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Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: Nuisance Plaintiffs Pursue Novel Theories to Exact Section 16 Settlements

The so-called “short-swing profit rule” under Securities Exchange Act Section 16(b) generally prohibits officers and directors as well as 10 percent shareholders of a U.S. public company from profiting from any purchase or...more

"Trump’s Proposed Changes to Tax, Dodd-Frank, DOL Could Impact Executive Compensation"

President Donald Trump’s campaign proposals included changes to tax rates and a promise to repeal the Dodd-Frank Act. If enacted, these proposals could have a significant impact on the way businesses handle executive...more

"Avoiding an ISS Negative Recommendation: Considerations for Companies Seeking Shareholder Approval of Equity Incentive Plan...

As the 2017 proxy season approaches, companies may be preparing to solicit shareholder approval for a new, or an amendment to an existing, equity incentive plan. In doing so, companies should keep in mind the positions of...more

"Matters to Consider for the 2017 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season"

Each company faces important decisions in preparing for its 2017 annual meeting and reporting season. Once again, we have prepared a checklist of essential areas on which we believe companies should focus as they plan for the...more

"Department of Labor Issues Guidance on Conflicts of Interest Rule"

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued guidance on the Conflicts of Interest Rule it released earlier this year. The guidance, issued on October 27, 2016, is in the form of answers to frequently asked questions, which...more

"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

"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: IRS Issues New Section 409A Guidance"

In an unexpected development, on June 21, 2016, the IRS issued proposed regulations that clarify and modify the final regulations issued in 2007 and the proposed income inclusion regulations issued in 2008. In many cases,...more

"New Rules Impact Compensation Arrangements of Governmental and Tax-Exempt Entities"

On June 22, 2016, the IRS published much-anticipated proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 457 impacting certain plans maintained by state or local governments or other tax-exempt organizations that provide...more

"Labor Department Redefines ‘Fiduciary’ for ERISA and Internal Revenue Code Purposes"

On April 6, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a widely anticipated final regulation that redefines who is a “fiduciary” of certain employee benefit and other plans for purposes of the Employee Retirement Income...more

"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: Court Ruling Signals Potential ERISA Liability for PE Fund Sponsors"

On March 28, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts held that three private equity (PE) funds were jointly and severally liable for the multiemployer pension plan withdrawal liability of one of their...more

"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

2016 Compensation Committee Handbook

The Executive Compensation and Benefits Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is pleased to provide you with this second edition of its Compensation Committee Handbook. This edition reflects developments in...more

"Glass Lewis Issues 2016 US Proxy Policy Guidelines"

Proxy advisory firm Glass Lewis recently issued its U.S. voting policy guidelines for the 2016 proxy season. The guidelines include a few key changes, a summary of which is outlined below. Conflicting Shareholder...more

"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

"IRS Proposes Regulations Addressing Profits Interests, Investment Fund Fee Waiver Arrangements"

On July 23, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Department proposed regulations that address the tax treatment of certain partnership interests issued in exchange for services. Of particular note, the...more

"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

"Fairness of Director Awards Granted Under Market-Standard Equity Plans Comes Under Increased Scrutiny"

A Delaware court opinion issued late last week may subject equity grants to directors to increased judicial scrutiny (Calma v. Templeton, No. 9579-CB (Del. Ch. Apr. 30, 2015)). In Calma, the Chancery Court denied the...more

"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

Department of Labor Proposes New Fiduciary Regulation and Prohibited Transaction Exemption Relief for Investment Advice...

On April 20, 2015, more than three years after withdrawing a similar proposal that was staunchly opposed by the financial services industry, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published in the Federal Register a proposed...more

"ISS Issues ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ Guidance for 2015"

As part of its ongoing rollout of its 2015 policy updates, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) has issued “Frequently Asked Questions” guidance with respect to both its 2015 Compensation Policies and its new equity plan...more

"Overwhelming Majority of Say-on-Pay Proposals Continue to Garner Support"

The overall say-on-pay proportions for 2014 are not substantially different from those in prior years, with the overwhelming majority of companies easily getting majority support on say-on-pay proposals. Despite this seeming...more

"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

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

"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

"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

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