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A Virtual Reality: New Opportunities for Shareholder Meetings in Virginia and Beyond

by McGuireWoods LLP on

This spring, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe approved legislation passed by the General Assembly permitting Virginia corporations to hold virtual-only shareholder meetings, beginning July 1, 2017. When the new law goes into...more

District Court Dismisses Shareholder Claim that Equity Award Share Withholding Triggers Section 16(b) Liability - Update

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A US District Court recently dismissed a claim that an insider’s election to satisfy an income tax obligation by having shares withheld from the delivery of an award constituted a non-exempt sale of shares back to the issuer...more

District Court Dismisses Shareholder Claim that Equity Award Share Withholding Triggers Section 16(b) Liability

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On April 26, 2017, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas dismissed a claim based on a shareholder’s interpretation of SEC Rule 16b-3(e), that an insider’s elective share withholding constitutes a...more

Regulation 14C and the Effectiveness of a Non-Unanimous Shareholders’ Written Consent

Securities lawyers know that the regulatory regime for disclosure and shareholder communications under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), when action is being taken by shareholders, includes...more

SEC and NYU Dialogue on Securities Market Regulation: Recommended Measures for Improving the IPO Market

In the May 10, 2017 dialogue held by the SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis and New York University’s Stern School of Business, academics and industry representatives provided recommended measures for rejuvenating...more

The Sexennial Vote On Frequency of Say-on-Pay: Know When to Say When, or Risk Compromising S-3 Eligibility

We are in the bloom of annual meeting season for calendar year filers. Reporting companies are dutifully reporting annual meeting results under Item 5.07 of Form 8-K within four business days of their annual meetings....more

Day 10 Of One Month to Better Compliance through HR-Sales Incentives and Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

In the Department of Justice’s Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs, Prong 8 Incentive and Disciplinary Measures it states: Incentive System –How has the company considered the potential negative compliance...more

Upcoming Compliance Deadlines for Registration Statement and Shareholder Report Disclosures under Liquidity Risk Management and...

by Dechert LLP on

The initial compliance dates are rapidly approaching for new disclosure requirements adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for registered investment company (funds). All initial registration statement...more

Blog: More Opposition To The Virtual-Only Annual Meeting

by Cooley LLP on

In case you missed it, Gretchen Morgenson’s column in the Sunday NYT railed against virtual-only annual meetings, which according to her data (provided by Broadridge), have increased in number from 21 in 2011 to 154 in 2016. ...more

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2017 #5

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Editor's Note - In This Issue. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was active this week, moving to shorten the settlement cycle for broker-dealer transactions from T+3 to T+2 and issuing updated guidance...more

Developments in Disclosure of Financial Advisor Fees in M&A Transactions

by Dechert LLP on

Recent developments, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission settlement with CVR Energy and related SEC Staff guidance, reinforce a trend towards more extensive disclosure of financial advisor fees in M&A...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: Recent trends in proxy statements

by Cooley LLP on

It just isn’t proxy season without some kind of account of the latest trends in proxy statements, so here’s one from CFO.com. The first data point comes as no surprise: proxies are getting longer, providing more graphics...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

SEC Targets Lapses in Ownership Reporting in Battles for Corporate Control

The SEC has recently announced settlement of enforcement actions targeting violations of beneficial reporting requirements under Section 13(d) of the Act. In one of the most recent actions (available here), the SEC’s...more

"US Corporate Governance: Will Private Ordering Trump Political Change?"

In the weeks following the U.S. presidential election, companies and investors enjoyed a stock market rally fueled by expectations concerning tax cuts, increased government spending and significant deregulation. While the...more

NYSE Issues Its 2017 Listed Company Compliance Guide Memoranda for Both Domestic Issuers and FPIs

On February 1, 2017, the NYSE issued separate Listed Company Compliance Guidance memoranda for both U.S. companies (“Domestic Companies”) and foreign private issuers (“FPIs”) listed on the NYSE. Below is a brief overview of...more

Capital Markets & Public Companies Quarterly: 2016 Goes Out with a Bang

by McDermott Will & Emery on

As 2016 drew to an end, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) kept up its pace to close out a busy year. In addition to issuing proposed rules for universal proxies, the SEC released several new Compliance &...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

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

by Mintz Levin on

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

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

by Cooley LLP on

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?

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

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

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