Brian V. Breheny

Brian V. Breheny

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

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"SEC Proposes Long-Awaited Mandatory Compensation Clawback Rules"

On July 1, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued long-awaited proposed rules that would implement the incentive-based compensation recovery (clawback) provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform...more

7/3/2015 - Clawback Agreements Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Financial Reporting Incentive Compensation SEC Shareholders

"Conflict Minerals Disclosures Due June 1, 2015"

Conflict minerals disclosures on Forms SD for calendar year 2014, if required, must be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by June 1, 2015 — the Monday after the annual May 31 due date. As companies...more

5/15/2015 - Auditors Conflict Mineral Rules Country of Origin Disclosure Requirements Due Diligence Form SD RCOI SEC

"SEC Proposes New Rules for Pay-Versus-Performance Disclosure"

On April 29, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new rules that would require companies to disclose the relationship between the compensation actually paid to named executive officers (NEOs) and...more

5/5/2015 - Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Form 10-K Pay-for-Performance Proxy Statements SEC Total Shareholder Return (TSR) XBRL Filing Requirements

"Wal-Mart Wins Appeal of Shareholder Proposal Decision"

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision on April 14, 2015 that reversed a U.S. District Court opinion and vacated a permanent injunction that would have required Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to include a...more

4/16/2015 - Appeals Board of Directors Corporate Governance Ordinary Business Exception Permanent Injunctions Proxy Statements Reversal SEC Securities Exchange Act Shareholder Proposals Wal-Mart

"SEC Enforces Whistleblower Protection Rule Against Restrictive Confidentiality Agreement"

On April 1, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its first enforcement action against a company for a restrictive provision in confidentiality agreements that could deter employees from using the...more

4/7/2015 - Cease and Desist Orders Confidentiality Agreements Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions Internal Investigations KBR (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root) SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies

"Annual Meeting Proxy Statement Filing Reminders"

Following are a few points to consider when preparing proxy statement materials for filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in connection with annual shareholder meetings....more

4/1/2015 - Annual Meeting Annual Reports EDGAR Filing Requirements Form 10-K Form 8-K Proxy Materials Proxy Solicitations Proxy Statements SEC Shareholder Meetings

"SEC Proposes New Rules on Hedging Policy Disclosures"

On February 9, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released proposed rules to implement Section 955 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank). Dodd-Frank amended Section...more

2/16/2015 - CD&A Corporate Officers Directors Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Emerging Growth Companies Employees Hedging Information Statements Item 402(b) Proxy Statements Regulation S-K SEC Section 14(j) Securities Exchange Act

"Checklist of Matters to Be Considered for the 2015 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season"

As our clients and friends once again embark on preparations for their 2015 annual meeting and reporting season, we have compiled a checklist of the corporate governance, executive compensation and disclosure matters that we...more

12/9/2014 - Annual Meeting Bylaws Conflict Mineral Rules Corporate Governance Disclosure Requirements Equity Compensation Executive Compensation Fee-Shifting Statutes Glass Lewis ISS Proxy Season Proxy Voting Guidelines Reporting Season SEC Shareholder Proposals

"St. Petersburg Stock Exchange — Listing Notice"

A number of companies have recently received a letter from the St. Petersburg Stock Exchange (Exchange) in Russia stating that it has decided to admit the company’s securities to public trading on the Exchange. These letters...more

12/2/2014 - Russia St Petersburg Stock Exchange

2015 SEC Filing Deadlines for Companies With December 31, 2014 Fiscal Year End

As the end of the year approaches, reporting companies should be aware of the various SEC filing deadlines for 2015. Companies also should be mindful of the 2015 financial statement "staleness" dates (when financial...more

10/8/2014 - Compliance Deadlines Filing Requirements SEC

"SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Proxy Voting Matters Relevant to Investment Advisers and Proxy Advisory Firms"

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Divisions of Investment Management and Corporation Finance issued a Staff Legal Bulletin on June 30, 2014 that provides guidance on the responsibilities of investment...more

7/7/2014 - Investment Adviser Proxy Advisors Proxy Voting Guidelines SEC

"SEC Staff Issues Statement on Conflict Minerals Ruling"

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued a statement on the effect of a recent circuit court decision on the SEC’s conflict minerals rules. In an April 14 ruling, the U.S. Court of...more

5/2/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules First Amendment SEC

"SEC Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirements Ruled Unconstitutional"

On April 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s conflict minerals disclosure requirements are unconstitutional and remanded the matter to...more

4/16/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank SEC

"SEC Judge Issues Initial Decision Regarding Chinese Affiliates of the Big Four Accounting Firms"

On January 22, 2014, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Administrative Law Judge Cameron Elliot (the ALJ) issued an initial decision censuring the Chinese accounting firms affiliated with Ernst & Young LLP, KPMG LLP...more

1/24/2014 - Auditors Audits China CSRC Deloitte Ernst & Young Financial Statements KPMG Multinationals Pricewaterhousecoopers Sarbanes-Oxley SEC Securities Fraud

Planning for the 2014 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season

In This Issue: - Incorporate lessons from 2013 say-on-pay results - Prepare for new Form SD (Specialized Disclosure) filing requirements - Ensure compliance with revised listing standards related to compensation...more

12/10/2013 - Audits Board of Directors Compensation Committee Compliance Corporate Governance Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Filing Requirements Form SD Forum Selection Clause IRC Pay Ratio PCAOB Say-on-Pay SEC Section 162(m) Shareholder Votes Shareholders

"ISS Releases 2014 Proxy Voting Policy Updates; Opens Process for Peer Group Modification"

On November 21, 2013, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released updates to its proxy voting policies effective for shareholder meetings taking place on or after February 1, 2014. The changes to ISS’ U.S. voting...more

12/5/2013 - Corporate Governance ISS Pay-for-Performance Proxy Season Proxy Voting Guidelines

"ISS Opens Comment Period for 2014 Proxy Voting Policy Changes"

On October 21, 2013, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) issued draft policy changes for 2014 that, if adopted, would become effective for shareholder meetings taking place on or after February 1, 2014. ISS is soliciting...more

10/25/2013 - ISS Proxy Voting Guidelines

"SEC’s Proposed CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules — Costly and Complicated"

The SEC has proposed rules to implement the “CEO pay ratio” disclosure requirements under Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Act. The proposed rules would require many SEC reporting companies to publicly disclose the...more

9/30/2013 - Annual Filings Annual Reports CEOs Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Form 10-K Pay Ratio Reporting Requirements SEC Transparency

"SEC Proposes CEO Pay-Ratio Disclosure Rules"

The SEC, by a 3-2 vote, proposed rules to implement the “CEO pay-ratio” disclosure requirements under the Dodd-Frank Act. The proposed rules would require certain SEC reporting companies to publicly disclose...more

9/19/2013 - CEOs Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Pay Ratio SEC

"SEC Resource Extraction Issuer Disclosure Rules Vacated"

On July 2, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the resource extraction issuer disclosure rules adopted last year by the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to Section 1504 of the...more

7/8/2013 - American Petroleum Institute Chamber of Commerce Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank First Amendment Natural Resources Resource Extraction SEC Section 1504

"The Landscape of CEO Succession Issues"

A board’s decision as to whether, when and how to terminate the employment of a CEO and hire a successor is among the most critical decisions facing the board of any company — large or small, public or private, established or...more

6/26/2013 - Board of Directors CEOs Disclosure Requirements Employment Contract Executive Compensation Hiring & Firing Reporting Requirements Severance Agreements Successors Termination

"SEC Staff Issues Conflict Minerals & Resource Extraction Payments Disclosure Guidance"

The staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently issued long-awaited guidance on two of the more controversial provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act — the conflict minerals...more

6/7/2013 - Conflict Mineral Rules Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Resource Extraction SEC

"Deadline Approaching for Compensation Committee Charter Amendments"

As a reminder, by July 1, 2013, compensation committee charters must comply with the new New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq) listing requirements that were approved by the Securities and Exchange...more

5/23/2013 - Compensation Committee Deadlines Dodd-Frank Nasdaq NYSE SEC

"Getting Back to Basics with Rule 10b5-1 Trading Plans"

In late 2012, The Wall Street Journal published a number of articles that analyzed the trading practices of certain public company executives, in many cases under trading plans that were entered into in accordance with the...more

4/10/2013 - Rule 10b-5 SEC Securities Exchange Act Trading Plans

"New CFTC Swap Clearing Rules to Require Board Review and Approval of the Election to Rely on the 'Commercial End-User Exception'"

New Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) swaps clearing rules will force non-financial entities to stop uncleared trading of certain interest-rate swaps (IRS) and index credit default swaps (index CDS) starting on...more

3/14/2013 - CFTC Commercial End-User Exception Credit Default Swaps Derivatives Clearing Organizations Dodd-Frank Interest Rate Swaps Mandatory Clearing Requirements Swaps

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