June 3, 2020 — Public Company Advisory Group partner Adé Heyliger presents on “Getting to Yes! | Understanding and Engaging Proxy Advisors and Shareholders” as a part of The Executive Leadership Council’s live virtual session series. As the largest institutional investors focus on stewarding their investments by establishing robust voting policies and, in some cases, vocalizing their views on how corporations should be overseen, especially with respect to environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters, it is important for directors to understand the vote solicitation process and where their corporations stand with their significant investors and the key proxy advisory firms -- Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis. This session will provide a brief overview of the proxy process for soliciting votes in connection with annual or special meetings of shareholders, introduce ISS and Glass Lewis, and discuss their role and policies that influence the process, discuss the growing importance of shareholder engagement, and address some key takeaways for how to navigate and respond to, when appropriate, the views of proxy advisory firms and institutional investors, to ultimately win their support.
February 20, 2020 — London, UK — Public Company Advisory Group partner Adé Heyliger presented on “International Comparative Corporate Governance” as part of The Conference Board’s Corporate Governance Council meetings. The discussion covered global trends in corporate governance, focusing on Board Independence and Succession, Diversity and Human Capital Development and Remuneration in the U.S., U.K. and continental Europe/ EU.
February 6, 2020 — Public Company Advisory Group partner P.J. Himelfarb and associate Erika Kaneko spoke to the Cybersecurity Working Group of The Conference Board.
December 16, 2019 — Public Company Advisory Group partner Adé Heyliger presented on “MD&A, Gearing Up for Year-End Reporting” as part of PLI’s 35th Annual SEC Reporting & FASB Forum. The presentation covered Changes to MD&A from the SEC’s Disclosure Effectiveness project; The impact of adopting new accounting standards on MD&A; Critical accounting estimates versus critical audit matters; and Current SEC Staff focus areas and recent enforcement cases.
November 21, 2019 — New York, NY — Public Company Advisory Co-Head Ellen Odoner spoke on a panel titled “Economic Risks & Responses” as part of The Conference Board’s ESG Center 2019 Annual Governance Meeting. The panel discussed how companies can effectively deal with today’s major economic risks, such as labor shortages, economic downturns, and trade wars.
October 23, 2019 — Houston, Texas — Public Company Advisory Group partner Lyuba Goltser spoke on a panel titled “Public Company Track: Annual Meetings I” as part of The Society for Corporate Governance’s Essentials Express Houston Chapter Conference. The panel discussed proxy statement drafting, schedule & logistics; notice and access and mailing; dealing with management and shareholder proposals; and reviewing proxy advisory firm recommendations.