Brian V. Breheny

Brian V. Breheny

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

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"SEC Moves to Complete Final Rules for Executive Compensation Disclosures"

Public companies should start preparing for the new executive compensation disclosures mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) moves to complete these rulemakings in the next year. The...more

1/20/2016 - CEOs Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Final Rules Hedging Pay Ratio Pay-for-Performance Publicly-Traded Companies SEC

"SEC Rulemaking Update: A Year of Changes, With More to Come"

Last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) made major progress in completing its rulemaking mandates under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) and the Dodd-Frank Act. Additionally, Congress enacted...more

1/19/2016 - Capital Formation Crowdfunding Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Emerging Growth Companies FASB Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) GAAP JOBS Act Popular SEC

"SEC Proposes Rules to Implement Resource Extraction Issuer Disclosure Provisions"

On December 11, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released another set of proposed rules to implement the resource extraction issuer disclosure provisions in Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The...more

12/17/2015 - Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Form SD Minerals Oil & Gas Resource Extraction SEC

"Planning for the 2016 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season"

Each company faces important decisions in preparing for its 2016 annual meeting and reporting season. We have prepared a checklist of essential areas we believe companies should focus on as they plan for 2016, including...more

12/12/2015 - Annual Meeting Conflict Mineral Rules Corporate Governance Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation ISS PCAOB Proxy Season Proxy Voting Guidelines Reporting Requirements Say-on-Pay SEC Section 162(m) Shareholder Proposals

"Glass Lewis Issues 2016 US Proxy Policy Guidelines"

Proxy advisory firm Glass Lewis recently issued its U.S. voting policy guidelines for the 2016 proxy season. The guidelines include a few key changes, a summary of which is outlined below. Conflicting Shareholder...more

11/23/2015 - Board of Directors Conflicting Proposals Corporate Social Responsibility Director Nominations Exclusive Forum Executive Compensation Glass Lewis Proxy Advisors Proxy Voting Guidelines Publicly-Traded Companies SEC Shareholders

"SEC Staff Issues Revised Guidance on Unbundling of Shareholder Votes in M&A Deals"

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) recently published revised guidance regarding the "unbundling" of matters presented for shareholder votes in connection...more

11/18/2015 - Acquisitions CDIs Mergers Proxy Materials SEC Shareholder Votes

"SEC Staff Issues New Shareholder Proposals Guidance"

The Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (Staff) recently published Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H (SLB), which provides important new guidance for companies that may receive...more

10/29/2015 - Conflicting Proposals Manager Proposals New Guidance No-Action Requests Ordinary Business Exception Proxy Season Rule 14a-8(i)(7) Rule 14a-8(i)(9) SEC Shareholder Proposals Wal-Mart

"Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirement Confirmed Unconstitutional"

On August 18, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a 2-1 decision (opinion available here), confirmed its earlier decision in April 2014 by ruling that the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

8/24/2015 - Appeals Commercial Marketing Compelled Speech Conflict Mineral Rules Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo Disclosure Requirements First Amendment Free Speech Petition For Rehearing Product Labels Reaffirmation SEC

"Corporate Finance Alert: SEC Staff Issues Interpretations on General Solicitation Prohibition"

The staff of the SEC Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) recently issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (CDIs) and an interpretive letter regarding the general solicitation prohibition in securities...more

8/14/2015 - Administrative Interpretation Angel Investors CDIs Compliance Corporate Issuers Disclosure General Solicitation Interpretive Letters Investment Adviser No-Action Letters Rule 506 Offerings SEC

"SEC Adopts CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Requirements"

On August 5, 2015, in a 3-2 vote, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules implementing the controversial “CEO pay ratio” disclosure requirements that were proposed in 2013 and mandated by...more

8/7/2015 - CEOs Compensation Agreements Compliance Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Exclusions Executive Compensation Pay Ratio SEC

"SEC Considers Possible Revisions to Audit Committee Disclosures"

On July 1, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a concept release soliciting public comment on possible revisions to its existing disclosure requirements related to audit committees. The release...more

7/10/2015 - Audit Committee Auditors Audits Disclosure Requirements PCAOB SEC

"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 - Clawbacks 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 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 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 Glass Lewis ISS Proxy Season Proxy Voting Guidelines 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

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

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