Fenwick Corporate Governance Survey

Corporate governance practices vary significantly among public companies.

This is a reflection of many factors, including:
ƒ Differences in the stage of development of companies, including the
relative importance placed on various values (for example, focus on growth
and scaling operations may be given more importance);

ƒ Differences in the investor base for different types of companies;

ƒ Differences in expectations of board members and advisors to companies
and their boards, which can vary by size, age of company, stage of
development, geography, industry and other factors; and

ƒ The reality that corporate governance practices that are appropriate for
large, long-established public companies can be meaningfully different
from those for newer, smaller companies.

Since the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which signaled the initial
wave of corporate governance reforms among public companies, Fenwick has
surveyed the corporate governance practices of the companies included in the
Standard & Poor’s 100 Index (S&P 100) and the technology and life sciences
companies included in the Fenwick – Bloomberg Law Silicon Valley 150
List (SV 150) each year. 

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