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Blog: Will The SEC Finally Provide Some Relief From The Nearly Incomprehensible Proxy Statement Requirement For A New Plan...

Keith Higgins, Director of Corp Fin, hinted that he might be giving us a welcome gift in the future: a revision of Item 10 of Schedule 14A, the proxy statement – in my view, a component of the disclosure rules that has too...more

Baby You Can Drive My Car… Or Corporate Jet: SEC Scrutiny of Executive Compensation Perks Disclosures

The SEC continues to focus on accounting and disclosure violations, including in the area of executive perks disclosure in corporate proxy statements. In the past year, the SEC brought two enforcement cases against executives...more

New M&A Proxy Statement Unbundling Guidance

After a decade of inattention, the SEC staff has recently sought to clarify the still-murky proxy statement unbundling rule. First came three C&DIs issued back in January 2014 (see this Doug’s Note). Then just weeks ago, the...more

ISS Accepting Company-Selected Peer Group Submissions, including, for the first time, companies in the Russell MicroCap Index

Companies in the Russell 3000 and Russell MicroCap Index with annual meetings scheduled between February 1, 2016 and September 15, 2016 may submit updates to their self-selected compensation benchmarking peer groups from 9:00...more

Blog: Another Study Shows Increase In Enhanced Disclosures Regarding The Audit Committee

The Center for Audit Quality and Audit Analytics have jointly released their second-year analysis, Audit Committee Transparency Barometer. The analysis, which studied proxy statements of companies in the S&P Composite 1500,...more

SEC Issues New Guidance On Exclusions Under Rule 14a-8

New SEC guidance limits the ability of companies to exclude shareholder proposals under the "conflicting proposal" and "ordinary business" exclusions of Rule 14a-8. On October 22, 2015, the staff of the Division of...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Rule 14a-8(i)(9) and Rule 14a-8(i)(7)

On October 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance (Division) issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H (SLB 14H), which (1) sets forth a new standard for determining when a shareholder proposal...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

Consider Refreshing Your Existing SEC Disclosure

As the fiscal year wraps up and SEC registrants begin to think about their 10-K and proxy, this is a good time for businesses to refresh their disclosure and to consider whether language that reappears annually still...more

Inside M&A - October 2015

Overview of SPACs and Latest Trends - A number of recent successful business combination transactions involving special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) led by prominent sponsors have driven a resurgence in the SPAC...more

Two Cases From NC Business Court: Class Action Fees Doubled And Expedited Discovery Denied

Last week (well, two weeks ago, I'm kind of behind) seemed like class action week at the Business Court. Judge Gale issued three rulings in class action cases. ...more

What's Market? Update: Litigation

In In re Appraisal of, Inc., C.A. No. 8173-VCG (Del. Ch. 2015), the Delaware Court of Chancery held in connection with an appraisal proceeding brought by a dissenting shareholder that the best indication of the...more

Audit Committee Disclosures Among Largest Companies Continue to Expand

In its fourth annual report on enhanced audit committee reporting to shareholders, Ernst & Young reports that “the previously observed trend of Fortune 100 companies going beyond minimum disclosure requirements and providing...more

2015 Guide to Acquiring US Public Companies

This guide summarizes certain important considerations for acquiring a publicly traded US-based target corporation through a negotiated (i.e. “non-hostile”) tender offer, exchange offer or merger. US public companies are...more

A Farewell to Alms? Peppercorn Settlements of M&A Litigation

An apparently frustrated Delaware Vice Chancellor recently approved yet another disclosure-only settlement of yet another challenge to a merger, but seemed intent on signaling that such proposed class-action settlements might...more

How Proxy Data and Pilot Studies Can Help Employers Prepare for the DOL’s New Proposed Overtime Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division recently announced its proposal to amend 29 C.F.R. Part 541, containing the “white collar” exemption for executive, administrative, and professional employees. The...more

Justice Friedman Allows Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claim to Proceed Against Corporate Directors Under Delaware Law

In AP Services, LLP v. Lobell et. al, No. 651613/2012, 2015 NY Slip Op 31115(U) (N.Y. Sup. Ct. June 19, 2015) (argued Feb. 21, 2014), Justice Friedman, applying Delaware Law, denied a motion to dismiss plaintiff AP Services,...more

SEC Brings Another Enforcement Action For Failure to Disclose Perks

MusclePharm Corporation, or MSLP, and certain related parties recently settled an SEC enforcement action which included charges related to non-disclosure of certain perks. The SEC alleged from 2010 through July 2014, MSLP...more

Watch Out for Non-GAAP Disclosure Creep

Creative use of non-GAAP financial measures has become standard practice in public company disclosures. Management, quite correctly in most cases, often believes that the company’s dry GAAP financial statements fail to fully...more

SEC Approves Final Rules for Pay Ratio Disclosure

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted the final "pay ratio" disclosure rules to implement Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) at an open meeting on...more

SEC Pay Ratio Rules — A Recipe for Compliance and Model Disclosure

The SEC recently adopted its final pay ratio disclosure rules. Commencing in early 2018, public companies[1] will have to disclose (i) their CEO's total annual compensation, (ii) the median total annual compensation of all...more

SEC Adopts “Pay Ratio” Disclosure Rule

The SEC has adopted amendments to Item 402 of Regulation S-K to implement the pay ratio disclosure mandated by Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Act. New paragraph (u) to Item 402 of Regulation S-K requires registrants to...more

Glossary of Important Securities Regulation Terms and Definitions

This Glossary is designed to provide law students taking Securities Regulation with a tool that will assist them in learning the basic language of securities law and achieve a working knowledge of the fundamental principles...more

SEC Adopts Final Rules on CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure

On August 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) finalized rules requiring publicly traded companies to disclose the ratio of median compensation of all employees to the compensation of the principal executive...more

SEC Adopts Final Rules Requiring Pay Ratio Disclosure

On August 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted final rules mandating pay ratio disclosures pursuant to Section 953(b)(1) of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The rules add a new...more

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