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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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Blog: Is The Noose Tightening Around The Shareholder Proposal Rules?

by Cooley LLP on

In remarks this week before the Chamber of Commerce, new SEC Chair Jay Clayton indicated that the SEC will be taking a hard look at the shareholder proposal rules. As reported in thedeal.com, Clayton advised that it is “very...more

Proxy Access “Fix-It” Proposals Fizzle

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

As the 2017 proxy season winds down, one clear take-away is that shareholder proposals attempting to modify the terms of previously adopted mainstream proxy access bylaws did not fare well. Many of these proposals focused...more

Blog: Recent trends in proxy statements

by Cooley LLP on

It just isn’t proxy season without some kind of account of the latest trends in proxy statements, so here’s one from CFO.com. The first data point comes as no surprise: proxies are getting longer, providing more graphics...more

Important Reminders for the 2017 Proxy Season

The following are some important reminders and updates for the 2017 proxy season. Say-When-on-Pay - Required Vote in 2017 - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires companies to conduct a...more

Securities and Governance Updates – January 2017

by BakerHostetler on

As part of BakerHostetler’s commitment to serve as a strategic business partner, we are pleased to publish this first edition of our Securities & Governance Bulletin. This resource is designed to keep executives, corporate...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

Proxy Advisory Firms Issue 2017 Voting Guidelines

by King & Spalding on

Proxy advisory firms Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co. (Glass Lewis) recently issued updated proxy voting guidelines for the upcoming 2017 proxy season. Notable updates were issued by one or...more

SEC Staff Reiterates No-Action Position on Proxy Access Amendment Proposals

by Goodwin on

The staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission has issued three additional responses to company no-action requests to exclude shareholder-proposed amendments to proxy access bylaw...more

Changing Proxy Rules: SEC Proposes to Require Universal Proxy Cards

by Perkins Coie on

The SEC, by a two-to-one vote on October 26, 2016, proposed amendments to its proxy rules to require universal proxy cards in contested director elections at annual meetings of listed U.S. public companies. If adopted, the...more

Preliminary Planning for the 2017 Proxy Season

For those who want to start preparing for the 2017 proxy season, our preliminary list of important considerations is set forth below: Directors’ and Officer’s Questionnaire - Nasdaq has adopted a rule requiring...more

Update on Institutional Shareholder Voting Guidelines on Management Say-on-Pay and Incentive Plan Proposals

This Alert is an update to last year's Client Alert on the same topic, which also discussed how to win a proxy fight despite a "no" recommendation from Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") and/or Glass Lewis. The...more

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