Corporate Governance

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Consultation Begins Over Possible UK Corporate Governance Reform

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has recently published a Green Paper on options for future corporate governance reform. The Government’s stated objective is to put in place “the right checks...more

ISS Updates Proxy Voting Guidelines for 2017

Last month, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) published updates to its proxy voting guidelines effective for meetings on or after February 1, 2017. Key compensation-related changes include the following...more

A Say-on-Frequency Reminder

The proxy rules require that public companies submit a proposal to their shareholders every six years regarding how often they should have say-on-pay votes, known as “say-on-frequency”. Most companies held their first...more

When A Majority Won’t Suffice

For California corporations, the general rule is that an act or decision done or made by a majority of the directors present at a meeting duly held at which a quorum is present is the act of the board. Cal. Corp. Code §...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

MLPs, REITs and S&P's New Real Estate Sector Classification

On September 1, 2016, Standard & Poor's (S&P) upgraded real estate as a stand-alone sector within its Dow Jones Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS). GICS is the de facto classification system for equity securities...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2017

Editor's Note - OCC to Move Forward with Federal FinTech Charter. In a development foreshadowed in the April 6, June 29 and September 14 editions of the Roundup, on December 2, the Office of the Comptroller of the...more

Blog: Hitting Populist Note, U.K. Proposes Enhancements To Corporate Governance — Will The New U.S. Administration Follow The...

One of the prevailing narratives of the recent Presidential election was that the same gestalt that drove the Brits to vote for Brexit also animated the pro-Trump forces and led to his presidential victory. Why then, when it...more

Home Depot Cyber Derivative Action Shuttered: Another Data-Breach Derivative Suit Fails to Clear Fundamental Corporate Law Hurdles

The recent dismissal of a Home Depot derivative action ends a string of high-profile derivative suits stemming from large-scale corporate data breaches. On November 30, the Northern District of Georgia dismissed a shareholder...more

2016 Silicon Valley Proxy Season Results

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

Corporate Law & Governance Update - December 2016

EMPHASIS ON DIRECTOR EDUCATION - The board development committee may wish to reconsider its director education program for 2017 following two recent and unrelated developments. The first is a greater articulation of...more

Recent Developments in Proxy Access

As the 2017 proxy season begins to unfold, proxy access continues to be a focus of shareholder proposals. Last year, companies that had already adopted mainstream proxy access bylaws, or that were planning to put mainstream...more

"Key Takeaways: Corporate Governance Series — Preparing for the Shareholder Proposal Season"

On November 16, 2016, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Preparing for the Shareholder Proposal Season.” The panelists were Amy Borrus, deputy director of the Council of Institutional Investors (CII); Skadden M&A and corporate...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

A Failed Strategy: Another Derivative Action In A Data Breach Case Goes Down To Defeat

Dismissal Of Home Depot Derivative Action Extends Shareholder Losing Streak An attempt to impose liability on corporate officers and directors for data breach-related losses has once again failed. On November 30,...more

Blog: Environmental Shareholder Proposals Increase In Frequency And Sophistication, But Will They Continue To Be Viable?

The WSJ discusses the increased frequency and sophistication of shareholder proposals regarding the environment. In particular, the piece observes that shareholder proposals focusing on environmental issues have evolved “from...more

Worker representation on boards…or not?

Theresa May, during her campaign and at the beginning of her term as prime minister, repeatedly committed to introducing worker representation on company boards as part of her corporate governance reform package. The news at...more

Developments in Association Law 2015–2016

The Nonprofit Organizations Practice at Pillsbury has prepared this summary of significant legal and policy developments that have occurred in approximately the past year. All of these developments have potential impacts upon...more

2016 Year-End Key Executive Compensation Reminders and Considerations

With the holiday season upon us, public companies should begin to prepare for the upcoming 2017 proxy season. Although 2017 may bring significant changes to the executive compensation landscape, the following is a brief...more

ISS and Glass Lewis Update Their Proxy Voting Guidelines for the 2017 Proxy Season

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co. (Glass Lewis) have both released updates to their respective proxy voting guidelines. This Alert provides a brief summary of the significant changes to each...more

When A Director May Not Be Interested In Director Compensation

Suppose that a corporation has three directors, A, B & C, each of whom is compensated by the corporation. Is director A financially interested in a resolution fixing the compensation of director B? Corporations Section...more

An Ounce of Prevention - Strategic Outside General Counsel Solutions

All businesses (big and small) face legal issues every day ranging from the urgent (a lawsuit was just filed against the company), to the routine (a customer marked-up our form contract), to the mundane (where do we put our...more

Alert: ISS Peer Group Submission Process for 2017 Annual Meetings

Each year, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) constructs its own peer groups to analyze companies' executive pay and relative company performance. In doing so, it takes into account each company's self-selected peer...more

Conflict of Interest Issues – A Significant Risk

In the risk mitigation business, we often focus on legal risks, such as anti-corruption, sanctions, export controls, antitrust and AML. As compliance programs mature, and the CCOs focus on proactive strategies, one key issue...more

Business and Human Rights - Recent IBA Guidance for Lawyers

Lawyers must have the intersection of business and human rights at the front of their minds, and in-house counsel are no exception. Human rights risks transcend borders and industries, and may lead to bet-the-company...more

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