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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

M&A Update: SEC Issues Guidance on Issuers’ Ability to Exclude Shareholder Proposals under Rule 14a-8

On November 1, 2017, the staff of the Division of Corporate Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission published Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I. SLB 14I provides additional guidance to companies and shareholders...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

SEC Provides Greater Deference to Public Company Boards

On Nov. 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I(CF), which articulates important interpretive guidance relating to shareholder proposals submitted to public companies for...more

SEC Issues Additional Guidance Related to Shareholder Proposals

by BakerHostetler on

On Nov. 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued Staff Legal Bulletin (SLB) No.14I to provide additional guidance related to shareholder proposals and Exchange Act Rule 14a-8. Specifically, the SLB...more

SEC Releases Timely Guidance on Shareholder Proposals

by White & Case LLP on

On November 1, 2017, the staff (the "Staff") of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") released Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (the "Guidance"), providing guidance on the...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

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 43

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

SEC/CORPORATE - On November 1, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (Division) published Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (SLB 14I), which provides new, issuer-friendly guidance on...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

SEC Provides Guidance on Exclusion of Shareholder Proposals

by Alston & Bird on

Just in time for the 2018 proxy season, the Securities and Exchange Commission released guidance on the ordinary business and economic relevance exceptions under Rule 14a-8. Our Securities Group breaks down the new guidance...more

SEC Staff Gives Company Boards Central Role in 14a-8 ‘Ordinary Business’ and ‘Economic Relevance’ Exclusions

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 1, 2017, the staff (the “Staff”) of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (SLB 14I) on shareholder proposals, which sets out a...more

SEC Staff Issues New Shareholder Proposals Guidance

The Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently published Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (SLB 14I), which provides important new and timely guidance for companies and...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

Staff Issues New Guidance on Excluding Shareholder Proposals

by Bryan Cave on

On November 1, 2017, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (SLB 14I), providing guidance on the excludability of shareholder proposals under Exchange Act Rules 14a-8(i)(7)...more

SEC Issues New Guidance on Several Exclusions under Rule 14a-8

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On November 1, 2017, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (the Division) issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (the SLB) on shareholder proposals. The SLB provides guidance on: (i) the application of Rule 14a-8(i)(7), the...more

SEC Releases Pro-Issuer Guidance on Shareholder Proposals

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission staff’s release of Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I ahead of the upcoming proxy season appears to reflect several issuer-friendly modifications to the staff’s processing of no-action...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2017

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In This Issue. The U.S. House of Representatives approved the Senate’s 2018 budget resolution, potentially paving the way for tax reform; the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued three...more

SEC Staff Releases Pro-Issuer Guidance on Shareholder Proposals

The staff’s release of Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (“SLB 14I”) ahead of the upcoming proxy season, appears to reflect several issuer-friendly modifications to the staff’s processing of no-action letters seeking exclusion of...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

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

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

Capital Markets & Public Companies Quarterly: Capital Formation, Dividend Notice and Pay Ratio Q3 Updates

by McDermott Will & Emery on

During the previous quarter, the SEC confirmed that CEO pay ratio disclosure will go into effect as scheduled for the 2018 proxy season. They further announced a new policy permitting qualifying issuers to submit draft...more

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