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Non-Equity Incentive Plans

We previously discussed the benefits of equity incentives. When it comes to compensating a start-up’s key people, equity incentives are often the best way to align interests with the founders. Sometimes, however, non-equity...more

House Passes Encouraging Employee Ownership Act

On February 3, 2016, the House passed H.R. 1675, the Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2015. The bill directs the SEC to revise regulations to require an issuer to furnish investors with additional specified disclosures...more

The Year in Social Enterprise: 2015 Legislative and Policy Review

The past year proved to be a landmark year in the brief history of the emerging social enterprise sector. Indeed, 2015 witnessed continued legislative efforts and important policy developments that illustrate the increased...more

Supreme Court Revisits Stock Drop Fiduciary Standards

In Amgen v. Harris, the Supreme Court for the second time considered whether the plan participants sufficiently stated a claim against the plan fiduciaries for breach of fiduciary duty under ERISA by continuing to provide...more

The Big 401(k) Issue Many Don’t Focus On

The fixation and discussion about plan expenses usually flares up when the stock market isn’t doing well. Two major corrections within a 10-year period (2000-2010) made fee disclosure regulations inevitable.  With the way the...more

FASB Updates for 2016 Financial Statements Could Impact Permissible Adjustments under Code Section 162(m)

IRC Section 162(m) provides that a public company may not deduct annual compensation paid to a “covered employee” in excess of $1,000,000 per year, other than certain “qualified performance-based compensation.” For these...more

Harris v. Amgen

On January 25, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion in Harris v. Amgen that will impact the pleading standard for stock drop litigation. The plaintiffs in Harris are former employees of Amgen Inc. who...more

Reminder: Information Statements Due by February 1, 2016, for 2015 Incentive Stock Option and Employee Stock Purchase Plan...

This is a reminder to public and private companies that grant incentive stock options (“ISOs”) or maintain a taxadvantaged employee stock purchase plan (“ESPP”). Under IRS regulations, these companies must provide...more

"Majority of Say-on-Golden-Parachute Votes Receive Shareholder Support"

Pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Act, Securities and Exchange Commission rules require companies seeking shareholder approval of a merger or acquisition to also hold a separate shareholder advisory vote on disclosed...more

Securities Law and Corporate Governance Developments: A Look Back at 2015 and a Preview of 2016

Initiatives by Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), activist shareholders, and federal and state courts from 2015 will reshape public company disclosure and policies, and offer new avenues for private...more

"SEC Moves to Complete Final Rules for Executive Compensation Disclosures"

Public companies should start preparing for the new executive compensation disclosures mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) moves to complete these rulemakings in the next year. The...more

More Flexible and Efficient, with Emphasis on Stakeholder Protection: Taiwan Amends the Business Mergers and Acquisitions Act

On January 8, 2016, an amendment (the “Amendment”) to Taiwan’s Business Mergers and Acquisition Act (the “Act”) has become effective. Through this amendment, the government hopes to encourage M&A activities in Taiwan by...more

S.D.N.Y Dismisses Former Employee’s SOX and Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claims

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently granted a motion for summary judgment dismissing a plaintiff’s SOX and Dodd-Frank whistleblower claims. The court ruled that the plaintiff failed to...more

Deadline Approaching for Reporting 2015 ISO Exercises and ESPP Transfers

Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code requires corporations to provide information statements to employees (including former employees) and information filings to the IRS regarding exercises of incentive stock options...more

Alert: Year-End Reporting for ISOs and ESPPs

This alert serves as a reminder of certain year-end reporting requirements imposed under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, with respect to incentive stock option exercises and transfers of stock...more

Creating ESOPs: 6 Essential Questions For Successful Employee Stock Ownership Plans

The Baby Boomer business owner has worked hard for a lifetime. The company is thriving. But retirement is in sight, and a big question looms: How do I convert a lifetime of hard work into a comfortable retirement income?...more

Reminder to Perform Annual ISO/ESPP Reporting in January 2016

As discussed in our December 16, 2010 blog article, the IRS issued final regulations in 2009 under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) that require Employers to annually furnish each employee who exercised...more

Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Alert: 2015 IRS Filing and Reporting Requirements for ISO Exercises and ESPP Stock...

This Client Alert is intended to remind you of certain year-end reporting requirements under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), with respect to stock issued to employees (or former...more

Corporate Communicator - Winter 2016: 2016 Annual Meeting Season

Dear clients and friends, We present our traditional year-end issue of Snell & Wilmer’s Corporate Communicator to help you prepare for the upcoming annual report and proxy season. This issue highlights SEC reporting and...more

ERISA Fiduciaries May Factor Climate Change Issues Into Economic Analysis of Investments

New guidance from the US Department of Labor (“DOL”) clarifies the role of environmental, social and governance issues (referred to as “ESG factors”) in investment decisions by ERISA fiduciaries. ERISA Interpretive Bulletin...more

SEC Adopts Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule

The SEC adopted a final rule in August of 2015 requiring companies to disclose the ratio of their CEOs’ compensation to that of the median compensation of their employees, which includes part-time, temporary and foreign...more

IRS Issues New Guidance for Smaller Reporting Companies on CFO Compensation

In a recently released Chief Counsel Advice memorandum, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) informally revised its guidance regarding which officers of “smaller reporting companies” (“SRCs”) should be considered “covered...more

IRS Releases Advice Addressing Section 162(m) and CFO Compensation of Smaller Reporting Companies

Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) limits, subject to certain exceptions, a public company’s federal income tax deduction for compensation paid to any “covered employee” to $1 million in any taxable year. A...more

Tennessee District Court Limits Scope of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim

The Eastern District of Tennessee recently dismissed whistleblower claims, finding that the Plaintiff was not entitled to protection under Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, or the False Claims Act (“FCA”). Verble v. Morgan Stanley...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

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