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A perspective on the unequal representation of women in leadership

It is an indisputable fact that women are not equally represented in leadership roles or management positions in Australian companies and governments, not even close. Even in 2016, this is the case in almost all arenas of...more

Gender Diversity Survey - 2016 Proxy Season Results

The Fenwick & West Gender Diversity Survey provides unique insight into women’s participation at the most senior levels of public technology and life sciences companies in the Silicon Valley 150 Index (SV 150) and the large...more

Board Diversity Issues Don’t Fade Away After 8 Seconds (or an IPO, Apparently)

When Snap, Inc., parent company to the popular social media app, Snapchat, completed its much-anticipated IPO last week, investors were quick to question whether the company was overvalued. Despite half a billion dollars in...more

A Personalized Approach: Kim Clancy’s Simple Secret for Bringing Diversity Into the Boardroom

According to Kim Clancy, the key to diversifying the boardroom lies with a personal touch. “It is not that CEOs are against diversity,” Clancy explains. “They are understandably focused on many other priorities, including...more

IRRC Institute and ISS Issue Joint Study on Board Refreshment Trends

The Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) Institute and Institutional Shareholders Services (ISS) recently issued a joint study titled “Board Refreshment Trends at S&P 1500 Firms,” which analyzes demographic trends...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 Strategic Asset Board: Steve Walker Explains How the Board Can Engage With and Foster Forward-Thinking Strategy and Innovation

In today’s increasingly complex and competitive business environment, companies must be able to act, evolve, and innovate more quickly than ever. To do so, companies must make use of all available resources to ensure they are...more

In-House Perspective: Management and Boards Must Think Like Activist Investors

Management and boards aren’t usually considered activists, but when it comes to fighting for diversity in boards and leadership, many can actually learn from activist strategies....more

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

Diversifying the Boardroom: Mary Quazzo Discusses the Chief Legal Officer’s Role

Mary Quazzo is a governance guru. She is the vice president, principal counsel, and secretary for Bechtel Group, Inc., and has served in-house at Bechtel for the past 27 years. Bechtel is not only one of the largest and most...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

Playing the Board Game: Tips for Networking Onto a Corporate Board

Legal experience alone is unfortunately not high on the list of skill sets companies are looking for to fill an open board seat. But lawyers tend to have a knack for one of the key skills necessary to join a corporate board:...more

Corporate Governance Survey - 2016 Proxy Season Results

A Comparison of Large Public Companies and Silicon Valley Companies - As outside legal counsel to a wide range of public companies in the technology and life sciences industries, many of which are based in Silicon...more

Corporate governance inquiry

The Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Committee has launched an inquiry into corporate governance, focusing on executive pay, directors' duties, and the composition of boardrooms, including worker representation and...more

The Power of Being in the Room: 4 Ways Attorneys Can Help Increase Boardroom Diversity

Beth Stewart, CEO of Trewstar Corporate Board Services, knows a thing or two about placing women on corporate boards. Since 2013 she has successfully placed 35 women directors on corporate boards, usually for Fortune 500...more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 19

A recent article by Todd Ehret, the Senior Regulatory Intelligence Expert for Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence, points out that the SEC’s Office of Compliance, Inspections, and Examinations (OCIE), in its “2015...more

SEC Holds Public Meeting on Board Diversity

On October 5, 2016, the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies held a public meeting to discuss, among other things, board diversity for public companies. As part of the meeting, the National Association of...more

Blog: PwC Survey Of Directors Showed Skepticism On The Benefits Of Shareholder Engagement, Critical Views Of Some Board Colleagues...

In its annual survey released Tuesday of more than 800 corporate directors, PwC identified ten key findings, including critical views on other board members, split views on board diversity and skeptical views on the benefits...more

Disclosure of Women on Boards and in Executive Officer Positions in Alberta

On September 14, 2016, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) released for comment its proposed amendments to National Instrument 58-101 Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices (PDF). The proposed amendments put forward...more

Womenomics: Boosting global growth

The economic case for gender equality in the workplace couldn't be stronger: An overwhelming body of evidence shows that when there is a better gender balance in the boardroom and more women in the workforce, companies...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - September 2016

The following developments from the past month offer guidance on corporate law and governance law as they may be applied to nonprofit health care organizations: BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE GOVERNANCE GUIDELINES - In an...more

The Basics of Board Service: Sheila Ronning Demystifies the Fundamentals

Long before adding women to boards was a hot topic, Sheila Ronning, CEO and founder of Women in the Boardroom, believed in the importance of providing women the opportunity to serve and excel on corporate boards. Today, as...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - 1H 2016

Dual-Class Stock: A Founder Favorite Faces Growing Investor Disapproval - Earlier this year, the investment firm T. Rowe Price adopted new voting policies that penalize companies with dual-class stock structures. They...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

Diversity on Corporate Boards

The issue of diversity has expanded from the workplace to the corporate boardroom, with initiatives spearheaded by investors and other stakeholders to address the lack of diversity on corporate boards. These initiatives are...more

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