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ISS Releases 2018 Policy Survey

As is usual in the doldrums of summer, ISS has released its 2018 policy survey which generally foreshadows changes to ISS’ voting policies. In prior years, not everything on the survey resulted in a new voting policy. ...more

ISS Peer Group Submission Window Closes This Friday, for Companies with Fall/Winter Meetings

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Information on self-selected peer groups may influence ISS as it constructs the peer groups that it uses in its pay for performance analysis in its voting reports. According to the ISS press release, companies that have made...more

Alert: ISS Peer Group Submission Process Window Open for Annual Meetings Scheduled Between September 16, 2017 and January 31, 2018...

by Cooley LLP on

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) constructs its own peer groups to analyze companies' executive pay and relative company performance. In doing so, it takes into account each company's self-selected peer companies...more

Plan Early to Avoid Failing the Directors 75% Meeting Attendance Test

Securities counsel typically works hand-in-glove with a public company’s corporate secretary throughout a typical year, with their collaboration intensifying when planning the annual shareholders’ meeting and related year-end...more

What are ISS and Glass Lewis and Why Should My Bank Care?

by Bryan Cave on

Hosts Jonathan Hightower and Rob Klingler are joined for today's episode by Kevin Strachan, an attorney in Bryan Cave's Financial Services Corporate and Regulatory practice, to discuss proxy advisors ISS and Glass Lewis as...more

Red Light for New Activist Strategy

by Jones Day on

Earlier this month, General Motors ("GM") won a decisive victory in a proxy contest waged by Greenlight Capital, the activist fund headed by David Einhorn. Greenlight claimed that GM's shares, which were trading at a price...more

Report Shows 2016 Record-Setting Year for Class Action and SEC Settlements

Last week, proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholders Services (“ISS”) published its semi-annual report of the top 100 U.S. securities class action settlements and top 50 SEC settlements of all time, as of December 31,...more

Blog: Pay For Performance — More Style Than Substance?

by Cooley LLP on

Comp Committees appear to have gotten the message when it comes to executive pay for performance. As discussed in this article in the WSJ, executive compensation “is increasingly linked to performance,” but investors are now...more

Institutional Shareholder Services Changes 2017 Voting Policy Applicable to Business Development Companies

Reminder to Internally-Managed Business Development Companies Regarding Shareholder Engagement Following Say-on-Pay Vote - A. 2017 Voting Policy Change - In November 2016, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc....more

Blog: Considerations Regarding The Defensive Health Of Newly Public Companies

by Cooley LLP on

As discussed in this December 2016 Cooley Alert, this proxy season, the policies of ISS and Glass Lewis provide that they will recommend voting against the re-election of directors of “newly public” companies that, prior to...more

Alert: New Pubcos Should Consider Defensive Health in Light of ISS/GL Recommendations

by Cooley LLP on

ISS and Glass Lewis are continuing to apply special scrutiny to certain corporate governance provisions of "newly public" companies (generally, companies that have gone public in 2014 or later). In short, the latest policies...more

SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee Airs Concerns Over Multi-Tiered Offerings Following Snap’s IPO

Snap Inc., which debuted on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 2nd, was the largest tech IPO since Alibaba went public in 2014. Initially priced at $17 per share, the share price jumped to more than $24 by the end of...more

"Key Takeaways: Corporate Governance Series — Key Trends in Executive Compensation, Employment Law and Compensation Committee...

On February 28, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Key Trends in Executive Compensation, Employment Law and Compensation Committee Practices.” The Skadden panelists were labor and employment law partner David Schwartz,...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 9

ISS Updates Frequently Asked Questions for US Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures for 2017 - Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently updated its frequently asked questions (FAQs) for US...more

New Study Examines Proxy Advisor Recommendations on Auditor Ratification

by WilmerHale on

Each year, the vast majority of larger public companies voluntarily ask shareholders to ratify the audit committee’s selection of the company’s auditor, and such proposals routinely pass with high rates of shareholder...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

Important Reminders for the 2017 Proxy Season

The following are some important reminders and updates for the 2017 proxy season. Say-When-on-Pay - Required Vote in 2017 - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires companies to conduct a...more

The Hot List: 2017 proxy season trends and action items

by DLA Piper on

As we enter 2017, we want to bring to your attention a few items that we believe will play a prominent role in the upcoming 2017 proxy season. In 2016, as we had predicted, proxy access was the foremost hot topic,...more

2017 Proxy Advisory Firm Voting Guidelines: Canadian Highlights

As an early step in preparing for the upcoming proxy season, issuers should familiarize themselves with the Canadian proxy voting guidelines recently published by Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) and Glass Lewis...more

Capital Markets & Public Companies Quarterly: 2016 Goes Out with a Bang

by McDermott Will & Emery on

As 2016 drew to an end, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) kept up its pace to close out a busy year. In addition to issuing proposed rules for universal proxies, the SEC released several new Compliance &...more

"Avoiding an ISS Negative Recommendation: Considerations for Companies Seeking Shareholder Approval of Equity Incentive Plan...

As the 2017 proxy season approaches, companies may be preparing to solicit shareholder approval for a new, or an amendment to an existing, equity incentive plan. In doing so, companies should keep in mind the positions of...more

Securities and Governance Updates – January 2017

by BakerHostetler on

As part of BakerHostetler’s commitment to serve as a strategic business partner, we are pleased to publish this first edition of our Securities & Governance Bulletin. This resource is designed to keep executives, corporate...more

Preparation for 2016 Fiscal Year-End SEC Filings and 2017 Annual Shareholder Meetings

by Mintz Levin on

As our clients and friends know, each year Mintz Levin provides an analysis of the regulatory developments that impact public companies as they prepare for their fiscal year-end filings with the Securities and Exchange...more

ISS and Glass Lewis Update Their Proxy Voting Guidelines for 2017

by Smith Anderson on

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co. (Glass Lewis), two of the leading providers of corporate governance research and proxy voting services, have published their updated proxy voting guidelines for...more

2017 Proxy Season: Key ISS Compensation-Related Updates

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Companies should consider compensation-related changes to ISS policies when preparing for annual meetings on or after February 1, 2017. Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently released updates to its 2017...more

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