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Is some investor support for climate-related shareholder proposals declining?

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In this paper, BlackRock Investment Stewardship provides a preview of its perspective on climate-related shareholder proposals up for votes during the current proxy season. In 2021, BIS “supported 47% of environmental and...more

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Repricing Underwater Options

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In this time of market volatility, White & Case LLP partners Colin Diamond (Chair of US Public Company Advisory) and Henrik Patel (Global Head of Employment, Compensation and Benefits) address the securities law, tax and...more

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Annual Meeting Filing and Disclosure Reminders

As companies finalize materials for annual shareholder meetings, we recommend consideration of the following key requirements and disclosures: SEC proxy filing requirements; website and submission requirements; proxy...more

Fenwick & West LLP

ESG in Silicon Valley: A Look at the ESG Disclosure Practices of the SV 150 - March 2022

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Throughout the last few years, investors, proxy advisors, governance professionals and a number of stakeholders have expressed a keen interest in how companies are managing their environmental, social and governance (ESG)...more

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

What Exactly Is an Independent Director? (Hint: It’s More Complicated Than You Think)

Takeaways - Independence is neither a fixed condition nor a universal status for all purposes. Events and relationships can disqualify an otherwise independent director from participating in decisions.. No matter how pure a...more

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Proxy Problems—Solving for Discrimination in Algorithms

With regulators increasingly focusing on algorithmic discrimination, human intervention in predictive model programming and artificial intelligence (AI) will be more important than ever. Although the list of positive uses of...more

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

SEC Proposes Amendments to July 2020 Rules Governing Proxy Advisors and Proxy Voting Advice Businesses

On November 17, 2021, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to its rules governing proxy solicitations. The proposals seek to address concerns by investors and others that the current rules may...more

Fenwick & West LLP

Proxy Advisors Update Voting Guidelines for 2022 Focusing on Board Diversity, Climate and ESG Oversight

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Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis, the leading proxy advisors in the United States, have announced updates and clarifications for their voting guidelines for the 2022 proxy season. Their voting...more

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Matters To Consider for the 2022 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season

Companies have important decisions to make as they prepare for the 2022 annual meeting and reporting season. We have compiled this overview of key issues — including SEC disclosure requirements, recent SEC guidance,...more

Cooley LLP

SEC proposes to undo key provisions of 2020 proxy advisory firm rules

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[This post revises and updates my earlier post primarily to reflect the contents of the proposing release.] - At an open meeting on November 17, the SEC voted, three to two, to propose amendments to the proxy rules that...more

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SEC Proposes Changes to Proxy Advisor Rules

In 2019, the SEC proposed changes to its proxy advisor rules (the “2019 Proposed Rules”).  Later the SEC adopted final rules regarding proxy voting advice (the “2020 Final Rules”) provided by proxy advisory firms, or proxy...more

Vinson & Elkins LLP

The SEC Sets the Pendulum Swinging With Proposed Proxy Advice Amendments

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On Wednesday, November 17, 2021, the SEC proposed rule amendments to the rules governing proxy voting advice that would rescind significant portions of the two rules applicable to proxy voting advice that were adopted by the...more

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

SEC Proposes Rescinding 2020 Amendments to Rules Governing Proxy Advisors

On November 17, 2021, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), by a 3-2 vote, proposed amendments to the rules governing proxy voting advice businesses (proxy advisors). The amendments would rescind two portions of...more

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

SEC Approves Universal Proxy Card Rules; Proposes to Rescind Portions of July 2020 Amendments to Proxy Advisor Rules

Yesterday the SEC approved new proxy rules requiring the use of universal proxy cards by management and shareholders soliciting proxy votes for their candidates in non-exempt director election contests, as well as mandating...more

Goodwin

ESG Shareholder Proposals Will be More Difficult to Exclude After SEC Staff Interpretive Reversal

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On November 3, 2021, the staff (“staff”) of the Division of Corporation Finance (“Division”) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) published Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14L which reverses a series of...more

Cooley LLP

NAM sues SEC over decision not to enforce proxy advisory firm rules

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For years, many companies and business lobbies, such as the National Association of Manufacturers, repeatedly raised concerns about proxy advisory firms’ concentrated power and significant influence over corporate elections...more

Alston & Bird

[Event] 2022 Proxy Season Outlook Seminar - November 18th, Atlanta, GA

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Alston & Bird will host this live seminar from our Atlanta office in addition to a live webcast. Learn about key developments and issues facing companies and investors and what you need to do to prepare for the 2022 proxy...more

Stinson - Corporate & Securities Law Blog

Preliminary Planning for the 2022 Proxy Season

Our preliminary list of important planning considerations for the 2022 proxy season is set forth below. - Directors’ and Officers’ Questionnaires; Committee Charters - We have identified only a few possible changes...more

Cooley LLP

Blog: House budget package would scrap proxy advisor rules

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It’s worth noting that the budget package passed by the House last week includes a provision intended to put the kibosh on the proxy advisory firm rules that were adopted by the SEC in July 2020. Specifically, the bill...more

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SEC Announces Latest Amendments to Proxy Advisor Rules Will Not Be Enforced, Pending Additional Review

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Gary Gensler, the new chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, released a statement on June 1, 2021, directing SEC staff to consider revisiting its interpretation and guidance from September 2019 regarding the...more

Mayer Brown Free Writings + Perspectives

SEC Revisiting Applicability of Proxy Rules to Proxy Voting Advice by Advisory Firms

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is actively reconsidering its position on the applicability of its proxy rules to proxy voting advice. Background - In July 2020, the SEC adopted amendments to its proxy...more

Cooley LLP

Blog: SEC to reconsider rules and guidance regarding proxy advisory firms

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Whether and how to regulate proxy advisory firms, such as ISS and Glass Lewis, has long been a contentious issue, with some arguing that their vote recommendations were plagued by conflicts of interest and often erroneous,...more

Allen Matkins

The SEC Has A Rule For That (Sort Of) . . .

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John Jenkins at DealLawyers.com took note of this recent blog by Professor Ann Lipton concerning the stockholder vote at The Tribune Publishing Company.  The gist of both these blogs was the decision by a 24% stockholder in...more

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Providers: Are You Observing National Healthcare Decisions Month?

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April is often promoted as National Healthcare Decisions Month, with April 16 designated the “Healthcare Decisions Day.” The awareness campaign serves as a valuable annual reminder for health care providers to discuss with...more

King & Spalding

Proxy Season: Early Highlights and Emerging Themes

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The COVID-19 pandemic, volatile market conditions, and increasing stakeholder attention to a range of environmental and social topics made 2020 a remarkably difficult year for many public companies. 2021 will bring new...more

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