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More from ISS–Equity Plan Data Verification

Because it is “committed to industry-leading levels of transparency and engagement,” ISS recently announced its new equity plan data verification portal. The portal is intended to provide companies with an opportunity to...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel

The Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, Keith Higgins, recently gave the keynote address, here, at the 2014 Angel Capital Association Summit. He focused on the following three items on the SEC rulemaking...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition, April 2014

In this issue: - EU Developments - German Developments - UK Developments - Us Developments - Excerpt from EU Developments - European Commission Proposes to Introduce Shareholder "Say...more

Securities Update - March 2014

In December 2013, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued to Congress its “Report on Review of Disclosure Requirements in Regulation S-K” (the S-K Study) that originally...more

Preparing for the 2014 Proxy Season

Latham & Watkins partners Jim Barrall, global Co-chair of the firm's Benefits and Compensation Practice, and Steven Stokdyk, global Co-chair of the firm's Public Company Representation Practice, discuss how companies can...more

ISS Opposes Director Compensation Bylaws

On January 13, ISS released FAQs expressing its views on a board’s adoption of director compensation bylaws. To counteract the increasing practice implemented by hedge funds and other dissident shareholders of paying their...more

ISS Releases Details on Governance QuickScore 2.0

Late last month, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) reported its updates and enhancements to Governance QuickScore, its governance risk assessment tool, which will be used to score public companies during the 2014...more

New ISS "QuickScore 2.0" and Verification of ISS Data By February 7, 2014

On January 27, 2014, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released its Governance QuickScore 2.0 technical document outlining key changes to the governance scoring model for QuickScore 2.0 for 2014....more

ISS Corporate Governance Measurement: New for 2014

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) has announced details concerning the newest version of its corporate governance measurement system, QuickScore 2.0, which is launching just one year after its predecessor, the...more

ISS’s New Governance QuickScore 2.0

ISS just announced updates to its Governance QuickScore, formerly known as GRid and now called Governance QuickScore 2.0. This updated version will be implemented for the 2014 proxy season....more

ISS Updating QuickScore Methodology and Opening Data Validation Period

On February 18, 2014, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, will launch the second generation of its QuickScore governance risk scoring system and analytical tool for Russell 3000 companies....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 4

In this issue: - ISS Updating QuickScore Methodology and Opening Data Validation Period - First MAT Determinations Are Deemed Certified - CFTC Interdivisional Working Group to Review Swap...more

ISS Adopts Updates To Canadian Corporate Governance Policy For 2014

Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) has adopted updates to its Canadian Corporate Governance Policy (“CCGP”), which will take effect for shareholder meetings held on or after February 1, 2014. ISS is a leading and...more

Proxy Advisory Firms Update

This year, our proxy advisory firm update focuses on ISS, which issued policy updates on November 21, 2013 that will take effect for annual meetings held on or after February 1, 2014. In connection with announcing its updated...more

The Latest in Bylaws–No Director Third-Party Compensation

Every now and then a bylaw amendment gains favor in corporate America. A few brave companies act as early adopters. Then, if the concept has merit and nothing bad happens, other companies follow suit until it becomes...more

ISS’s 2014 Governance Updates

Just before Thanksgiving, ISS released its U.S. Corporate Governance Policy 2014 Updates. The updates are the result of what ISS describes as a “robust, inclusive, and transparent” process and will apply to shareholder...more

"ISS Releases 2014 Proxy Voting Policy Updates; Opens Process for Peer Group Modification"

On November 21, 2013, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released updates to its proxy voting policies effective for shareholder meetings taking place on or after February 1, 2014. The changes to ISS’ U.S. voting...more

ISS Releases Policy Updates for 2014 Proxy Season and Commences Consultation Period for Longer Term Policy Initiatives

Introduction - Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) has released updates to its benchmark proxy voting guidelines for the 2014 proxy season. The updates, which are effective for meetings held on or after...more

Shareholder Engagement and Governance Road Shows

Most observers agree that the influence of shareholder advisory services (SASs), primarily ISS and Glass Lewis, is waning after years of exerting near Jedi mind control over their institutional shareholder subscribers. As...more

ISS Publishes 2014 Corporate Governance Policy Updates

On November 21, 2013, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) released its final US policy updates for the 2014 proxy season (the “2014 Policies”), having received comments to its draft policies released on October...more

ISS Releases 2014 Proxy Voting Policies

On November 21, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. issued updates to its benchmark proxy voting policies for the U.S. The updated policies will be effective for shareholder meetings on or after February 1, 2014. The...more

ISS Accepting Peer Group Updates Until December 9

Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc. (“ISS”) recently announced it will accept updates to certain companies’ self-selected peer groups until 5 p.m. EST, December 9, 2013. All companies in the Russell 3000 index with...more

New ISS Position on Third Party Compensation Director Disqualification Bylaws in the US

In connection with the upcoming annual meeting of Provident Financial Holdings, Inc., the Proxy Advisory Services arm of Institutional Shareholder Services has recommended that Provident Financial’s stockholders withhold...more

"Shareholder Activism in the US Banking Industry"

Although the 2012 and 2013 proxy seasons saw increased (and highly publicized) shareholder activism across a range of industries, that trend has not yet made its way to the U.S. banking industry. Over the last two proxy...more

ISS Announces Key 2014 Draft Policy Updates

On October 21, 2013, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), an influential proxy advisory firm, released three proposed updates to its Canadian proxy voting guidelines. The proposed updates relate to director overboarding,...more

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