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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.

Yesterday, the SEC adopted a final climate disclosure rule. Here’s the press release; the fact sheet – and the 886-page adopting release. Yep, 886 pages. As expected, the open Commission meeting was heated, resulting in a 3-2 vote. Statements made by the SEC Chair and the other Commissioners are available on the SEC’s

Most readers of this blog are familiar with the usual process to seek to keep a Rule 14a-8 shareholder proposal out of a company’s proxy statement. Write a letter to the Corp Fin Staff arguing that the proposal does not comply with Rule 14a-8’s requirements and hope the Staff agrees that they will not seek