January 2015

Fairchild Morgan Law / 2015 / January

PRESIDENT LAUNCHES WATER FINANCE CENTER

Last Friday, the Obama Administration announced an important step to facilitate much needed private sector investment in the nation’s drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities. The newly created Water Finance Center at the Environmental Protection Agency will help spur public private partnerships and help state and local governments to get more projects off the ground. The Administration also announced proposed tax incentives so that state and local governments can work more easily with the private sector to get projects underway,...

STRATEGIES FOR THE 2015 PROXY SEASON

During the past decade, the length of proxy statements has doubled – from an average of 30 pages to now 60 pages. Though SEC – mandated enhanced disclosure requirements account for much of it, the increase is also due to the fact that the proxy statement now serves multiple audiences: Shareholder Activists seek a forum for both political and social causes as part of a broader strategy; Institutional Shareholders seek to exert influence to hold companies accountable for what they...