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When Does an Anti-Arbitration Provision Not Prohibit Arbitration of a Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim?

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, enacted on July 21, 2010, provides broad whistleblower protections to individuals who report certain possible violations of federal securities laws. Mindful that...more

Whistleblowers Gone Global – International Implications of the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Programmes

Organisations in the U.K. breathed a collective sigh of relief this summer when the commission formed by the Bank of England and the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) recommended against the implementation of U.S.-style...more

Blog: Are We Aligning Pay To The Wrong Performance Metrics?

As discussed in this article in Compliance Week, this report, “The Alignment Gap Between Creating Value, Performance Measurement, and Long-Term Incentive Design Sustainable,” by Organizational Capital Partners and the...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2015

In this issue: - Strategic Planning Challenges - Cybersecurity - Assess the Impact of Advances in Technology and Big Data - Shareholder Activism - The Return of M&A - Risk...more

ISS Adopts Discretion in Evaluating Management Equity Plan Proposals – May Lead to Increase in CEO Performance Shares and...

What's New? What's new and interesting about the new ISS "score card rules" are two sentences that say: (i) that an issuer's share plan proposal may pass the Shareholder Value Transfer ("SVT") test but still...more

SEC Reports FY 2014 as a Historic Year for Whistleblower Program

According to the annual report issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), fiscal year 2014 was a "historic" one for the whistleblower program initiated pursuant to the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law. In...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

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 47

In this issue: - SEC Sets October 2015 Target Date for Certain Dodd-Frank and JOBS Act Rulemaking - FINRA Issues Notice on TRACE Trade Reporting Obligations - NFA Issues Guidance on Exempt and Excluded...more

2014 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 3) Executive Compensation

As 2014 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in three separate SW Benefits Updates. Part 1 of the series...more

Safeguarding a Whistleblower’s Identity

Everyone knows that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act prohibits retaliation against whistleblowers. It may be less obvious, however, that merely disclosing a whistleblower’s identity can constitute prohibited retaliation. Nevertheless,...more

Is a Licensed Securities Dealer a “Professional” Under Alabama Law Prohibiting Enforcement of Nonsolicitation Agreements Against...

The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals released a slip opinion on May 16, 2014 addressing enforcement of a nonsolicitation agreement against a licensed securities broker. See G.L.S. & Associates, Inc., and G.L. Smith &...more

SEC Will Pay Largest Whistleblower Award Yet

The SEC’s whistleblower office has been in place since 2011, and in that time has handed out nine monetary awards to whistleblowers. It is about to hand out its largest award yet: a minimum $30 million reward to an...more

SEC Reports Amount of Whistleblower Tips, Awards Rose in 2014

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently released its annual report on its new whistleblower program, and according to that report, whistleblower tips and awards through the agency are on the rise. This year...more

SEC Releases 2014 Annual Report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program

By all accounts, 2014 was a year of tremendous success for the SEC’s Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program. According to its 2014 Annual Report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program, the SEC paid nine whistleblower...more

Gifts of Travel and Luxury Watches to Saudi Officials Not Mere 'Icing on the Cake' for FCPA Charges

Improper Gifts Alone, Without Cash Bribes, Serve as Basis for SEC’s Latest FCPA Enforcement Action - Earlier this week, the SEC announced fines for two former defense contractor employees for FCPA violations relating...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

Fifth Circuit Finds SOX Violation in Disclosure of Whistleblower’s Identity

The Fifth Circuit affirms the DOL Administrative Review Board’s decision that employer disclosure of a whistleblower’s identity in a document retention notice constitutes an adverse action....more

SEC’s 2014 Report on Dodd-Frank Whistleblowing Program: Key Takeaways and Trends Companies Should Expect for 2015

On November 17, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued its 2014 Annual Report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program and it is clear that the program is going strong. Following are six key takeaways...more

Proxy Advisory Firms Release Policy Updates for 2015

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis, two leading proxy advisory firms, recently published their 2015 proxy voting guidelines for US companies, which include several updates applicable to the 2015 proxy...more

ISS and Glass Lewis Update their Proxy Voting Guidelines for 2015

Proxy research and advice entities Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) and Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC (“Glass Lewis”) recently updated the guidelines each service will use to inform their voting recommendations for...more

ISS and Glass Lewis Update Proxy Voting Guidelines for 2015

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC, issued their respective annual updates to their proxy voting guidelines on November 6, 2014. As revised these guidelines have important implications...more

Glass Lewis Releases 2015 Proxy Paper Guidelines

On November 6, 2014, Glass Lewis & Co. released its 2015 Proxy Paper Guidelines for the United States showing the key draft policy changes for the 2015 proxy season. There are updates in the following areas: -...more

ISS Publishes 2015 Proxy Voting Guideline Updates

On November 6, 2014, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) released the 2015 updates to its benchmark proxy voting policies, having received comments to the draft policies it released on October 15, 2014. The final...more

SEC Obtains Over $4 Billion for Securities Violations in 2014

Following the end of its fiscal year on September 30, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reported that FY 2014 was notable not only for the record number of enforcement actions filed, but for the wide range of...more

Proxy Advisory Firms Update Policies with Respect to Executive Compensation for the 2015 Proxy Season

Two of the leading shareholder proxy advisory firms, Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) and Glass Lewis & Co. ("Glass Lewis"), released updates to their proxy voting guidelines for the 2015 proxy season. In sum, there...more

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