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Final Disclosure Rules Regarding Women on Boards and in Senior Management

TSX-listed companies will almost certainly need to include disclosure in their information circulars or annual information forms on the representation of women on their boards and in senior management for the 2015 proxy...more

Re-evaluating the Board Evaluation

Board evaluations have long been standard practice among public companies. With shareholder interest in corporate governance practices at an all-time high, the focus on board evaluations is expected to increase. ...more

Company Liability for Insider Stock Ownership Reports

Earlier this month, the SEC announced charges against six public companies for contributing to their insiders’ failure to properly file Form 4s or for violating the Item 405 proxy disclosure requirements for late insider...more

SEC Enforcement Actions for Failure to File Timely Reports (under Sections 16(a), 13(d) and 13(g) of the Exchange Act)

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced settled charges against (i) 28 officers, directors and major beneficial owners of publicly traded companies that failed to file Schedules 13D and 13G and...more

ISS’ FAQs on Equity Plan Data Verification – Roadmap for Proxy Statement Disclosures

If you have a proposal to adopt or amend the company’s equity plan in the proxy statement that you file with the SEC after September 8, 2014, then you can use a new data verification portal recently launched by Institutional...more

District Court Clarifies Statute of Repose Timeline in Material Misstatement Case

The US District Court for the Eastern District of New York recently dismissed a class action claim, determining the reasserted claim violated the applicable statute of repose that requires all claims be brought within three...more

SEC Staff Legal Bulletin Addresses Use of Proxy Advisory Firms by Advisers and Reliance by Proxy Advisory Firms on Proxy Rules...

The SEC’s Divisions of Investment Management and Corporation Finance issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 20 (the “Guidance”) which provides guidance from the Division of Investment Management to investment advisers on their...more

Delaware Court Dismisses Shareholder Class Action Suit Attacking Corporate Merger

Almost every proposed corporate merger is met with a shareholder suit against the acquiring company, merger target and the target’s board of directors in which the shareholders assert that the board breached its fiduciary...more

Raul v. Astoria Fin. Corp., C.A. No. 9169-VCG (Del. Ch. June 20, 2014) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted defendant’s motion to dismiss, finding that plaintiff was not entitled to attorneys’ fees under the corporate benefit doctrine because plaintiff had not presented a...more

Does A Director Have A Contractual Right To Compensation?

Yesterday, I wrote about stockholder challenges to director compensation. Today’s post considers what happens when a director joins a board. When someone is invited to join a board, she may ask about compensation. The...more

If Fee-Shifting Bylaws Are Ever Put On Trial, This Case Should Be Exhibit A

Item 5.07(d) of Form 8-K requires issuers to disclose “the company’s decision in light of such vote as to how frequently the company will include a shareholder vote on the compensation of executives in its proxy materials...more

Sustainability Reporting–Something to Consider

It’s common knowledge that investors, analysts and other stakeholders view certain non-financial information as increasingly important indicators of a company’s long-term value. This information tends to be grouped into three...more

Court Refuses to Invalidate Proxies Obtained Via Deficient Proxy Circular

In Weyburn Inland Terminal Ltd. v The Director of Corporations for Saskatchewan, 2014 SKQB 46, the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan ordered dissident shareholders of Weyburn Inland Terminal Ltd. (the “Company”) to...more

Full disclosure: A practical guide for the HR professional when preparing the retirement plan portions of a proxy statement

In 2006, the SEC adopted rules which created the Pension Benefits Table and Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Table to supplement the Summary Compensation Table. The tables mandate certain specific disclosures with respect...more

Rely Only on This Prospectus . . . Unless We Left Something Out

In a little-noticed part of a December 2013 opinion in the multidistrict Facebook IPO litigation, U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet ruled that plaintiffs could use prospectus language once thought to be a shield against...more

Proxies Unbundled: Recent SEC Guidance after Greenlight Capital v. Apple Case

Last year, Judge Sullivan in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a preliminary injunction in Greenlight Capital, L.P. v. Apple, Inc. enjoining the “bundling” of multiple proposals by Apple in...more

M&A Update: The “Gatekeepers”: Delaware Court Holds Conflicted Financial Advisor Liable For Aiding And Abetting Breach Of...

Delaware courts have increasingly shined a spotlight on what they consider to be conflicts of interest for sell-side financial advisors. On March 7th, the Delaware Chancery Court hit these conflicts with a laser beam. In a...more

Company Press Releases During Proxy Fights May Not Be Proxy Solicitations

Overview - In Smoothwater Capital Partners LP I v. Equity Financial Holdings Inc., 2014 ONSC 324, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice held that a press release issued by Equity Financial Holdings Inc. (the “Company”)...more

Proxy Statement Enterprise Risk Management Disclosure – A Missed Opportunity

Buried at the end of the SEC’s multi-page corporate governance disclosure rule (Regulation S-K, Item 407(h)), is the requirement to: “disclose the extent of the board’s role in…risk oversight, such as how the board...more

New York Court Holds That Revlon Standards Are Not Triggered In A Stock-for-Stock Merger Where No Change of Control Results

The recent decision in Badowski v. Corrao, No. 652986/2011, NYLJ 1202642854864 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. County, Commercial Division), is a timely application by a New York court of the limitations of so-called Revlon duties to...more

What’s The Matter With The SEC’s Unbundling Interpretation?

Rule 14a-4 requires, among other things, that a form of proxy “identify clearly and impartially each separate matter intended to be acted upon, whether or not related to or conditioned on the approval of other matters, and...more

Proxy Statement Unbundling–New Guidance for an Old Rule

With the recent emphasis on proxy statement compensation disclosure, director independence and corporate governance, little attention has been paid to another issue that can delay your proxy statement mailing schedule and...more

I May Be Pettifogging, But I Have to Ask: Is It Time To Dump The Proxy And Give Shareholders A Ballot?

The proxy is the most misunderstood and mischaracterized of all instruments. For the record, a “proxy” is “a written authorization signed or an electronic transmission authorized by a shareholder or the shareholder’s...more

Top Disclosure and Governance Tips for 2014

The proxy and annual reporting season is upon us and, as with other things, it is best to be prepared. Here are some thoughts for publicly traded companies to carry through the season and help plan for the remainder of the...more

RR Donnelley Survey: Inside Scoop on Investors’ Review of Proxy Statements

Registrants and investors are increasingly placing greater focus on proxy statement presentation. As a result, over the last few years, proxy statements have evolved into more effective disclosure and marketing tools as...more

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