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SEC Compliance Manual for NYSE-Listed Non-US Companies

As a result of registration of ordinary shares including in the form of American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) under the US securities laws and the listing of ordinary shares or ADSs on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”),...more

Vote-Counting Standards: A Recipe for Confusion?

Shareholder voting standards was a hot topic this proxy season and will likely continue to be of significant interest next proxy season and in subsequent years. This proxy season, shareholders submitted various proposals...more

On Closer Inspection, This CII “Best Practice” May Be Neither Good Nor Legal

The Council of Institutional Investors has adopted what it describes as ”a comprehensive body of corporate governance best practices”, including Policies on Corporate Governance. I question, however, whether some of these...more

What’s New for the 2014 Proxy Season

Unlike in past years, there are no new disclosure requirements which need to be reflected in this year’s proxy statement; however, with ongoing shareholder activism and the desire of companies to communicate effectively with...more

Corporate Communicator - Winter 2014

2014 ANNUAL MEETING SEASON - Dear clients and friends, We present to you our traditional year-end issue of Snell & Wilmer’s Corporate Communicator to help you prepare for the upcoming annual report and proxy...more

Dodd-Frank affects private companies too: practice points to note

The Dodd-Frank Act – signed by President Barack Obama more than three years ago, and since then advanced with a host of rules and regulations – has been widely viewed as a law that addresses systemic risk in the financial...more

What Makes A Director “Independent”?

What makes a director “independent”? That question is important, not only to investors who want to ensure that boards of directors exercise objective judgment on corporate affairs, but also to companies, who need assurance...more

NYSE Proposes to Remove Separate Voting Standard for Listed Companies

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) recently filed a proposal with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to delete Rule 312.07 of its listing standards. The historically controversial shareholder voting rule currently...more

NYSE Rule Providing Uniform Notification Method Approved by SEC

On January 11, 2013, the SEC approved a proposed amendment to the listed company manual (the "manual") of the NYSE that will provide a uniform method of notifying the NYSE of matters or events where timely notification is...more

Benefits of the Inducement Grant

The purpose of this post is to remind issuers that inducement grants do not require shareholder approval, so if they are used correctly, they can help to increase the life expectancy of the equity plan's share reserve....more

Other NYSE/NASDAQ Developments

Non-Executive Employment of Family Members No Longer Precludes Nomination of Non-Independent Directors under “Exceptional and Limited Circumstances” Until recently, a director of a NASDAQ-listed company could serve as an...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

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