The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final amendments to its rules on December 2, 2021 to implement the requirements in the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act of 2020.  Although for the foreseeable future, the majority of the new rules are expected only to affect SEC registrants whose operations are based in China or

On December 15, 2021, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued proposed amendments to its existing rules regarding disclosures about purchases of an issuer’s equity securities by or on behalf of the issuer or an affiliated purchaser, commonly referred to as “buybacks.” The Proposed Amendments would apply to issuers that repurchase securities registered

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed changes to the proxy solicitation rules on November 17, 2021. This Mayer Brown Legal Update discusses the proposed changes that would rescind certain new rules adopted by the SEC in July 2020, which apply to proxy voting advice produced and disseminated by proxy advisory firms, otherwise

On November 17, 2021, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted mandatory universal proxy rules that will apply for all contested director elections. Under the final rules, each universal proxy card must list all management and dissident nominees for director, enabling shareholders voting by proxy to pick and choose among the different slates of

This LexisNexis practice note examines some of the issues most commonly raised in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) staff comment letters on registration statements filed for IPOs. It is intended to guide you, as counsel to an IPO company, in assisting your client in efficiently navigating the SEC comment and review process. This piece discusses

On November 3, 2021, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (the “Staff”) of the US Securities and Exchange Commission issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14L (“SLB 14L”). SLB 14L reverses course on Staff positions taken since 2017 with respect to the ordinary business grounds for exclusion of shareholder proposals from company proxy statements

This past summer’s string of cyber enforcement actions signals that cybersecurity has become a top priority for the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These enforcement actions highlight the SEC’s scrutiny of written documentation and disclosures following incidents. In this National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Legal Update, we discuss the SEC’s recent cyber enforcement actions,

Once again, it is time to prepare for the proxy and annual report season. There are many issues to take into consideration when crafting required regulatory disclosures in a manner that conveys effective messaging to the company’s investors. Advance planning, careful drafting and multi-faceted review greatly contribute to a successful proxy and annual report season,