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SEC Considering Further Regulatory Action Regarding Proxy Voting Advice

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In This Issue. The Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC), Gary Gensler, issued a statement on the application of the proxy rules to proxy voting advice directed to the SEC staff to consider whether...more

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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

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

SEC announces re-examination of proxy advisor rules and interpretations

Newly installed Chairman Gary Gensler announced on June 1, 2021 that he is directing the SEC staff to consider whether to revisit its recent actions with respect to proxy voting advice businesses, including: ..The SEC’s...more

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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

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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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Who Exactly Is Soliciting Proxies?

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On Monday, John Jenkins at Deallawyers.com wrote about a recent Delaware Court of Chancery decision finding that as alleged, "the Director Defendants’ decisions to delegate the Proxy to the Conflicted Officer Defendants and...more

Mayer Brown Free Writings + Perspectives

SEC Examinations Division Issues Risk Alert on ESG Products and Services

On April 9, 2021, the Division of Examinations of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“Division” or “staff”) issued a risk alert to highlight the staff’s observations from its recent examinations of investment...more

Mayer Brown Free Writings + Perspectives

Updates from the SEC’s Acting Director of the Division of Corporation Finance

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Acting Director John Coates participated in a fireside chat on April 7, 2021 during the annual Global Capital Markets & the US Securities Laws program hosted by the Practicing Law Institute...more

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ERISA Fiduciary Rule Update – DOL Nonenforcement of ESG Investments and Proxy Voting Rules

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As we reported in our February 2021 Employee Benefits Newsletter, new rules developed under the Trump administration regarding the circumstances in which fiduciary investment advisers are allowed to receive compensation for...more

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

SEC Continues its March Toward a New Climate and ESG Disclosure Framework

In recent weeks the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission” or “SEC”) has moved forward with a series of initiatives related to climate and other environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) matters. Most...more

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Alaska Legislature Allows Corporations to Conduct Business by Remote Communication

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The Alaska Legislature has passed Senate Bill 24, which allows business entities to hold meetings and conduct business by “remote communication.” On March 22, it initiated sending the Bill to the Governor, who is expected to...more

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SEC Acting Chair Announces Sweeping Climate and ESG Initiatives, New Regulatory Priorities and Potential Rollback of Recent Rule...

In a speech on March 15, 2021, Allison Herren Lee, Acting Chair of the SEC, reported on the steps the SEC is taking to meet investors’ growing demand for climate and ESG information, stating that “no single issue has been...more

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Department of Labor Announces Non-Enforcement Policy and Intent to Revisit ESG, Proxy Rules

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On March 10, 2021, the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) announced that it will not enforce or otherwise pursue enforcement actions with respect to two recently issued final rules amending...more

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DOL Will Not Enforce Trump Administration’s ERISA “ESG” Investing and Proxy Voting Rules

On March 10, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) issued a statement that it intends to revisit its final rules issued late last year on “Financial Factors in Selecting Plan Investments” (summarized here) and...more

Morgan Lewis - ML Benefits

DOL Announces Nonenforcement Policy for New ESG and Proxy Voting Rules

In a somewhat expected development, the US Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) issued an enforcement statement on Wednesday announcing that it will not enforce the recently published final...more

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

DOL Issues Non-Enforcement Policy for ESG and Proxy Voting Rules

As 2020 drew to a close, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) finalized a number of regulations relating to the fiduciary duties that apply to ERISA plan investments, including: (1) a final rule generally restricting fiduciaries...more

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

SEC Continues Focus on Climate and ESG Related Issues, Announces New Climate and ESG Task Force

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continued to build on its climate and environmental, social and governance (ESG) agenda last week. On March 3, the SEC’s Division of Examinations announced the release of its 2021...more

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Could There Be Changes To ERISA Fiduciary Requirements Under The Biden Administration?

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President Biden nominated Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston, as Secretary of Labor, and as his nomination remains pending, questions arise on what changes will be made regarding ERISA fiduciary rules that were established under...more

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

BlackRock and State Street Proxy Voting Guidelines Update

Key Pointss - Large asset managers like BlackRock and State Street have recently published updates to their proxy voting guidelines primarily focusing on diversity and inclusion and climate risk disclosures. -...more

Morgan Lewis

ERISA Fiduciaries Under a Biden Labor Department: What Is on the Horizon?

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President Joe Biden has been in office for 34 days and his nominee for Secretary of Labor, Marty Walsh, has not yet been confirmed. So far, Mr. Walsh has not publicly stated much regarding his views or intended priorities...more

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Biden Administration Requests Review of DOL’s Final “ESG” Rules for ERISA Fiduciaries – What Does that Mean for the DOL’s Final...

On October 30, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) issued a final rule on “ESG” investing which requires ERISA plan fiduciaries to base investment decisions on financial factors alone, prohibits fiduciaries from...more

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Employee Benefits Developments - January 2021

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The Employee Benefits Practice is pleased to present the Employee Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of January 2021....more

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DOL Issues Proxy Voting Regulations for Plan Fiduciaries

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The Department of Labor ("DOL") issued final regulations in December dealing with the fiduciary duties related to proxy voting of investments held within ERISA plans. Under the regulations, the DOL has confirmed that the...more

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Executive Pay – what to consider for FY 2020/21

Executive pay has been a hot topic for a number of years but the uncertainty created by the pandemic has resulted in an increased level of scrutiny of public company pay decisions and revised related proxy voting...more

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Lignes directrices sur le vote par procuration pour 2021 : points saillants au Canada

À l’approche de la prochaine période de sollicitation de procurations, les émetteurs sont invités à se familiariser avec les lignes directrices canadiennes en matière de vote par procuration respectives d’Institutional...more

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