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Nasdaq Proposes to Modify Shareholder Approval Rules

Publication Date: February 21, 2018  During 2016 and 2017, Nasdaq solicited comments from, and held discussions with, market participants regarding whether, given the changes in the capital markets over the past 30 years, Nasdaq could update its shareholder approval rules to enhance the ability for capital formation without sacrificing investor protections. Based on the feedback […]

Planning for Proxy Season: It's Time to Consider an Interactive Proxy

Publication Date: January 30, 2018 To help companies prepare for the 2018 proxy season, Nasdaq’s Governance Clearinghouse will post a series of articles over the coming months that feature new developments in technology, upcoming regulatory changes, and tips for enhancing your company’s proxy presentation and readability. Interactive proxies range in format from static PDFs with […]

10 Questions Your Company's Board Should Answer in 2018

Publication Date: January 16, 2018 Betsy Atkins encourages companies to kick off 2018 by proactively addressing the corporate governance hot-button issues of 2018—before their investors do. Shareholders and institutional investors are holding companies accountable to an increasingly complex slate of stewardship principles.  How can a company prepare for the corporate governance challenges in the year ahead? […]

Enhancing Transparency in Regulation

Publication Date: January 10, 2018  At Nasdaq, we believe transparency of our Listing Rules, policies and procedures results in fairer and more effective regulation. To this end, in 2012, Nasdaq created the Listing Center’s Reference Library, which today houses more than 400 frequently asked questions about listing matters, 100 anonymized versions of appellate listing decisions […]

December's Must Reads

1. The Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide for Corporate Boards – Boardroom ResourcesThis Boardroom Resources article describes what company stakeholders, including institutional investors, proxy advisors, and shareholder activists, would like most in the New Year ahead.Read more >> 2. How AI Will Invade Every Corner of Wall Street – Bloomberg.comThis Bloomberg article states that artificial intelligence […]

Ransomware Payment: Legality, Logistics, and Proof of Life Part Three: Notification, Remediation, and Insurance

Publication Date: January 8, 2018  This is the third in a three-part series of white papers authored by Cybersecurity expert John Reed Stark. The series offers guidance for boards of directors on the legal issues, logistical considerations and financial implications of responding to ransomware threats. Government measures to mitigate ransomware crimes are still somewhat theoretical […]

U.S. Capital Markets and the Road Ahead

Q: What are some of the initiatives Nasdaq is working to advance with the SEC? A: Nasdaq is pursuing the proposals outlined in our Revitalize Blueprint, to enhance capital formation opportunities in the primary equity markets. In our blueprint, we are recommending that small and mid-cap companies be permitted to benefit from the choice to […]

Five Steps to Upgrade Your Board Evaluation by Beverly Behan, Author, “Great Companies Deserve Great Boards”

What kind of results are boards achieving when they change things up in their board evaluation? Here are some examples: Three years ago, the board of a midcap REIT conducted a comprehensive board evaluation using all five steps outlined herein. They entered the process with no plans to recruit any new directors, but came away […]