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Allison Handy is the firmwide co-chair of the Corporate & Securities practice. Her extensive experience includes advising public and private companies in connection with corporate governance practices, disclosure issues, and capital markets transactions, such as equity offerings, debt offerings and tender offers. She is also a leader of the firm’s Environmental, Social, and Governance advisory team.

Allison provides counsel to companies on a broad range of issues faced by management and directors in connection with the many compliance aspects of securities laws, including governance rules adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and stock exchanges. She advises boards and committees in matters related to internal investigations and the efforts of shareholder activists, and works closely with in-house counsel, financial personnel, and outside auditors and advisors to help her clients prepare proxy statements and other reports to investors that meet complex disclosure obligations.

In anticipation of the upcoming annual report and proxy season, we are highlighting new requirements and trends for public companies in 2021. This update includes:

  • SEC rule changes and guidance updates that affect annual reports and proxy statements
  • Proxy advisor policy updates
  • Key focus areas for shareholder engagement and corporate governance

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The SEC recently adopted rule amendments that will revise certain proxy adviser practices and issued further guidance on investment adviser voting responsibilities in a welcome change for many public companies. In this update, we highlight key changes for proxy adviser reports, including:

  • Proxy advisers must provide all public companies with a copy of their report