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"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 Statutes Glass Lewis ISS Proxy Season Proxy Voting Guidelines Reporting Season SEC Shareholder Proposals

2015 Compensation Committee Handbook

Preface - The duties imposed on compensation committees of publicly traded companies have evolved and grown over time. This first edition of the Compensation Committee Handbook from the lawyers of the Executive...more

11/21/2014 - Compensation Committee Publicly-Traded Companies

"Japanese Acquirer Resolves Pension-Related Liabilities of US Subsidiary"

On November 4, 2014, Asahi Tec Corporation (Asahi), a Japanese corporation that acquired U.S.-based Metaldyne Corporation (Metaldyne) in 2007, announced a settlement of its long-running dispute with the Pension Benefit...more

11/11/2014 - Acquisitions Asahi Corporate Counsel Employee Benefits Japan PBGC Pensions Subsidiaries

"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: IRS Section 409A Audit Initiative May Signal Increased Enforcement Activity"

Since the adoption of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, employers and practitioners have wondered when and how the IRS would enforce it. With the recent IRS announcement of an audit initiative with respect to Section...more

5/29/2014 - Audits Employer Liability Issues Employer Mandates Employment Tax Enforcement Executive Compensation IRS Section 409A

"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: Ways and Means Tax Reform Bill Proposes Fundamental Changes to Executive Compensation"

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp (R-Mich.) has proposed a draft tax reform plan (the Proposal) containing sweeping changes to the Internal Revenue Code (the Code), including a number of major executive...more

3/6/2014 - Deferred Compensation Equity Compensation Executive Compensation Legislative Agendas Pensions Stock Options Tax Reform

"Executive Compensation: Avoiding Proxy Litigation and Say-on-Pay Pitfalls in 2014"

The spotlight on executive compensation further intensified during 2013, the third season under the Dodd-Frank Act’s “say-on-pay” rules, with the release of additional disclosure requirements and increased risks of...more

1/22/2014 - Compliance Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Fiduciary Duty Pay Ratio Say-on-Pay Section 162(m)

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

"ISS Releases 2014 Proxy Voting Policy Updates; Opens Process for Peer Group Modification"

On November 21, 2013, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released updates to its proxy voting policies effective for shareholder meetings taking place on or after February 1, 2014. The changes to ISS’ U.S. voting...more

12/5/2013 - Corporate Governance ISS Pay-for-Performance Proxy Season Proxy Voting Guidelines

"ISS Opens Comment Period for 2014 Proxy Voting Policy Changes"

On October 21, 2013, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) issued draft policy changes for 2014 that, if adopted, would become effective for shareholder meetings taking place on or after February 1, 2014. ISS is soliciting...more

10/25/2013 - ISS Proxy Voting Guidelines

"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: California Reduces Its 409A Income Tax"

In a rare piece of good news relating to Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, on October 4, 2013, California reduced its additional state tax on income failing to comply with Section 409A from 20 percent to 5 percent....more

10/9/2013 - Executive Compensation Income Taxes Section 409A

"SEC’s Proposed CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules — Costly and Complicated"

The SEC has proposed rules to implement the “CEO pay ratio” disclosure requirements under Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Act. The proposed rules would require many SEC reporting companies to publicly disclose the...more

9/30/2013 - Annual Filings Annual Reports CEOs Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Form 10-K Pay Ratio Reporting Requirements SEC Transparency

"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

"First Circuit Holds That a Private Equity Fund May be Liable for Portfolio Company Pension Obligations"

On July 24, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that a private equity fund sponsored by Sun Capital Advisors constituted a “trade or business” for purposes of ERISA multiemployer pension withdrawal...more

7/30/2013 - Controlled Groups ERISA Multi-Employer Pensions Pensions Private Equity Private Equity Funds Sun Capital Partners

"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: Skadden’s Proxy Watch: Latest 2013 Say-on-Pay Trends and a Proxy Litigation Update"

As the 2013 proxy season heads into its final weeks, we are continuing to monitor say-on-pay vote results and supplemental filing trends, as well as the most recent waves of proxy-related litigation, and have the following...more

7/23/2013 - Dodd-Frank Employee Benefits Executive Compensation Glass Lewis ISS Proxy Solicitations Say-on-Pay SEC

"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

"Deadline Approaching for Compensation Committee Charter Amendments"

As a reminder, by July 1, 2013, compensation committee charters must comply with the new New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq) listing requirements that were approved by the Securities and Exchange...more

5/23/2013 - Compensation Committee Deadlines Dodd-Frank Nasdaq NYSE SEC

"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: Skadden’s 2013 Proxy Watch: Emerging Say-on-Pay Trends and Litigation Developments"

Early Lessons From the 2013 Proxy Season - As Skadden monitors the initial weeks of the 2013 proxy season, we are seeing the following preliminary trends: Vote Results - Of the first 279 companies of the...more

4/26/2013 - Executive Compensation ISS Proxies Say-on-Pay

"Executive Compensation and Benefits Report: Proposed Regulations Highlight the Complexity of the $500,000 Deduction Limit for...

On April 1, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations providing guidance on the $500,000 deduction limit for compensation paid by certain health insurance companies to their employees. Because of the...more

4/8/2013 - CHIP Deduction Limitations Executive Compensation Health Insurance IRS Proposed Regulation Tax Deductions

"SEC Approves NYSE and Nasdaq Compensation Committee Rules"

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently approved new New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq) listing requirements relating to compensation committees of listed companies. The listing...more

1/24/2013 - Compensation Committee Executive Compensation Listing Standards Nasdaq NYSE SEC

Skadden's 2013 Insights: Governance

Say-on-pay has contributed to an environment where shareholder engagement is an increasingly critical component of corporate governance. In this section, we take a broad look at the corporate governance landscape to...more

1/21/2013 - Board of Directors Corporate Governance Executive Compensation ISS Proxy Season Say-on-Pay Shareholders

"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: Annual Meeting Litigation: How to Prepare"

As the 2013 proxy season is now underway, companies should be aware of the recent wave of lawsuits alleging breaches of fiduciary duties by management and directors in connection with compensation-related decisions. These...more

1/17/2013 - Annual Meeting Certificates of Incorporation Compensation Committee Directors Disclosure Requirements Executive Compensation Fiduciary Duty Managers Proxy Season Say-on-Pay Shareholder Litigation

"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: ISS Releases FAQs Regarding Peer Group Selection — Deadline Fast Approaching for...

New ISS Peer Group Methodology - One of the most controversial issues during the 2012 proxy season was the degree to which the peer groups chosen by Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) varied from the peer groups...more

12/11/2012 - Executive Compensation ISS Proxy Season

"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: Decision Clarifies That PE Funds Are Not Subject to 'Controlled Group' Liability"

Private equity funds (PE funds) and their advisors long have been concerned that a fund (or its other portfolio companies) may be liable for unfunded pension plan liabilities of one of its portfolio companies. However, in a...more

11/28/2012 - ERISA Executive Compensation PBGC Private Equity Funds

"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: Strategies for Accelerating Income Into 2012"

Tax rates for highly compensated individuals will increase in 2013, perhaps substantially. This is due in part to: - Possible expiration in 2013 of the Bush tax cuts, resulting in increases in the highest marginal tax...more

11/26/2012 - Capital Gains Executive Compensation FICA Taxes Section 409A

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