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News Round Up - June 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

More on the IPO Market from the SEC Investor Advisory Committee - The SEC Investor Advisory Committee devoted its June 22, 2017, session to a discussion of the decline in the number of U.S. IPOs. Chair Clayton addressed...more

NYSE Issues Its 2017 Listed Company Compliance Guide Memoranda for Both Domestic Issuers and FPIs

On February 1, 2017, the NYSE issued separate Listed Company Compliance Guidance memoranda for both U.S. companies (“Domestic Companies”) and foreign private issuers (“FPIs”) listed on the NYSE. Below is a brief overview of...more

New FAQs Clarify Shareholder Approval Rules For Stock-For-Tax Withholding

It has been close to a decade since the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) last updated its set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding equity compensation plans. On August 18, 2016, the NYSE released updated FAQs and,...more

Preliminary Planning for the 2017 Proxy Season

For those who want to start preparing for the 2017 proxy season, our preliminary list of important considerations is set forth below: Directors’ and Officer’s Questionnaire - Nasdaq has adopted a rule requiring...more

Court of Appeal Lifts Stay in Cross Border Class Action

by Dentons on

In Kaynes v. BP [1] (referred to herein as “Kaynes”) the Court of Appeal for Ontario (“ONCA”) recently lifted a stay of a class proceeding in which the Plaintiff is seeking damages for alleged misrepresentations made to...more

Corporate Communicator - Winter 2016: 2016 Annual Meeting Season

by Snell & Wilmer on

Dear clients and friends, We present our traditional year-end issue of Snell & Wilmer’s Corporate Communicator to help you prepare for the upcoming annual report and proxy season. This issue highlights SEC reporting and...more

Blog: SEC Receives A Response To Its Invitation For Comment On NYSE Proposal

by Cooley LLP on

As discussed in this PubCo post, in early August, the SEC issued an Order instituting proceedings to determine whether to disapprove a proposal from the NYSE to amend Sections 312.03(b) and 312.04 (shareholder approval) of...more

Summary of SEC's Proposed Rule on Executive Compensation Clawbacks

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The Dodd-Frank Act required the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) to adopt rules that direct national securities exchanges (such as the NYSE and NASDAQ) to require listed companies to implement and disclose their...more

SEC Compliance Manual for NYSE-Listed Non-US Companies

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

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

by Allen Matkins on

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

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

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

by Snell & Wilmer on

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

by DLA Piper on

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

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

by Winstead PC on

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

by Snell & Wilmer on

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

by White & Case LLP on

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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