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July 28, 2015
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Top Stories

Why There Are Virtually No Virtual AGMs

Some U.S. companies now have online-only annual meetings, and our regulatory framework allows for it, but shareholder opposition is vocal.

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Disclosure Watch: CSA Increases Number of Continuous Disclosure Reviews

On July 16, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published the summary of the results of their annual continuous disclosure (CD) review program of reporting issuers (other than investment funds) for issuers with a fiscal year end of March 31, 2015 in CSA Staff Notice 51-344 – Continuous Disclosure Review Program Activities for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015 (Staff Notice).

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The SEC's Investor Advisory Committee and the Recommendation on Background Searches of Financial Professionals

The SEC's Investor Advisory Committee met on Thursday, July 16 and, among other things, adopted a resolution titled "Empowering Elders and Other Investors: Background Checks in the Financial Markets."

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Continuous Disclosure Review Results for Fiscal 2015 Published by CSA

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recently published CSA Staff Notice 51-344 Continuous Disclosure Review Program Activities for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015. The notice provides stakeholders with guidance arising from the key deficiencies identified by CSA members in their continuous disclosure reviews of reporting issuers last year.

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2015 Proxy Season Review

This Paper summarizes significant developments relating to shareholder proposals to date during the 2015 proxy season. Although shareholder activists pursuing strategic or management changes continue to dominate the headlines, they do not choose to wage those campaigns through shareholder proposals made under Rule 14a-8, which are addressed by this Paper, choosing instead private or public pressure, and often a threatened or actual proxy contest. Nonetheless, the widespread governance changes brought about through successful 14a-8 proposals have played no small part in the continued growth and success of shareholder activism.

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Changes to the Venture Issuer Rules

The Canadian securities commissions have implemented a number of changes to the continuous disclosure and governance obligations of venture issuers which came into force on June 30, 2015.

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FSBA: Proxy Moves Correlated to Gains

State board finds 9% bump in returns with voting decisions, according to new study.

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