SEC Eyes Hurricane Harvey; Two Technical Reminders for SEC Filers

According to an August 30 press release, the SEC is “closely monitoring the impact of Hurricane Harvey on investors and capital markets … [and] will evaluate the possibility of granting relief from filing deadlines and other regulatory requirements for those affected by the storm.”

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How Activist Investors Analyze and Target Boards of Directors

Is your board of directors likely to be targeted by activist investors? If so, is an activist likely to seek to expand the board or target specific directors for replacement? If the latter, which specific directors are the most likely targets?

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Voluntary Audit Committee Disclosures on the Rise

Two studies published last month by Ernst & Young and Deloitte analyze audit committee disclosures in proxy statements of large public companies and conclude that calls by investors and other stakeholders for greater transparency around the role of audit committees have resulted in a voluntary expansion of audit committee disclosures.

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CEO Exit “Codes” Can Be Cracked, So Craft Departure Announcements Carefully

Cryptic press releases announcing CEO departures can reveal more information than companies realize, thanks to an algorithm developed by a German linguist.

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Recent Senate Confirmations Hold Promise for More Public Company Deregulation

Public companies operating under extreme uncertainty on the regulatory policy front now have some additional clues as to what lies ahead.

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Amid Uncertainty, KPMG Study Shows Varied Director Views on Trump Administration Agenda

A recent KPMG survey of nearly 600 directors and senior executives across 16 cities shows a wide range of views on the Trump administration’s agenda among business leaders.

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