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How to Tailor Your Strategies for Engaging With Shareholder Activists

When it comes to engaging with shareholder activists, one size does not fit all. It’s crucial to think about the activist’s goals and possible outcomes. Is the activist seeking governance reforms, or a short-term return on...more

I-9 Forms, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, EB-5 Visas, and Reform Q&A - This month in Immigration

I-9 Audits - A fine for a couple of I-9 violations pales in comparison to the $34 million settlement paid by Infosys in 2012 for repeated I-9 violations and omissions discovered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement...more

California Attorney General Clarifies Oversight Board Member Compensation Rules

Opinion Comes in Wake of Dissolution of Redevelopment Agencies - Local entities making appointments to oversight boards are prohibited from compensating the appointee, or reimbursing expenses incurred as a result of...more

Board Oversight of Political Contributions Is Gradually Becoming a Corporate Governance Standard

On September 24, 2014, the Center for Political Accountability and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research published their fourth annual index of corporate political disclosure and accountability (2014 Index), which...more

If Bylaws Are Contracts, Where’s The Boilerplate?

Bylaws hardly constitute literature. For the most part, they simply regurgitate the applicable general corporation law with a few permitted changes here and there. In general, there seems to be two schools of thought when...more

The Inspector of Elections–A Refresher

Of all the items on a company’s annual meeting checklist, the role of the inspector of elections gets perhaps the least attention. Fortunately, this function requires little attention or supervision most of the time....more

Goodbye Mr. Millikin: GM’s Continuing Culture Challenges

The GM debacle over its handling of the ignition switch defect continues. GM’s CEO Mary Barra and the rest of GM’s leadership just do not seem to be getting the message. It is not unusual for C-Suite executives to lead from...more

Anticipating Activism: Implications for Your 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

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

ISS Considering Changing Course on Independent Chair Shareholder Proposals

ISS is requesting feedback on a change to its voting policy on independent chair shareholder proposals. ISS’ current policy is to generally recommend for independent chair shareholder proposals unless the company satisfies...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Latin America Edition - October 2014

In this issue: - US DEVELOPMENTS - SEC Developments - Noteworthy US Securities Law Litigation - Recent SEC/DOJ Enforcement Matters - EU DEVELOPMENTS - European Commission...more

De Commissaris - October 2014

De commissaris (Dutch magazine on corporate governance and related topics) 'De Commissaris' aims to provide insights into Corporate Governance and related subjects. In round tables and interviews, commissioners,...more

A Warning to Public Company Insiders and Companies: Get All Beneficial Ownership Reports Filed on Time

In September 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced charges against 28 officers, directors and significant stockholders of public companies for violating federal securities laws which require such...more

Why Does Determining A Quorum Have To Be So Complicated?

California’s quorum requirement for meetings of directors appears on its face to be straightforward – a majority of the authorized number of directors constitutes a quorum of the board for the transaction of business. Cal....more

The Origins of the FCPA - Lessons for Effective Compliance and Enforcement - Conclusion

This is the final part of an occasional series. The entire paper will be published by Securities Regulation Law Journal early next year. Conclusion: The FCPA Today - The FCPA was unique in the world at passage....more

Recent Decisions Confirm That Forum Selection Bylaws Are Best Considered on a Clear Day - But May Be Beneficial Later as Well

“Exclusive forum” bylaws and charter provisions are a powerful tool for managing the risk of parallel corporate governance litigation against a company and its directors in multiple forums, allowing stockholders to bring such...more

The Positive Effects of DPAs and NPAs in FCPA Enforcement

One of the oft-made criticisms regarding the Department of Justice (DOJ) around its enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is its the use of Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) and Non-Prosecution...more

Minority Shareholder Oppression In Family Businesses In Pennsylvania

Decades ago, Pennsylvania courts, as well as other state courts, were reluctant to interfere with business judgments of majority shareholders managing a corporation, even where the expectations of a minority shareholder had...more

Minority Shareholder Rights In Pennsylvania And Florida: A Tale Of Two Very Different Approaches

This article analyzes the development of the law relating to treatment of minority shareholders in Pennsylvania and Florida. The article discusses what type of conduct is actionable, what remedies are available as well as...more

Re-evaluating the Board Evaluation

Board evaluations have long been standard practice among public companies. With shareholder interest in corporate governance practices at an all-time high, the focus on board evaluations is expected to increase. ...more

2014 Corporate Governance and Compliance Hotline Benchmarking Report Preview: Benchmarking the Health of Your Whistleblower...

It’s that time again! Last week we released the 2014 Corporate Governance and Compliance Hotline Benchmarking Report. This is our 9th year releasing the Benchmarking Report. The full report covers best practices across all...more

Forum Selection Bylaws Gain Ground

As we previously discussed (Should Your Board Adopt an Exclusive Forum Bylaw?, July 2013; The Future of Exclusive Forum Bylaws, November 2013), forum selection bylaws (also sometimes called exclusive forum bylaws) have become...more

Securities and Governance Update

Each year, thousands of businesses and investment funds raise billions of dollars in capital through unregistered offerings under Rule 506—the most widely used exemption under Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933, as...more

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

1, 2 or 3 Years? How Should Boards Decide The Frequency Of Say-On-Pay Votes?

Although the initial ruckus over how to determine the outcome of executive compensation say-on-frequency votes has subsided, I still maintain that the Securities and Exchange Commission botched the rule (§240.14a-21(b)). ...more

Activism: An Overview from the Company Perspective

Increasingly, companies are being confronted with shareholders seeking to exercise power and influence over business activities. The term “activism” has become a buzzword to refer to shareholders seeking to make operational,...more

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