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    1. SEC Issues Proposed Rules Requiring Use of Universal Proxy

      SEC Issues Proposed Rules Requiring Use of Universal Proxy

      SEC Issues Proposed Rules Requiring Use of Universal Proxy The Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed amendments to the federal securities laws that would require use of universal proxies in connection with contested elections of directors. These universal proxies would include the names of all nominees for election to the board of directors, including both the registrant’s slate of nominees and a dissident party’s nominees.

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    2. Impact of 2016 Elections: Tax Code Reform and Executive Compensation

      Impact of 2016 Elections: Tax Code Reform and Executive Compensation

      President-Elect Donald Trump ’s new administration is likely to work with congressional Republicans to pursue significant changes to the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) . During the campaign, Mr. Trump’s tax proposals focused primarily on reducing the maximum corporate tax rate to 15%, eliminating the alternative minimum tax, and simplifying individual tax brackets from seven to three and lowering the maximum rate....

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    3. Enforcement at the Gates: SEC Action against Big Four Firm and New International Standards Highlight the Role of Accountants as Financial Gatekeepers

      Enforcement at the Gates: SEC Action against Big Four Firm and New International Standards Highlight the Role of Accountants as Financial Gatekeepers

      In late September 2016, Andrew Ceresney, Director of Enforcement of (“SEC”), signaled the SEC’s renewed focus on the key role played by audit committee members and external auditors as the “gatekeepers” of the financial reporting process ...

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    4. Learning to Live with Clawbacks: New, Long String on Executive Compensation

      Learning to Live with Clawbacks: New, Long String on Executive Compensation

      Learning to Live with Clawbacks: New, Long String on Executive Compensation Existing rules in Europe require, and proposed rules in the U.S. would require, companies and financial institutions to have in place effective clawback policies. Under such policies, employers have the ability to recover compensation paid to employees when certain events occur or information comes to light that could have an adverse effect on the employer...

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    5. Corporate Governance: "Onboarding" Key Leaders and CEOs

      Corporate Governance: "Onboarding" Key Leaders and CEOs

      Corporate Governance: "Onboarding" Key Leaders and CEOs Monday, October 10, 2016 Much has been written about the importance of providing comprehensive orientation programming ( i.e ., “onboarding”) to new board members, in order that they may be capable of assuming their board duties and responsibilities on an accelerated basis. Following recent media coverage, attention is now spreading to onboarding activities involving an incoming CEO and new board chairs...

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