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"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

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 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

"ISS Opens Comment Period for 2014 Proxy Voting Policy Changes"

On October 21, 2013, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) issued draft policy changes for 2014 that, if adopted, would become effective for shareholder meetings taking place on or after February 1, 2014. ISS is soliciting...more

SEC Order Against ISS

On May 23, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS), a Maryland-based proxy adviser, with failure to safeguard its advisory clients’ confidential proxy voting information. ...more

ISS Governance QuickScore to Replace GRId System

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading provider of corporate governance research and proxy voting services, has announced that it is replacing the Governance Risk Indicators (GRId) database, which was designed to...more

ISS Publishes Updated FAQs for its Proxy Voting Policies

On December 20, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) published updated FAQs regarding its proxy voting policies and procedures. The updated FAQs address, among other things, ISS’ policies for evaluating executive...more

2013 U.S. Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures FAQ (Excluding Compensation-Related Questions)

The following issues are among those addressed in ISS' non-compensation-related FAQs... ...more

Considerations for the 2013 Form 10-K and Annual Proxy Season

The upcoming 2013 proxy season will likely be impacted by new policies issued by proxy advisers, as well as shareholder activists taking advantage of previously adopted rules, rather than by recent legislative or rulemaking...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - January 4, 2013

In this issue: - CII Submits Rule 10b5-1 Rulemaking Petition to the SEC - ISS Publishes Updated FAQs for its Proxy Voting Policies - CFTC Issues Final Order on Cross-Border Swaps - CFTC Issues No-Action...more

Dealing with ISS and Other Proxy Advisory Firms this Proxy Season

Set forth below are summaries of key ISS and Glass Lewis policy updates that will take effect for the 2013 proxy season. ISS Policy Updates - Pay-for-Performance Evaluation - Revised Peer Group Methodology. ISS...more

Corporate Communicator - Winter 2013

In This Issue: - 2013 Annual Meeting Season - Dealing with ISS and Other Proxy Advisory Firms this Proxy Season - SEC Update - Other NYSE/NASDAQ Developments - Delaware Law Update — Delaware Court Applies...more

Reviewing the 2012 Proxy Season and Preparing for 2013

The 2012 proxy season will likely be remembered as an evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, year at the corporate ballot box. Many of the trends seen in 2011—the first year of mandatory say-on-pay—continued in 2012, with...more

Focus on Securities/Corporate Finance - December 2012: Updates to the ISS and Glass Lewis 2013 Proxy Voting Guidelines affecting...

Both Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) and Glass Lewis & Co. (“GL”) released updates in November 2012 to their proxy voting recommendation guidelines for the 2013 shareholder meeting season. Below is a summary...more

ISS Issues Final 2013 Proxy Voting Policies

Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) has released its updated 2013 U.S. Corporate Governance Policy. The updated policy guidelines generally will be applied to ISS voting recommendations for...more

ISS Raises the Stakes on Shareholder Proposal Votes: Will Recommend Against Electing Boards that Fail to Respond to...

Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") has made it much more difficult for boards to disregard advisory votes on shareholder proposals....more

What’s New in Executive Compensation for the Upcoming Proxy Season: Compensation Committee and Adviser Independence, ISS...

Public companies preparing for the upcoming 2013 proxy season will need to keep in mind a number of new developments related to executive compensation, including: - New Securities and Exchange Commission rules that...more

ISS and Glass Lewis Release 2013 Voting Guideline Updates

The proxy advisory firms Glass Lewis & Co. (“Glass Lewis”) and Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) recently released the 2013 updates to their U.S. proxy voting guidelines. These updates will influence the...more

ISS Revises Policies and Requests Comment

On October 16, 2012, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS), a provider of governance research and analysis and proxy voting and distribution solutions, announced proposed updates to its benchmark proxy voting...more

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