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Summary of ISS 2016 Policy Announcements

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) issued new U.S. voting policies and an updated Equity Plan Scorecard FAQ, both effective for annual shareholder meetings occurring on or after February 1, 2016. This alert provides a...more

SEC Staff Legal Bulletin Clarifies Shareholder Proposal Exclusion Analysis

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Division of Corporation Finance (Division) has issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H (SLB14H), which contains guidance on the exclusion of shareholder proposals that...more

Proxy Access Update—Preparing for the 2016 Proxy Season

Proxy access predominated corporate governance issues for the 2015 proxy season, with over 100 proposals submitted on the topic, compared to 18 in 2014. Shareholder proponents achieved significant success in 2015, with an...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - November 2015

The SEC has finally adopted Regulation Crowdfunding, here, which was required by the Capital Raising Online While Deterring Fraud and Unethical Non-Disclosures Act of 2012 (. . . seriously). Its 686 pages belie the elegant...more

Blog: Highlights From Panels With Current And Former Staff Of Corp Fin

Below are some highlights (from my notes) of the PLI Securities Regulation Institute panel discussions Thursday and Friday with the Corp Fin staff (Keith Higgins, Shelley Parratt, David Fredrickson, Michele Anderson, Karen...more

ISS Proposes To Go Overboard In Proposed Policy Change

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) is a very influential purveyor of proxy advisory services.  As part of ISS’ annual policy update procedure, ISS recently released a proposed policy change with respect to...more

Proxy Access–Making Sure You are Prepared for the 2016 Proxy Season - Update

UPDATE (October 29, 2015): On October 22, 2015, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporate Finance issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H1, clarifying when a company may exclude a shareholder...more

"SEC Staff Issues New Shareholder Proposals Guidance"

The Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (Staff) recently published Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H (SLB), which provides important new guidance for companies that may receive...more

Blog: Corp Fin Issues New Cdis On “Unbundling” Proposals In The M&A Context

The SEC has posted new CDIs addressing the issue of “unbundling” of proxy proposals under Rule 14a-4(a)(3), which requires that the form of proxy “identify clearly and impartially each separate matter intended to be acted...more

SEC Issues Staff Legal Bulletin Outlining the Scope of the “Directly Conflicts” Exclusion under Rule 14a-8 and Providing Guidance...

On October 22, 2015, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (the Division) issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H (the SLB) in which it provides guidance on two key issues surrounding the exclusion of shareholder proposals...more

SEC Gets Off the Sidelines - Publishes Guidance on Shareholder Proposal Exclusions

Yesterday, just in time for the start of the proxy season, the Securities and Exchange Commission published its eagerly-awaited guidance on two shareholder proposal exclusions – Rule 14a-8(i)(9) (“directly conflicts”...more

Prepping for Proxy Season

Every year about this time calendar-year-end companies should begin to prepare for the coming proxy season by looking back on lessons learned this year, considering recent SEC rulemaking and evaluating latest governance...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition Q3 2015

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal European, US and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to European corporates. Please see full Newsletter below for more...more

Proxy Access–Making Sure You are Prepared for the 2016 Proxy Season

As the 2016 proxy season approaches, every public company should consider its position on proxy access and should have a plan for responding to a shareholder proxy access proposal. Based on lessons learned from the 2015...more

Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Update: SEC Adopts CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted final rules implementing one of the last four remaining executive compensation requirements under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. ...more

"Key Takeaways: Proxy Access - Latest Developments"

On September 17, 2015, Skadden presented a webinar titled “Proxy Access: Latest Developments.” The panelists were Art Crozier, Chairman of Innisfree M&A Incorporated; Mike Garland, Assistant Comptroller for Corporate...more

ISS Publishes Results of 2015–2016 Annual Global Policy Survey

On September 28, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, published the results of its 2015–2016 global voting policy survey. The survey, which received 421 responses from a combination of...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 38

SEC/CORPORATE - ISS Publishes Results of 2015–2016 Annual Global Policy Survey - On September 28, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, published the results of its 2015–2016...more

Activist Hot List: Fall 2015

Listed below are selected funds with a recent history of US shareholder activism that we expect will continue those activities in connection with the 2016 proxy season. Companies should note that these activists may not...more

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

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