On October 26, 2016 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed proxy rule amendments that would require, in a contested election of directors, the public company and the shareholder activist to each use a “universal” proxy card – i.e., a card that includes the names of both parties’ nominees. Under the proposal, shareholders would be able to vote by proxy for a mix of company and dissident nominees of their choosing (i.e., “splitting the vote”). Currently, split-ticket voting can be accomplished only by attending the shareholder meeting and voting by ballot. The proposed changes are an attempt by the SEC … Read more
[Two weeks ago], the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules to implement Title V and Title VI of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the JOBS Act).  Specifically, the SEC proposed to revise the rules governing registration, termination of registration and suspension of reporting under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Exchange Act) to reflect the new thresholds set forth in the JOBS Act.
Background: Title V and Title VI of the JOBS Act
The JOBS Act amended Sections 12(g) and 15(d) of the Exchange Act to adjust the thresholds for registration, termination of registration and suspension … Read more