Kenneth Laverriere

Kenneth Laverriere

Shearman & Sterling LLP

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Nasdaq Proposes Modifications to Compensation Committee Independence Requirements

On November 26, 2013, the NASDAQ Stock Market (“Nasdaq”) filed a proposal to amend its listing standards regarding compensation committee independence (the “Proposal”). The modifications would provide Nasdaq-listed companies...more

12/10/2013 - Compensation Committee Compliance Executive Compensation Nasdaq

ISS Publishes 2014 Corporate Governance Policy Updates

On November 21, 2013, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) released its final US policy updates for the 2014 proxy season (the “2014 Policies”), having received comments to its draft policies released on October...more

11/27/2013 - Corporate Governance Human Rights ISS Pay-for-Performance Risk Assessment Shareholders

ISS Publishes 2014 Draft Policy Changes; Comments Due by November 4, 2013

On October 21, 2013, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) published its key draft policy changes for the 2014 proxy season (the “Draft Policies”). There are only two proposed updates for the US, neither of which...more

10/28/2013 - Board of Directors CEOs Executive Compensation ISS Pay-for-Performance Shareholders

California Reduces Rate of Section 409A State Excise Tax

In a positive development for employees, California recently reduced its excise tax rate for failures to comply with the California analog to Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (“Section 409A”)....more

10/25/2013 - Excise Tax IRC Section 409A State Taxes

SEC Proposes Long-Awaited Pay Ratio Rules

On September 18, 2013, in a 3-2 vote of commissioners cast along party lines, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed rules to implement Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...more

9/25/2013 - Annual Filings Annual Reports CEOs Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Form 10-K Pay Ratio SEC Transparency

Private Equity Funds May Be on the Hook for the Pension Liabilities of Portfolio Companies

A recent decision of the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit makes it more likely that private equity funds could be liable for the pension obligations of the portfolio companies in which they invest. Key to the decision...more

8/15/2013 - Employee Benefits Employer Liability Issues ERISA Investment Portfolios Pensions Private Equity Retirement Plan

The End of DOMA: Federal Tax and Benefits Implications

The US Supreme Court’s recent ruling in United States v. Windsor (“Windsor”) struck down key portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) as unconstitutional. This decision will allow many same-sex spouses to...more

7/11/2013 - Civil Unions DOMA Domestic Partnership Employee Benefits ERISA Estate Tax Healthcare IRS Marriage Retirement Plan Same-Sex Marriage US v Windsor

Once Is Not Enough: Ongoing Fee Disclosure Obligations Under ERISA

Firms that manage ERISA plan assets are subject to the US Department of Labor regulations on fee disclosures. In addition to the initial fee disclosure, these regulations require disclosure of changes to fee information...more

6/6/2013 - Disclosure Requirements DOL ERISA Fee Disclosure Retirement Plan

The EU Reaches a Deal on the Proposed Ratio Cap on Bank Bonuses

On 27 February 2013 the European Union (“EU”) reached a provisional deal on imposing a cap on the variable remuneration that can be paid by financial institutions in the EU. If, as expected, this provisional deal is formally...more

3/1/2013 - Basel III Bonuses Corporate Bonuses EU

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