Proxy Statements

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"Delaware Supreme Court Provides Guidance on Aiding-and-Abetting Liability for Financial Advisors"

On November 30, 2015, the Delaware Supreme Court issued a much-anticipated opinion in RBC Capital Markets, LLC v. Jervis, No. 140, 2015, 129 A.3d 816 (Del. 2015). The Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the Court of Chancery’s...more

Court Of Chancery Resolves Appraisal Voting Requirement

It is well understood that to be entitled to the appraisal of your stock you need to not vote for the merger. However, in the complex world of how shares are held by beneficiaries and depositories, it is easy to overlook the...more

Fixing a Sour Corporate Culture: Valeant Pharmaceuticals Faces an Uphill Challenge

Like the Greek mythology character Sisyphus, Valeant Pharmaceutical is attempting to atone for its sins and turn its corporate culture around. I am not usually a cynic but when I see these transparent attempts to reverse a...more

Challenges to Going-Private Mergers Just Got Tougher in New York

In a landmark decision on May 5, 2016, the New York Court of Appeals held that challenges to going-private mergers where there is a controlling stockholder must be reviewed under the deferential business judgment rule rather...more

Second Circuit Issues Amended Order Affirming Dismissal in Transocean

On April 29, the United States Court of Appeals entered an amended order (previously decided on March 17, 2016) that affirmed the decision of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in DeKalb...more

Pay Ratio Disclosures Begin to Appear in Proxy Statements

Some companies have begun to disclose pay ratios in their proxy statements in advance of the SEC requirement. We have included a sample below. Of course, you’ll want to compare the samples to the rules before relying on them....more

The Next Level of Investor Communication

Last year about this time General Electric made a splash with its revamped Form 10-K, which it augmented with a short video introduction from its CEO, Jeff Immelt. This year, GE launched what it calls an Integrated Summary...more

NASDAQ Resubmits Proposed Rule on Golden Leash Arrangements

On March 15, 2016, the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC resubmitted its proposed rule requiring NASDAQ-listed companies to publicly disclose third-party compensation arrangements for board members and board nominees, commonly referred...more

Second Circuit Addresses Statutes of Repose and Tolling in Securities Class Actions

The Second Circuit has clarified the applicable statutes of repose for securities-fraud and proxy-related claims under §§ 9(f), 14(a), and 18(a) of the Securities Exchange Act. The court’s March 17, 2016 decision in DeKalb...more

"Annual Meeting Proxy Statement Filing Reminders"

Following are a few points to consider when preparing proxy statement materials for filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in connection with annual shareholder meetings....more

Recommended Proxy Disclosure for Director Elections and Other Proposals

Tips and forms you can use for drafting your proxy statement to increase clarity and avoid pitfalls. In February 2016, the SEC warned that among a broad selection of companies, poorly-drafted, ambiguous and sometimes...more

U.S. Senate and House Members Urge SEC to Require Further Board Nominee Diversity Disclosures

On March 2, 2016, a number of U.S. Senate and House members sent a letter to SEC Chair Mary Jo White urging the Commission to speed-up its review of a rulemaking petition that would require increased disclosures regarding...more

Court Of Chancery Applies Demand Rules To Amended Complaint

In general, an amended derivative complaint does not need to show that demand is excused if it was excused for the filing of the initial complaint....more

Beefing Up Director Compensation Disclosures

With calendar year companies currently in the midst of drafting their proxy statements, it is time to consider the often overlooked director compensation disclosures. Changes in director compensation...more

Court Of Chancery Explains When Disclosures Required Absent A Stockholder Vote

This is an interesting decision for two reasons. First, it explains when directors might have a duty to cause the company to make disclosures to the stockholders about transactions that do not require the stockholders’ vote....more

M&A Litigation Update: Delaware Chancery Court Delivers Devastating Blow to Disclosure Settlements

A new decision makes clear that parties should no longer expect the Delaware Court of Chancery to approve broad settlements of M&A class actions based on supplemental proxy disclosures. Chancellor Andre Bouchard issued a...more

How to Prepare for Annual Reporting

Annual reporting season is once again upon us, so as you dust off your to do list, here are a few of the many important items for in-house counsel to consider during the inevitable flurry of activity in the coming weeks....more

2016 Proxy Season Field Guide

The 2016 proxy season occurs in an environment of heightened shareholder activism and an ever-increasing focus on compensation and corporate governance disclosures. This Proxy Season Field Guide provides you with an overview...more

Recent CCM Provides that CFO of Small Reporting Companies May Be Subject to Code Section 162(m), Raises Questions for All Public...

Since 2007, public companies have generally relied on a position taken by the IRS in Notice 2007-49 that a “covered employee” for determining who is subject to the $1 million deductibility limitations of Code Section 162(m)...more

Consider New IRS Guidance on 162(m) When Drafting Proxy Statement Disclosures

Many public companies include a description of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code in their proxy statements without distinguishing the application of 162(m) between various categories of issuers such as accelerated...more

A Small Point for Your Proxy Statement – This Year or Next

Part of the required audit committee report, set forth in Item 407(d)(3)(i)(B), has a tortured history. As currently written, it requires the audit committee to state whether “The audit committee has discussed with the...more

The SEC Staff’s Position On Unbundling Gets Even More Weird

“Bundling” was a colonial American practice of unmarried persons sharing the same bed whilst being physically separated by a board or sack.  As might be expected, bundling had its critics.  One Henry Reed Stiles...more

Report Shows Upward Trend in Enhanced Audit Committee Disclosures Among S&P 1500

The Center for Audit Quality and Audit Analytics recently released their 2015 Audit Committee Transparency Barometer. The report is based on a review of proxy statements filed through the end of June 2015 by companies in the...more

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

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