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ISS and Glass Lewis Update their Proxy Voting Guidelines for 2015

Proxy research and advice entities Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) and Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC (“Glass Lewis”) recently updated the guidelines each service will use to inform their voting recommendations for...more

The Next Wave of Proxy Access Proposals: What Issuers Should Know and How They Can Prepare

The Comptroller of the City of New York, who oversees pension funds with a combined $160 billion in assets, recently submitted proxy access shareholder proposals at 75 U.S. public companies as part of its Boardroom...more

NYC Pension Fund Submits 75 Proxy Access Proposals

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, on behalf of the $160 billion New York City Pension Funds, has submitted proxy access shareowner proposals to 75 companies. The proposals request a bylaw to give shareowners who...more

Minnesota Issues Revenue Notice Regarding Apportionment of Compensation Paid to Nonresident Corporate Board Members

On August 25, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Revenue released Revenue Notice 14-02, which provides an alternative method of apportioning compensation earned by certain corporate directors who are not residents of Minnesota...more

Corporate Governance in the Lifecycle of a Pre-Sales Revenue Biotechnology Venture Destined for IPO Success

So how do biotech ventures govern themselves to run efficiently while complying with state corporate law statutes and state and federal securities laws and regulations imposed by stock exchanges? Frugality that is often...more

Risk Planning and Board Liability

Board members are in the hot seat, or to put it another way – they are in a hot kitchen. The question is whether they can stand the heat of the hot kitchen....more

If Fee-Shifting Bylaws Are Ever Put On Trial, This Case Should Be Exhibit A

Item 5.07(d) of Form 8-K requires issuers to disclose “the company’s decision in light of such vote as to how frequently the company will include a shareholder vote on the compensation of executives in its proxy materials...more

Proxy Season Litigation Primer: Defending Shareholder Suits to Enjoin Annual Meetings for Allegedly Inadequate Disclosures...

Over the past few years, as plaintiffs have found it increasingly harder to succeed in “say-on-pay” litigation, another type of litigation over proxy disclosures has been on the rise. These cases are generally brought as...more

How Recent Fiduciary Duty Cases Affect Advice To Directors And Officers Of Delaware And Texas Corporations

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

SEC Update

PROXY SEASON PREVIEW - Say-on-Pay and Equity Compensation Plans - Although say-on-pay votes are only advisory in the United States, they will likely continue to be a focus for many companies in the upcoming 2014...more

Executive Compensation Considerations for 2014

Executive compensation is a topic that just won’t go away, particularly with pay disparity and pay for performance regulations still looming. We highlight below some of the matters directors should be considering as they...more

Dodd-Frank Essentials: Executive Compensation Requirements And Disclosures

Several provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act have brought compensation of financial institution executives into the public eye. Although disclosure of executive and director compensation...more

Nonprofit Law Revitalization Comes to New York

On December 18, 2013, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 which modernizes the New York nonprofit corporation law. The Act overwhelmingly passed both houses of the New York...more

The Importance Of Good Compensation Committee Minutes – 7 Tips

With the recent increase in proxy litigation and the public focus on executive pay, it is very important that the minutes of the compensation committee of the board of directors be recorded properly. Following are some tips...more

Nonprofits Need Strong Fiscal And Financial Policies And Procedure (Excerpt)

Exercise care in settting compensation for executives who are board members. New Jersey law permits compensation for a trustee for services to a nonprofit so long as such compensation is in the organization's best interests...more

Considerations for 2014 Proxy Season and Beyond

Following are some topics that public companies may want to consider in preparation for the 2014 proxy season. Shareholder Proposals - The 2013 proxy season reflected a continued increase in the number of...more

Planning for the 2014 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season

In This Issue: - Incorporate lessons from 2013 say-on-pay results - Prepare for new Form SD (Specialized Disclosure) filing requirements - Ensure compliance with revised listing standards related to compensation...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2014

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2014 - U.S. public companies face a host of challenges as they enter 2014. Here is our list of hot topics for the boardroom in the coming year: 1. Oversee strategic planning amid...more

Pfeiffer v. Leedle, C.A. No. 7831-VCP (Del. Ch. Nov. 8, 2013) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion denying defendants’ motion to dismiss, the Court of Chancery held that plaintiff alleged particularized facts showing a board of directors breached its fiduciary duty of loyalty by approving the...more

Misbehaving Directors, Including Directors’ Duties To Maintain The Confidentiality Of Information

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

ISS Publishes 2014 Draft Policy Changes; Comments Due by November 4, 2013

On October 21, 2013, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) published its key draft policy changes for the 2014 proxy season (the “Draft Policies”). There are only two proposed updates for the US, neither of which...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 Confirms Board of Directors’ Discretion to Implement Executive Compensation Plan and Duty of Shareholders to Demand Action...

Under California and Delaware law, a shareholder lawsuit against a corporation requires that a plaintiff show efforts to demand action from the corporation’s board of directors prior to filing the lawsuit. This pre-suit...more

The Financial Report - Volume 2, No. 17 • September 2013

Discussion and Analysis - Even some financial services industry professionals are confused. The 80-year-old prohibition on general solicitation ended on Monday of last week. This means it is now legal for companies to...more

A Price Worth Paying? [Video]

A Price Worth Paying? is a new drama film that demonstrates the need for boards of directors to monitor all risks affecting their companies and to react in the right way when a crisis strikes. The movie focuses on the...more

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