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In addition to the normal disclosure required in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis portion of the annual proxy statement, companies should consider five other matters when preparing the 2013 proxy statement.
On 14 December 2012, the Administrative Council for Economic Defense, Brazil’s competition authority, proposed a regulation that improves the settlement procedure for companies involved in cartel activity that fail to qualify for amnesty.
During the last quarter of 2012, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a series of no-action letters and other guidance regarding rules issued pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to address the practical application of the CFTC’s various new rulemakings.
On 27 December 2012, the Spanish government approved Law 16/2012, which provides for long-awaited reform of the current legal and tax regime for Real Estate Investment Trusts.
In the course of 2012, the Italian securities regulator, Commissione Nazionale per la Società e la Borsa approved resolutions with the primary purpose of (i) simplifying and streamlining the compliance requirements with securities law provisions and (ii) implementing the new EU Prospectus Directive.