• Considerations for Public Company Directors in the 2012 Proxy Season
  • January 5, 2012 | Authors: Amy Goodman; Elizabeth A. Ising; Gillian McPhee; Ronald O. Mueller; John F. Olson
  • Law Firms: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP - Washington Office ; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP - Los Angeles Office
  • The past year has been one of change and challenge for public companies and their boards, as companies have moved to implement "say-on-pay" and other provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ("Dodd-Frank"). With the 2012 proxy season on the horizon, public companies and their directors will continue to feel the impact of Dodd-Frank as the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") proceeds with its ongoing efforts to implement the law. At the same time, public companies and their boards are operating in an environment where the balance of power between boards and shareholders continues to shift. The traditional, board-centric model of corporate governance continues to gravitate toward a paradigm that includes an increased role for shareholders. Activist shareholders are seeking greater participation in companies' governance and operations, and they are exerting increased pressure on companies to adopt so-called corporate governance "best practices."