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Lead Director Network: Viewpoints: Proxy trends and advisory firm policy

Lead Director Network (LDN) and Compensation Committee Leadership Network (CCLN) members met jointly on July 17, 2014 to discuss proxy advisory firm policy and trends from the 2014 proxy season. They were joined for part of...more

Julie Friedman v. Dara Khosrowshahi, et al., C.A. No. 9161-CB (Del. Ch. Jul. 16, 2014) (Bouchard, C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss a stockholder’s complaint, challenging the accelerated vesting of the CEO’s restricted stock units based on an alleged violation of...more

Is Proxy Disclosure Shareholder Litigation on Executive Compensation Finally Over?

Since the advent of “Say-on-Pay” over three years ago, the plaintiffs’ securities bar has attempted to rustle up claims relating to executive compensation matters discussed in proxy statements. The first wave against those...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

The Proxy Season Field Guide - Fourth Edition

In This Issue: Executive Summary; Chapter 1 - The Legislative And Regulatory Developments Shaping The Proxy Season; Chapter 2 Say-On-Pay; Chapter 3 Key Disclosure Considerations For Proxy Statements And Annual Reports;...more

What’s New for the 2014 Proxy Season

Unlike in past years, there are no new disclosure requirements which need to be reflected in this year’s proxy statement; however, with ongoing shareholder activism and the desire of companies to communicate effectively with...more

SEC Update

PROXY SEASON PREVIEW - Say-on-Pay and Equity Compensation Plans - Although say-on-pay votes are only advisory in the United States, they will likely continue to be a focus for many companies in the upcoming 2014...more

The Latest in Bylaws–No Director Third-Party Compensation

Every now and then a bylaw amendment gains favor in corporate America. A few brave companies act as early adopters. Then, if the concept has merit and nothing bad happens, other companies follow suit until it becomes...more

Corporate Communicator - Winter 2014

2014 ANNUAL MEETING SEASON - Dear clients and friends, We present to you our traditional year-end issue of Snell & Wilmer’s Corporate Communicator to help you prepare for the upcoming annual report and proxy...more

Planning for the 2014 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season

In This Issue: - Incorporate lessons from 2013 say-on-pay results - Prepare for new Form SD (Specialized Disclosure) filing requirements - Ensure compliance with revised listing standards related to compensation...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2014

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2014 - U.S. public companies face a host of challenges as they enter 2014. Here is our list of hot topics for the boardroom in the coming year: 1. Oversee strategic planning amid...more

Dodd-Frank affects private companies too: practice points to note

The Dodd-Frank Act – signed by President Barack Obama more than three years ago, and since then advanced with a host of rules and regulations – has been widely viewed as a law that addresses systemic risk in the financial...more

"Shareholder Activism in the US Banking Industry"

Although the 2012 and 2013 proxy seasons saw increased (and highly publicized) shareholder activism across a range of industries, that trend has not yet made its way to the U.S. banking industry. Over the last two proxy...more

ISS Publishes 2014 Draft Policy Changes; Comments Due by November 4, 2013

On October 21, 2013, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) published its key draft policy changes for the 2014 proxy season (the “Draft Policies”). There are only two proposed updates for the US, neither of which...more

Court Dismisses Shareholders’ Investment Company Act Claims Brought Against Advisers and Directors of Exchange-Traded Funds for...

A Tennessee federal court recently dismissed derivative claims brought under Sections 36(a), 36(b) and 47(b) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (“ICA”) by shareholders in exchange-traded funds, against the funds’...more

Ninth Circuit Vacates Dismissal and Remands Shareholder Derivative "Say-on-Pay" Suits to California State Court

In Dennis v. Hart, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 15648 (9th Cir. July 31, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that plaintiffs’ “say-on-pay” shareholder derivative suits alleging breach of fiduciary...more

Ninth Circuit Remands “Say-on-Pay” Cases Back to State Court for Lack of Jurisdiction

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the lower court’s decision to remand to state court two “say-on-pay” cases, finding no questions of federal law had been raised. In the shareholder derivative actions,...more

Two Recent Say-On-Pay Decisions

Courts have recently rendered two say-on-pay decisions. ...more

Court Strikes Down Shareholder Suit Challenging Compensation Disclosures

On August 2, 2013, a California Superior Court struck down a putative class action brought by shareholders challenging compensation disclosures in a proxy statement in connection with an advisory “say-on-pay” vote....more

Delaware Federal Court Issues Significant Ruling Concerning Impact of Executive Compensation Provisions of the Internal Revenue...

In a case of apparent first impression regarding the impact of the shareholder voting provisions of Internal Revenue Code I.R.C. § 162(m)on state corporate law, Judge Sue L. Robinson of the U.S. District Court for the...more

Swiss Voters Approve “Against the Rip-Off” Referendum Restricting Corporate Compensation

On March 3, 2013, voters in Switzerland approved a referendum providing one of the world’s most onerous restrictions regarding executive compensation. The referendum entitled, “Eidgenössische Volksinitiative ‘gegen die...more

Delaware Federal Court Dismisses Say-on-Pay Complaint

In a recent opinion, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware dismissed a derivative complaint brought as a result of a negative shareholder advisory vote on executive compensation. The court found that...more

Canadian Coalition For Good Governance Releases 2013 Executive Compensation Principles

The Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (“CCGG”) recently released its 2013 Executive Compensation Principles (the “2013 Principles”), replacing the previous version originally published in 2009. The original principles...more

Examples Of Disclosures Regarding Conflict Free Compensation Advisors

New S-K Item 407(e)(3)(iv) provides that if any compensation consultant has played a role in determining or recommending the amount or form of executive and director compensation, and the consultant’s work has raised any...more

Skadden's 2013 Insights: Governance

Say-on-pay has contributed to an environment where shareholder engagement is an increasingly critical component of corporate governance. In this section, we take a broad look at the corporate governance landscape to...more

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