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2016 Year In Review: Corporate Governance Litigation And Regulation

2016 saw many notable developments in corporate governance litigation and related regulatory developments. In this article, we discuss significant judicial and regulatory developments in the following areas: Mergers...more

Blog: Likely Interim SEC Chair Spells Out His Priorities

According to this article in the WSJ, SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar, who will probably become acting Chair when current Chair Mary Jo White steps down this month, has agreed with fellow Commissioner Kara Stein about...more

Blog: Why Does Management Seek To Exclude Shareholder Proposals?

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

Unfinished Business: SEC Chair Details Rules Ready to Go

In a letter dated December 12, 2016, to the Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs, SEC Chair Mary Jo White took issue with a request to defer consideration of new rulemaking during the...more

Corporate Communicator - 2017 Annual Meeting Season

Dear clients and friends, We present our traditional year-end issue of Snell & Wilmer’s Corporate Communicator to help you prepare for the upcoming annual report and proxy season. This issue highlights SEC reporting and...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

Keep Looking Forward: Federal Court Holds Company’s Bad Legal Predictions Protected by PSLRA’s Safe Harbor

In a comprehensive tour of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act’s (“PSLRA”) safe-harbor provisions, on November 22, 2016, a federal court in Massachusetts dismissed a shareholder class-action lawsuit against Neovasc,...more

Blog: That Was Quick — Proxy Access Test Drive Hits A Wall

You probably recall that, on November 9, 2016, GAMCO Asset Management Inc. (entity affiliated with activist investor Mario Gabelli) and certain affiliates used the proxy access bylaws recently adopted at National Fuel Gas...more

US Securities and Exchange Commission Proposes Amendments to Require Use of Universal Proxy Cards

The US Securities and Exchange Commission voted to propose amendments to the proxy rules to require parties in a contested election to use universal proxy cards that would include the names of all board of director nominees....more

SEC Proposes Requirement for Universal Proxies in Contested Director Elections

On October 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to the proxy rules (the “Proposal”) that would mandate the use of universal proxy cards in non-exempt proxy solicitations for contested...more

SEC Staff Allows Exclusion of “Fix Proxy Access” Proposal under (i)(10)

In a recently issued no-action letter, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance allowed a company to exclude a shareholder proposal seeking specific changes to the company’s existing proxy access bylaw. According...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Adopt Universal Proxy Cards in Contested Director Elections

At an open meeting held on October 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted two to one to propose amendments for the mandatory use of universal proxy cards and additional voting options and disclosure...more

Blog: Will “universal proxy” make it to the finish line?

With Congress and the Presidency soon to be under Republican control, it would not be surprising, unless the SEC acted with unusual speed, if the universal proxy rules never went into effect. Commissioner Piwowar, a...more

SEC Staff Reiterates No-Action Position on Proxy Access Amendment Proposals

The staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission has issued three additional responses to company no-action requests to exclude shareholder-proposed amendments to proxy access bylaw...more

(Proxy) Voting Made Easy?

The SEC recently proposed amendments to the proxy voting rules to require parties in a contested election to use universal proxy cards that would include the names of all board of director nominees. This proposed change would...more

SEC Adopts Changes to Regulation D and Intrastate Offerings and Proposes Use of “Universal Proxy Cards” in Contested Director...

On Oct. 26, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted final rules increasing the threshold for offerings made under Rule 504 of Regulation D and broadening the intrastate offering exemption afforded by Rule 147. These...more

Changing Proxy Rules: SEC Proposes to Require Universal Proxy Cards

The SEC, by a two-to-one vote on October 26, 2016, proposed amendments to its proxy rules to require universal proxy cards in contested director elections at annual meetings of listed U.S. public companies. If adopted, the...more

Corporate Finance Alert: Second Circuit Upholds District Court’s Facebook Lock-Up Ruling: Underwriters Not Subject to Group...

On November 3, 2016, in Lowinger v. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit upheld a district court finding that customary initial public offering (IPO) lock-up agreements do not render parties...more

SEC Issues Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules

On October 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted significant reforms under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (“1940 Act”), that impose extensive new disclosure and reporting obligations...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to require Use of Universal Proxy Cards

At its October 26th open meeting, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted to propose amendments to the proxy rules which would require the use of a universal proxy card in a contested election of directors. If adopted,...more

Change Regarding Mailing of Annual Reports to Stockholders

The SEC Division of Corporation Finance issued a new interpretation yesterday that allows a company to post its annual report to shareholders to its website (and keep it posted for at least one year) rather than mail the SEC...more

The SEC's Proposed Universal Proxy Rule: Beneficial to Shareholders or Tilting the Result toward Activist Investors?

Under current law and practice, a shareholder of a public company that is asked to vote in a contested election of directors where a slate of directors had been proposed by the company and an activist investor would likely...more

Update on SEC Proxy Access No-Action Letters

Recent SEC responses to no-action requests involving shareholder proposals seeking initial adoption of a proxy access bylaw confirm that the SEC staff is continuing to evaluate company requests to exclude these proposals from...more

SEC Proposes New Rules Requiring Universal Proxy Cards

On October 26, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed changes to the proxy rules to require the use of universal proxy cards in contested director elections. Universal proxy cards would permit shareholders...more

The Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter - Halloween Issue October 2016

TRICK OR TREAT! The editors of the Halloween edition of the Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter invite you to enjoy frightening tales of shocking assaults by non-clients on an unsuspecting law firm; a lawyer's nail-biting escape from...more

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