Proxy Season

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Proxy Access: Round 2 Begins

Shareholder proponent James McRitchie, who was successful in persuading the SEC to reconsider its no-action position with Whole Foods on proxy access, has hinted at his intentions for the upcoming proxy season, or at least...more

Preliminary Planning for the 2016 Proxy Season

Some will want to start preliminary planning for the 2016 proxy season. It has been a bewildering year of developments, but most will be thankful that there are relatively few new rules that must be implemented at this time....more

Viewpoints - Issue 22 - The Board's Role in Corporate Strategy

The board's role in corporate strategy - Members of the Lead Director Network (LDN) convened in New York on June 30 to discuss the development and oversight of corporate strategy. This ViewPoints addresses the ways board...more

Proxy Access—the Devil Is in the Details

Proxy access, meaning the ability of stockholders to put their nominees on management’s proxy card and create a proxy contest without having to file their own proxy statement, was the marquee issue of the 2015 proxy season....more

What To Expect in the Remainder of the 2015 Proxy Season

In this interview Latham & Watkins partners Steven Stokdyk and Jim Barrall discuss shareholder proponent types, director voter results, proxy puts and other 2015 shareholder activism trends. “There are victories in...more

Third Circuit Opinion Raises Uncertainty for the Ordinary Business Exclusion in Shareholder Proposals

On July 6, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued its opinion in Trinity Wall Street v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. The holding permitted Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ("Wal-Mart") to exclude a shareholder proposal...more

CalPERS Claims Success; Proxy Monitor Says CalPERS Success Leads To Lower Stock Prices

“Fair is Foul, and Foul is Fair” - In this press release issued last week, CalPERS congratulated itself on the “success” of its proxy voting initiatives:...more

Three Post-Proxy-Season Thoughts

For many companies, the period between Independence Day and Labor Day is a good time to absorb the lessons of the spring proxy season and to catch a corporate breath before the stretch run to the end of the year. With that in...more

Proxy Advisory Firms

Each January, our firm invites general counsel, CFOs, controllers, and other representatives of our public company clients, as well as other outside advisers to public companies, to a series of presentations focused on “hot...more

"Proxy Access: The 2015 Proxy Season and Beyond"

Although the 2015 annual meeting season is still winding down, there is no doubt that proxy access has gained considerable momentum and will remain a front-and-center corporate governance issue for the foreseeable future. For...more

Shareholder Proposals Regarding Corporate Respect for Human Rights

Shareholder proposals filed during this year’s proxy season reflect investors’ continued concerns about the social and environmental impacts of corporate operations. The Proxy Preview published by As You Sow, the Sustainable...more

SEC proposed rule would require new "pay versus performance" table in proxy statements

As public companies navigate the 2015 proxy season, a potential change to executive compensation disclosure is on the horizon. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed new rules to implement the...more

SEC Proposed Hedging Transaction Disclosure Rules

Much attention has been given to recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rulemaking under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd Frank Act) that would require disclosure of...more

Blog: Push Has Come To Shove For Some Companies On Proxy Access

If you’ve been following the saga regarding shareholder proposals for proxy access this proxy season, you know that around 100 companies received proxy access proposals and that the staff of Corp Fin has refused to express...more

ISS Releases Four Sets of FAQs, Glass Lewis Provides an Update, and FASB and IASB Make Certain Decisions Relevant to Equity...

Proxy advisory firms Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis have both released updates to their policies that outline how they will form recommendations to shareholders on how they should vote on governance,...more

Broad Coalition Delivers Blunt Rebuke To SEC Chairman

Last month, I wrote that the SEC’s about face in responding to the no-action letter request of Whole Foods Market, Inc. “clearly wasn’t the SEC’s finest hour.” Several days later, a coalition of some 17 different...more

ISS Speaks: Proxy Access, Fee Shifting By-laws and More

ISS has published its policy on proxy access matters. ISS will generally recommend in favor of management and shareholder proposals for proxy access with the following provisions...more

Practical Considerations for Preparing Your 2015 CD&A

In anticipation of the upcoming 2015 proxy season, many companies are in the process of drafting their proxy statements. The compensation discussion and analysis (CD&A) section of the proxy statement has received a great...more

Developments & Predictions for the 2015 Proxy Season

In a January 2015 webcast, Latham & Watkins partners Jim Barrall, global Co-chair of the firm's Benefits and Compensation Practice, and Steven Stokdyk, global Co-chair of the firm's Public Company Representation Practice,...more

CSA Publishes Progress Report on Review of the Proxy Voting Infrastructure

On January 29, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published CSA Staff Notice 54-303?Progress Report on Review of the Proxy Voting Infrastructure. The report outlines the progress made to date by the CSA in its...more

2015 Proxy Season: What to Expect

As we approach this year’s proxy season, it is a good time to reflect on last year’s developments and to plan for this year’s hot topics. A Look Back - In addition to reviewing your own shareholder voting results...more

Withdrawal of Whole Foods No-Action Letter Leaves a Hole in Proxy Access Proposal Defense

On January 16, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that, for the 2015 proxy season, the Division of Corporation Finance will not express any views as to whether a company may exclude a shareholder...more

Why Every Day Is Proxy Season for Public Companies [Video]

Historically, the proxy season for public companies ran from January through the spring, but it now has become a year-round concern. In a conversation with Mimesis Law’s Lee Pacchia, Foley Partner John Wilson explains how the...more

2015 Proxy Advisory Voting Guidelines: Proxy Season Highlights

In preparing for the upcoming proxy season, it is important for issuers to be familiar with the current Canadian proxy voting guidelines prepared by Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) and Glass Lewis & Co. (Glass...more

SEC Staff Will No Longer Issue No-Action Letters on Conflicting Shareholder Proposals During the 2015 Proxy Season

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance (the “SEC Staff”) recently announced that it would refuse to grant no-action relief during the 2015 proxy season to companies seeking...more

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