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BlackRock issues proxy voting guidelines for 2018 proxy season

USA - February 13 2018 Because BlackRock is reportedly the largest asset management firm (with $6.3 trillion under management), its voting guidelines will matter to more...


Nasdaq proposes to modify the requirement for shareholder approval of issuances involving 20 or more of the shares or voting power outstanding

USA - February 13 2018 Nasdaq is proposing to modify the listing requirements in Rule 5635(d) to (i) change the definition of market value for purposes of the shareholder...


Mandatory shareholder arbitration provisions for IPOs? SEC Chair says “not on my list”

USA - February 8 2018 Depending on your point of view, you may have experienced either heart palpitations or increased serotonin levels when you heard, back in July 2017...


In light of the recent fraud charges against audit firm partners and the PCAOB, what questions should audit committees ask their outside auditors?

USA - February 7 2018 Recent civil and criminal fraud charges against partners at KPMG and staffers at the PCAOB, arising out of “their participation in a scheme to...


BlackRock advocates that at least two women be on each company board

USA - February 6 2018 The lede from the WSJ is that “for the first time,” BlackRock (reportedly the largest asset management firm with $6.3 trillion under management) is...