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Corporate Governance Say-on-Pay

Implementation Decree for the Say-on-Pay Provisions of the Loi Sapin II Adopted

by Jones Day on

Adopted on 8 November 2016, the Sapin II Act (Loi Sapin II) introduced a compulsory ex ante vote on remuneration policy and an ex post vote on the amount of remuneration received in accordance with the policy passed the...more

The House Financial Services Committee to Hold a Hearing on Financial CHOICE Act 2.0 this Wednesday – Here’s a Summary of...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

While passage in the House seems likely, the Financial Choice Act may undergo significant changes before it may pass in the Senate. Here is a summary of certain governance and executive compensation provisions that are...more

Blog: Just As The U.S. Seeks To Roll Back Regulations, The European Parliament Adopts New Corporate Governance Rules

by Cooley LLP on

Just when the U.S. is looking at how to roll back its regulations on corporations (among others), the rest of the world seems to be headed in the opposite direction. On Tuesday, the EU Parliament approved a Shareholder...more

Important Reminders for the 2017 Proxy Season

The following are some important reminders and updates for the 2017 proxy season. Say-When-on-Pay - Required Vote in 2017 - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires companies to conduct a...more

The Hot List: 2017 proxy season trends and action items

by DLA Piper on

As we enter 2017, we want to bring to your attention a few items that we believe will play a prominent role in the upcoming 2017 proxy season. In 2016, as we had predicted, proxy access was the foremost hot topic,...more

"US Corporate Governance: Will Private Ordering Trump Political Change?"

In the weeks following the U.S. presidential election, companies and investors enjoyed a stock market rally fueled by expectations concerning tax cuts, increased government spending and significant deregulation. While the...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

"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

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

by Cooley LLP on

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

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

2016 Year-End Key Executive Compensation Reminders and Considerations

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

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

Blog: Does A Low Favorable Vote For A Say-On-Pay Proposal Affect Directors’ Reputations Outside The Company?

by Cooley LLP on

As discussed in a PubCo post last week, say on pay has had some surprising consequences. While there hasn’t been much impact on the levels of executive pay, according to this paper, one group that have experienced some impact...more

Blog: The Unintended Consequences Of Say On Pay

by Cooley LLP on

This post from the Columbia Law School CLS Blue Sky blog, “Should Say-on-Pay Votes Be Binding?,” by two executives from the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations in Canada, in exploring the issue...more

Blog: New UK Prime Minister proposes “something radical.” Could it happen here?

by Cooley LLP on

She may be the new leader of the Conservative Party, but her party affiliation may not be entirely obvious from the speech delivered in July by UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, launching her national campaign. In her vision...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

2016 Proxy Season Field Guide

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The 2016 proxy season occurs in an environment of heightened shareholder activism and an ever-increasing focus on compensation and corporate governance disclosures. This Proxy Season Field Guide provides you with an overview...more

"Planning for the 2016 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season"

Each company faces important decisions in preparing for its 2016 annual meeting and reporting season. We have prepared a checklist of essential areas we believe companies should focus on as they plan for 2016, including...more

ISS Releases 2016 Draft Voting Policy Changes for Comment

On October 26, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, released for comment draft voting policy changes for 2016. The three proposals are as follows...more

Prepping for Proxy Season

Every year about this time calendar-year-end companies should begin to prepare for the coming proxy season by looking back on lessons learned this year, considering recent SEC rulemaking and evaluating latest governance...more

SEC Adopts Pay Ratio Rules

by BakerHostetler on

On August 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted rules, as directed by Congress in Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Section 953(b)”), to require...more

Blog: Efforts To Reform Executive Compensation Follow The Law Of Unintended Consequences

by Cooley LLP on

Remember how “say on pay” was supposed to put the lid on soaring executive pay? And just how has that turned out? According to a study conducted by ISS affiliates, (reported in Compliance Week ) the average compensation...more

Mid-Cap Governance Roadshows Trending Upward

It has been interesting to watch the evolution of governance roadshows from relative obscurity only a few years ago to standard practice, at least among large-cap public companies. The catalyst was the early-2011 adoption of...more

Practical Considerations for Preparing Your 2015 CD&A

In anticipation of the upcoming 2015 proxy season, many companies are in the process of drafting their proxy statements. The compensation discussion and analysis (CD&A) section of the proxy statement has received a great...more

Developments & Predictions for the 2015 Proxy Season

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

In a January 2015 webcast, Latham & Watkins partners Jim Barrall, global Co-chair of the firm's Benefits and Compensation Practice, and Steven Stokdyk, global Co-chair of the firm's Public Company Representation Practice,...more

"Overwhelming Majority of Say-on-Pay Proposals Continue to Garner Support"

The overall say-on-pay proportions for 2014 are not substantially different from those in prior years, with the overwhelming majority of companies easily getting majority support on say-on-pay proposals. Despite this seeming...more

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