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Stephen Hinton, Partner with Bradley, to Speak at The Knowledge Group’s Preparing for the Next Proxy Season: Trends and Key Considerations

New York, NY, October 11, 2017 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Stephen Hinton, Partner with Bradley, will speak at The Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “Preparing for the Next Proxy Season: Trends and Key Considerations.” This event is scheduled for October 26, 2017 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm (ET).

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About Stephen Hinton

Stephen Hinton is a partner in Bradley’s Public Company Advisory practice, where he focuses on representing public companies on matters related to corporate and securities law, securities offerings, and mergers and acquisitions.

Stephen’s experience includes advising clients in connection with public offerings, Rule 144A offerings and private placements. He regularly advises public company clients in their preparation of filings with the SEC. He has also advised public company clients on a variety of corporate governance related matters, including compliance with stock exchange listing standards, committee charters and corporate governance guidelines, Regulation FD, insider trading policies and 10b5-1 trading plans. In addition, Stephen has represented a number of public companies responding to activist shareholders.

About Bradley
Bradley is a national law firm with a global perspective. The firm has more than 525 attorneys serving established regional, national and international companies, emerging businesses, and individuals. Our offices—strategically located in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and the District of Columbia—provide an extensive geographic base from which to best accommodate our clients. Recognized across the country, our attorneys serve as national, regional, and statewide counsel for clients across many industries. Clients rely on us for innovative legal services that reflect a deep understanding of their business objectives.


As companies make their way into the 2018 proxy season, they should be aware of significant changes and developments that are expected for next year. The controversial CEO pay ratio rules take effect for the first time in the 2018 proxy season. Under these rules, public companies must disclose ratio comparing median employee compensation to CEO compensation. The panel will discuss the disclosure requirements, how the ratio is calculated, recent guidance from the SEC and areas of particular concern.

The panel will also discuss proxy access and other trends in shareholder engagement expected for the 2018 proxy season. Proxy access, which gives rights to shareholders to nominate directors for inclusion in the company's annual meeting proxy statement, has been a hot topic for several years, and the panel will address market trends and developments to date. Other focuses for shareholder engagement in 2018 include the shareholder campaign for board diversity, and the increasing success of climate change and other shareholder proposals on the environment.

In this live webcast, a seasoned panel of thought leaders, professionals and institutional investors brought together by The Knowledge Group will provide the audience an in-depth discussion of the fundamentals as well as recent trends and key considerations in preparing for the next proxy season. Speakers will go beyond the basics and will present to the audience the best strategies and practical tips to avoid potential risks and pitfalls surrounding this significant topic.

Key topics include:

• Review of the CEO Pay Ratio Rules, including recent SEC guidance and particular areas of concern
• The Shareholder Proxy Access Mechanism
• How is it being used/Is it being used?
• Wait-and-See Approach Vs Preemptively Adopting Proxy Access
• The Basics of "Fix-It" Proposals
• The Campaign for Board Diversity
• Trends in Shareholder Proposals
• Practical Tips and Advice; and
• Other Recent Trends, Developments, and Updates

About The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Group was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register for an event, please visit:
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