December 15, 2017

NYSE Proposes to No Longer Require Hard Copies of Proxy Materials

As Cooley’s Cydney Posner blogged recently, the NYSE has proposed to amend Section 402.01 of the NYSE Listing Manual to provide that listed companies would not be required to provide hard copies of proxy materials to the NYSE, so long as they were included in an SEC filing available on Edgar.

If the proxy materials were available on Edgar but not filed under Schedule 14A (such as proxy statements of foreign private issuers), they may be more difficult for the NYSE to spot – so the company would be required to provide the NYSE with information sufficient to identify the filing not later than the date on which the proxy materials were sent or given to any security holders…

James Kim: Life as a Compensation Consultant

In this 26-minute podcast, James Kim of FW Cook discusses his exciting career, including:

1. How did you wind up getting into the compensation consultant industry?
2. What do you tell people that you do when you first meet them?
3. What are your remembrances of Bud Crystal?
4. What are the hot topics that you’re grabbling with now?
5. Are your clients preparing for the coming pay ratio rule?
6. What are the hardest parts of your job?
7. What are the best parts of your job?
8. What advice would you give to someone new in your field?

This podcast is also posted as part of my “Big Legal Minds” podcast series. Remember that these podcasts are also available on iTunes or Google Play (use the “My Podcasts” app on your iPhone and search for “Big Legal Minds”; you can subscribe to the feed so that any new podcast automatically downloads…

Conflict Minerals: Gold Still a Problem

Yes, the “conflict minerals” disclosure requirement still exists – for now – though there’s been a lot of ink spilled to consider whether it’s accomplishing its intended purpose. In the meantime, this depressing GAO report finds that armed groups still exert a lot of control over DRC gold mines. Here’s an excerpt from Cydney Posner’s blog:

While progress has been made recently “in reducing the presence of armed groups at tantalum, tin, and tungsten mine sites,…the widespread availability of gold in remote, difficult-to-access areas of the eastern DRC and the lack of a functioning traceability system allow armed groups to operate at gold mine sites with minimal government and international oversight. The DRC, US, and various international organizations have commenced initiatives to encourage the responsible sourcing of gold, but there are still few mines validated as conflict free, and there are few incentives for responsible sourcing.

Broc Romanek