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DOL Proposes Rule Requiring Increased Proxy Voting Analysis and Recordkeeping

On September 4, 2020, the Department of Labor (the “Department”) published a proposed regulation related to proxy voting and the exercise of certain shareholder rights (85 Fed. Reg. 55219, the “Proposed Rule”) by fiduciaries...more

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

To Vote or Not to Vote — That is the Question

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Seyfarth Synopsis: On the heels of the Department of Labor’s June proposed regulation throwing cold water on plan fiduciaries’ selecting investments in the environment, social and governance (ESG) space, the agency has now...more

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SEC Reaches Milestone in the Long and Winding Road Toward Proxy Process Reform - Adopts Final Rules Regulating “Proxy Voting...

As part of its broad effort to modernize and enhance “the accuracy, transparency and effectiveness of the proxy voting system,” on July 22, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) voted, three to...more

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SEC Adopts Updates to Proxy Voting Advice Regime

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The Situation: On July 22, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") adopted final rule amendments to regulate proxy voting advice as part of its emphasis on modernizing the proxy process. The final SEC...more

Morrison & Foerster LLP

U.S. SEC Adopts Rules To Regulate Proxy Advisory Firms

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently adopted amendments to the proxy rules to address proxy voting advice provided by proxy advisory firms such as Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) and...more

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SEC Amends Proxy Rules Relating to Proxy Advisers and Supplements Proxy Voting Guidance for Investment Advisers

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on July 22, 2020, adopted final amendments to its proxy solicitation rules to codify the SEC’s longstanding view that proxy voting advice generally constitutes a solicitation within...more

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Coronavirus: The Hill and the Headlines – COVID-19 D.C. Update – August 2020 #5

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In Washington - Friday afternoon, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) hosted a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a...more

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Blog: House appropriations bill seeks to hamstring SEC on significant proposals and rules

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You might think Congress would be too busy these days—what with a pandemic raging across the U.S., looming economic catastrophe and spiraling unemployment—to worry about the resubmission thresholds for shareholder proposals,...more

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

SEC adopts amendments to proxy advice rules and updates guidance for investment advisers

In recent years, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sought to address controversy regarding the proxy voting system and the influence of proxy advisory firms such as Glass, Lewis & Co. and Institutional...more

Vinson & Elkins LLP

SEC Adopts 2019 Proxy Voting Amendments, Minus the Bite

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On July 22, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted amendments to the proxy solicitation rules and issued guidance regarding the proxy voting responsibilities of investment advisers. The amendments, a...more

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Looking Ahead to the 2021 Proxy Season: ISS Annual Policy Survey Topics Reflect Key Corporate Governance Issues

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) has launched its Annual Benchmark Policy Survey signaling potential changes to ISS’s proxy voting policies for 2021. Below we discuss the Global and North American Survey, which...more

Womble Bond Dickinson

SEC Adopts Final Rules for Proxy Advisors

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Firms that advise institutional advisers and institutional investors in the proxy voting process (“proxy advisors”) have gained prominence in recent years, but have also faced increased scrutiny regarding the accuracy and...more

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SEC Adopts Final Rules Addressing Proxy Advisory Firms

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On July 22, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to its proxy rules addressing proxy voting advice provided by proxy advisory firms, such as ISS and Glass Lewis. The amendments were originally...more

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NYC Comptroller Seeks Public Disclosure of EEO-1 Reports: Shareholder Proposals Expected for 2021 Annual Meetings - Also Reports...

The Office of New York City Comptroller (the NYC Comptroller) on behalf of three of the New York City Retirement Systems (NYCRS) has sent a letter to the CEOs of 67 S&P 100 companies calling on them to match their companies’...more

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ISS Publishes COVID-19 Case Study Focused on Executive Compensation Adjustments

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As we previously reported in prior SW Benefits Updates, the challenges presented to management and corporate boards from COVID-19 are significant. Among other considerations, companies might adjust 2020 performance goals,...more

Mayer Brown Free Writings + Perspectives

US SEC Issues Supplementary Proxy Voting Guidance for Investment Advisers

On July 22, 2020, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published supplementary guidance in the form of a policy statement (Policy Statement) regarding the proxy voting responsibilities of investment advisers under...more

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

SEC Adopts Amendments to Proxy Solicitation Rules

At an open meeting held on July 22, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted reforms to the proxy solicitation rules (Proxy Advice Amendment) that govern how proxy advisory firms (e.g., Glass, Lewis & Co....more

Fenwick & West LLP

SEC Tightens Regulations on Proxy Advisory Firms

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on July 22, 2020, adopted amendments tightening regulation of proxy voting advice from proxy advisory firms (Release No. 34-89372). The final rule implements additional regulations...more

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SEC Adopts Amendments to Provide Investors More Information on Proxy Voting Advice

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On July 22, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to adopt amendments (Amendments) to certain of its rules governing proxy solicitations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act). The...more

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

SEC Adopts Proxy Rule Amendments Relating to Proxy Voting Advice Businesses

On July 22, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), by a 3-1 vote, adopted amendments to the federal proxy rules relating to proxy voting advice businesses (proxy advisors). The amendments categorize the...more

Stinson - Corporate & Securities Law Blog

SEC Adopts Final Rules Regarding Proxy Advisors

Proxy voting advice businesses, or PVABs, have come to play an important role in the proxy voting process by providing an array of voting services that can help investment advisers and institutional investor clients manage...more

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

SEC amends proxy rules to address proxy voting advisors and issues guidance for investment advisers on use of automated voting...

On July 22, 2020, the SEC took action to address two aspects of the proxy voting process: (1) amending the proxy solicitation rules with respect to “proxy voting advice businesses” (PVABs or proxy advisory firms), such as ISS...more

Cozen O'Connor

SEC Issues Final Rules Regarding Proxy Solicitations

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On July 22, 2020, during an open meeting, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted 3 to 1 to adopt amendments to the securities rules governing proxy solicitations. The amendments are designed to increase...more

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SEC Amends Proxy Rules for Proxy Voting Advice and Issues Supplemental Guidance on Proxy Voting Responsibilities of Investment...

Amendments Codify Prior Guidance that Proxy Voting Advice Is a “Solicitation,” Add Conditions to Exemptions Relied on by Proxy Advisory Firms - Continuing its focus on the proxy process and possible improvements to the...more

Mayer Brown Free Writings + Perspectives

Amendments to Proxy Rules

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted amendments to the proxy rules.  ...more

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