With the calendar turning to autumn, the proxy and annual reporting season may seem a long way off. However, in light of the amount of work and planning that goes into the proxy statement, annual report, and annual meeting of shareholders, this is the ideal time to begin preparations.

This Legal Update provides an overview

In the paper, “Unicorniphobia,” Alexander I. Platt counters the viewpoint held by many legal scholars and regulators, including the SEC, that unicorns pose regulatory, financial, and social risks.  Many recent articles argue that unicorns pose concerns because: they are not subject to SEC reporting and SEC scrutiny and oversight; unicorn CEOs/founders are usually innovative but

On September 6, 2022, the OCA released a statement regarding audit quality and investor protection under the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act (“HFCAA”).  The statement reiterates the importance of high quality audits in protecting investors, instilling shareholder confidence in the quality of the financial information, and enabling public companies to raise capital efficiently.  The OCA

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Please join us for Mayer Brown’s Benefits & Compensation University. During this series of webinars, we are exploring ERISA, benefits and compensation issues in depth and hearing from leading Mayer Brown lawyers about the changing regulatory landscape. The Mayer Brown team will provide practical

Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) released its report to Congress summarizing the principal policy recommendations made at the 41st Annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation (the “Small Business Forum”).  The Small Business Forum was led by the SEC’s Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation in cooperation with

On August 25, 2022, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) finally adopted a “pay versus performance” rule in accordance with a Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) mandate that requires SEC-reporting companies to disclose in a clear manner the relationship between executive compensation actually paid and the financial performance of

Last Friday, the United States and China appear to have taken a major step towards resolving their long-standing dispute over inspections and investigations by the U.S. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) of audit firms based in China and Hong Kong that threatens to cause the delisting of approximately $1.5 trillion in U.S.-listed securities by

On August 25, 2022, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued three Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) (see the Proxy Rules and Schedules 14A/14C), 139.01, 139.02 and 139.03.  The C&DIs, which relate to the universal proxy rule, Rule 14a-19, address proxy contests and disclosure of the proxy notice deadline when

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that the fees that public companies and other issuers pay to register their securities with the SEC will increase from $92.70 per million dollars to $110.20 per million dollars, effective October 1.  The new fee rate will be applicable to the registration of securities under Section 6(b) of the

On August 25, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a final pay for performance rule.  The pay for performance rule implements the Dodd Frank Act rulemaking mandate contained in Section 953(a) of the Act.  That section required adoption of a rule that would mandate that public companies describe the relationship between compensation paid to