Doreen Lilienfeld

Doreen Lilienfeld

Shearman & Sterling LLP

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Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition, January 2016

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal European, US and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to European corporates. Please see full Newsletter below for more...more

1/29/2016 - AIM Corporate Governance Enforcement Actions EU Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Financial Reporting MiFID II Proxy Voting Guidelines Succession Planning Takeover Code Transparency Directive UK

ISS Publishes Updates to Its 2016 Executive Compensation Policies

On January 22nd, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) updated its Frequently Asked Questions for US Executive Compensation Policies and US Equity Compensation Plans. The original FAQs were published on December 18,...more

1/28/2016 - Corporate Governance Executive Compensation ISS

A Summary of Compensation-Related Updates to the Proxy Voting Guidelines of ISS and Glass Lewis

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) recently finalized its Proxy Voting Guidelines (the “ISS Guidelines”) that apply to all shareholder meetings held after February 1, 2016. A number of the updates relate to...more

12/8/2015 - Corporate Governance Equity Plans Executive Compensation Glass Lewis ISS Proxy Voting Guidelines

Compliance with the Formal Approval Requirements of Delaware Law Required for Stockholder Ratification of Director Compensation

On October 28th, the Delaware Chancery Court, in Espinoza v. Zuckerberg, et al., held that stockholder ratification of a transaction that was approved by an interested board of directors must be accomplished formally through...more

11/3/2015 - Controlling Stockholders Corporate Governance Delaware General Corporation Law Directors Executive Compensation Facebook First Impression Mark Zuckerberg Ratification Self-Dealing Shareholders Written Consent

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Asia Edition, October 2015

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to Asian corporates and financial institutions. Please see full...more

10/19/2015 - AIM Capital Markets Corporate Governance Digital Single Market DOJ Enforcement Actions EU Executive Compensation Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Israel Limited Partnerships London Stock Exchange Market Manipulation MiFID II Nasdaq NYSE Private Equity Regulation Technical Standards (RTS) SEC Shareholder Rights Transparency UK

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition Q3 2015

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal European, US and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to European corporates. Please see full Newsletter below for more...more

10/13/2015 - Alternative Investment Funds Corporate Governance Enforcement Actions ESMA EU EU Directive Executive Compensation Financial Reporting Germany London Stock Exchange NYSE OECD Proxy Season Proxy Voting Guidelines SEC Securities Shareholder Rights Transparency UK

A Summary of Comments From the DOL Hearing on the Proposed Conflict of Interest Rule

On August 13, 2015, the Department of Labor (the “DOL”) concluded a four day public hearing on its proposed conflict of interest rule (the “Proposed Rule”). The approximately 75 witnesses generally fell into two groups: the...more

8/25/2015 - Best Interest Contract Exemptions Comment Period Conflicts of Interest DOL ERISA Exemptions Financial Institutions Investment Adviser IRA Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Proposed Regulation REIT

The SEC’s Final Pay Ratio Rules: What You Need to Know

On August 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission released final rules implementing the pay ratio disclosure requirements of Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The final...more

8/11/2015 - Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Final Rules Form 10-K Pay Ratio Regulation S-K SEC Wages

IRS Determination Letters No Longer Available After 2016

The IRS recently announced significant changes to its determination letter program that will become effective January 1, 2017. These changes essentially eliminate determination letters for individually designed plans that are...more

8/4/2015 - Benefit Plan Sponsors Determination Letter ERISA IRS Qualified Retirement Plans

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Asia Edition - July 2015

In this issue: - HKEx Publishes Consultation Conclusions on Weighted Voting Rights - Corporate Governance Reforms in Japan - SEC and NYSE/Nasdaq Developments - Sanctions Round-Up - Noteworthy US...more

7/20/2015 - Asia China Conflict Mineral Rules Corporate Governance DOJ Enforcement Actions ESMA EU Executive Compensation Financial Reporting Proxy Advisors Sanctions SEC UK Voting Rights

SEC Proposes Highly Anticipated Clawback Rules

On July 1, 2015, in a 3-2 vote of commissioners cast along party lines, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed rules to implement Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection...more

7/10/2015 - Clawbacks Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Incentive Compensation Proposed Regulation Regulation S-K SEC Section 10D

The Importance of Fixing Section 409A Compliance Failures Sooner Rather Than Later

A recent Memorandum issued by the Office of Chief Counsel within the Internal Revenue Service demonstrates yet again the perils of failing to comply with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. The Memorandum takes the...more

5/14/2015 - Deferred Compensation Employer Liability Issues Executive Compensation Internal Revenue Code (IRC) IRS Section 409A

SEC Proposes Long-Awaited Pay for Performance Rules

On April 29, 2015, in a 3-2 vote of commissioners cast along party lines, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed rules to implement Section 953(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...more

5/5/2015 - Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Pay-for-Performance Proposed Regulation Regulation S-K SEC Total Shareholder Return (TSR)

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Asia Edition - April 2015

In this issue: - SEC Developments - Noteworthy US Securities Law Litigation - Recent SEC/DOJ Enforcement Matters - Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Developments - Adoption of...more

4/27/2015 - Asia Capital Markets Corporate Governance DOJ Enforcement Actions European Commission Executive Compensation SEC Securities Litigation Small Business

The Times are Changing: A First Look at the DOL’s New Fiduciary Paradigm

On April 14, 2015, the US Department of Labor (the “DOL”) issued its proposed rule clarifying when individuals and institutions providing advice to employee benefit plans and individual retirement accounts (“IRAs”) will be...more

4/24/2015 - Benefit Plan Sponsors DOL ERISA ESOP Fiduciary Duty Investment Adviser Proposed Regulation Retirement Plan

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition, April 2015

In this issue: - Adoption of Action Plan on Company Law and Corporate Governance - European Commission Green Paper: Building a Capital Markets Union - European Commission Publishes Consultation Paper on...more

4/21/2015 - Capital Markets Corporate Governance Diversity DOJ Enforcement Actions EU European Commission Germany Prospectus SEC Small Business Stock Corporations

Non-Qualified Plan Sponsors: Beneficiary Designations May Require Attention

A recent court decision highlights the importance of up-to-date beneficiary designations for participants in non-qualified retirement plans. Without up-to-date designations, the payment of the benefits of a deceased...more

4/9/2015 - Beneficiaries Beneficiary Designations Benefit Plan Sponsors Retirement Plan

SEC Proposes Equity Hedging Disclosure Rules under Dodd-Frank

On February 9, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed long-awaited equity hedging disclosure rules to implement Section 955 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010...more

2/20/2015 - Board of Directors Directors Dodd-Frank Equity Compensation Hedging Proxy Statements Regulation S-K SEC

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition - January 2015

In this issue: - Directive Regarding Disclosure of Non-Financial and Diversity Information Published in Official Journal - ESMA Publishes Transparency Directive Consultation on European Electronic Access Point...more

2/2/2015 - Audits BIS Board of Directors CONSOB Corporate Governance ESMA Ethics EU Financial Institutions Internal Controls Market Participants MiFID Securities Technical Standards Voting Rights

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Asia Edition, January 2015

In this issue: - Japan Releases Exposure Draft of New Corporate Governance Code - Launch of Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect - SEC and NYSE Developments - Noteworthy US Securities Law Litigation...more

1/29/2015 - BIS Compensation & Benefits Corporate Governance DOJ Enforcement Actions ESMA EU EU Directive Executive Compensation Financial Markets Hong Kong Stock Exchange Japan NYSE SEC Securities Securities Litigation Shanghai Stock Exchange UK

ISS Publishes FAQs on Equity Plan Scorecard

On December 22, 2014, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) released a set of Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) that explain ISS’s new approach to evaluating management equity compensation plan proposals1. ISS...more

1/13/2015 - Corporate Governance Equity Plans Glass Lewis ISS

Glass Lewis Releases 2015 Proxy Paper Guidelines

On November 6, 2014, Glass Lewis & Co. released its 2015 Proxy Paper Guidelines for the United States showing the key draft policy changes for the 2015 proxy season. There are updates in the following areas: -...more

11/13/2014 - Board of Directors Corporate Governance Employee Stock Purchase Plans Glass Lewis IPO Proxy Season Proxy Voting Guidelines Say-on-Pay Shareholder Rights

ISS Publishes 2015 Proxy Voting Guideline Updates

On November 6, 2014, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) released the 2015 updates to its benchmark proxy voting policies, having received comments to the draft policies it released on October 15, 2014. The final...more

11/13/2014 - Equity Compensation Independent Boards ISS Proxy Season Proxy Voting Guidelines Shareholder Rights

ISS Publishes 2015 Draft Policy Changes; Comments Due by October 29, 2014

On October 15, 2014, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) published its key draft policy changes for the 2015 proxy season. There are only two proposed updates for the United States. The first introduces a new...more

10/22/2014 - Board of Directors Equity Compensation Incentive Stock Options ISS Policy Drafting Proxy Voting Guidelines Shareholders

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