The 2016 proxy season occurs in an environment of heightened shareholder activism and an ever-increasing focus on compensation and corporate governance disclosures. This Proxy Season Field Guide provides you with an overview of recent legislative, regulatory and shareholder developments, and provides guidance on how these developments will impact you in the 2016 proxy season.
THE LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS SHAPING THE PROXY SEASON -
On July 21, 2010, President Obama signed into law what was called the most sweeping set of financial reforms since the Great Depression, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (the “Dodd-Frank Act”). While this legislation focused principally on changes to the financial regulatory system, several corporate governance and compensation provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act target public companies.
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