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Blog: Will The House Now Try To Undo SOX?

by Cooley LLP on

What’s next for the House after taking on Dodd-Frank in the Financial CHOICE Act? Apparently, it’s time to revisit SOX. The Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment of the House Financial Services Committee...more

Alert: ISS Peer Group Submission Process Window Open for Annual Meetings Scheduled Between September 16, 2017 and January 31, 2018...

by Cooley LLP on

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (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 companies...more

What are ISS and Glass Lewis and Why Should My Bank Care?

by Bryan Cave on

Hosts Jonathan Hightower and Rob Klingler are joined for today's episode by Kevin Strachan, an attorney in Bryan Cave's Financial Services Corporate and Regulatory practice, to discuss proxy advisors ISS and Glass Lewis as...more

Public Company Corporate Governance Features in the Technology Sector

Orrick recently released a groundbreaking new study examining the corporate governance structures of every U.S. incorporated company in the Dow Jones Technology Sector Index. Led by partner Ed Batts, the study encompasses a...more

Proxy Access “Fix-It” Proposals Fizzle

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

As the 2017 proxy season winds down, one clear take-away is that shareholder proposals attempting to modify the terms of previously adopted mainstream proxy access bylaws did not fare well. Many of these proposals focused...more

Blog: Does The Health Of The Economy Depend On Getting The Role Of Shareholders Right?

by Cooley LLP on

Are shareholders really the “owners” of corporations? Even though shareholders have no responsibilities to the corporations they “own”? Should corporations be managed for the sole purpose of maximizing shareholder value? Are...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update - May 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for May 2017. Please see full...more

Blog: Will Dual-Class Structures Torpedo The Business Judgment Rule?

by Cooley LLP on

While there has certainly been a lot of debate about the merits and demerits of dual-class stock, one interesting angle was raised by Charles Elson, director of the University of Delaware’s John L. Weinberg Center for...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 330 Robin Bew and Henry Stoever of the NACD

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Robyn Bew, the Director of Strategic Content Development for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and Henry Stoever, the Chief Marketing Officer for the NACD. They discuss what...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - May 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a new report on the state of corporate human rights reporting; the...more

Shareholders have "fundamental right" to call meetings, Ontario appeal court rules

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For all the talk of proxy access in the U.S., and now Canada (see DLA Piper’s 2016 and 2017 publications on this point), one of the more powerful tools available to shareholders of Canadian companies is the power to...more

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

More On Revlon Duties In California

by Allen Matkins on

Following yesterday’s post concerning the status of Revlon duties in California, I received a note from Suzanne Weakley, an attorney at the California Continuing Education of the BAR (aka the CEB). For those readers not...more

Blog: So You Want to Be a “B Corp.” — What Does That Mean?

by Cooley LLP on

Many of our clients approach us with some variation of “We want to be a B Corp.” What does that mean exactly? The term “B Corp” is often used interchangeably to refer to both benefit corporations and Certified B Corporations,...more

Blog: Delaware Public Benefit Corporation — Is It Right For You? A Five-Part Test

by Cooley LLP on

If you’re an entrepreneur considering incorporating as or converting into a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation (PBC), the following five-part test may be helpful in determining whether it is the right choice of entity. ...more

Blog: What is a Benefit Corporation?

by Cooley LLP on

Over the last several years, there has been a dramatic increase in entrepreneurs interested in using business to drive positive social change. While corporations retain substantial flexibility to pursue social and...more

Blog: Does A Long-Term View Really Pay Off?

by Cooley LLP on

In this February 2017 article in the Harvard Business Review, “Finally, Evidence That Managing for the Long Term Pays Off,” a team from McKinsey and associated consultants attempt to prove empirically what has often seemed...more

Appeal in Home Depot Data Breach Derivative Action Results in Settlement of Corporate Governance Claims

Snatching victory of a sort from the jaws of defeat, shareholders who brought a derivative action alleging that the 2014 Home Depot data breach resulted from officers’ and directors’ breaches of fiduciary duties have reached...more

Blog: Has Demand for ESG Disclosure Reached an Inflection Point?

by Cooley LLP on

Do investors really care about ESG (environmental, social and governance) disclosures? Apparently they do, according to a recent survey by EY, and they even take information about ESG into account in making investment...more

Blog: Shareholder Proposal Process In The Crosshairs

by Cooley LLP on

According to this report in Bloomberg BNA, the plans for changing the shareholder proposal process in the Financial CHOICE Act 2.0 are quite dramatic and could effectively curtail the process, if that is, the current version...more

Corporate Formalities Matter in the Transfer of Shares of Family-Owned Businesses

by Murtha Cullina on

Shares in family-owned businesses are often transferred between family members, whether through a sale or gift during a shareholder’s lifetime or through inheritance after an owner’s death. The parties to such a transfer...more

Filing the wrong articles at Companies House: what is the effect?

by Dentons on

The High Court has had to consider the impact on a company's members of the company filing the wrong version of its articles at Companies House....more

Schemes of arrangement: share splitting and exercise of voting power

by Dentons on

In a decision on a previously undecided point, the High Court has held that a share-splitting exercise, carried out by a shareholder to boost the number of shareholders voting against a scheme of arrangement, did not defeat...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

Ukraine: Adoption of laws substantially changing legislative regulation on ownership and disposition of corporate rights (shares)...

by Dentons on

On March 23, 2017 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted three laws substantially changing legislative regulation on ownership and disposition of corporate rights (shares) of companies, in particular joint-stock companies, and...more

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