Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The SEC today adopted amendments to its disclosure rules that will enhance information provided in connection with proxy solicitations and in other reports filed with the Commission. The amendments will require registrants to make new or revised disclosures about: compensation policies and practices that present material risks to the company; stock and option awards of executives and directors; director and nominee qualifications and legal proceedings; board leadership structure; the board’s role in risk oversight; and potential conflicts of interest of compensation consultants that advise companies and their boards of directors. The amendments will be applicable to proxy and information statements, annual reports and registration statements under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and registration statements under the Securities Act of 1933 as well as the Investment Company Act of 1940. The SEC is also transferring from Forms 10-Q and 10-K to Form 8-K the requirement to disclose shareholder voting results.
EFFECTIVE DATE: February 28, 2010