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Securities Regulators Anticipate Greater Requirements on Climate Change Disclosure

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On April 5, 2018, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published CSA Staff Notice 51-354 Report on Climate change-related Disclosure Project, which reports the findings of their project to review disclosure by...more

Capital Markets & Public Companies Quarterly: SEC Issues Cybersecurity Guidance, BlackRock and Gender Diversity, and News from the...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a telling sign of current events, the SEC staff provided supplemental guidance related to the disclosure of cybersecurity risks and incidents, adding new commentary to its rules regarding disclosure and company controls....more

Blog: Human Capital Management Moves To The Forefront As An Investor Concern

by Cooley LLP on

For 2018, BlackRock has identified human capital management as one of its engagement priorities, echoing the exhortation from BlackRock CEO Laurence Fink in his 2018 annual letter to public companies: with governments seeming...more

Developments in Sustainable Finance: EU Commission Action Plan For Financing Sustainable Growth

by Reed Smith on

On 8 March 2018, the EU Commission proposed a suite of far-reaching near-term reforms aimed at the promotion and regulation of “sustainable finance” in all its forms across the entire investment chain within the European...more

Hong Kong Offers New Capital Markets Opportunity for Life Sciences and Healthcare Companies

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Historically, the US, and, in particular, the NASDAQ market, has been the predominant place for IPOs of life sciences and healthcare companies. However, 2018 may be the year in which things start to change....more

Institutional Investor Shareholdings Come Under European Commission Scrutiny

by Jones Day on

The Situation: A recent study examining common corporate shareholdings in the United States argues that the holding of even minority stakes in rival companies by institutional investors affects competition. The European...more

Blog: Equilar Reports On Advances In Board Gender Diversity

by Cooley LLP on

Happy International Women’s Day! According to the latest Equilar Gender Diversity Index (GDI), based on the current rate of growth, board gender parity for companies in the Russell 3000 is now expected to be achieved by...more

UK Competition Authority Updates Stakeholders on the Investment Consultants Market Investigation

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Following a market investigation reference from the Financial Conduct Authority in September 2017, the Competition and Markets Authority has published a progress report on the Investment Consultants Market Investigation that...more

Blog: EY Center For Board Matters Identifies Investors’ Top Priorities For Companies For 2018

by Cooley LLP on

The EY Center for Board Matters has identified investors’ top priorities for companies in 2018, based on its annual investor outreach involving interviews with over 60 institutional investors with an aggregate of $32 trillion...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

Tax Cut Could Spur Further Shareholder Activism

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) was intended principally to simplify the tax code, reduce individual and corporate tax rates, and allow for the repatriation of cash held overseas at a discounted tax rate. But, as with...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - February 2018

by McDermott Will & Emery on

New Board Removal Action - The removal of four Wells Fargo directors, in connection with other sanctions imposed on the bank by the Federal Reserve, has far reaching implications for the corporate governance of large,...more

Recent Antitrust Settlements Are Providing New Recovery Opportunities, But Filing Claims Is Proving To Be Complicated

First there was Libor. Next came credit default swaps and foreign exchange. Now, highlighted by the over $2 billion settlement reached in the Foreign Exchange Antitrust Litigation, plaintiffs are pursuing a number of...more

Blog: SEC-NYU Dialogue on Securities Markets focuses on shareholder engagement

by Cooley LLP on

While the topic of last week’s fourth SEC-NYU Dialogue on Securities Markets was shareholder engagement—focusing on the roles of institutional and activist investors— the real hot topic was the recent letter to CEOs from...more

Blog: When Theories Collide: What Happens When The Shareholder Preeminence Theory Meets The Stakeholder Theory?

by Cooley LLP on

Laurence Fink, the Chair and CEO of BlackRock, has issued his annual letter to public companies, entitled A Sense of Purpose. As in prior years, Fink advocates enhanced shareholder engagement and a focus on long-term...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - January 2018

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Technology-Driven Disruption - Recent news stories and governance publications serve to underscore the challenge to health systems posed by innovation-based business model disruption. Health care boards will be expected to...more

Blog: NACD Public Company Governance Survey Examines Key Trends And Board Priorities

by Cooley LLP on

The National Association of Corporate Directors has released the results of its 2017-2018 Public Company Governance Survey of over a thousand direc­tors and executives. The survey looked at directors’ outlook for 2018 on key...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

Monetary Authority of Singapore Release Guidelines on Digital Token Offerings

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Guidelines on Digital Token Offerings introduced by the Monetary Authority of Singapore address initial coin offerings and also how current laws will be applied to intermediaries. The Result: Whether a...more

Activist Versus Institutional Investors, and the Role of Sustainability

Sustainability concepts are now widely accepted as legitimate, mainstream considerations for boards of directors and corporate management. As a result, many companies now routinely consider the long-term impact on their...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

Institutional Investors Call for Increased, Standardized, Climate-Related Disclosures

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On October 26, 2017, 30 Canadian financial institutions representing $1.2 trillion in investment assets (the Signatories), including Desjardins and Vancity, issued a declaration (the Declaration) of commitment to advancing...more

European Commission Launches Consultation on Investors’ and Managers’ Duties Regarding Sustainability

On November 13, 2017, the European Commission launched a public consultation on institutional investors’ and asset managers’ duties regarding environmental and social sustainability. The consultation is open for responses...more

Emerging Private Fund Manager Guide for Raising Institutional Investor Capital

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Public and private pension plans, endowments, hedge funds and other institutional investors are investing trillions of dollars annually with alternative asset managers. Many of these fund managers are well-established with a...more

European Parliament Votes to Adopt the Securitisation and CRR Amendment Regulations

On 26 October 2017, the European Parliament voted in plenary session to adopt the EU regulation intended to lay down common rules on securitisation and to create a European framework for “simple, transparent and standardised”...more

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