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Cultural and Bottom Line Impact of Rudeness in the Workplace Is Real—and on the Rise

In her recent opinion piece in The New York Times, No Time to Be Nice at Work, Christine Porath asserted that, “how we treat one another at work matters. Insensitive interactions have a way of whittling away at people’s...more

Securities and Exchange Commission Proposes Rules Regarding Claw-Back of Executive Compensation

Some five years after the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“the Act”), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continues to work through the rule-making process required by the...more

Anti Bribery Compliance Tactics Learned Behind Bars | 6 Ways to Protect Your Front-Line Employees from Temptation (Part 1)

If you encountered Richard Bistrong at a cocktail party, your first instinct would likely be to comment on his fashionable glasses or his experience running marathons, rather than to ask about his time in prison. As Richard...more

Corporate E-Note - June 2015

In this Issue: - IRS Issues Guidance on Portability: The IRS recently issued final regulations that provide guidance on the federal estate and gift tax applicable exclusion amount, in general, as well as the...more

Unwaivable Statutes May Doom Forum Selection Provision

Nearly four years ago, I wrote this post asking whether California’s anti-waiver statute voids choice of forum agreements.  The statute in question was California Corporations Code Section 25701 which provides "Any condition,...more

Our Picks for the Top 10 Ethics and Compliance Articles You Don’t Want to Miss This Month

With so many articles available every month, it’s possible that a few got buried in either your inbox or the bowels of the blogosphere. Here are ten articles you don’t want to miss...more

New LLC Is Not Delivered By Sale Membership Interests

Readers of this blog should be well aware of California’s general antipathy to covenants not to compete. See links below. Other jurisdictions, however, are less averse. Assuming that a covenant not to compete is...more

Successful Planning and Exit Strategies for Government Contractors in 2015 and Beyond

In This Presentation: - How To Position Your Business To Reap The Benefits Of A Liquidity Event - How To Position Your Business To Reap (Internal Review And Check-Up) - Strategic And Structuring...more

SEC Proposes Rules for Reporting Separately Managed Accounts on Form ADV and Revised Recordkeeping Rules

On May 20, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed amendments to Part 1A of Form ADV in three areas: to collect information regarding separately managed accounts (“SMAs”) and additional information...more

What’s The Best Channel for Corporate Compliance Training?

OCEG Chairman Scott Mitchell talks with Jimmy Lin, Vice President of Product Management and Corporate Development at The Network, about the different channels available to deliver corporate compliance training....more

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: At a Glance

In this issue: - FCPA AT A GLANCE - THE ANTI-BRIBERY PROVISIONS OF THE FCPA - TO WHOM THE ANTI-BRIBERY PROVISIONS APPLY - THE PAYMENT ELEMENT - THE CORRUPT INTENT ELEMENT - WHO IS A...more

Is The SEC Confused About Who Solicits Proxies?

In reviewing some recent proxy bylaw provisions, I noted that some refer specifically to solicitations “by the Board of Directors”. See, for example, a bylaw provision recently adopted by Monsanto Company. This reference to...more

Pay Ratio Rule Continues Down Slow Road After Public Senatorial Scolding

On Friday June 5, 2015, the SEC made incremental progress toward finalizing the “pay ratio” rule required by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act by publishing a memo from the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA memo) that...more

Plaintiffs' Firms Seek Quick Money by Challenging "Dead Hand Proxy Puts" in Debt Agreements

Delaware corporations should be aware of the latest trend in strike suits being pursued by stockholder plaintiff law firms. Such lawsuits are increasingly being filed to challenge so-called "dead hand proxy put" provisions in...more

The Sounds of Silence: Non-Compete Reform Efforts Largely Absent in Massachusetts Legislature

Last summer was a busy time for legislators in Massachusetts mulling over non-compete reform. As we reported, several competing bills were in play as the legislative session drew to a close, including a compromise bill that...more

Blog: SEC On The Verge Of Proposal To Implement Dodd-Frank Clawback Provision

The WSJ is reporting that the SEC is on the verge (July 1) of proposing clawback rules designed to implement Section 954 of Dodd-Frank, “recovery of erroneously awarded compensation.” Of course, actual implementation could...more

SEC Proposes Pay-for-Performance Disclosure Rules

On April 29, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed a new rule under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that would require public companies to disclose the relationship between...more

Getting a Seat at the Table: Proxy Access is Coming to Canada

The topic of proxy access, or the ability of shareholders to nominate directors to the board, has again come to the fore of the Canadian corporate governance debate. The Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG), an...more

Performance Anxiety: SEC Proposes Pay Versus Performance Rule

On April 29, 2015, by a 3-2 vote, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) voted to propose a rule to implement Section 14(i) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Exchange Act), as added by Section 953(a) of...more

Court Of Chancery Explains The “Personal Claim” Exception To Advancement Rights

In the area of what claims are subject to the right to have fees advanced to a former officer or director, there is no more often disputed issue than whether the claim asserted arose out of the role as an officer or director...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Compliance Issues With Private Equity Fund Managers Remains a Concern With the SEC - In May of last year, the SEC rang the alarm bells after conducting sweep examinations of private equity fund managers. At that time, the SEC...more

Proxy Access – Week of May 24

During the week of May 24, 2015, 8-Ks were filed that disclosed three shareholder sponsored proxy access proposals passed and five failed. All required three percent ownership for three years and all were opposed by the...more

SEC Proposes New Pay-Versus-Performance Disclosure Rules

On April 29, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed new rules that would require most publicly traded companies to describe in detail the relationship between their financial performance and their...more

Pay-Versus-Performance: SEC's Proposed Rules

On April 29, the SEC proposed rules that would require most publicly traded companies to describe in detail the relationship between their financial performance and executive compensation actually paid. HIGHLIGHTS...more

Does The SEC’s Unbundling Rule Deprive Stockholders The Right To Vote On The Whole?

A forthcoming academic paper looks for bundling in more than 1,500 management proposals between 2003 and 2012.  Bundling occurs when multiple matters are combined into a single proposal.  The authors, James Cox, Fabrizio...more

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