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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.

As a securities disclosure attorney, you probably spend far more time worried about the latest disclosure rules and guidance from the Securities & Exchange Commission than thinking about advertising laws enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). When it comes to ESG issues, it might be useful to know some basics because there could be

On Friday, the SEC issued this 82-page Order approving both Nasdaq’s proposed board diversity disclosure requirement and a proposed board recruiting service proposal. Both of these proposals were originally proposed last December and then amended in February. The Nasdaq also updated this three-pager about what listed companies should know.

The amendments included several practical changes

Yesterday, my partner Kevin Feldis and I pushed out this client update as part of Perkins Coie’s “Summer Sustainability Series talking about materiality of ESG disclosures and the ongoing debate on this topic. Here’s an excerpt analyzing steps you might want to consider taking now:

As the theoretical debates over materiality, sustainability disclosures,

A few days ago, the SEC’s Asset Management Advisory Committee adopted a set of five recommendations about ESG disclosures. Three of the recommendations involved issuer disclosure; two of them involved investment product disclosure.

The Committee had considered a number of issues – six specific questions are identified in the recommendations, including “What guidance should be