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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

Preparing for the Shareholder Proposal Season

On November 16, 2017, Skadden held our webinar “Preparing for the Shareholder Proposal Season.” The panelists were Michael Garland, Assistant Comptroller for Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment in the Office of...more

New Guidance from SEC Encourages Board Involvement in Excluding Certain Shareholder Proposals

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on November 1, 2017, issued a new Staff Legal Bulletin regarding shareholder proposals under Rule 14a-8. Staff Legal Bulletin 14I...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

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

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

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

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

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - August 2017

by Stoel Rives LLP on

A review of 2017 proxy season activity, including the trend toward adoptions of proxy access bylaws, is here. A suggestion that the big news of the 2017 proxy season was climate change proposals and the shift in Blackrock,...more

Proxy Access: Highlights of the 2017 Proxy Season

As we approach the end of the 2017 proxy season, the third since the New York City comptroller launched the Boardroom Accountability Project to enact proxy access across the U.S. market, proxy access has begun to transition...more

Canadian shareholders engage with U.S.-style proxy access: A Brave New World, or Much Ado About Nothing?

by DLA Piper on

Shareholders of the Toronto-Dominion Bank (“TD Bank”) and the Royal Bank of Canada (“RBC”) voted in the last few weeks on shareholder proposals made to confer additional proxy access rights to shareholders in the nomination...more

Gender Diversity Survey - 2016 Proxy Season Results

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The Fenwick & West Gender Diversity Survey provides unique insight into women’s participation at the most senior levels of public technology and life sciences companies in the Silicon Valley 150 Index (SV 150) and the large...more

Reminders for US Public Companies for the 2017 Annual Reporting and Proxy Season

by White & Case LLP on

This memorandum outlines certain considerations for US public companies in preparation for the 2017 annual reporting and proxy season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the...more

Corporate Communicator - 2017 Annual Meeting Season

by Snell & Wilmer on

Dear clients and friends, We present our traditional year-end issue of Snell & Wilmer’s Corporate Communicator to help you prepare for the upcoming annual report and proxy season. This issue highlights SEC reporting and...more

Who Votes As Proxy For Shares Standing In The Name Of Another Corporation?

by Allen Matkins on

The Proxy Season blog yesterday discussed the following question from the Q&A Forum of TheCorporateCounsel.net...more

2016 Silicon Valley Proxy Season Results

by Fenwick & West LLP on

A Comparison of Silicon Valley Public Companies and Other Large Bay Area Public Companies - This companion supplement to the Fenwick survey, Corporate Governance Practices and Trends: A Comparison of Large Public...more

"Key Takeaways: Corporate Governance Series — Preparing for the Shareholder Proposal Season"

On November 16, 2016, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Preparing for the Shareholder Proposal Season.” The panelists were Amy Borrus, deputy director of the Council of Institutional Investors (CII); Skadden M&A and corporate...more

2017 ISS and Glass Lewis Updates to Canadian Proxy Voting Guidelines

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co (Glass Lewis) have both released their updates to their respective Canadian proxy voting guidelines for the upcoming 2017 proxy season. The ISS updates apply to...more

Corporate Governance Survey - 2016 Proxy Season Results

by Fenwick & West LLP on

A Comparison of Large Public Companies and Silicon Valley Companies - As outside legal counsel to a wide range of public companies in the technology and life sciences industries, many of which are based in Silicon...more

Changes to the New York City Retirement Systems’ Proxy Guidelines

by Foley Hoag LLP on

The New York City Retirement Systems (NYRS) recently published a major overhaul of their proxy voting policies, the first in 30 years. Released in April 2016, the “Corporate Governance Principles and Proxy Voting Guidelines”...more

Reminders for Public Companies for the 2016 Annual Reporting and Proxy Season

by White & Case LLP on

This memorandum summarizes key developments that public companies should consider in drafting their disclosures and reviewing their existing corporate governance policies and procedures in preparation for the 2016 annual...more

Corporate Governance Survey — 2015 Proxy Season Results

by Fenwick & West LLP on

A Comparison of Large Public Companies and Silicon Valley Companies - As outside legal counsel to a wide range of public companies in the technology and life sciences industries, many of which are based in Silicon...more

ISS Proposes To Go Overboard In Proposed Policy Change

by Allen Matkins on

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) is a very influential purveyor of proxy advisory services.  As part of ISS’ annual policy update procedure, ISS recently released a proposed policy change with respect to...more

SEC Issues Staff Legal Bulletin Outlining the Scope of the “Directly Conflicts” Exclusion under Rule 14a-8 and Providing Guidance...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On October 22, 2015, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (the Division) issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H (the SLB) in which it provides guidance on two key issues surrounding the exclusion of shareholder proposals...more

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