Brian V. Breheny

Brian V. Breheny

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"SEC Staff Issues Interpretive Guidance on Pay Ratio Rules"

On October 18, 2016, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued interpretive guidance on the pay ratio disclosure requirements in Item 402(u) of...more

10/21/2016 - Disclosure Requirements Division of Corporate Finance Executive Compensation New Guidance Pay Ratio SEC

Corporate Finance Alert: SEC Staff Continues to Focus on Non-GAAP Financial Disclosures

In recent months, companies have experienced greater scrutiny of their use of non-GAAP financial measures by the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This greater scrutiny follows the release earlier...more

10/14/2016 - CDIs Disclosure Requirements EBITDA Enforcement GAAP Non-GAAP Financial Measures SEC Tax-Deferred Exchanges

"SEC Disclosure Brexit Trends"

Three months after the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union, the timing and scope of Brexit remain unclear. Until such details are determined with specificity, there is and will continue to be increased economic...more

10/4/2016 - Annual Reports Corporate Counsel Disclosure Requirements EU Filing Requirements Financial Markets Financial Sector Member State Popular Publicly-Traded Companies Referendums SEC UK UK Brexit

"How Companies Should Respond to New Non-GAAP Financial Disclosure Guidance"

On May 17, 2016, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released new and revised Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (CDIs) regarding the use of...more

7/8/2016 - CDIs Corporate Financing Disclosure Requirements Financial Statements Non-GAAP Financial Measures SEC

"Conflict Minerals Disclosures Due May 31, 2016"

Companies that are required to make conflict minerals disclosures on Form SD with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for calendar year 2015 must do so no later than Tuesday, May 31, 2016....more

5/16/2016 - Conflict Mineral Rules Disclosure Requirements Form SD Product Labels SEC

"SEC Issues Concept Release Seeking Feedback on Business and Financial Disclosure Requirements"

On April 13, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a concept release seeking feedback on ways to modernize the business and financial disclosure requirements of Regulation S-K. The 341-page release...more

4/21/2016 - Audits Disclosure Requirements Environmental Assessments Financial Statements Foreign Investment Investor Protection Public Comment Public Policy Regulation S-K Risk Management SEC

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

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 Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Pay Ratio PCAOB Say-on-Pay SEC Section 162(m) Shareholder Votes Shareholders

"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

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