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ISS Releases 2018 Voting Policy Updates

On November 16, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") published updates to its benchmark proxy voting policy applicable to shareholder meetings held on or after February 1, 2018. The policy updates are the...more

House Committee Approves Bills that Would Repeal Conflict Minerals and Mine Safety Disclosure Requirements

On November 15, 2017, the House Financial Services Committee (the "Committee") approved two pieces of legislation that would repeal the conflict minerals and mine safety and health disclosure requirements promulgated under...more

SEC Releases Timely Guidance on Shareholder Proposals

On November 1, 2017, the staff (the "Staff") of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") released Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (the "Guidance"), providing guidance on the...more

ISS Issues Proposed Policy Changes for 2018 Proxy Season

On October 26, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") issued draft proposed policy changes for the 2018 proxy season (the "Draft Changes").1 The Draft Changes for US companies are grouped in three categories:...more

SEC Approves PCAOB’s New Audit Report Standard to Enhance the Relevance of the Auditor’s Report to Investors and Other Market...

On October 23, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") unanimously approved the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board's ("PCAOB") proposal to adopt a new auditing standard, AS 3101, The Auditor's Report on an...more

The SEC's New Guidance Provides Additional Flexibility for Compliance With CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure

On September 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") issued an interpretive release and the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (the "Staff") published separate guidance and revised Compliance and...more

The SEC (Sort of) Extends EGC Benefits to All Issuers

On June 29, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") extended to all issuers some of the benefits that Congress granted to emerging growth companies ("EGCs") in 2012 under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act...more

Reminders for US Public Companies for the 2017 Annual Reporting and Proxy Season

This memorandum outlines certain considerations for US public companies in preparation for the 2017 annual reporting and proxy season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the...more

Netflix SEC Investigation Report Clarifies the Use of Social Media and Regulation FD

Regulation FD - Regulation FD prohibits US public companies or persons acting on their behalf from selectively disclosing material, nonpublic information to securities professionals or investors when it is reasonably...more

Considerations for the 2013 Form 10-K and Annual Proxy Season

The upcoming 2013 proxy season will likely be impacted by new policies issued by proxy advisers, as well as shareholder activists taking advantage of previously adopted rules, rather than by recent legislative or rulemaking...more

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