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Disclosure of Accounting Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in SEC Reports

On December 22, 2017, the Office of the Chief Accountant (the OCA) and the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (the Staff) of the Securities and Exchange Commission published guidance relating to financial accounting...more

ISS Releases Final Voting Policy Changes for 2018 Proxy Season

On November 16, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released the final changes to its 2018 U.S. voting policies, which will be effective for meetings on or after February 1, 2018. ISS’s final changes include all of...more

ISS Releases Proposed Policy Changes for 2018 Proxy Season

On October 26, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released certain proposed changes to its 2018 U.S. voting policies for comment. The proposals relate to non-employee director compensation, poison pills and gender...more

Reminder: Equity Compensation May Require HSR Filings For Executives Of REITs Or Other Companies

Common equity-based compensation-related transactions, such as restricted stock grants, settlement of restricted stock units (RSUs), exchange of operating partnership units (OP units) and option exercises, may trigger filing...more

NYSE Proposes Change in Material News Releases After Closing

The New York Stock Exchange has filed a proposal that will prohibit listed companies from issuing material news after the close of trading (generally 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time) until the earlier of the publication of the...more

Planning for the Approaching CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Requirement

It appears likely that the CEO pay ratio disclosure rule adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2015 will require companies that are subject to the rule to begin including CEO pay ratio disclosure for 2017...more

NYSE Seeks to Delay Dividend Notification Change

The New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) is seeking to delay the implementation of its recently-adopted dividend notification requirements until no later than February 1, 2018....more

Revised NYSE Dividend Notification Requirements

The New York Stock Exchange has amended its Listed Company Manual to require listed companies to notify the NYSE at least 10 minutes before the company announces any dividend or stock distribution or the fixing of a record...more

Proposed NYSE Amendments: Dividend Notices and non-IPO Listings

The NYSE has recently proposed two notable amendments to its rules. The first proposal would require listed companies to notify the NYSE at least 10 minutes before the company announces any dividend or stock distribution,...more

SEC Adopts Mandatory Exhibit Hyperlinks and HTML Format Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted final rules that will require companies to include active hyperlinks to exhibits in most registration statements filed under the Securities Act of 1933 and most reports filed...more

ISS Updates 2017 Voting Policies, Including Adoption of Policy to Recommend Against NCG Committee Members of Companies that...

On November 21, 2016, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released final changes to its voting policies for 2017. One of ISS’s changes is the adoption of a new policy to recommend against the election of Nominating &...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

ISS Proposed 2017 Voting Policy Would Result in Recommendations Against NCG Committee Members of Many REITs

On October 27, 2016, ISS released certain proposed changes to its voting policies for 2017 for comment. One of its proposed changes is to recommend against the election of NCG committee members of any company that eliminates...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 Non-GAAP Guidance: Impact on Earnings Releases, SEC Reports and Other Disclosures

As discussed in our recent client alert “SEC Issues Important Non-GAAP Interpretations” (May 19, 2016), the SEC recently released a series of new C&DIs on the use of non-GAAP financial measures by reporting companies and new...more

SEC Permits Immediate Resale Under Rule 144 of REIT Shares Issued in Exchange for OP Units

On March 14, 2016, the SEC issued a no-action letter permitting holders of shares of common stock of a publicly traded REIT, or REIT shares, received in exchange for privately placed units of the REIT’s operating partnership,...more

FAST Act Brings Additional Benefits for Emerging Growth Companies and New Resale Exemption

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or FAST Act. The FAST Act includes several provisions intended to improve capital formation by smaller issuers and...more

NYSE Amends Rules for Release of Material News

Changes to Notification Requirements - Notifications During Pre-Market Hours. Currently, Rule 202.06 requires listed companies to notify the NYSE at least 10 minutes before they release material news “shortly before the...more

SEC Adopts Final CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule

On August 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted the final CEO pay ratio disclosure rule by a 3-2 vote. The final rule amends Item 402 of Regulation S-K, as required by Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall...more

SEC Proposes Mandatory Incentive Compensation Clawback Rules

On July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed rules, consisting of new Rule 10D-­1 and related rule and form amendments, that would require clawbacks of incentive compensation received by executive officers...more

SEC Proposes Pay for Performance Rules

The SEC has proposed rules that would require most public companies to provide disclosure in their proxy statements regarding the relationship between their executive compensation and total shareholder return (TSR) for the...more

SEC Applies Whistleblower Protections to Confidentiality Arrangements

Public companies should review their confidentiality arrangements for any provisions that may result in unintended violations of the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower protections....more

Recent SEC Enforcement Actions Renew Focus on Incentive Compensation Clawbacks

Recent SEC enforcement actions serve as a reminder that CEOs and CFOs are subject to incentive compensation clawbacks under Section 304 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act even when there has been no misconduct on their part....more

SEC Proposes Hedging Policy Disclosure Rule

The SEC has proposed a rule that would require new hedging policy disclosure by companies that are subject to SEC proxy rules. The proposed rule would in most cases expand the hedging policy disclosure currently provided by...more

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