Proxy Statement Law and Legal Definition

Proxy statement is a a document required by the SEC to be delivered to shareholders of publicly held corporations that alerts shareholders of the annual meeting, or any other special meetings. The proxy statement also discloses the issues that will be discussed.

The SEC requires that shareholders of a company whose securities are registered under Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 receive a proxy statement prior to a shareholder meeting, whether an annual or special meeting. The information contained in the statement must be filed with the SEC before soliciting a shareholder vote on the election of directors and the approval of other corporate action. Solicitations, whether by management or shareholders, must disclose all important facts about the issues on which shareholders are asked to vote.