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Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Dell Appraisal Decision

The Delaware Supreme Court has reversed the Court of Chancery’s appraisal decision in Dell, Inc. v. Magnestar Global Event Driven Master Fund Ltd. et al. The Chancery Court had found that fair value was 28% above the deal...more

Director Discretionary Compensation Awards Tested by Entire Fairness Standard According to Delaware Supreme Court

The Delaware Supreme Court found in In re Investors Bancorp Stockholders Litigation that director equity grants based on director discretion are subject to an entire fairness standard of review. ...more

NYSE Proposes to Modify Rules Regarding Delivery of Proxy Materials to Exchange

The NYSE has filed a proposed rule with the SEC to amend the NYSE Listed Company Manual to modify requirements with respect to delivery of proxy materials to the NYSE. ...more

SEC Brings Enforcement Action for Inadequately Documented Perks but Does Not Impose Penalty

The SEC charged a biopharmaceutical company with committing a series of accounting controls and disclosure violations, including the failure to properly report as compensation millions of dollars in perks provided to its...more

SEC Approves Changes to NYSE Rules for After-Hours News Releases

The SEC has approved the NYSE’s proposal to amend Section 202.06 of the Listed Company Manual to prohibit listed companies from issuing material news after the official closing time for the NYSE’s trading session until the...more

SEC Halts Initial Coin Offering; Chair Clayton Speaks

Munchee Inc., a California-based company selling digital tokens to investors to raise capital for its blockchain-based food review service halted its initial coin offering (ICO) after being contacted by the SEC. Munchee Inc....more

SEC Approves Revised NYSE Material News Release Rule

The SEC has approved the NYSE’s proposal to amend Section 202.06 of the Listed Company Manual to prohibit listed companies from issuing material news after the official closing time for the NYSE’s trading session until the...more

Critical Audit Matters (CAMs) and M&A

The SEC has approved the PCAOB’s standard regarding the communication of critical audit matters for public companies, referred to as CAMs, which will provide information in the audit report about matters arising from the...more

Apple Seeks to Exclude Shareholder Proposal Based on Board Process in SLB 14I

In the closely watch area of shareholder proposals, Apple is seeking to exclude a shareholder proposal regarding the establishment of a Human Rights Committee because it involves the company’s ordinary business operations...more

House Committee to Consider Repeal of Conflict Minerals and Mine Safety Disclosures

The House Financial Services Committee has announced it intends to meet to consider mark-ups of bills to repeal the conflicts minerals disclosures (H.R. 4248) and mine safety disclosures (H.R. 4289) on November 14, 2017....more

SEC Releases Pro-Issuer Guidance on Shareholder Proposals

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission staff’s release of Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I ahead of the upcoming proxy season appears to reflect several issuer-friendly modifications to the staff’s processing of no-action...more

SEC Warns Celebrities on Endorsing Initial Coin Offerings

The SEC issued a warning to celebrities and others that endorse initial coin offerings and other investments. The SEC noted: Any celebrity or other individual who promotes a virtual token or coin that is a security must...more

SEC Staff Releases Pro-Issuer Guidance on Shareholder Proposals

The staff’s release of Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (“SLB 14I”) ahead of the upcoming proxy season, appears to reflect several issuer-friendly modifications to the staff’s processing of no-action letters seeking exclusion of...more

ISS Seeks Comment on Updated Policies Including Gender Pay Gap

International Shareholder Services (ISS) has made available for public comment certain proposed changes to ISS’ benchmark voting policies for 2018 that could generally become effective for the upcoming proxy season....more

Another Early Adopter Receives SEC Revenue Recognition Comments

Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (f/k/a CBOE Holdings, Inc.) recently received comments on its Form 10-Q related to FASB’s new revenue recognition standard. ...more

ISS Seeks Comment on Updated Policies Including Gender Pay Gap

ISS has made available for public comment certain proposed changes to ISS’ benchmark voting policies for 2018 that could generally become effective for the upcoming proxy season. ...more

SEC Approves PCAOB’s Changes to Audit Reports

The SEC has approved the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (“PCAOB”) new standard for audit reports on public company financial statements. The new auditor reporting standard will require more information about the...more

It’s “Nasdaq”, not “NASDAQ”, According to Nasdaq

Nasdaq has filed an immediately effective rule change with the SEC to reflect a corporate branding change to Nasdaq’s name. Specifically, current references in Nasdaq’s governing documents and rules will be changed as...more

SEC Approves PCAOB's Changes to Audit Report Standard

The SEC has approved the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board's (PCAOB) new standard for audit reports on public company financial statements. The new auditor reporting standard will require more information about the...more

ISS Policy Application Survey Highlights Director Pay and Gender Pay Gap

This year ISS conducted two surveys. One was a high-level survey covering a small number of fundamental and high-profile topics. We reported the results here. ISS has now announced the results of a second, more expansive...more

NASDAQ Company Discusses Plan for Initial Coin Offering

Social Reality, Inc. (NASDAQ:SRAX) discussed its plans for an initial coin offering with analysts on October 17, 2017. Its stock closed up 70% on the news....more

New SEC C&DIs on Non-GAAP Financial Measures for Business Combinations

The SEC staff has issued two new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations, or CD&Is, on non-GAAP financial measures in the context of business combinations....more

SEC Issues Proposed Rules to Modernize and Simplify Regulation S-K

The SEC has proposed amendments to Regulation S-K and related rules and forms. The proposed amendments are based on SEC staff recommendations in a report that was required by Section 72003 of the Fixing America’s Surface...more

SEC Fines Director $25,000 for Two Missed Section 16 Filings

In a settled enforcement action, the SEC assessed a civil money penalty against a director of Medient Studios, Inc. for two missed Section 16 filings. But there was really only one transaction that was missed. One was a...more

PCAOB Issues Alert on New Revenue Recognition Standard

The PCAOB has issued an alert to discuss certain significant matters relating to the application of PCAOB standards relevant to auditing the implementation of the new accounting standard for revenue from contracts with...more

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