Article prepared by and republished courtesy of our colleagues Sanjay M. Shirodkar, David P. Lewis and Louis Lehot; originally published here: https://www.dlapiper.com/en/us/insights/publications/2016/01/the-hot-list-2016-proxy-season-trends

As we enter 2016, we want to bring your attention to a few items that we believe will play prominent  roles in the 2016 proxy season.  In 2015, proxy access, shareholder activism and newly adopted or proposed rules from the Securities Exchange Commission were some of the big-ticket items.  These and other issues are on the hot list for this coming season. We also include a list of action items you may wish to consider as you plan for the 2016 proxy season.

Please keep in mind that the following Hot List is a summary only and is not intended to be specific legal or tax advice.  We encourage you to call the authors of this client alert or your DLA Piper contact if you have any questions or would like to discuss any of the issues described below in the context of your company.
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For those of you interested in the education and technology sector, you might find Arizona University’s Education Innovation Summit of interest. The Education Innovation Summit brings together nearly 100 education and education-focused technology companies and hundreds of other education industry thought leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and educators focused on driving a K-12 and higher education revolution through innovation. The keynote speakers include Michael Milken (Chairman of The Milken Institute), Reed Hastings (CEO of Netflix), and Jeb Bush (former Governor of Florida and founder and chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in


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