The SEC is proposing amendments to the federal proxy rules that will require the use of universal proxies in all non-exempt solicitations in connection with contested elections of the directors. These universal proxies will include the names of both registrant and dissident nominees, which would allow shareholders to vote by proxy in a manner that more closely resembles how they would vote at a shareholder meeting. The proxy process is the way most shareholders engage in the election of directors, so these proposed changes would have a large impact on corporations with securities registered pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange Act. The Commission has long been focused on protecting and enhancing the ability of shareholders to elect directors, and these rules concerning proxies would permit better shareholder control over director elections.
Monday, November 07. 2016
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