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Updated Compensation Peer Groups for ISS and Glass Lewis

Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) is now accepting updates to a company’s list of self-selected peers until 8:00PM EST on December 11, 2015. In determining the comparison group used by ISS in its evaluation of a...more

ISS and Glass Lewis Update Their Proxy Voting Guidelines for the 2016 Proxy Season

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co. (Glass Lewis) have both released updates to their respective proxy voting guidelines. This alert provides a brief summary of the significant changes to each...more

ISS Accepting Company-Selected Peer Group Submissions, including, for the first time, companies in the Russell MicroCap Index

Companies in the Russell 3000 and Russell MicroCap Index with annual meetings scheduled between February 1, 2016 and September 15, 2016 may submit updates to their self-selected compensation benchmarking peer groups from 9:00...more

ISS Updates Equity Plan Scorecard and Governance QuickScore

ISS has issued a series of 26 FAQs on its Equity Plan Scorecard, or EPSC. The basic EPSC policy has not changed, but effective for meetings as of Feb. 1, 2016, the FAQs state the following adjustments will apply to EPSC...more

ISS Ignores Contrary Studies In Adopting Overboarding Policy Change

ISS released its 2016 Benchmark Policy Recommendations last Friday. I had previously criticized ISS for its proposal to change its recommendation on withholding votes with respect to directors who sit on too many boards...more

ISS Issues 2016 Policy Updates

ISS has issued the following policy updates for 2016. Overboarding - Current ISS policy considers a director “overboarded” if he or she sits on more than six public company boards – or if he or she is also a CEO,...more

Society Warns ISS That Overboarding Policy Change Will Hurt Women And Minority Directors

Recently, I criticized ISS’ proposed changes to its policy on “overboarding”. Therefore, I was pleased to see that I wasn’t a lone voice crying in the wilderness. The Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance...more

ISS Data Verification Deadline and QuickScore Proxy Access Methodology Update

Data Verification - Friday, November 13, 2015, is the deadline for issuers to verify the underlying raw data used to determine the upcoming QuickScore 3.0 results from Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). Issuers...more

SOS: Do Not Let ISS Go Overboard

Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc. (ISS) employs a lot of very smart people with great intentions, but sometimes, they just need help. ...more

ISS Releases 2016 Draft Voting Policy Changes for Comment

On October 26, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, released for comment draft voting policy changes for 2016. The three proposals are as follows...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 42

SEC/CORPORATE - ISS Releases 2016 Draft Voting Policy Changes for Comment - On October 26, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, released for comment draft voting policy changes...more

ISS Proposes To Go Overboard In Proposed Policy Change

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) is a very influential purveyor of proxy advisory services.  As part of ISS’ annual policy update procedure, ISS recently released a proposed policy change with respect to...more

ISS Launches 2016 Benchmark Policy Consultation

ISS has made available for public comment certain proposed voting policies for 2016. In the United States ISS has proposed policies relating to unilateral board actions, director overboarding and compensation at...more

Chancery Court Provides Lessons on Conflicts of Interest in a Sales Process – Holds Only Financial Advisor Open to Liability

In an October 1st decision (In re Zale Corporation), the Delaware Chancery Court dismissed claims that Zale Corporation’s directors breached their fiduciary duties in connection with Zale’s agreement to merge with Signet. ...more

Blog: Boards Still Pale, Stale And Male After All These Years. Could This Be Why?

PWC’s annual survey of almost 800 public company directors reveals that only 39% of directors surveyed viewed board gender diversity as “very important.” Moreover, men and women seem to have distinctly different views about...more

"Key Takeaways: Proxy Access - Latest Developments"

On September 17, 2015, Skadden presented a webinar titled “Proxy Access: Latest Developments.” The panelists were Art Crozier, Chairman of Innisfree M&A Incorporated; Mike Garland, Assistant Comptroller for Corporate...more

ISS Publishes Results of 2015–2016 Annual Global Policy Survey

On September 28, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, published the results of its 2015–2016 global voting policy survey. The survey, which received 421 responses from a combination of...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 38

SEC/CORPORATE - ISS Publishes Results of 2015–2016 Annual Global Policy Survey - On September 28, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, published the results of its 2015–2016...more

Preliminary Planning for the 2016 Proxy Season

Some will want to start preliminary planning for the 2016 proxy season. It has been a bewildering year of developments, but most will be thankful that there are relatively few new rules that must be implemented at this time....more

Proxy Access—the Devil Is in the Details

Proxy access, meaning the ability of stockholders to put their nominees on management’s proxy card and create a proxy contest without having to file their own proxy statement, was the marquee issue of the 2015 proxy season....more

SEC Proposes Executive Compensation Clawback Rules Pursuant to Dodd-Frank

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules on July 1, 2015, related to the design and implementation of clawback policies of listed issuers for the recovery of compensation erroneously awarded to the issuer’s...more

ISS Commences 2016 Proxy Voting Policy Survey

ISS has commenced its 2016 proxy voting policy survey. Some of the issues ISS seeks comment on include: - Is it appropriate to use non-GAAP or adjusted GAAP metrics for compensation programs? - What types of equity...more

Proxy Advisory Firms

Each January, our firm invites general counsel, CFOs, controllers, and other representatives of our public company clients, as well as other outside advisers to public companies, to a series of presentations focused on “hot...more

Blog: Executive Compensation — A Trigger For Hedge Fund Activism?

Is executive pay becoming a hot button issue for activist hedge funds? While executive pay has long been under scrutiny from standard-issue corporate governance activists, such as union pension funds, the interest of some...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Litigation Threat Means Public Companies Should Review Director Compensation Process

Corporate directors are permitted to, and regularly do, set their own compensation. This has not been controversial because boards have typically taken seriously their responsibility to set compensation that is reasonable and...more

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