J. Kenneth Menges, Jr.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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Energy | Private Equity

Texas – Land Of Opportunity

Editor: As partners-in-charge of the Houston and Dallas offices respectively, would you each describe your practice as well as the practices that each of your offices specializes in? Menges: Our practice in Dallas is a diverse general business practice that serves a variety of industries. We...

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Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

Rule 14a-8 Amendments Allowing Shareholder Proposals On Proxy Access To Go Into Effect Shortly

On September 15, 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a release announcing that amendments to Rule 14a-8 allowing shareholder proposals on proxy access will become effective as soon as the SEC's release is published in the Federal Register . As a result, companies soon...

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Regulatory & Compliance

A Wake-up Call For The SEC

Editor: Please describe the DC Circuit's decision to vacate SEC Rule 14a-11, the Proxy Access Rule. What are some of its critical elements? Menges:Commonly known as the Proxy Access Rule, 14a-11 was adopted by the SEC after authorization by the Congress in the Dodd-Frank bill to facilitate...

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Texas - Envy Of The Nation

Editor: Texas seems to have weathered the economic crisis better than other regions of the U.S. with an unemployment rate of 8.2 percent at the end of June as compared with the national average of 9.5 percent. To what do you attribute this improved performance? Menges:Texas has performed...

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Texas Again Leads The Way

Editor: Texas seems to have weathered the economic storm better than most other states. To what do you attribute that? Menges: Based on my experience as a business lawyer in Texas for more than 25 years and as a member of the board of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, I believe that...

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