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Allison Handy is the firmwide co-chair of the Corporate & Securities practice. Her extensive experience includes advising public and private companies in connection with corporate governance practices, disclosure issues, and capital markets transactions, such as equity offerings, debt offerings and tender offers. She is also a leader of the firm’s Environmental, Social, and Governance advisory team.

Allison provides counsel to companies on a broad range of issues faced by management and directors in connection with the many compliance aspects of securities laws, including governance rules adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and stock exchanges. She advises boards and committees in matters related to internal investigations and the efforts of shareholder activists, and works closely with in-house counsel, financial personnel, and outside auditors and advisors to help her clients prepare proxy statements and other reports to investors that meet complex disclosure obligations.

One of the biggest struggles for companies when they start out collecting the data they need for climate and other sustainability disclosures is developing the disclosure and internal controls necessary to help ensure the accuracy of that data. Unlike financial reporting, there is a lack of well-known, well-worn practices to help with the information’s integrity.

Recently, ISS published new voting policies (the Global Board-Aligned U.S. Voting Guidelines and Global Board-Aligned International Voting Guidelines), which broadly retain the policies in the standard ISS benchmark voting policies on corporate governance topics, but recommend votes in line with board recommendations on environmental and social matters. These new guidelines are available to ISS

Here’s a tip from the sixth edition of our popular publication The Public Company Handbook, which is an easy-to-read guide that provides practical insights regarding legal and other board management issues facing public—or soon-to-be-public—companies.

Evaluating the Board and its core committees (Audit, Compensation and Nominating & Governance) on an annual basis has rapidly become