Governance Insights

A biweekly newsletter for directors and investors

Our biweekly newsletter, Governance Insights, brings you board governance and investor news, relevant thought leadership, and other content to help you stay informed and make important decisions as directors and shareholders.

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For the first time in two years, the SEC has a full five-member commission; House passes bill to regulate proxy advisory firms; and SEC provides regulatory guidance on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Glass Lewis has released its 2018 proxy guidelines; the NACD has released the results of its 2017–2018 Public Company Governance Survey; and Spencer Stuart has released its 2017 US board index.

ISS announces 2018 benchmark policy updates; SEC comment letter trends on revenue standard; Anti-Fraud Collaboration addresses actions to report financial fraud; and Wachtell Lipton suggests ways to improve Compensation Discussion and Analysis.

CAQ releases 2017 Audit Committee Transparency Barometer; SEC issues guidance on shareholder proposals; Executive pay survey highlights companies’ pay ratio disclosures; Survey reports results of 100 largest US companies on board evaluation; and SEC Commissioner nominees advance to next round.

SEC approves new PCAOB auditor's reporting model; PwC issues 2017 Annual Corporate Directors Survey Results; CAQ releases 2017 Key Audit Considerations; and ISS’ 2017-2018 Policy Application Survey results released.

MSCI study finds that company performance and CEO pay don’t always align; SEC proposes Regulation S-K disclosure simplification amendments; State Street reports on board leadership structure voting for first half of 2017; CEO overboarding continues to be area of focus for investors; and SEC seeks a budget increase for fiscal year 2019.

ISS’ 2018 Global Policy Survey results released; NYC Comptroller’s office launches Boardroom Accountability 2.0; SEC Chairman addresses cybersecurity at the Commission; and SEC approves interpretive guidance on pay ratio.

Genstar Private Equity firm to acquire proxy advisor ISS; Robert Jackson nominated for SEC Commissioner vacancy; PCAOB publishes Staff Inspection Brief on 2017 inspections; and SEC receives public comments on the PCAOB's proposed new auditor reporting model.

Comments received urges SEC to revise/reject new PCAOB auditor reporting standard; SEC simplifies IPO process; Activists continue to seek changes in board composition; and State Street issues guidance for climate disclosure.

Federal Reserve Board proposes enhanced supervisory expectations for boards; Search for new PCAOB chair and board members commences; Survey reveals trends in corporate director pay; 2017 proxy access proposals focused on bylaws amendments; Boards refine peer group selection and Business Roundtable requests pay ratio exclusions.

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