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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

"Matters to Consider for the 2017 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season"

Each company faces important decisions in preparing for its 2017 annual meeting and reporting season. Once again, we have prepared a checklist of essential areas on which we believe companies should focus as they plan for the...more

Blog: Hitting Populist Note, U.K. Proposes Enhancements To Corporate Governance — Will The New U.S. Administration Follow The...

by Cooley LLP on

One of the prevailing narratives of the recent Presidential election was that the same gestalt that drove the Brits to vote for Brexit also animated the pro-Trump forces and led to his presidential victory. Why then, when it...more

ISS Updates Pay-for-Performance Methodology: A Welcome Development

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On Nov. 8, 2016, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) announced changes to its pay-for-performance methodology for U.S., Canadian and European companies broadening the financial measures that it will consider in its...more

Preliminary Planning for the 2017 Proxy Season

For those who want to start preparing for the 2017 proxy season, our preliminary list of important considerations is set forth below: Directors’ and Officer’s Questionnaire - Nasdaq has adopted a rule requiring...more

Say-On-Pay Considerations for Compensation Committees

by Baker Donelson on

Now that most public companies have held their 2016 annual meetings, and stockholders have voiced their opinions regarding executive compensation, it is more important now than ever for companies and their compensation...more

Blog: Investors Challenge Fund Managers On Say-On-Pay Vote Practices

by Cooley LLP on

Support for management on say-on-pay votes for the 2016 season so far (data as of May 18) continues at about the same level as in prior years – a median approval rate of 95% among the S&P 500, according to Compensation...more

Update on Institutional Shareholder Voting Guidelines on Management Say-on-Pay and Incentive Plan Proposals

This Alert is an update to last year's Client Alert on the same topic, which also discussed how to win a proxy fight despite a "no" recommendation from Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") and/or Glass Lewis. The...more

Prepping for Proxy Season

Every year about this time calendar-year-end companies should begin to prepare for the coming proxy season by looking back on lessons learned this year, considering recent SEC rulemaking and evaluating latest governance...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

Performance Based Equity Compensation [Video]

by Mintz Levin on

In this video clip, Pam Greene discusses the reasons behind the shift to performance-based equity compensation, how it differs from fixed equity compensation, and what executive boards need to consider when structuring...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

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

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

The Proxy Season Field Guide - Fourth Edition

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

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

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

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

by Snell & Wilmer on

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

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

"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

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

by Reed Smith on

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 Dismisses Say-on-Pay Complaint

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

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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