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Proxy advisory firms release 2016 policy updates
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • USA
  • December 14 2015

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis & Co. (Glass Lewis) recently released policy updates for the upcoming 2016 proxy season


SEC provides guidance on conflicting shareholder proposals and Trinity vs Wal-Mart
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • USA
  • October 23 2015

The SEC has completed its previously announced review of when a shareholder proposal may be excluded under Rule 14a-8(i)(9) because it directly


PCAOB, auditors and executive compensation
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • USA
  • May 8 2013

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, or PCAOB, has reproposed a new auditing standard, Related Parties, and certain other amendments to its


First Proxy Access Nominee Rejected
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • USA
  • November 25 2016

GAMCO Asset Management Inc. made the news when it became the first to submit a nominee for National Fuel Gas’ board of directors using a proxy access


ISS considering changing course on independent chair shareholder proposals
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • USA
  • October 16 2014

ISS is requesting feedback on a change to its voting policy on independent chair shareholder proposals. ISS' current policy is to generally recommend


ISS 2015 Proxy Voting Guidelines include new "scorecard" evaluation policy for equity plan proposals
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • USA
  • November 21 2014

This month, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) issued its 2015 Proxy Voting Guidelines for the upcoming proxy season, which include the


SEC Chair White warns on fee shifting bylaws
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • USA
  • March 19 2015

In remarks at a conference attended by M&A professionals, SEC Chair White gave her views on fee shifting bylaws. Currently the SEC staff is focused


ISS reports on compensation trends
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • USA
  • May 18 2015

ISS has issued a report on compensation trends incorporating data so far from this year's proxy filings


ISS issues 2016 policy updates
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • USA
  • November 20 2015

Current ISS policy considers a director “overboarded” if he or she sits on more than six public company boards - or if he or she is also a CEO, more


Pay Ratio Disclosures Begin to Appear in Proxy Statements
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • USA
  • April 10 2016

Some companies have begun to disclose pay ratios in their proxy statements in advance of the SEC requirement. We have included a sample below. Of