Seminar July 10-13, 2013

Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals 2013 National Conference

Alston & Bird participated in the annual meeting of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals. This year's conference was held from July 10-13 at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel. For more details and to access the conference agenda, please click here.

The following topics were covered during the presentation.

    • Shareholder Proposals Submitted in 2013
    • Voting Support Levels for Shareholder Proposals in 2013 
    • Proponent Trends 
    • Target Trends
    • Shareholder Engagement
    • Effect of Revised ISS Policy on Board Responsiveness 
    • Rule 14a-8 Procedural Issues
    • Trends in 2013 SEC No-Action Letters 
    • Litigation Related to Rule 14a-8
    • Additional SEC Guidance over the Past Year 
    • Does Rule 14a-8 Need to Be Modernized? 
    • What to Expect in 2014


July 10-13, 2013
Sheraton Hotel / Seattle, WA

To learn more, contact any of the participating attorneys below:

David A. Brown
David A. Brown focuses his practice on securities regulation, public and private mergers and acquisitions, public and private corporate finance transactions, friendly and hostile tender offers, proxy contests, going-private transactions, public company investments and general corporate matters. He has extensive experience and knowledge in the federal securities laws, including the SEC’s tender offer rules, proxy rules, going private rules and the beneficial ownership rules.
David E. Brown, Jr.
David Brown is co-chair of the firm’s corporate practice area, which includes its corporate, energy, finance, health care, real estate and public policy groups, and a partner in the Financial Services & Products Group, which he previously led. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities disclosure, and payment system and other technology transactions, with an emphasis on the financial services, technology and telecommunications industries.
Gidon Caine
Gidon Caine is a Silicon Valley partner in the firm’s Securities Litigation Group and concentrates on securities and corporate governance litigation. Gidon principally represents issuers, directors, officers, venture capitalists, mutual funds and investment advisers in securities class actions, corporate governance matters, derivative litigation, fiduciary duty litigation, mergers and acquisitions litigation, criminal and SEC matters, matters before self-regulatory organizations, internal investigations, arbitration proceedings, prelitigation counseling and commercial matters.
Dennis O. Garris
Dennis O. Garris is partner-in-charge of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and is the former co-head of the firm’s securities, mergers and acquisitions practices. His practice focuses on securities and complex Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulatory and disclosure matters and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Garris is a nationally known expert on SEC regulatory matters, including the proxy rules, tender offer rules, going-private rules and beneficial ownership reporting rules.
Scott Ortwein
Scott Ortwein is co-leader of the firm's Corporate Transactions Department. Mr. Ortwein’s practice is concentrated in the areas of corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Ortwein regularly advises boards of directors and committees of boards of directors in their consideration of extraordinary corporate transactions. Mr. Ortwein has represented over 50 public companies in a variety of industries in the areas of corporate governance, securities compliance, public and private securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions.

Media Contacts
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Phone: 212.210.1222
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