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ICSA and The Investment Association Publish Guidance on Board Engagement with Stakeholders, European Capital Markets Update

by Jones Day on

In September 2017, ICSA: The Governance Institute ("ICSA") and The Investment Association published new guidance to help company boards ensure that they consider and understand the interests of their key stakeholders when...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

German Public M&A Q1 – Q3 2017: Overview and current issues

by White & Case LLP on

German Takeovers in the headlines of the press - So far this year, three takeover bids have made headlines in the German financial press. After major struggles between the executive board, supervisory board and...more

FTSE gender balance a year on – is progress being made?

by Dechert LLP on

The Hampton-Alexander Review (the “Review”), an independent, business led review supported by the UK Government, has published its ‘one year on’ supplementary report on gender balance in FTSE leadership....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

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

Proposed changes to corporate governance in the UK

by Dentons on

The government has published a number of headline proposals for the reform of the corporate governance of publicly-traded companies and large privately-held companies. These cover three aspects of corporate governance on...more

The NYC Comptroller and Pension Funds Boardroom Accountability Project 2.0

Board composition is increasingly at the forefront of governance activists’ focus and initiatives. A recent, high-profile example of this comes from New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and the New York City Pension...more

Corporate social responsibility and diversity policies: comply or explain

by White & Case LLP on

On 11 September 2017, Belgium published a new bill requiring certain large companies to disclose "non-financial" (relating to social, environmental and employee matters, protection for human rights, anti-corruption and...more

NYC Pension Funds Set Their Sights on Board Diversity

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The Background: The NYC Pension Funds, which led the largely successful campaign to implement proxy access rights across corporate America, have launched a new crusade to improve the diversity of corporate boards....more

Companies Amend Bylaws in Response to Activist ‘Placeholder Slate’ Tactic

In the past year, more than 50 publicly traded companies, including 19 on the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, have amended their bylaws to address the potential for a so-called “placeholder slate” of directors. The bylaw...more

Go West? What the NYSE Has to Offer for Gulf IPOs

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Saudi Aramco’s planned IPO has put the region’s companies in sharp focus for global investors. As GCC nations continue to experience shifts in economic activity, including less government spending, more companies (both state...more

Proposed UK Corporate Governance Reforms Target Executive Pay Justification, Employee Engagement

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The UK government has proposed several corporate governance reforms in an effort to improve transparency and accountability in private and public employers....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

Shareholder Activism Dealt a Blow in Australia's Federal Court

by Jones Day on

The Background: In RBC Investor Services Australia Nominees Pty Limited v Brickworks Limited [2017] FCA 756 (10 July 2017) ("Brickworks case"), a large institutional investor sought to dismantle a cross shareholding...more

Requisitioned meeting breaks deadlock

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A deadlocked board of directors, talk of a “public flogging”, and a court reluctant to intervene. The case of Goldstein v. McGrath is a colourful recent example of a requisitioned public company shareholders’ meeting, with...more

NASDAQ Proposes Revisions to Shareholder Approval Rules

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Nasdaq, Inc. recently requested comments regarding possible updates to its “20% voting rule.” That rule, adopted in 1990, requires Nasdaq listed companies to obtain shareholder approval when issuing 20% or more of its stock...more

Uber’s Troubles: A Compliance Wake-Up Call No Matter How Regulated You Are

I can’t help myself; when I read some of the troubling reports about Uber’s workplace culture, which has contributed to executive ousters and the need to hire one of the highest-profile lawyers in the country, I think, “If...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

What Are The Reporting Obligations Under Section 16?

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Most in-house counsel of public companies are very familiar with the reporting obligations required by the trifecta – Form 8-Ks, Form 10-Qs and Form 10-Ks – but they oftentimes rely on outside counsel to help determine...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 330 Robin Bew and Henry Stoever of the NACD

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Robyn Bew, the Director of Strategic Content Development for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and Henry Stoever, the Chief Marketing Officer for the NACD. They discuss what...more

Corporate Governance in The Trump Era: A Note of Caution

by WilmerHale on

The past decade or so has been a challenging time for publicly held companies, particularly those in the financial sector. Since 2008, banks and financial services firms have been the subject of an aggressive effort by the...more

Corporate Governance Features: for Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area Public Companies

Orrick has unveiled an unprecedented new study examining the corporate governance structures of the largest public companies in the Bay Area, including tech industry leaders. The comprehensive study reviewed the 153...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - First Quarter 2017: Hong Kong’s New Requirements for “Senior Management” of Fund Managers...

by Dechert LLP on

The Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) recently introduced the “Senior Management Accountability Regime” (regime), in an effort to make senior managers (particularly those who are not already designated as...more

Department of Justice Fraud Section Provides Guidance on Evaluating Corporate Compliance Programs

by Jones Day on

On February 8, 2017, the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") Fraud Section published a blueprint for assessing corporate compliance efforts, titled "Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs" ("Guidance"). It...more

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