News & Analysis as of

Proxy Season

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

What’s Happening with Pay Ratio Disclosures?

Well, we’re more than half-way through the year, Independence Day has come and gone, the 2018 proxy season is closer than it used to be, and we still don’t know whether pay ratio disclosures will go away. A brief...more

Proxy Access “Fix-It” Proposals Fizzle

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

As the 2017 proxy season winds down, one clear take-away is that shareholder proposals attempting to modify the terms of previously adopted mainstream proxy access bylaws did not fare well. Many of these proposals focused...more

Proxy Access: Highlights of the 2017 Proxy Season

As we approach the end of the 2017 proxy season, the third since the New York City comptroller launched the Boardroom Accountability Project to enact proxy access across the U.S. market, proxy access has begun to transition...more

SEC Takes Action: Results of Under-Disclosing Executive Perks

by King & Spalding on

The Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation of and the action taken against MDC Partners Inc. (“MDC”) and its former Chief Executive Officer, Miles S. Nadal (“Nadal”), underscore the importance of proper disclosure...more

Thwarting Shareholder Activism Through Engagement

As the 2017 proxy season draws to a close for most companies, it is obvious that shareholder activism remains alive and well, though the actual number of public activist campaigns appears to have tapered off slightly as...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

Canadian shareholders engage with U.S.-style proxy access: A Brave New World, or Much Ado About Nothing?

by DLA Piper on

Shareholders of the Toronto-Dominion Bank (“TD Bank”) and the Royal Bank of Canada (“RBC”) voted in the last few weeks on shareholder proposals made to confer additional proxy access rights to shareholders in the nomination...more

Public Companies Should Consider Shareholder Reapproval of Section 162(m) Performance Compensation Plans Approved in 2012

by Snell & Wilmer on

As public companies continue to prepare for the 2017 proxy season, we wanted to provide a final reminder of an executive compensation related item that might require shareholder approval in 2017. As reported in Part 1 of our...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

TSX - Skirting the Rules No Longer - TSX provides guidance on the use of "exceptional circumstances" in issuer majority voting...

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On March 9, 2017, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) issued Staff Notice 2017-001 (the Staff Notice), which provides guidance on the TSX's majority voting requirement and the use of advance notice policies for director election...more

"Annual Meeting Proxy Statement Reminders"

As companies finalize their proxy materials for annual shareholder meetings, they should consider the following U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing and disclosure requirements. Ensure clarity on the proxy...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

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: new reports on the U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible...more

Gender Diversity Survey - 2016 Proxy Season Results

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The Fenwick & West Gender Diversity Survey provides unique insight into women’s participation at the most senior levels of public technology and life sciences companies in the Silicon Valley 150 Index (SV 150) and the large...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - January 2017

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The SEC published a white paper about Regulation A+, What Do We Know So Far?, here. Since changes to Regulation A in June 2015, there have been 147 Regulation A offerings, seeking $2.6 billion, that have raised about $190...more

Blog: Recent trends in proxy statements

by Cooley LLP on

It just isn’t proxy season without some kind of account of the latest trends in proxy statements, so here’s one from CFO.com. The first data point comes as no surprise: proxies are getting longer, providing more graphics...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

"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

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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