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SEC Staff Issues First No-Action Letter Under “Economic Relevance” Exclusion Following Updated Guidance

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On February 22, 2018, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (the Division) issued a favorable no-action response to Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. under Rule 14a-8(i)(5) (the economic relevance exception)...more

Blog: What’s Happening With Proxy Access Fix-It Shareholder Proposals For This Proxy Season?

by Cooley LLP on

When we last left the saga of proxy access, we had just started a new chapter on so-called “fix-it” shareholder proposals—efforts to revise existing proxy access bylaws to make them more “shareholder-friendly.” You might...more

Blog: Shareholder Proposal To Exclude Impact Of Share Buybacks On Executive Compensation

by Cooley LLP on

In 2016, the AFL-CIO submitted several shareholder proposals designed to curb the impact of stock buybacks on executive compensation. The question at the time was whether we would see many more of these proposals. However,...more

SEC Denies No Action Request Despite Board Analysis under SLB 14I

Apple sought to exclude a shareholder proposal regarding the establishment of a Human Rights Committee on the basis that it involved the company’s ordinary business operations under Rule 14a-8(i)(7)....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

Securities and Corporate Governance Update – November 2017

by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner on

Planning for the 2018 Proxy Season - There are number of important considerations that public companies should be aware of as they begin preparing for the 2018 proxy season, including potential changes in law, pay ratio...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: Corp Fin Senior Special Counsel discusses new SLB on shareholder proposals

by Cooley LLP on

On a webcast today, “Shareholder Proposals: Corp Fin Speaks,” presented by TheCorporateCounsel.net, Matt McNair, Senior Special Counsel in Corp Fin’s Office of Chief Counsel, provided some “soft” guidance regarding the...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 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 Gives Company Boards Central Role in 14a-8 ‘Ordinary Business’ and ‘Economic Relevance’ Exclusions

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 1, 2017, the staff (the “Staff”) of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (SLB 14I) on shareholder proposals, which sets out a...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

Staff Issues New Guidance on Excluding Shareholder Proposals

On November 1, 2017, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (SLB 14I), providing guidance on the excludability of shareholder proposals under Exchange Act Rules 14a-8(i)(7)...more

SEC Issues New Guidance on Several Exclusions under Rule 14a-8

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On November 1, 2017, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (the Division) issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (the SLB) on shareholder proposals. The SLB provides guidance on: (i) the application of Rule 14a-8(i)(7), the...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

Blog: ’Tis the season: Corp Fin issues new SLB regarding shareholder proposals

by Cooley LLP on

Just in time for the beginning of proxy and shareholder proposal season, Corp Fin has posted Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I, Shareholder Proposals. ...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

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

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

Did The Harvard Shareholder Rights Project Prove Itself Wrong?

by Allen Matkins on

In December 2014, Stanford Law School Professor Joseph A. Grundfest and Daniel M. Gallagher incited an academic titanomachy when they released a draft of an academic paper provocatively entitled “Did Harvard Violate Federal...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

Blog: Update on proxy access proposals

by Cooley LLP on

What’s the latest on proxy access proposals? As you may recall, the line drawn so far by Corp Fin has been that, where the shareholder proposal related to initial adoption of proxy access, Corp Fin has continued to grant...more

Shareholder Proposals Restricting Board/Management Access to Preliminary Voting Results May Be Excluded

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On January 6, 2017, the SEC Staff granted no-action relief that would allow companies to exclude shareholder proposals preventing management or the board from accessing preliminary voting results on uncontested matters prior...more

Fixing the Shareholder Proposal Process

Battles over proxy access have taken center stage over the past few years in the form of activist shareholder proposals and proposed SEC rulemaking. Now Business Roundtable is suggesting that the entire Rule 14a-8 shareholder...more

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