As part of the effort to rebrand the party and reconnect with working-class voters who were lost in the presidential election, congressional Democrats revealed a new populist policy agenda, titled “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future” (hereinafter, “A Better Deal”), on Monday, July 24. The agenda outlined by A Better Deal has three pillars: (1) creating jobs and raising wages and incomes, (2) lowering the costs of living and (3) building an economy that helps families conquer challenges of the 21st century. The agenda includes several sections that will be fleshed out further over the coming weeks. Those sections, including one titled “Crack Down on Corporate Monopolies and the Abuse of Economic and Political Power” that focused on increased antitrust enforcement, will often be accompanied by legislation.
On August 17, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Staff issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) that clarify the financial information that Emerging Growth Companies (EGCs) and non-EGCs may omit from their draft registration statements. As we previously blogged, beginning on July 10, 2017, the SEC began to accept voluntary draft registration statements from all issuers for nonpublic review (not just EG). While these latest C&DIs provide useful examples about what financial statements to include in a registration statement, they are consistent with the SEC’s prior announcement, on June 29, 2017, regarding the expanded draft registration statement processing procedures, which was supplemented on August 17, 2017.
“Why Private Companies Shouldn’t Overlook the Benefits of Directors and Officers Liability Insurance,” an article by Akin Gump litigation partner Douglas Rappaport, counsel Jacqueline Yecies and associate Tim Shepherd, with co-authors, has been published by Marsh.
New York Law Journal has published the article “‘Spoofing’: The SEC Calls It Manipulation, But Will Courts Agree?” written by Michael Asaro and Richard Williams Jr., partner and associate, respectively, in the litigation practice at Akin Gump.
This week we highlight two analyses, one by J.P. Morgan and the other by Ernst & Young, reviewing the 2017 proxy season. The reports address board diversity; gender equality; environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues; and the normalization of shareholder activism as high priorities and key trends for many investors and boards.
On June 30, Congress gaveled out for the July 4 recess after postponing a critical vote to begin debate on an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal-and-replace bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the GOP caucus have worked for the last two months in countless hours of behind-the-scenes meetings on what many believe to be a long-shot effort to unite 50 of the 52 Republican senators.
This week we highlight Willis Towers Watson’s 2017 Proxy Analysis of Executive Compensation. Their analysis is based on 365 S&P 1500 companies with consistent CEOs that filed proxies disclosing 2016 pay by the end of March 2017. The findings conclude that executive pay practices settled in to a new normal in 2016, characterized by modest pay increases, continued emphasis on performance-oriented compensation, and annual and long-term incentive (LTI) plan design features and metrics consistent with those of recent years.
Last week, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that, beginning on July 10, 2017, the SEC will accept voluntary draft registration submissions from all issuers for nonpublic review. This expanded nonpublic review will apply to initial registration statements filed under both the Securities Act and the Exchange Act, as well as to Securities Act registration statements filed within one year of the effective date of an issuer’s initial Securities Act registration statement or Exchange Act Section 12(b) registration statement. Currently, only Emerging Growth Companies (EGCs) are allowed to confidentially submit a draft registration statement for confidential, nonpublic review by the SEC Staff prior to public filing, and such review applies to only the Securities Act registration process. The SEC Staff notes that the expanded nonpublic review will not limit the process by which EGCs submit draft registration statements for confidential review promulgated under the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, as subsequently modified by the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.