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SEC issues staff legal bulletin on shareholder proposals

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Oct 17, 2019

The SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance has issued Staff Legal Bulletin (SLB) 14K, “Shareholder Proposals,” which provides its views on shareholder proposals under Rule 14a-8 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Specific topics addressed in the SLB include:

  • The “analytical framework of Rule 14a-8(i)(7).”
  • Analyses by the board of directors that are “provided in no-action requests to demonstrate that the policy issue raised by the proposal is not significant to the company.”
  • Excluding a proposal under Rule 14a-8(i)(7) on the basis of “the scope and application of micromanagement.”
  • Letters on proof of ownership.

For more in­for­ma­tion, see SLB 14K on the SEC’s Web site.

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