SEC Approves NYSE Amendments to Corporate Governance Requirements

by The Corporate Counsel, December 3, 2009.

Right before Thanksgiving, the SEC approved the NYSE‘s amendments to its corporate governance requirements contained in Section 303A of the NYSE Listed Company Manual. The amendments are effective January 1, 2010. We’ll be posting memos analyzing these new requirements in our “NYSE Guidance” Practice Area.

As noted by Mayer Brown, the rule changes include:

– Eliminating NYSE requirements that are similar to existing SEC requirements that are contained in Item 407 of Regulation S-K, and incorporating the applicable requirements of Item 407 into Section 303A of the NYSE Listed Company Manual. For example, replacing the reference to disclosure of categorical standards for independence with a reference to the disclosure requirements of Item 407(a) of Regulation S-K (which requires a description by specific category or type of transactions, relationships or arrangements that were considered in making an independence determination);

– Permitting more extensive use of a company’s web site, as opposed to a proxy statement or an annual report, to disclose, among other matters, the director chosen to preside at executive sessions and the method for interested parties to communicate directly with the presiding director or the non-management or independent directors as a group;…(continue reading)

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