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Proxy Statements Say-on-Pay

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

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

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

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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

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

A Say-on-Frequency Reminder

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

Preparing for the 2017 Public Company Reporting Season

by Perkins Coie on

Reevaluate Non-GAAP Disclosures in Light of Updated C&DIs and Other SEC Actions. As the reporting season gets underway, reviewing non-GAAP disclosure practices should remain a top priority in light of the new and updated...more

2016 Proxy Season Field Guide

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

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

New Compensation Disclosures for Public Companies

by Littler on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted a final rule requiring publicly traded corporations to disclose, to the SEC and shareholders, the ratio of CEO compensation to the "median compensation" of the...more

Pay-Versus-Performance: SEC Proposes Rules to Expand Executive Compensation Disclosure in Proxy Materials

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Nearly five years after the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Act”) was enacted in July 2010, the SEC narrowly approved proposed rules required under Section 953(a) of the Act. Section 953(a) of...more

Say-On-Pay Vote Did Not Create Disclosure Obligation

In Liang v. Berger, the plaintiff in a derivative action alleged the officers and directors of ARAID Pharmaceuticals failed to disclose material negative information about a drug under development in a timely manner. Among...more

Practical Considerations for Preparing Your 2015 CD&A

In anticipation of the upcoming 2015 proxy season, many companies are in the process of drafting their proxy statements. The compensation discussion and analysis (CD&A) section of the proxy statement has received a great...more

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

by Allen Matkins on

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

Dodd-Frank Essentials: Executive Compensation Requirements And Disclosures

Several provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act have brought compensation of financial institution executives into the public eye. Although disclosure of executive and director compensation...more

Say No More: The Latest Blow to Suits Challenging Proxy Disclosures About Say-On-Pay and Stock Incentive Plans

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Over the past eighteen months, public companies have drafted their annual proxy statements knowing that they could become the next target of a new wave of disclosure lawsuits. Those suits have challenged the adequacy of...more

Attacks on Proxy Statement Compensation Disclosure

Litigation challenging equity compensation exploded in 2012 and shows no signs of slowing, with a storm of lawsuits targeting Rule 10b5-1 trading plans threatening to strike for 2013 as well...more

Attacks on Proxy Statement Compensation Disclosure: An Update on the Gathering Storm

In this presentation: - Update January 15, 2013 Presentation. More investigation notices, more lawsuits filed, more decisions reached. Trends are becoming more apparent in hindsight. - Say-on-pay. -...more

ISS, Notices Of Exempt Solicitation And HP

Pursuant to these definitive additional materials, ISS recently changed course and recommended a vote for HP’s say-on-pay this year. HP apparently obtained ISS’ change in recommendation by the addition of a total shareholder...more

Open Season on Proxy Statements? Entrepreneurial Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Target Executive Compensation Disclosure

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

As we enter the 2013 proxy season, companies should be aware of a new flavor of shareholder litigation. Some of the same firms that routinely attack M&A transactions have set their sights on a new target: attacking...more

Symantec Beats Litigation Challenging Proxy Disclosures For Annual Meeting

A California court recently granted Symantec’s demurrer in a lawsuit that challenged its proxy statement disclosures in connection with an annual meeting. For those of us who haven’t been to law school recently, a demurrer...more

Small Business Securities Bulletin - Smaller Reporting Companies Become Subject to Say-on-Pay in 2013; New Iran/Terrorism...

by Baker Donelson on

A periodic bulletin keeping small businesses informed about current developments in securities law and related matters. For the first time, smaller reporting companies are subject, in 2013, to the stockholder advisory...more

Proxy Season Brings a Third Wave of “Gotcha” Shareholder Litigation

Proxy season is upon us and the plaintiffs’ bar is demonstrating its resourcefulness by bringing a third wave of shareholder litigation. This new wave, which has not crested yet, consists of a return to derivative shareholder...more

Preparing 2013 Proxy Statements and Periodic Reports

by Holland & Knight LLP on

As you gear up to prepare your 2013 proxy statement and periodic reports, it is essential to keep in mind some recent changes and developments that may affect your company's disclosure in these documents. For 2013, three new...more

Securities Litigation Alert: 'Tis the Season: Proxy Statements and Litigation Challenges to Compensation Disclosures

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Over the past several months, plaintiffs' lawyers have stepped up attacks on executive compensation disclosures in proxy statements. Although to date most of these attacks have been unsuccessful, the number of case filings is...more

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