Statement of Significant Differences Between Golden Ocean Group Limited’s Corporate Governance Practices and the NASDAQ Global Select Market’ (NASDAQ) Corporate Governance Standards.
Pursuant to the NASDAQ listing standards available to foreign private issuers, we are not required to comply with all of the corporate governance practices followed by U.S. companies under the NASDAQ listing standards. The significant differences between our corporate governance practices and the NASDAQ standards applicable to listed U.S. companies are set forth below.
Executive Sessions. NASDAQ requires that non-management directors meet regularly in executive sessions without management. As permitted under Bermuda law and our bye-laws, our non-management directors do not regularly hold executive sessions without management and we do not expect them to do so in the future.
Audit Committee: NASDAQ requires, among other things, that a listed U.S company have an audit committee with minimum of three independent members. As permitted under Bermuda law and our bye-laws, our audit committee consists of two members which currently meets the NASDAQ independence requirements.
Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee. NASDAQ requires that a listed U.S. company have a nominating/corporate governance committee composed solely of independent directors. As permitted under Bermuda law and our bye-laws, we do not currently have a nominating or corporate governance committee. Our Board is responsible for identifying and recommending potential candidates to become board members and recommending directors for appointment to board committees.
Compensation Committee. NASDAQ requires that a listed U.S. company have a compensation committee composed solely of independent directors. As permitted under Bermuda law and our bye-laws, compensation of executive officers is not required to be determined by a committee composed of independent members.
Related Party Transactions. NASDAQ requires that a listed U.S. company conduct appropriate review and oversight of all related party transactions for potential conflict of interest situations on an ongoing basis by the company's audit committee or another independent body of the board of directors. As permitted under Bermuda law and our bye-laws, our directors are not prohibited from being a party to, or otherwise interested in, any transaction or arrangement with us or in which we are otherwise interested, provided that the director makes proper disclosure of same as required by our bye-laws and Bermuda law.
Proxy Materials. NASDAQ requires that a listed U.S. company solicit proxies and provide proxy statements for all shareholder meetings. Such company must also provide copies of its proxy solicitation to NASDAQ. As permitted under Bermuda law and our bye-laws, we do not currently solicit proxies or provide proxy materials to NASDAQ. Our bye-laws also require that we notify our shareholders of meetings no less than 5 days before the meeting.
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