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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

"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

"US Supreme Court Further Limits Jurisdictional Reach of the US Courts Over Foreign Torts"

The U.S. Supreme Court began 2014 by issuing a decision limiting the ability of plaintiffs to assert tort claims against foreign corporations in the U.S. courts based on events occurring outside the United States. In Daimler...more

1/24/2014 - Alien Tort Statute DaimlerChrysler v Bauman Foreign Corporations International Litigation Jurisdiction Multinationals SCOTUS Securities Exchange Act

"Litigants Continue to Use 'Anti-Suit Injunctions' to Protect Their Arbitration Rights"

Courts occasionally are asked to intervene in a pending arbitration and exercise their injunctive powers. In some cases, litigants seek to have the courts aid the arbitral process by stopping foreign proceedings that...more

1/23/2014 - Anti-Suit Injunctions Arbitration Arbitration Agreements UK UNCITRAL

"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

"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

"New York’s Highest Court Refuses to Allow Judgment Enforcement Against International Bank Subsidiaries"

This week, the New York Court of Appeals, New York’s highest state court, issued a unanimous opinion in Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands v. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, 2013 N.Y. Slip Op. 03018 (N.Y. Apr....more

5/3/2013 - Foreign Banks Judgment Creditors Subsidiaries Turnover Order

"The Increasing Appeal and Novel Use of Bilateral Investment Treaties"

Over the last 20 years, bilateral investment treaties (BITs) have provided foreign investors with basic safeguards against expropriation and related risks and guarantee the right to bring claims before a neutral arbitral...more

4/30/2013 - Arbitration Bilateral Investment Treaties Expropriation Foreign Investment ICSID NAFTA UNCITRAL

"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

"US Supreme Court Greatly Restricts Scope of Alien Tort Claims; Holds Statute Does Not Apply Extraterritorially"

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, No. 10–1491 (U.S. Apr. 17, 2013), a significant decision holding that the so-called “Alien Tort Claims Act” or “Alien Tort...more

4/23/2013 - Alien Tort Statute Class Action Extraterritoriality Rules Foreign Corporations Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. Personal Jurisdiction SCOTUS

"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

"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

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