January 21, 2009

More Proxy Season Practice Pointers

We just posted the “Winter ’09 Issue” of (we are maintaining this publication as complimentary thru ’09 as a “Thank You” to our loyal members in a down economy). The “Winter ’09” issue includes articles on:

– Online Annual Reports and Proxy Statements: What’s Wrong and How to Fix It
– The Birth of “Video Annual Reports:” A Substitute for the Written Word?
– Disclosure of Committee Membership When Members Have Changed
– A Practical Approach to Updating Committee Charters

If you’re not yet a member of, simply provide your contact information in this sign-up form and gain free and immediate access to the issue. If you signed up last year, your ID/password will continue to work – if you forgot what those are, go here to get a reminder.

Broadridge’s New Beneficial Notice and More

Gearing up for Year Two of voluntary e-proxy, Broadridge has designed a new notice for beneficial owners as well as a “Go Green” envelope that should help educate investors. We have posted samples in our “E-Proxy” Practice Area.

In addition, Broadridge has built a “Shareholder Education” website, which they intend to make available from their proxy voting pages (eg. This supplements an online tool that companies can use to create their own beneficial notice online. That tool will soon be enhanced to enable companies to create their proxy cards. Tune in on February 5th for our webcast – “How to Implement E-Proxy in Year Two” – featuring Lyell Dampeer of Broadridge, Carl Hagberg, two proxy solicitors (Tom Ball and Paul Schulman) and Keir Gumbs.

The Latest Developments: Your Upcoming Proxy Disclosures—What You Need to Do Now!

Don’t forget to tune in today for the webcast – “The Latest Developments: Your Upcoming Proxy Disclosures—What You Need to Do Now!,” featuring Mark Borges, Alan Dye, Dave Lynn and Ron Mueller. This is the first of a two-webcast series, with the second one taking place the following Wednesday, January 28th.

Given the heightened importance of executive pay right now – and the high likelihood that Congress will pass “say-on-pay” legislation, this year’s compensation disclosures will receive unprecedented scruntiny by investors, employees, customers and the media.

Act Now: As all memberships are on a calendar-year basis, you will not be able to access these webcasts if you haven’t renewed for ’09 – so please renew today. If you aren’t a member, try a no-risk trial for ’09.

– Broc Romanek