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Shareholder Proposals

Proxy Access “Fix-It” Proposals Fizzle

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

As the 2017 proxy season winds down, one clear take-away is that shareholder proposals attempting to modify the terms of previously adopted mainstream proxy access bylaws did not fare well. Many of these proposals focused...more

Proxy Access: Highlights of the 2017 Proxy Season

As we approach the end of the 2017 proxy season, the third since the New York City comptroller launched the Boardroom Accountability Project to enact proxy access across the U.S. market, proxy access has begun to transition...more

Potential Impact of Financial CHOICE Act on Corporate Governance and SEC Reporting and Disclosure Requirements

On June 8, 2017, the House of Representatives passed, by a 233-186 vote (with all Democrats and one Republican voting against), the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017, a bill principally designed to reverse many features of the...more

Blog: Exxonmobil Shareholders Approve Climate Change Proposal — Are Shareholder Proposals On Climate Change Becoming A Thing?

by Cooley LLP on

Are we witnessing the beginning of a new trend? The history of shareholder proposals to enhance disclosure regarding climate change has been a dismal one. But suddenly, this proxy season, we have climate change proposals...more

Shareholder Proposal Reform under the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017: A Welcome Development for Companies or a Trojan Horse?

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Financial Services Committee approved the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 last Thursday, clearing it for a vote before the entire House. The bill contemplates sweeping changes affecting a range...more

Blog: It’s baaaack — the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

by Cooley LLP on

A draft of the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 (fka version 2.0), a bill to create hope and opportunity for investors, consumers, and entrepreneurs — a masterpiece of acronyming — has just been released (and weighs in at 593...more

The House Financial Services Committee to Hold a Hearing on Financial CHOICE Act 2.0 this Wednesday – Here’s a Summary of...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

While passage in the House seems likely, the Financial Choice Act may undergo significant changes before it may pass in the Senate. Here is a summary of certain governance and executive compensation provisions that are...more

Draft Financial Choice Act 2.0 Prohibits Universal Proxy and Restricts Shareholder Proposals

The House Financial Services Committee has released a discussion draft of a revised Financial Choice Act. The Committee will hold a hearing on the Act on April 26, 2017....more

Blog: Shareholder Proposal Process In The Crosshairs

by Cooley LLP on

According to this report in Bloomberg BNA, the plans for changing the shareholder proposal process in the Financial CHOICE Act 2.0 are quite dramatic and could effectively curtail the process, if that is, the current version...more

"Annual Meeting Proxy Statement Reminders"

As companies finalize their proxy materials for annual shareholder meetings, they should consider the following U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing and disclosure requirements. Ensure clarity on the proxy...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 9

ISS Updates Frequently Asked Questions for US Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures for 2017 - Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently updated its frequently asked questions (FAQs) for US...more

Blog: SEC Continues To Grant No-Action Relief In Connection With Proxy Access Fix-It Proposals

by Cooley LLP on

The SEC has posted a number of additional Corp Fin responses to requests for no-action, as well as to requests for reconsideration of previous denials of relief, regarding shareholder proposals to amend proxy access bylaws,...more

Blog: Another Theory On Corp Fin’s Position On Proxy Access Fix-It Proposals

by Cooley LLP on

Corp Fin has refined its position with regard to exclusion of proposals to amend existing proxy access bylaws. However, the basis for the staff’s determination to grant or refuse no-action relief in that context remains a...more

Blog: Corp Fin Refines Its Position On Proxy Access Fix-It Proposals

by Cooley LLP on

Corp Fin has refined its position with regard to exclusion of proposals to amend existing proxy access bylaws. As you may recall, the line drawn so far by Corp Fin has been that, where the shareholder proposal related to...more

Blog: Shareholder Proposals Regarding Lead Director Tenure: A Harbinger Of Things To Come?

by Cooley LLP on

The topic of director tenure has increasingly become the focus of both academics and investors. Some argue that long-term directors contribute deep knowledge of the company and provide experience, historical memory and...more

Blog: Proposed changes in the Financial CHOICE Act 2.0

by Cooley LLP on

A just-released memo (subscription required) from Jeb Hensarling, Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, to the Committee’s Leadership Team outlines the proposed changes from the original Financial CHOICE Act,...more

Proposed Regulations for Revised CBCA Provide Structure to Changes Proposed in Bill C-25

With the recent release of proposed regulations (Regulations), the Government of Canada has put some meat on the bones of the proposed changes to the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) that were contained in Bill C-25...more

Securities and Governance Updates – January 2017

by BakerHostetler on

As part of BakerHostetler’s commitment to serve as a strategic business partner, we are pleased to publish this first edition of our Securities & Governance Bulletin. This resource is designed to keep executives, corporate...more

Blog: Update on proxy access proposals

by Cooley LLP on

What’s the latest on proxy access proposals? As you may recall, the line drawn so far by Corp Fin has been that, where the shareholder proposal related to initial adoption of proxy access, Corp Fin has continued to grant...more

Mind the (Pay) Gap: Retailers May Want to Prep for Pay Equity Inquiries From Investors

In 2016, several technology companies received or responded to proposals from investors that requested shareholder votes regarding whether the companies should be required to prepare reports addressing their policies and...more

Boardroom Perspectives: Proxy Access – Preparing for the 2017 Proxy Season

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

As shareholders continue to submit proxy access proposals, public companies may wish to consider proxy access and develop a response plan. Many public companies have received shareholder proxy access proposals in...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

Reminders for US Public Companies for the 2017 Annual Reporting and Proxy Season

by White & Case LLP on

This memorandum outlines certain considerations for US public companies in preparation for the 2017 annual reporting and proxy season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the...more

Fixing the Shareholder Proposal Process

Battles over proxy access have taken center stage over the past few years in the form of activist shareholder proposals and proposed SEC rulemaking. Now Business Roundtable is suggesting that the entire Rule 14a-8 shareholder...more

Blog: Why Does Management Seek To Exclude Shareholder Proposals?

by Cooley LLP on

In this recent preliminary working paper, Why Do Managers Fight Shareholder Proposals? Evidence from No-Action Letter Decisions, academics at the USC Marshall School of Business attempt to determine why corporate management...more

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