CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Womble Carlyle’s Public Company Advisors Team held its 2016 Corporate Governance Summit and Proxy Season Outlook on January 21st at the Charlotte Center of the Wake Forest University School of Business. 

Team members provided insights into the latest trends in corporate governance and an analysis of the most important issues this proxy season.  Topics included:

  • Trends in shareholder activism and shareholder proposals;
  • Developments on Dodd-Frank rulemaking and executive compensation disclosure;
  • Policy changes from ISS and Glass Lewis; and
  • Insights for boards of directors. 

Chris Gyves (Chair, Womble Carlyle Public Company Advisors Team), Sid Shenoy (Vice Chair, Womble Carlyle Public Company Advisors Team), Claire Rauscher (complex white collar litigation), Jane Jeffries Jones (executive compensation), and Darryl Marsch (former public company general counsel) served as panelists. 

Chris Gyves is a partner in Womble Carlyle’s Corporate & Securities Practice Group and Chair of the Firm’s Public Company Advisors Team, a multi-office team consisting of corporate, capital markets and tax attorneys who service the firm’s public company clients. Gyves has substantial experience in corporate finance, securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, strategic partnering and technology transfer.

Sid Shenoy advises both public and privately held companies on a variety of corporate and securities matters. He routinely assists public companies regarding their periodic reporting, compliance and disclosure obligations and corporate governance matters.

Claire Rauscher focuses her practice on complex white collar litigation, and has represented clients in all phases of state and federal proceedings, including pre-indictment investigations, grand jury practice and criminal trials. Rauscher conducts corporate internal investigations and assists clients in developing and implementing compliance programs. She also counsels clients in responding to subpoenas, search warrants and other white collar inquiries.

Jane Jefferies Jones focuses her practice primarily on executive compensation and corporate governance matters. In the executive compensation area, Jones has significant experience in assisting both public and private companies with the design and administration of equity-based compensation plans, cash incentive plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, director compensation plans, and employment and change in control arrangements.

Darryl Marsch is a former public company general counsel who now practices on Womble Carlyle’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group and Public Company Advisors Team. His practice cuts across several areas including corporate governance, securities, transactional work, intellectual property, antitrust, and government investigations.