John Cannon III

John Cannon III

Shearman & Sterling LLP

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“Veep”: The Evolving Law of Advancement and Indemnification

Companies confer title of “Vice President” on a wide range of employees, from senior executives, in some cases, to line-level personnel, in others. While distinguishing someone functioning as a senior executive from someone...more

8/1/2016 - Board of Directors Bylaws Corporate Officers Indemnification Clauses Personal Liability

Nasdaq Golden Leash Disclosure Rule Approved by SEC

On July 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) approved a change to the Listing Rules of NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”). New Listing Rule 5250(b)(3) will require Nasdaq listed companies to publicly...more

7/15/2016 - Board of Directors Disclosure Requirements Foreign Issuers Golden Leash Arrangements Nasdaq SEC

The DOL’s New Fiduciary Rule: Capturing the Apparent Conflict at the “Moment of Rollover”

The US Department of Labor’s final fiduciary rule captures rollover, transfer and distribution recommendations to retirement investors. In essence, under the rule, a financial organization or adviser is acting as a fiduciary...more

6/9/2016 - Conflicts of Interest Distribution Rules DOL ERISA Fiduciary Duty IRA Rollovers Retirement Plan

The DOL’s New Fiduciary Rule: The Thin Line Between Education and Advice

Following the release in 2015 of the US Department of Labor’s proposed fiduciary rule, many commentators feared that communications that had previously been characterized as “investment education” would now constitute...more

5/12/2016 - DOL ERISA Fiduciary Duty Final Rules Investment Adviser Retirement Plan

The Re-Proposed Rule on Incentive-Based Compensation at Financial Institutions: Overview and Observations

To date, five of the six federal regulators (the “Agencies”) charged with promulgating rules under Section 956 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) have approved a joint proposed...more

5/6/2016 - Financial Institutions Incentive Compensation NCUA Proposed Regulation Regulatory Agencies

The DOL’s New Fiduciary Rule: The Details on Disclosure

As discussed in our publication dated April 14, 2016, the final Department of Labor fiduciary rule provides for two new prohibited transaction exemptions, the Best Interest Contract Exemption (the “BIC Exemption”) and the...more

5/6/2016 - Best Interest Contract Exemptions DOL ERISA Fiduciary Duty Investment Adviser Principal Transaction Exemption

The US Department of Labor’s Final “Fiduciary” Rule Incorporates Concessions to Financial Service Industry but Still Poses Key...

The Rule Will Require Restructuring of Pay and Compliance Policies at Financial Institutions Serving Retail Retirement Clients The Rule Also Increases the Litigation Risks to Financial Institutions Associated with...more

4/15/2016 - Best Interest Standard DOL ERISA Fiduciary Duty Investment Adviser Retirement Plan

Sun Capital: District Court Relies on Constructive Partnership Theory to Find Separate PE Funds Liable for a Portfolio Company’s...

The most recent Sun Capital decision is a troubling development for private equity fund sponsors and will likely require a “rethink” of fund structuring when private equity funds own portfolio companies with significant...more

4/5/2016 - ERISA Investment Portfolios Multiemployer Plan Private Equity Funds Sun Capital Partners

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

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

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)

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

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

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

The EU Bonus Cap and Restrictions on the Use of Role Based Fixed Allowances

On 15 October 2014 the European Banking Authority (“EBA”) issued a report on the use of role-based fixed allowances by various financial institutions within the European Union (“EU”) affected by the EU bonus ratio cap....more

10/20/2014 - Bonuses C-Suite Executives EU European Banking Authority Remuneration

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