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Alert: Equilar Peer Submission Process Now Open

by Cooley LLP on

Glass Lewis uses Equilar Market Peers to analyze companies' executive pay and relative company performance when formulating say-on-pay vote recommendations for its institutional investor clients. When developing Market Peers,...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

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

Blog: 2017 Audit Committee Transparency Barometer from the Center for Audit Quality shows continued increase in enhanced...

by Cooley LLP on

Earlier this month, the Center for Audit Quality together with Audit Analytics posted their annual Audit Committee Transparency Barometer, which measured the quality of proxy disclosures regarding audit committees among...more

Corporate Finance Alert: 2018 SEC Filing Deadlines for Companies With December 31, 2017 Fiscal Year End

As the end of the year approaches, reporting companies should be aware of the various SEC filing deadlines for 2018. Companies also should be mindful of the 2018 financial statement “staleness” dates (when financial...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 Releases Proposed Amendments to Modify and Simplify Public Company Disclosure

by Goodwin on

The SEC has proposed many amendments to its disclosure requirements for public company reports and offering documents, based in large part on the SEC staff study contained in its FAST Act Report. Although largely technical,...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

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 Issues New Guidance on Shareholder Proposals

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On November 1, 2017, the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (SLB 14I), which provides important guidance to public companies reviewing...more

SEC Issues New Guidance on Shareholder Proposals

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On November 1, 2017, the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (SLB 14I), which provides important guidance to public companies reviewing...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

Shareholder proposal rule

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Keith Higgins, chair of Ropes & Gray’s securities & governance practice, examines SEC Rule 14a-8, the shareholder proposal rule. ______ SEC Rule 14a-8, the shareholder proposal rule, allows a shareholder who’s owned at...more

SEC Approves PCAOB’s New Audit Report Standard to Enhance the Relevance of the Auditor’s Report to Investors and Other Market...

by White & Case LLP on

On October 23, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") unanimously approved the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board's ("PCAOB") proposal to adopt a new auditing standard, AS 3101, The Auditor's Report on an...more

SEC Staff Issues New C&DIs Regarding Non-GAAP Measures in Business Combination Context

On October 17, 2017, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued new Non-GAAP Financial Measures Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DI) that clarify when financial forecasts used in connection...more

Pay Ratio Disclosures are an Employee-Relations Opportunity…Really

Most companies are now devoting substantial resources and effort to ensuring compliance with the SEC’s new rules requiring disclosure of the ratio of the CEO’s and median employee’s respective annual total compensation....more

New SEC Pay Ratio Disclosure Guidance

As everyone knows by now, the SEC amended Item 402 of Regulation S-K, as required by the Dodd-Frank Act, to state that all companies required to provide executive compensation disclosure under Item 402(c) of Regulation S-K...more

Planning for the Approaching CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Requirement

by Goodwin on

It appears likely that the CEO pay ratio disclosure rule adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2015 will require companies that are subject to the rule to begin including CEO pay ratio disclosure for 2017...more

Tips on Using the Remainder of 2017 to Prepare for the 2018 Proxy Season

With the 2017 proxy season over for most companies, attention now turns to preparing for 2018. There are a number of compliance "musts" to focus on, as well as items that can be addressed in 2017 to make the 2018 proxy season...more

CEO Pay Ratio Rule Will Not Be Delayed

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

At last Friday’s ABA annual meeting, Bill Hinman (with the standard disclaimer that he is speaking for himself and not on behalf of the SEC) confirmed that the SEC will not be delaying implementation of the CEO pay ratio...more

New York City Comptroller Launches Campaign for Corporate Board Diversity, Independence, and Climate Expertise

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and the New York City Pension Funds launched the “Boardroom Accountability Project 2.0.” The campaign seeks to make corporate boards more diverse, independent, and...more

A to-do list for the fourth quarter – three key topics for public companies, plus action items

by DLA Piper on

As summer winds down, we want to highlight three topics public companies need to keep in mind as they head into fall. The first relates to certain amendments adopted by the SEC that require hyperlinks to exhibits in exhibit...more

2017 EY Survey Reports Steady Increase in Voluntary Audit-Related Disclosures

by WilmerHale on

In its sixth annual report on voluntary audit committee reporting to shareholders, Ernst & Young observed “similar increases in voluntary audit-related disclosure as in the past several years, with steady growth in certain...more

Brace for 2018: The SEC’s Pay Ratio Rule

The SEC’s Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule is unlikely to be repealed — public companies should plan to comply. Takeaways - •The Financial CHOICE Act, which aims to repeal the CEO pay ratio disclosure rule, is unlikely to...more

How To Confer A $6.9 Million Benefit For Less Than A Half Dollar

by Allen Matkins on

In March 2011, the three-member compensation committee of EchoStar Corporation awarded options to purchase 1.5 million shares of company stock to its Chairman, Charles W. Ergen. According to EchoStar’s proxy statement for...more

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