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President Trump’s administration hasn’t taken up many of the causes championed by the previous occupant of the White House. In fact, the current commander-in-chief has made a point of undoing any number of Obama-era initiatives. That makes the ongoing push by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for enhancing “disclosure effectiveness” – an initiative that […]

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A company underperforms. Its stock price tanks. The CEO collects a big payday. It’s far from a unique story in Corporate America. Some stakeholders, including a commissioner on the Securities and Exchange Commission, appear to be tiring of seeing executives collect A-plus pay for failing work. Their executive-compensation exasperation is leading to calls for more […]

The post Governance Advocates Looking to Close GAAP in CEO Pay Calculations appeared first on Intelligize.

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As preoccupied as Elon Musk can get with his petty feuds and outlandish side projects (spoiler alert: very), his antics haven’t stopped Tesla Inc. from setting the pace for innovation. The latest piece of whiz-bang gadgetry added to Tesla cars is a diagnostic tool that can sense needed repairs and summon a tow truck when […]

The post Wall Street Still Charmed by Musk appeared first on Intelligize.

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The Supreme Court has finished hearing arguments for the 2018-2019 term, the first with controversial Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the bench. Kavanaugh’s ascension gave the high court a clear majority of justices to the right of the political spectrum, raising anticipation for, among other things, a series of business-friendly rulings. Ultimately, the Supreme Court’s agenda […]

The post Supreme Court Review: App Store, Arbitration Among Top Business Cases This Term appeared first on Intelligize.

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Slack Technologies Inc. is poised to become the latest of the so-called unicorn companies to go public. The maker of workplace-collaboration app Slack appears intent on taking the road less traveled to the NYSE. Rather than holding a garden-variety IPO, Slack revealed plans last week to list shares directly on the exchange. With its unconventional […]

The post Slack Sends Message to Market With Direct Listing appeared first on Intelligize.

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As pressure builds on publicly traded companies to focus on environmental, social and governance issues, they seem to have found a reliable strategy for keeping related shareholder proposals out of their proxy materials. That’s one of the major takeaways from Intelligize’s new whitepaper analyzing requests from companies for no-action letters from the Securities and Exchange […]

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As socially conscious investors continue to exert growing power over public companies, the fossil fuel industry offers a natural target for green governance proposals. However, a recent decision by the Securities and Exchange Commission involving an energy titan illustrates the challenges environmental reformers face when they push for change through proxy votes. Earlier this month, […]

The post SEC Backs Exxon on Climate Change Proposal appeared first on Intelligize.

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The Trump administration is trimming back federal agencies’ rulemaking authority in a move that could curtail the power of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Earlier this month, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) informed all executive branch agencies that they should clear “economically significant” regulatory actions with the White House. Among other effects, the […]

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Remember when Uber was the ultimate example of a revolutionary business? Entrepreneurs and financial pundits could be heard describing any business with disruptive potential as “Uber, but for _____.” It got so out of hand that that a wave of Twitter accounts and Buzzfeed lists parodied the phenomenon: Uber, but for electrical tape. Uber, but […]

The post Uber Goes Conventional with IPO Share Structure appeared first on Intelligize.

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As one of the largest companies in the world and the retail industry’s market mover, Amazon.com Inc. is quickly becoming a prime battleground for corporate governance fights. The latest proxy battle for the e-commerce giant involves a favorite hobbyhorse of dystopian science fiction: facial recognition technology. To the apparent irritation of Amazon executives, shareholders are […]

The post Facial Recognition a New Front in Amazon’s Governance War appeared first on Intelligize.

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