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Webinar Recording: Navigate Webinar: Cleantech Goes Public with SPAC

April 7, 2021 | Webinar | By Thomas R. Burton, III

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Not So Fast: DOL Changes Course on Trump-Era ESG Investment Rule

March 22, 2021 | Blog | By David L. Ward, Alyssa C. Scruggs

The United States Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Employee Benefits Security Administration (“EBSA”) announced on March 10, 2021 that it will not enforce certain final rules put into place under President Trump related to environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) investing.
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently released its 2021 Examination Priorities. The SEC indicates it will focus on senior investors and those saving for retirement, with a specific focus on potential conflicts of interests faced by brokers and advisors in giving them financial advice.
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This alert discusses the appointment of Satyam Khanna as the first senior policy advisor for climate and ESG at the SEC, where he will address climate and environmental, social, and governance issues.
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Read the transcript of CompensationStandard.com’s November 2020 webcast titled, “Pay Equity: What Compensation Committees Need to Know” in which Anne L. Bruno was among the experts to discuss pay equity, shareholder expectations, disclosure trends, board oversight, and more.
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Nasdaq Proposes New Listing Rules Regarding Board Diversity

December 3, 2020 | Advisory | By Daniel T. Kajunski

Read about Nasdaq’s proposed new listing rules, which would generally require U.S. listing companies to appoint a certain number of diverse directors.
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ESG Investing in Retirement Accounts: Down But Not Out

November 30, 2020 | Blog | By Pete Michaels, Alyssa C. Scruggs

Proponents of environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) investing may have good news on the horizon—in particular, good news that could resuscitate ESG investing in retirement accounts following the Department of Labor’s recent blow to the practice.
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SEC Commissioner Considers Future ESG Investment Regulation

November 17, 2020 | Blog | By David L. Ward

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You Can’t Always Get What You Want: The End of ESG Investing in ERISA Accounts

October 26, 2020 | Blog | By Pete Michaels, Alyssa C. Scruggs

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With ESG, Things Aren’t Always As Green As They Seem

October 22, 2020 | Blog | By Pete Michaels, Alyssa C. Scruggs

Environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) investing has captured the attention (and dollars) of more institutional investors each year and continues to grow exponentially. However, how can an ESG investor be sure that the investments it is making truly align with the values those funds purport to prioritize?
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Executive Compensation Practices in Pharma – Insight into Congressional Oversight

October 7, 2020 | Blog | By Alexander Hecht, Anthony DeMaio

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California has enacted the nation’s first diversity mandate for public company boards. As we previously reported, the new law (AB 979) builds upon California’s first- in-the nation statutory gender mandate for public company boards.
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California Seeks to Expand its Board Diversity Mandate

September 9, 2020 | Blog | By Jennifer Rubin

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Regardless of size or industry, thoughtful director appointment is critical to the success of any public company.  Yet following the departure of a director, many boards are left scrambling to locate and onboard a suitable replacement.  Even boards that purposely undertake to increase the number of directors may struggle to balance numerous (and sometimes competing) concerns.  Below are a few pointers for promoting good corporate governance practices when appointing a new director.
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Disclosure Considerations Regarding Operations, Liquidity, and Capital Resources

July 21, 2020 | Advisory | By Anne Bruno, Ginny H. Lee

This advisory discusses the SEC’s recent guidance on operations, liquidity, and capital resources disclosure that companies should consider in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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This advisory summarizes recent proxy advisor guidance on and strategies for adjusting annual performance goals in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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