Myths and Realities: Modernizing the Proxy Rules


Elad L. Roisman

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Commissioner Roisman opened the lecture by giving context to the SEC, namely that some of its rules have not been amended since 1954. From his perspective, the SEC’s recent rule proposals to modernize the rules of governing proxy voting advice and to update the procedural requirements for re-submission thresholds under the Shareholder Proposal Rule are the SEC’s attempts to make long overdue updates. Roisman then worked to dispel eight commonly held myths about the SEC and the proposals. The program closed with questions from the audience. With a clear passion for the topic and hope for proper update, Commissioner Roisman concluded, “for too long, I think, it’s been easy for us to kick the can down the road.”

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