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SEC Commissioner Aguilar gives speech on board diversity
  • Holland & Knight LLP
  • USA
  • April 11 2011

In his speech titled "Board Diversity: Why It Matters and How to Improve It," SEC Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar indicated there could be improvement in the disclosure provided by companies regarding board diversity, as newly required under the changes to Item 407 of Regulation S-K in late 2009


Say on pay: companies failing to garner majority support
  • Holland & Knight LLP
  • USA
  • March 28 2011

According to ISS Voting Analytics data as of March 22, 2011, over 90 of companies have garnered majority support in their say on pay votes; however, four companies have failed to receive majority support in their say on pay votes during the 2011 proxy season


SEC staff issued interpretations on change of accountants
  • Holland & Knight LLP
  • USA
  • January 24 2011

On January 14, 2011, the Division of Corporation Finance issued new CDIs regarding change of accountants


ISS publishes draft proxy voting guidelines
  • Holland & Knight LLP
  • USA
  • November 7 2011

On October 18, 2011, Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc. (ISS) published for comment its proposed 2012 updates to its proxy voting guidelines


ISS releases 20 FAQs on 2012 compensation guidelines
  • Holland & Knight LLP
  • USA
  • February 7 2012

On January 25, 2012, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released 20 frequently asked questions on its 2012 compensation guidelines


NYSE deems group of governance proposals to be "non-routine"
  • Holland & Knight LLP
  • USA
  • February 7 2012

On January 25, 2012, the NYSE released Informational Memo 12-4 which announced revisions to the applicability of Rule 452 to certain types of corporate governance proxy proposals


Division of Corporation Finance issues additional CDIs on executive compensation
  • Holland & Knight LLP
  • USA
  • March 22 2010

On March 12, 2010, the Division of Corporation Finance issued additional Regulation S-K Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (CDIs) relating to disclosure of bonuses when an executive declines to accept the bonus, and the scope of the new compensation consultant disclosure requirement


SEC’s Chief Accountant addresses status of accounting and auditing standards projects
  • Holland & Knight LLP
  • USA
  • June 7 2010

On May 21, 2010, the SEC's Chief Accountant, James Kroeker, testifying before a Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, addressed the status of various accounting and auditing standards matters that the SEC is working on in conjunction with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB


Court rejects shareholder proposal due to insufficient proof of ownership
  • Holland & Knight LLP
  • USA
  • April 11 2011

Rather than attempt to exclude a shareholder proposal through the normal SEC channels, a company filed a lawsuit in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Texas seeking a declaratory judgment that would allow the company to exclude the shareholder proposal submitted by John Chevedden due to his alleged lack of eligibility


President signs Dodd-Frank Act
  • Holland & Knight LLP
  • USA
  • July 26 2010

On July 21, 2010, the President signed into law the "Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act" ("Dodd-Frank"