Summary: H.R.4015 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House amended (12/20/2017)

Corporate Governance Reform and Transparency Act of 2017

(Sec. 3) This bill amends the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to: (1) require a proxy advisory firm to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); and (2) prohibit an unregistered proxy advisory firm from using interstate commerce to provide proxy-voting research, analysis, or recommendations to any client.

With respect to such firms, the bill: (1) establishes procedures for both registration and termination of registration; (2) requires each firm to employ an ombudsman, designate a compliance officer, and file specified documents with the SEC; and (3) prohibits unfair, coercive, or abusive practices.

(Sec. 4) The SEC shall report annually on its website regarding registration applications and related matters.