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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

Blog: Results of ISS global survey reveal strong opinions on board gender diversity and mixed views on multi-class capital...

by Cooley LLP on

ISS recently released the results of its 2017-2018 global policy survey. The respondents, mostly from the U.S., included 131 investors, 382 corporate issuers, 46 consultants/advisors, 28 corporate directors and 13...more

Surprise ISS Survey Results Reveal That Investors Intend to Use Pay Ratio Disclosures

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released the results of its annual global benchmark voting policy survey on September 25, 2017. In a surprise result, the survey found that nearly 75 percent of the 131 investor...more

ISS Announces Results of 2018 Benchmark Voting Policy Survey

ISS released the results of its annual global benchmark voting policy survey. ISS received 602 total responses to this year’s survey, of which 129 were from institutional investors and their organizations, representing an...more

Companies Amend Bylaws in Response to Activist ‘Placeholder Slate’ Tactic

In the past year, more than 50 publicly traded companies, including 19 on the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, have amended their bylaws to address the potential for a so-called “placeholder slate” of directors. The bylaw...more

Tips on Using the Remainder of 2017 to Prepare for the 2018 Proxy Season

With the 2017 proxy season over for most companies, attention now turns to preparing for 2018. There are a number of compliance "musts" to focus on, as well as items that can be addressed in 2017 to make the 2018 proxy season...more

A to-do list for the fourth quarter – three key topics for public companies, plus action items

by DLA Piper on

As summer winds down, we want to highlight three topics public companies need to keep in mind as they head into fall. The first relates to certain amendments adopted by the SEC that require hyperlinks to exhibits in exhibit...more

Preliminary Planning for the 2018 Proxy Season

Rule 14a-21(b) requires a say-on-pay frequency vote every six years. Many issuers included a frequency vote in their 2017 proxy because they were subject to the initial rules when they became effective for shareholders’...more

Say on Pay Failure Results 2017

by Snell & Wilmer on

Of the 7% of Russell 3000 companies that received “against” vote recommendations from ISS on their say on pay proposals this 2017 proxy season, some of the cited reasons for the negative vote recommendations from ISS...more

ISS Releases 2018 Policy Survey

As is usual in the doldrums of summer, ISS has released its 2018 policy survey which generally foreshadows changes to ISS’ voting policies. In prior years, not everything on the survey resulted in a new voting policy. ...more

ISS Peer Group Submission Window Closes This Friday, for Companies with Fall/Winter Meetings

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Information on self-selected peer groups may influence ISS as it constructs the peer groups that it uses in its pay for performance analysis in its voting reports. According to the ISS press release, companies that have made...more

Alert: ISS Peer Group Submission Process Window Open for Annual Meetings Scheduled Between September 16, 2017 and January 31, 2018...

by Cooley LLP on

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) constructs its own peer groups to analyze companies' executive pay and relative company performance. In doing so, it takes into account each company's self-selected peer companies...more

Plan Early to Avoid Failing the Directors 75% Meeting Attendance Test

Securities counsel typically works hand-in-glove with a public company’s corporate secretary throughout a typical year, with their collaboration intensifying when planning the annual shareholders’ meeting and related year-end...more

What are ISS and Glass Lewis and Why Should My Bank Care?

by Bryan Cave on

Hosts Jonathan Hightower and Rob Klingler are joined for today's episode by Kevin Strachan, an attorney in Bryan Cave's Financial Services Corporate and Regulatory practice, to discuss proxy advisors ISS and Glass Lewis as...more

Red Light for New Activist Strategy

by Jones Day on

Earlier this month, General Motors ("GM") won a decisive victory in a proxy contest waged by Greenlight Capital, the activist fund headed by David Einhorn. Greenlight claimed that GM's shares, which were trading at a price...more

Report Shows 2016 Record-Setting Year for Class Action and SEC Settlements

Last week, proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholders Services (“ISS”) published its semi-annual report of the top 100 U.S. securities class action settlements and top 50 SEC settlements of all time, as of December 31,...more

Blog: Pay For Performance — More Style Than Substance?

by Cooley LLP on

Comp Committees appear to have gotten the message when it comes to executive pay for performance. As discussed in this article in the WSJ, executive compensation “is increasingly linked to performance,” but investors are now...more

Institutional Shareholder Services Changes 2017 Voting Policy Applicable to Business Development Companies

Reminder to Internally-Managed Business Development Companies Regarding Shareholder Engagement Following Say-on-Pay Vote - A. 2017 Voting Policy Change - In November 2016, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc....more

Blog: Considerations Regarding The Defensive Health Of Newly Public Companies

by Cooley LLP on

As discussed in this December 2016 Cooley Alert, this proxy season, the policies of ISS and Glass Lewis provide that they will recommend voting against the re-election of directors of “newly public” companies that, prior to...more

Alert: New Pubcos Should Consider Defensive Health in Light of ISS/GL Recommendations

by Cooley LLP on

ISS and Glass Lewis are continuing to apply special scrutiny to certain corporate governance provisions of "newly public" companies (generally, companies that have gone public in 2014 or later). In short, the latest policies...more

SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee Airs Concerns Over Multi-Tiered Offerings Following Snap’s IPO

Snap Inc., which debuted on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 2nd, was the largest tech IPO since Alibaba went public in 2014. Initially priced at $17 per share, the share price jumped to more than $24 by the end of...more

"Key Takeaways: Corporate Governance Series — Key Trends in Executive Compensation, Employment Law and Compensation Committee...

On February 28, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Key Trends in Executive Compensation, Employment Law and Compensation Committee Practices.” The Skadden panelists were labor and employment law partner David Schwartz,...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 9

ISS Updates Frequently Asked Questions for US Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures for 2017 - Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently updated its frequently asked questions (FAQs) for US...more

New Study Examines Proxy Advisor Recommendations on Auditor Ratification

by WilmerHale on

Each year, the vast majority of larger public companies voluntarily ask shareholders to ratify the audit committee’s selection of the company’s auditor, and such proposals routinely pass with high rates of shareholder...more

IRRC Institute and ISS Issue Joint Study on Board Refreshment Trends

The Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) Institute and Institutional Shareholders Services (ISS) recently issued a joint study titled “Board Refreshment Trends at S&P 1500 Firms,” which analyzes demographic trends...more

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