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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

2018 Proxy Season – Quick Reference Guide

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Death, taxes and proxy season. Although it may seem like you just filed your 2017 proxy, the 2018 proxy season is on the horizon. This quick reference guide identifies considerations based on themes from 2017, offers...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2017

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - We Don’t Need No Stinking Badges. In 2013, former financial advisor, Raymond Lucia, was fined and barred from the industry by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for material misrepresentations to...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest, Featuring Topics on SEC/Corporate, Broker/Dealer, Derivatives, CFTC and UK/Brexit/EU...

FASB Ceases Work on Proposal To Amend Definition of “Materiality” for US GAAP - As previously discussed in the September 1edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) had...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2017 #4

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - A Tale of Two Agencies. On November 27, Joseph M. Otting was sworn in as the 31st Comptroller of the Currency. Mr. Otting seamlessly succeeded Keith A. Noreika, who became Acting Comptroller in May 2017...more

ISS Releases Compensation-Related Preliminary Frequently Asked Questions for 2018 Proxy Season

by Goodwin on

On November 27, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released Preliminary Frequently Asked Questions (Preliminary FAQs) for its 2018 U.S. compensation policies. The Preliminary FAQs apply to annual meetings held on...more

ISS and Glass Lewis Update Their Proxy Voting Guidelines for the 2018 Proxy Season

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co. (Glass Lewis) have both released updates to their respective proxy voting guidelines. This Alert provides a brief summary of the significant changes to each...more

ISS Releases 2018 Voting Policy Updates

by White & Case LLP on

On November 16, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") published updates to its benchmark proxy voting policy applicable to shareholder meetings held on or after February 1, 2018. The policy updates are the...more

Does ISS’ Voting Recommendations Reflect Analysis Or Consensus?

by Allen Matkins on

I always appreciate comments from readers of this blog. One reader responded to yesterday’s post concerning ISS opposition to classified boards: “You seem to be under the impression that ISS comes up with its guidelines...more

ISS Releases Final Voting Policy Changes for 2018 Proxy Season

by Goodwin on

On November 16, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released the final changes to its 2018 U.S. voting policies, which will be effective for meetings on or after February 1, 2018. ISS’s final changes include all of...more

Alert: ISS Peer Group Submission Process for 2018 Annual Meetings

by Cooley LLP on

Each year, Institutional Shareholder Services (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...more

ISS Announces 2018 Updates to US Proxy Voting Guidelines

Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently announced updates to its U.S. proxy voting guidelines for the 2018 proxy season. Although the updates are not likely to have a significant impact on 2018...more

Is ISS A Board Declassification Denier?

by Allen Matkins on

Institutional Shareholder Services (aka ISS) recently published its 2018 Americas Proxy Voting Guidelines Update. Among other changes, ISS will now recommend a vote against or withhold from the entire board of directors...more

ISS Issues 2018 Voting Policies Update

by King & Spalding on

On November 16, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) issued its updated proxy voting guidelines for the upcoming 2018 proxy season. Notable updates applicable to U.S. companies include new or revised policies:...more

Summary of ISS 2018 Americas Proxy Voting Guidelines Specific to US Public Companies

by Morgan Lewis on

The updated ISS guidelines are effective for meetings on or after February 1, 2018. On November 16, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) published its 2018 Americas Proxy Voting Guidelines Updates. The following...more

Alert: Updates to ISS Governance QualityScore and Special Data Verification Period Opening November 13, 2017

by Cooley LLP on

What is QualityScore? Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) rates corporate governance quality and risk for companies in 30 markets, including constituents of the U.S. Russell 3000, through a product called...more

ISS Issues Proposed Policy Changes for 2018 Proxy Season

by White & Case LLP on

On October 26, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") issued draft proposed policy changes for the 2018 proxy season (the "Draft Changes").1 The Draft Changes for US companies are grouped in three categories:...more

ISS Releases Proposed Policy Changes for 2018 Proxy Season

by Goodwin on

On October 26, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released certain proposed changes to its 2018 U.S. voting policies for comment. The proposals relate to non-employee director compensation, poison pills and gender...more

Blog: Does an unfavorable say-on-pay vote mean what it says?

by Cooley LLP on

Not really, according to this study by academics from the University of Pennsylvania Law, Rutgers Business and Berkeley Law Schools to be published in the Harvard Business Law Review. Say on pay was initiated under a...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 41

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Approves PCAOB Rule to Require Enhanced Audit Reports - On October 23, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved new audit reporting standard, AS 3101, proposed by the Public Company Accounting...more

ISS Seeks Comment on Updated Policies Including Gender Pay Gap

by Stinson Leonard Street on

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

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

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

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