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Corporate Communicator - 2017 Annual Meeting Season

Dear clients and friends, We present our traditional year-end issue of Snell & Wilmer’s Corporate Communicator to help you prepare for the upcoming annual report and proxy season. This issue highlights SEC reporting and...more

Blog: CII Hunts Zombie Directors

A new analysis from the Council of Institutional Investors, announced on October 31, reports a relatively high proportion of “zombie directors” remaining on corporate boards. (The date was not lost on CII: the press release...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

Settlement of Calma v. Templeton Provides Guidance on Setting Director Pay

In response to recent lawsuits by the plaintiffs’ bar, I have previously posted about why public company employers may wish to consider adding a separate annual limit on non-employee director equity awards. Just last month...more

Court Of Chancery Holds Revlon Does Not Apply In Dissolution

This decision holds that Revlon duties are not implicated by a decision to liquidate a company. Hence, the Court will not scrutinize whether the board sought to get the best possible deal for company assets....more

Turkey Corporate Newsletter - September 2016

Considering Becoming A Board Member? Read This First. Good corporate governance requires fully informed board members who are aware of their duties and the potential legal implications of their actions. Under the...more

Blog: Employees on boards — headed across the Atlantic?

As discussed, in a speech delivered in July, the about-to-be new U.K. Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, Theresa May, advocated strenuously for a number of corporate governance reforms, an approach she...more

Blog: Some Successful Approaches To Increasing Board Gender Diversity

A lot has been written about the benefits of gender diversity on boards. As discussed in Bloomberg, while “[e]quality is a worthy goal on its own terms, of course….for the corporate world, the better rationale for gender...more

SEC Approves Nasdaq “Golden Leash” Disclosure Rule

On July 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved Nasdaq’s proposal for a “golden leash” disclosure rule (Rule 5250(b)(3)) requiring listed companies to publicly disclose benefits given by investors or other...more

SEC Approves Nasdaq Rule Requiring Public Disclosure of Payments to Directors by Third Parties

In March 2016, the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) proposed new rules regarding disclosure of third-party compensation of directors. This third-party compensation, which may not be publicly disclosed, arises when a party...more

SEC Approves New Nasdaq Rule 5250(b): Disclosure of “Golden Leash” Arrangements

The SEC recently released an order approving new Nasdaq listing standard 5250(b)(3), which will require a public issuer to disclose cash and non-cash remuneration (e.g., health insurance, indemnification) that a third party...more

SEC Approves NASDAQ Rule Requiring Disclosure of “Golden Leash” Arrangements

On July 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a change to the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC’s Listing Rules that will require NASDAQ-listed companies to publicly disclose so-called “golden leash” arrangements....more

Evolving Director-Investor Communications: Preparing for Your Board’s Direct Engagement with Shareholders

Preparation, two-way communication, targeted proactive engagement and choosing the right director for the job are the keys to a successful engagement strategy, say Latham & Watkins partners Mark Gerstein and Steve Stokdyk in...more

Streamlining Board Approvals: Unanimous Written Consent and Electronic Approval

Many corporate actions require board of directors approval for various reasons. For example: - State corporate law requires board approval for many things, such as when a company issues shares; - A company’s...more

Blog: Does Director Tenure Affect Company Value?

With a number of institutional investors and proxy advisory firms advocating that public companies adopt “board refreshment” policies, much energy has been devoted to studying the impact of director tenure in the context of...more

Blog: DE Court Comments on Block-Holder Rights in OptimisCorp

The Delaware Supreme Court issued an Order this week in OptimisCorp v. Waite that could have implications for VC-backed or other companies with so-called “block-holder” directors – or directors who are appointed by a...more

Court Of Chancery Enjoins Board Reduction Plan Prior To Director-Election

This is an excellent review of the law governing when the Court will enjoin board action that affects the ability of stockholders to elect directors....more

Director Duties: 2016 Amendments to the Maryland General Corporation Law and Maryland REIT Law

On April 26, 2016, Governor Hogan signed House Bill 354 (chapter 171), which amends the Maryland General Corporation Law (the “MGCL”) to clarify that a director of a Maryland corporation only has an obligation to comply with...more

The Quiet Demise of Director Meeting Fees

As director duties have become increasingly burdensome and complex, companies have responded with variations on, and additions to, the traditional fee arrangements. It is now common to see equity awards of various...more

Blog: 2016 Global Board Of Directors Survey Highlights Differences In Viewpoints Between Male And Female Directors, Particularly...

The inaugural 2016 Global Board of Directors Survey of more than 4,000 directors of both public and large, privately held companies from 60 countries conducted by Spencer Stuart, the WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) Foundation...more

Board Refreshment: Investors Respond to Trends in Mandatory Retirement Age and Tenure with More Stringent Voting Policies

As many institutional investors have concluded, prevailing governance policies and practices have not produced desired board refreshment, which these investors would support in order to strengthen expertise, promote diversity...more

Blog: Scrutiny Of Director Tenure Continues: Is It The Next Cause Célèbre?

The scrutiny of pale, stale and male boards continues, this time focused on the “stale,” that is, long-tenured directors. According to the WSJ, institutional investors are increasingly questioning whether more turnover on...more

Blog: How to Handle Changes on Your Board of Directors

Board members tend to stay with companies for a relatively long time, but, like employees, sometimes it makes sense for a board member to leave. Here is what I try to do when a board member departs: - Clear...more

Blog: Does The Rise Of The “New Insider” Mean That It’s Time For A Board Refreshment Policy?

The term “board refreshment” may elicit some giggles – no, we’re not talking about shots of The Balvenie 50-Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside, Scotland – but the topic of director tenure is increasingly becoming...more

Building Your Board of Directors

A board of directors has the ultimate authority to direct the management and affairs of a company. Legally, a board authorizes the issuance of stock; hires (and fires) senior executives; approves material compensation...more

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