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ISS Launches New Online Communications Portal, Updates U.S. Voting Policy FAQs

New ISS Help Center - On April 9, 2018, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) launched a new online communications portal, the ISS Help Center, to provide a simplified interface for submitting questions to ISS...more

Recent Developments in Activist Investing in Japan

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Activist investor Oasis Management receives 90% approval for its proposals from minority shareholders at Tokyo Stock Exchange (ticker: 9449) listed GMO Internet Global activist investor trends in recent years...more

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and Impact Enter the Board Room

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

[co-author: Mark Newberg, Director of Impact Strategies] Recently, Larry Fink, the CEO of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, took a noteworthy step in an open letter he wrote to the CEO’s of all publicly traded...more

ISS Updates Its US Proxy Voting Research Procedures & Policies FAQs

by White & Case LLP on

On March 29, 2018, Institutional Investor Services ("ISS") updated its US Proxy Voting Research Procedures & Policies frequently asked questions ("FAQs")1 . While the 2018 US proxy season is well underway, these updated FAQs...more

Board Oversight of Cybersecurity

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Cybersecurity is one of the highest priority issues for public company executives and directors. This note shares our views—developed over our involvement in the aftermath of many cybersecurity events as well as counseling on...more

SEC Provides Long-Awaited Guidance on Cybersecurity Disclosures

by Holland & Hart LLP on

On February 21, 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released interpretive guidance to assist public companies in the proper disclosure of cybersecurity risks and incidents (“New Guidance”) – seven years...more

Nasdaq Proposes Modifications to 20% Shareholder Approval Rule

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On February 13, 2018, Nasdaq proposed amendments to Listing Rule 5635(d), which currently requires shareholder approval when a company issues common stock (or securities convertible into or exercisable for common stock) for...more

SEC Issues Interpretive Guidance on Public Company Cybersecurity Disclosures: Greater Engagement Required of Officers and...

by White & Case LLP on

On February 21, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") issued an interpretive release1 providing long-awaited guidance (the "New Guidance") to assist public companies in preparing disclosures about cybersecurity...more

BlackRock Publishes Updated Proxy Voting Guidelines

by White & Case LLP on

BlackRock, Inc. ("BlackRock") recently published its updated "Proxy Voting Guidelines for US Securities". Consistent with BlackRock's recent communications related to its investment principles, the guidelines emphasize...more

Impact of Compensation-Related Litigation on Public Companies

Compensation-related litigation and threats of litigation continued to significantly impact public companies in 2017. These companies should be mindful of issues that were raised in recent litigation: proxy disclosure,...more

California Bill Would Mandate Gender Quotas For Publicly Traded Companies

by Allen Matkins on

Earlier this month, California Senators Hannah-Beth Jackson and Toni G. Atkins introduced a bill, SB 826, that would require a publicly held corporation with its principal places of business in California to have a minimum...more

2017 Half-year in review - M&A legal and market developments

by White & Case LLP on

We set out below a number of interesting English and European court decisions and market developments which have taken place and their impact on M&A transactions. This review looks at these developments and gives practical...more

Delaware Supreme Court Issues Significant Decision Addressing Board Compensation

In December 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court issued a significant decision addressing compensation for boards of directors. The opinion also addresses compensation of members of management who serve on the board of directors....more

Reminders for US Public Companies for the 2018 Annual Reporting and Proxy Season

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This memorandum outlines certain considerations for US public companies in preparation for the 2018 annual reporting and proxy season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the...more

Compensation Season 2018: Section 162(m) and Related Considerations Post-Tax Reform

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On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Act") was signed into law. The Act includes significant changes to the executive compensation deduction rules contained in §162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (the...more

Hot Topic for 2018 Proxy Season: Director Compensation in Wake of New Delaware Supreme Court Ruling

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In an important recent opinion, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled in In re Investors Bancorp, Inc. Stockholder Litigation that certain director compensation decisions would be reviewed under the “entire fairness” standard...more

Discretionary Director Compensation Subject to Entire Fairness Review

by White & Case LLP on

On December 13, 2017, on appeal from the Chancery Court, the Delaware Supreme Court in In re Investors Bancorp, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, Del. Supr., No. 169, 2017, Strine, C.J. (Dec. 13, 2017) ("Bancorp"), denied a motion...more

Preparing for the 2018 Public Company Reporting Season

by Perkins Coie on

In anticipation of the upcoming annual report and proxy season, we are highlighting new requirements and trends for public companies in 2018....more

ICSA and The Investment Association Publish Guidance on Board Engagement with Stakeholders, European Capital Markets Update

by Jones Day on

In September 2017, ICSA: The Governance Institute ("ICSA") and The Investment Association published new guidance to help company boards ensure that they consider and understand the interests of their key stakeholders when...more

New Guidance from SEC Encourages Board Involvement in Excluding Certain Shareholder Proposals

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on November 1, 2017, issued a new Staff Legal Bulletin regarding shareholder proposals under Rule 14a-8. Staff Legal Bulletin 14I...more

German Public M&A Q1 – Q3 2017: Overview and current issues

by White & Case LLP on

German Takeovers in the headlines of the press - So far this year, three takeover bids have made headlines in the German financial press. After major struggles between the executive board, supervisory board and...more

FTSE gender balance a year on – is progress being made?

by Dechert LLP on

The Hampton-Alexander Review (the “Review”), an independent, business led review supported by the UK Government, has published its ‘one year on’ supplementary report on gender balance in FTSE leadership....more

SEC Releases New Guidance on Shareholder Proposals

by Bracewell LLP on

On November 1, 2017, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission published in Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I guidance relating to the excludability of certain shareholder proposals...more

2017 Proxy Season Results in Silicon Valley and Large Companies Nationwide

by Fenwick & West LLP on

This companion supplement to the Fenwick survey, “Corporate Governance Practices and Trends: A Comparison of Large Public Companies and Silicon Valley Companies,” covers trends in stockholder voting at annual meetings in the...more

Proposed changes to corporate governance in the UK

by Dentons on

The government has published a number of headline proposals for the reform of the corporate governance of publicly-traded companies and large privately-held companies. These cover three aspects of corporate governance on...more

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