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How Retirement Plan Advisors Can Benefit From Any New DOL Fiduciary Rule

One of my favorite companies is Netflix. The first time I came into contact with them, it was through an offer that was in the box of the first DVD player I bought in 2000. Instead of rentals through Blockbuster or Hollywood...more

Things in a 401(k) Plan That Don’t Look Right

They always say that you should never judge a book by its cover, but people do. People say you shouldn’t judge people by their appearance and they do. Just because something doesn’t look right, doesn’t mean it isn’t right....more

Loan Originator Compensation: CFPB Grabs the “Steering” Wheel

The CFPB took action against two mortgage companies for violations of the Loan Originator Compensation Rule (“LO Comp Rule”), which prohibits compensation to loan originators based on loan terms, claiming that the companies’...more

Blog: Executive Compensation — A Trigger For Hedge Fund Activism?

Is executive pay becoming a hot button issue for activist hedge funds? While executive pay has long been under scrutiny from standard-issue corporate governance activists, such as union pension funds, the interest of some...more

Employer’s Excuses About Their Retirement Plan And Why They’re Wrong

When dealing with my children and many adults, I hear many excuses why things don’t get done correctly. No one wants to accept re- sponsibility for their ineptness; they just cling to these excuses. Plan sponsors don’t have...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

Draft Appropriations Bill Seeks to De-Fund Various Regulatory Efforts

A draft House appropriations bill to fund various federal agencies, including the Department of Labor, for Fiscal Year 2016 includes several provisions that would effectively halt a number of controversial regulatory efforts....more

FAQ: Recent Developments in US Law Affecting Pension and OPEB Claims in Restructurings (2015)

From theory to practice, planning to enforcement, the answers to 42 of the most frequently asked questions can help you prepare, cope, or respond to a restructuring. This Client Alert answers some of the most...more

Culture of Corruption in the Financial Industry: A Closer Look

A closer look at new research data about corruption in the financial industry: is the industry as far behind on organizational culture as it might seem?  A recent study, “The Street, The Bull and The Crisis: A Survey of...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

Small 401(k) Plans Have More Problems Than Larger Ones

Bigger does not mean better, that’s what mom and pop stores say all the time. Sometimes they are right, sometimes they are wrong. When it comes to 401(k) plans, most people would assume that larger 401(k) plans would have...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

As a Retirement Plan Provider, Things You Should Let Go

A few years back, I would hear “Let it Go” from the movie Frozen every 5-7 minutes. It was a great song from a great movie, but it was a little unnerving to hear it 7-10 times on a short car trip. Then it stopped, my children...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

Williams Mullen FDI USA Newsletter - June 2015

- In this Issue: - Welcome - About Us - Results Of 2015 SelectUSA Summit - 2015 Upcoming Events - RAISING CAPITAL: Simplifying the U.S. Capital Markets - Recent FDI Success Stories - FDI...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

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

Electronic Self-Certification for Hardship Distributions is Not Sufficient

In its April 1, 2015 Employee Plans News, the IRS stated that defined contribution plan sponsors must maintain hardship distribution records and that plan sponsors cannot rely on electronic participant self-certification for...more

Plan Sponsors Should Avoid The Dark Side of the Retirement Plan Business

I grew up in New York City and the City of today isn’t like it was when I grew up. They called it Fun City and not because it was fun unless you thought crime was fun. I remember going to take a Washington D.C. bus (because...more

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