Comment from Ciara Torres-Spelliscy on SEC Proposal

Stetson law professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, an expert on dark money and its pernicious impact on both public and private governance, has submitted an excellent and very persuasive comment to the SEC on the proposed rules for limiting shareholder proposals. The full text is in the link below. An excerpt: [T]he rule proposed by File No….

Proxy Season 2020: Board Composition, Climate, Political Contributions

In a report released today, The Conference Board finds that the environmental and social policies of corporations will continue to take center stage in the 2020 shareholder voting season. Institutional investors will continue to focus on issues pertaining to board diversity, disparities in the compensation of female employees, and transparency around corporate political activities. Conducted…

SEC Proxy Rulemaking: Insightful Comment with Compelling Data from Tom Shaffner

One of the most compelling and persuasively documented comments we have seen on the SEC’s proposed rule on proxy advisory firms and proxy proposals comes from an individual investor and data scientist named Tom Shaffner. We highly recommend reading the comment in full at the link below. Some highlights (footnotes omitted): The more I’ve learned…

Shareholders Urge JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo to Act on Climate

A coalition of investors — Walden Asset Management, Presbyterian Church USA, and First Affirmative Financial Network — led by shareholder advocate As You Sow recently filed climate-focused resolutions with a large segment of the U.S. banking industry, including JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley. Investor concern is growing regarding…

Nuns berate SEC over planned shareholder rules | Financial Times

  Two groups of nuns, including one that puts living a life of peacemaking at the centre of its work, are gearing up for a fight with the US financial regulator over proposed shareholder rules. The Ursuline Convent of the Sacred Heart in Toledo and the Dominican Sisters of Peace based in Columbus, Ohio, want…

Commissioner Jackson on Disclosure of Political Contributions

November 18, 2019 The Honorable Carolyn B. Maloney Chair, Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets United States House of Representatives 2308 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515-3212 VIA ELECTRONIC DELIVERY Dear Chair Maloney: Thank you for your July 15 letter regarding my research on the need for transparency in corporate political spending—and…

Commissioner Lee: Statement on Shareholder Rights

Commissioner Allison Herrren Lee expressed her objections to the Republican Commissioners’ proposed rule on proxy proposals and proxy advisors, starting with the core point that no one has documents any kind of actual problem. There is a common theme that unites the two proposals before us today: they both would operate to suppress the exercise…

Commissioner Jackson: Statement on Proposals to Restrict Shareholder Voting

On November 5, the SEC issued its proposed rules on shareholder proposals and proxy advisors and they are atrocious, violating every possible procedural and substantive requirement for administrative rule making. We will be commenting, urging others to comment, and covering the proceedings in detail. First, the statement objecting to the proposal from Commissioner Robert Jackson:…

ISS Files Suit Against the SEC Re New Proxy Rules

The SEC is expected to reveal new proposed proxy rules next Tuesday, but ISS did not wait for their formal announcement. They have filed a lawsuit against the SEC. ISS claims that the upcoming rulemaking is invalid. An excerpt from the complaint: First, the Release exceeds the SEC’s statutory authority under Section 14(a) of the…