On Wednesday, April 18th, the SEC introduced a much-anticipated package of proposed rules and formal guidance concerning the standards of conduct for financial professionals. The more than 1,000-page proposal, which emerged eight years after Congress required the agency to conduct a study on the topic, addresses whether investment advisers and broker-dealers should have identical or

On July 25, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a Report of Investigation (“Report”) finding that the digital tokens offered and sold by the virtual, unincorporated organization known as “The DAO” were securities subject to the federal securities laws. The DAO sold DAO tokens in exchange for the digital currency Ether used on

As the 2017 proxy season approaches, now is the ideal time for bank to begin preparations.  As in past proxy seasons, one issue that may turn out to be a significant focus of shareholders and companies alike is the voting standard for director elections.  This is no more evident than in the corporate governance regimes of small and mid-sized banks.  As reported in the American Banker in May, shareholders at some small and mid-sized banks have renewed a push for banks to adopt majority voting, rather than plurality voting, in director elections.
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