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James R. Burke, Partner with Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP 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 James R. Burke, Partner with Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP with 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 James R. Burke

James R. Burke is a partner in the Corporate and Business Group of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP. Based in Boston, Mr. Burke has been involved in various transactions in the corporate and securities field, including public offerings, Rule 144A transactions, tender offers, private placements, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions. Mr. Burke has advised public companies on SEC, stock exchange and corporate governance matters. Prior to joining Hinckley, Mr. Burke was a partner at WilmerHale, where he practised from 1991 to 2010. He is a member of the Education Committee of the Boston Bar Association (BBA) and past Co-Chair of the Business Transactions Section and Securities Law Committee of the BBA. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and A.B. from Princeton University.

About Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP
Hinckley Allen is a multiservice law firm offering a full range of legal services and pragmatic business advice to regional, national and international clients, with offices in Albany, Boston, Hartford, Manchester, New York and Providence.


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 the 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 areas of particular 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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