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Forecasting, Risk Management and Compliance

When I was in the corporate world, I cannot begin to recall the number of times senior management had an overly optimistic forecast regarding some transaction; whether the transaction was the purchase of a smaller company, a...more

US Securities and Exchange Commission Proposes Amendments to Require Use of Universal Proxy Cards

The US Securities and Exchange Commission voted to propose amendments to the proxy rules to require parties in a contested election to use universal proxy cards that would include the names of all board of director nominees....more

SEC Proposes Universal Proxy Cards in Contested Elections

On October 26, 2016, the SEC proposed amendments to the proxy rules that would require the use of universal proxies in all non-exempt solicitations in contested elections of directors. The focus of the SEC proposal is to...more

SEC Proposes Requirement for Universal Proxies in Contested Director Elections

On October 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to the proxy rules (the “Proposal”) that would mandate the use of universal proxy cards in non-exempt proxy solicitations for contested...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Adopt Universal Proxy Cards in Contested Director Elections

At an open meeting held on October 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted two to one to propose amendments for the mandatory use of universal proxy cards and additional voting options and disclosure...more

Blog: Will “universal proxy” make it to the finish line?

With Congress and the Presidency soon to be under Republican control, it would not be surprising, unless the SEC acted with unusual speed, if the universal proxy rules never went into effect. Commissioner Piwowar, a...more

SEC Announces Proposal to Require Universal Proxy Cards in Contested Elections

The SEC (by a 2-1 vote) has proposed amendments to the proxy rules that would mandate the use of a system of universal proxy cards in contested director elections. Universal proxy cards would include the names of both company...more

(Proxy) Voting Made Easy?

The SEC recently proposed amendments to the proxy voting rules to require parties in a contested election to use universal proxy cards that would include the names of all board of director nominees. This proposed change would...more

SEC Proposes Rules for Requiring Universal Proxy Cards in Contested Director Elections

During its open meeting last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to propose amendments to the federal proxy rules to require the use of universal proxy cards for all annual or special meetings with...more

The SEC's Proposed Universal Proxy Rule: Beneficial to Shareholders or Tilting the Result toward Activist Investors?

Under current law and practice, a shareholder of a public company that is asked to vote in a contested election of directors where a slate of directors had been proposed by the company and an activist investor would likely...more

SEC Proposes Rules on Universal Proxies

On October 26, 2016, the SEC proposed amendments to the proxy rules to require parties in a contested election to use universal proxy cards that would include the names of all board nominees. The amendments would thus allow...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Require Universal Proxy Cards and other Changes

As SEC Chair Mary Jo White indicated in a June 2015 speech at the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals National Conference in Chicago, the SEC has now proposed new rules to modify the venerable proxy...more

SEC Proposes Universal Proxies in Proxy Contests

On October 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released proposed rules that would require the use of “universal” proxies in connection with contested elections of directors. If adopted, these rules would...more

SEC Proposes to Require Universal Proxies; Adopts Final Rules to Facilitate Intrastate Offerings

On October 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to the proxy rules to require parties in contested elections to use universal proxy cards that would include the names of all board of...more

SEC Proposes Universal Ballots in Contested Elections

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

SEC Proposes Rules on Universal Proxy and Voting Options

The SEC has proposed amendments to its proxy rules that would require the use of universal proxy cards in contested director elections, and would change the rules governing disclosure of shareholder voting options and...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Require Use of Universal Proxy Cards

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in a 2-1 vote1, proposed amendments on October 26, 2016 to the proxy rules that would require public companies to include director candidates nominated by a dissident shareholder...more

"SEC Proposes Rule Amendments to Require Universal Proxy Cards"

On October 26, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted 2-to-1 to propose amendments to the proxy rules that would require the use of universal proxy cards in contested elections. The proposed changes, if...more

SEC Proposes "Universal" Proxy Card for Contested Elections

The SEC today proposed amendments to the proxy rules to require parties in a contested election to use universal proxy cards that would include the names of all director nominees. The proposal gives shareholders the ability...more

SEC and DOJ Charge Board Member with Trading on Inside Information . . . During a Board Meeting

On Friday, the SEC filed a complaint against James C. Cope, a former member of the Executive Committee of Pinnacle Financial Partners’ (“PFP”) board of directors, alleging that he engaged in insider trading. The same day,...more

Cyber in the Board Room: Balancing Risk and Oversight

Boards of directors remain increasingly exposed to the threat of liability arising from data breaches and other cyber-incidents. Nearly a year ago, Senators Jack Reed and Susan Collins introduced the Cybersecurity...more

SEC Holds Public Meeting on Board Diversity

On October 5, 2016, the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies held a public meeting to discuss, among other things, board diversity for public companies. As part of the meeting, the National Association of...more

Diversity on Corporate Boards

The issue of diversity has expanded from the workplace to the corporate boardroom, with initiatives spearheaded by investors and other stakeholders to address the lack of diversity on corporate boards. These initiatives are...more

California, Delaware And Nevada Differ On Committee Composition

In a prior post, I compared the differing limitations on committee authority under California and Delaware law. Today’s post focuses on differences in committee composition among California, Delaware and Nevada. These are...more

New Nasdaq Disclosure Requirement–Third-Party Payments to Directors

Effective August 1, 2016, new Nasdaq Rule 5250(b)(3) requires Nasdaq-listed companies to disclose the material terms of all agreements and arrangements between a director or director nominee and a third party related to...more

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