companies should focus as they plan for the...more

2016 Silicon Valley Proxy Season Results

by Fenwick & West LLP on

A Comparison of Silicon Valley Public Companies and Other Large Bay Area Public Companies - This companion supplement to the Fenwick survey, Corporate Governance Practices and Trends: A Comparison of Large Public...more

Preparing for the 2017 Public Company Reporting Season

by Perkins Coie on

Reevaluate Non-GAAP Disclosures in Light of Updated C&DIs and Other SEC Actions. As the reporting season gets underway, reviewing non-GAAP disclosure practices should remain a top priority in light of the new and updated...more

SEC Proposes Universal Ballots in Contested Elections

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On October 26, 2016, in a split vote, the SEC proposed the mandated use of universal ballots in contested director elections at annual meetings. The proposed rules were controversial even before they were proposed – the House...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Speaks to SIFMA Annual Meeting Regarding the Agency’s Ongoing Work and Rulemaking...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Timothy Massad, Chairman of the CFTC, spoke at the SIFMA annual meeting about clearinghouse regulation, technological changes and finishing Dodd-Frank rulemaking. Massad first highlighted ongoing CFTC work regarding stress...more

What's So Special About Special Meetings? A Brief Look Into Special Meetings of Property Owner Associations

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

All North Carolina property owner associations are required by law to have regular meetings of the Board of Directors ("Board") and at least one annual membership meeting to discuss and transact certain association business. ...more

I Really Like “I [LOVE] NY” – The History Of An Iconic Logo And Ad Campaign

I am in New York City for the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s (“IPO”) Annual Meeting. I have been to the Annual Meeting before in other cities and had a great time, but was thrilled when I heard that it was going...more

AIPF 2016 Annual Meeting in Boston

The Association of Intellectual Property Firms (AIPF) is hosting its 2016 Annual Meeting in Boston. AIPF is an international association of independent specialty law firms that specialize in patent, trademark, and copyright...more

Nevada Corporations And Virtual Stockholder Meetings

by Allen Matkins on

Companies typically cite cost savings and ease of access as the motivation for holding virtual stockholder meetings. Andy D. Bryant, Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation, for example, provided the following rationale...more

Blog: Once Disparaged, Will The Virtual-Only Shareholders’ Annual Meeting Be Rejuvenated?

by Cooley LLP on

For many years, annual meetings of shareholders have been viewed as increasingly moribund rituals of corporate governance, as fewer and fewer shareholders are able or willing to overcome the logistical and financial burdens...more

SEC Permits Investment Adviser to Submit Shareholder Proposal on Behalf of Client

The SEC recently denied no-action relief to a request by Baker Hughes Incorporated to exclude a Rule 14a-8 shareholder proposal submitted by Newground Social Investment, SPC, a registered investment adviser, on behalf of an...more

"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

What’s The Proper Interval Between Annual Meetings?

by Allen Matkins on

I enjoyed participating in the “Hot Issues For Your Annual Meeting” webcast yesterday. My comments were largely focused on California and Nevada corporate law. Roxanne Houtman of Potter Anderson Corroon LLP covered Delaware...more

SEC Approves Nasdaq Rule Change to Permit Issuers to Regain Compliance Before Delisting for Failure to Hold Annual Meeting

The SEC has approved a Nasdaq rule change to permit Nasdaq to exercise discretion to grant an extension to regain compliance before delisting a company that fails to hold an annual meeting. In determining whether to grant a...more

Preparation for 2015 Fiscal Year-End SEC Filings and 2016 Annual Shareholder Meetings

by Mintz Levin on

As our clients and friends know, each year Mintz Levin provides an analysis of the regulatory developments that impact public companies as they prepare for their fiscal year-end filings with the Securities and Exchange...more

Results of the 2015 Proxy Season in Silicon Valley

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Shareholder activism has been a significant phenomenon amongst the largest U.S. public companies, with activists of a variety of stripes waging campaigns on a wide range of issues. As such activism has continued to grow, it...more

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