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Alert: ISS Peer Group Submission Process Window Open for Annual Meetings Scheduled Between September 16, 2017 and January 31, 2018...

by Cooley LLP on

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) constructs its own peer groups to analyze companies' executive pay and relative company performance. In doing so, it takes into account each company's self-selected peer companies...more

Reminder on CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure for 2018

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Beginning in 2018, most public companies will be required to include CEO pay ratio disclosure in their proxy statements. Despite efforts to repeal, delay or limit the implementation of the SEC’s pay ratio rule, it appears...more

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Dismissal Of Disclosure Claim Based On Subsequent Employment Of Special Committee Chair By Legal...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of Delaware affirmed dismissal of a putative stockholder class action alleging breach of fiduciary duty by the directors of Blount International, Inc. (“Blount”) and aiding and abetting...more

SEC Charges CEO with Failing to Disclose Perks to Shareholders

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Companies frequently wrestle with perks in their proxy executive compensation disclosure. Whether an item constitutes a perk often requires judgment based on the facts and circumstances, and disclosure may elicit intense,...more

Shareholder Dismisses Case with Prejudice that Sought to Block Amendment to Intel Stock Plan

As we noted here, a shareholder of Intel sought a preliminary and permanent injunction and any other appropriate relief with respect to a stockholder vote to approve the amendment and restatement of Intel’s 2006 equity...more

If The Market Makes You Do It, Why Should The SEC?

by Allen Matkins on

The basic premise underlying most disclosure requirements seems to be that issuers won’t disclosures to investors unless legally required to do so. Yet, there is ample evidence of issuers making disclosures in the absence of...more

Disclosing Election of a New Director: Remember Item 5.02(d) of Form 8-K When Doing a Merger

All competent securities lawyers know that Item 5.02(d) of Form 8-K requires a filing, on Form 8-K, whenever a public company elects a new director other than pursuant to a shareholder vote at an annual meeting or a special...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - Second Half 2016

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

NEWS FROM THE COURTS – Delaware Court of Chancery Once Again Rejects Transaction Price as the Best Measure of Fair Value in DFC Global Litigation - On July 8, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery released its...more

California And The “Entitled To Vote” Standard

by Allen Matkins on

Recently, I came across a proxy statement for a California corporation that stated the vote required for shareholder action on several proposals was “the affirmative vote of the majority of the shares represented at the...more

Continuing Confusion About Shareholder Approval Requirements

by Allen Matkins on

I continue to read confused statements in proxy statements about the vote required for shareholder action. The default voting rule in Delaware is found in Section 216(2) of the Delaware General Corporation Law...more

False Statements By Money Managers Support California Commodity Law Convictions

by Allen Matkins on

In 1990, California enacted the California Commodity Law, Stats. 1990, Ch. 969, Corp. Code § 29500 et seq. Although this law hasn’t attracted the attention of legal writers, it has some very sharp teeth, as illustrated by...more

Delaware Chancery Preliminarily Enjoins Merger-Related Stockholder Meeting Until Financial Advisor's Fees For Merger-Related...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 22, 2017, Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery preliminarily enjoined a stockholder vote on the proposed acquisition by Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (“Consolidated”) of...more

Corporate Governance Features: for Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area Public Companies

Orrick has unveiled an unprecedented new study examining the corporate governance structures of the largest public companies in the Bay Area, including tech industry leaders. The comprehensive study reviewed the 153...more

Court of Chancery Enjoins Transaction Pending Clearer Disclosure of Banker’s Conflicts

by Morris James LLP on

A board must disclose all information material to the stockholder vote for a transaction. Moreover, disclosures may be inadequate when they are buried in various places in a lengthy proxy statement. One piece of material...more

Delaware District Court Allows Shareholder Class Action Suit To Proceed

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 13, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware rejected LRR Energy L.P. (“LRR”) and Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC’s (“Vanguard”) motion to dismiss, allowing the putative shareholder class...more

Don’t Forget the Say-on-Frequency Form 8-K

The proxy rules require that public companies submit a nonbinding proposal to their shareholders every six years regarding how often they should hold say-on-pay votes, known as “say-on-frequency.” Most companies held their...more

New Study Examines Proxy Advisor Recommendations on Auditor Ratification

by WilmerHale on

Each year, the vast majority of larger public companies voluntarily ask shareholders to ratify the audit committee’s selection of the company’s auditor, and such proposals routinely pass with high rates of shareholder...more

Blog: 2017 M&A Trends Series: Delaware Confronts M&A Litigation

by Cooley LLP on

So far this year, deal parties are approaching M&A with cautious optimism. This series of Cooley M&A blog posts include some brief observations that offer some M&A highlights over the past year and our thoughts for the year...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

SEC Targets Lapses in Ownership Reporting in Battles for Corporate Control

The SEC has recently announced settlement of enforcement actions targeting violations of beneficial reporting requirements under Section 13(d) of the Act. In one of the most recent actions (available here), the SEC’s...more

Preparation for 2016 Fiscal Year-End SEC Filings and 2017 Annual Shareholder Meetings

by Mintz Levin on

As our clients and friends know, each year Mintz Levin provides an analysis of the regulatory developments that impact public companies as they prepare for their fiscal year-end filings with the Securities and Exchange...more

Shareholder Proposals Restricting Board/Management Access to Preliminary Voting Results May Be Excluded

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On January 6, 2017, the SEC Staff granted no-action relief that would allow companies to exclude shareholder proposals preventing management or the board from accessing preliminary voting results on uncontested matters prior...more

Alert: Deadline Approaching for Equilar Peer Submission Process and Enrollment for Glass Lewis Issuer Data Reports

by Cooley LLP on

Glass Lewis uses Equilar Market Peers to analyze companies’ executive pay and relative company performance when formulating say-on-pay vote recommendations for its institutional investor clients. When developing Market Peers,...more

Home Depot Evades Shareholder’s Derivative Suit for 2014 Data Breach

by BakerHostetler on

Public companies that are proactively working to mitigate “cyber” risks and prepare to respond to potential incidents frequently ask whether a “breach” will lead to litigation, loss of customers, stock price decline, and...more

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