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SEC Proposes Universal Proxy Cards in Contested Elections

On October 26, 2016, the SEC proposed amendments to the proxy rules that would require the use of universal proxies in all non-exempt solicitations in contested elections of directors. The focus of the SEC proposal is to...more

SEC Announces Proposal to Require Universal Proxy Cards in Contested Elections

The SEC (by a 2-1 vote) has proposed amendments to the proxy rules that would mandate the use of a system of universal proxy cards in contested director elections. Universal proxy cards would include the names of both company...more

SEC Proposes Rules for Requiring Universal Proxy Cards in Contested Director Elections

During its open meeting last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to propose amendments to the federal proxy rules to require the use of universal proxy cards for all annual or special meetings with...more

SEC Proposes Rules on Universal Proxies

On October 26, 2016, the SEC proposed amendments to the proxy rules to require parties in a contested election to use universal proxy cards that would include the names of all board nominees. The amendments would thus allow...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Require Universal Proxy Cards and other Changes

As SEC Chair Mary Jo White indicated in a June 2015 speech at the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals National Conference in Chicago, the SEC has now proposed new rules to modify the venerable proxy...more

SEC Proposes Universal Proxies in Proxy Contests

On October 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released proposed rules that would require the use of “universal” proxies in connection with contested elections of directors. If adopted, these rules would...more

SEC Proposes Universal Ballots in Contested Elections

On October 26, 2016, in a split vote, the SEC proposed the mandated use of universal ballots in contested director elections at annual meetings. The proposed rules were controversial even before they were proposed – the House...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Require Use of Universal Proxy Cards

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in a 2-1 vote1, proposed amendments on October 26, 2016 to the proxy rules that would require public companies to include director candidates nominated by a dissident shareholder...more

Navigating Fiduciary Duties In Private Company Mergers And Acquisitions

I. Introduction. The conduct of corporate directors and officers is subject to particular scrutiny in the context of business combinations (whether friendly or hostile), executive compensation and other affiliated...more

Court Upholds AGM Chair’s Rejection Of Proxies Due To Material Misrepresentations In The Dissidents’ Circular

Overview - In Hastman v. St. Elias Mines Ltd., 2013 BCSC 1069, dissident shareholders, with proxies representing over 90% of the vote, attended the Annual General Meeting (the “AGM”) of St. Elias Mines Ltd. (the...more

“Short Slate” Rules: A Recap

“Short slate” proxy contests (i.e., contests where a dissident is soliciting proxies in support of nominees that, if elected, would constitute a minority of the board of directors) are expected to continue to be popular...more

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