SEC’s “Proxy Advisor & Shareholder Proposal” Proposals Coming Next Week?
Although we haven’t yet seen a Sunshine Act notice from the SEC, the Financial Times is reporting that the SEC could propose new rules for proxy advisors & shareholder proposal thresholds as soon as next Tuesday. For now, here’s what’s being reported as part of the proposal:
– Proxy advisors would be required to give companies two chances to review proxy voting materials before they are sent to shareholders
– Shareholder proposal resubmission threshold would increase to 6% approval in year one, 15% in year two and 30% in year three – if a shareholder proposal doesn’t hit those thresholds, companies would be able to exclude proposals on the same subject matter for the next three years
These things are always very speculative – both the substance & timing could change, and nothing’s certain until we see the proposal. The FT article emphasizes that too:
The Commission is expected to vote to put the changes out for comment on November 5, according to the people, who cautioned that the plans and the timing were still in flux and could change before the vote next month.
If the proposal is issued, you can bet we’ll be covering it during our upcoming TheCorporateCounsel.net webcast – “Shareholder Proposals: What Now” – on Thursday, November 21st. In that program, Davis Polk’s Ning Chiu, Morrison & Foerster’s Marty Dunn and Gibson Dunn’s Beth Ising will also be discussing Corp Fin’s new approach for processing shareholder proposal no-action requests and the expected impact of Staff Legal Bulletin 14K.
-Liz Dunshee, CompensationStandards.com October 29, 2019
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