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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

2016 Trends #7: Renewed Focus on Boosting Whistleblower Rights and Squashing Retaliation

To help prepare compliance professionals for the year ahead, we’ve talked with industry experts, our colleagues at NAVEX Global, and ethics and compliance professionals from our more than 12,500 client organizations to gather...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - February 2016 #4

ESRB approves expansion of macroprudential policy framework - ESRB has published two recommendations relating to expanding the European macroprudential policy framework. The first concerns the counter-cyclical buffer...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - February 2016 #2

FCA writes to CEOs on CFD compliance - FCA has written a Dear CEO letter following its review of new client procedures for firms offering contracts for difference (CFD) products on a non-advised basis. FCA carried out...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

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies the Scope of ERISA Fiduciary Obligations in Recent Stock Drop Decision

In recent years, plaintiffs’ lawyers have brought numerous ERISA breach of fiduciary duty lawsuits against employers that offer employer stock funds in their 401(k) plans. These lawsuits are typically brought on behalf of...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 Supreme Court Meant What It Said On Employer Stock Funds

On January 25, 2016, in Amgen, Inc. v. Harris, 2016 WL 280886, the Supreme Court sent a strong message to the lower courts, plaintiffs and ERISA fiduciaries that pleading standards for breach of fiduciary duty prudence claims...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

Keep This Between Us—and the Government: Confidentiality of Witness Interviews in Corporate Internal Investigations

Internal investigations into suspected employee wrongdoing are particularly tricky for in-house counsel, who must protect corporate confidentiality, be mindful of regulatory reporting requirements, and respect labor...more

Be Careful What You Wish For – Dudenhoeffer May Do “More Harm Than Good” For ERISA “Stock Drop” Plaintiffs

In its June 2014 decision in Dudenhoeffer v. Fifth Third Bank, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously declined to recognize a “presumption of prudence” that had favored retirement-plan fiduciaries faced with allegations of...more

DOL Sends Fiduciary Rule to OMB for Review

DOL has indicated that the final rule will be released in the first half of the year. The US Department of Labor (DOL) sent its final Conflict of Interest Rule—Investment Advice (with related exemptions and amendments to...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

Employment Law - January 2016 #2

EU Permits Employers to Monitor Private Employee Communications - Why it matters - In a favorable ruling for employers, the European Union's (EU) highest court concluded that an employee's right to privacy was not...more

SCOTUS Meant What It Said & Said What It Meant: Dudenhoeffer Imposes Higher Pleading Standards

In a rebuke to the Ninth Circuit, the Supreme Court granted the Amgen defendants’ petition for certiorari, reversed the Ninth Circuit’s judgment and remanded the case for further proceedings consistent with its opinion in the...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

Banking Disputes Quarterly - Q4 January 2016

On the Horizon - Many nancial services rms employ more women than men in junior roles. But analysis shows that the chances of women progressing from middle to senior management roles are worse in the nancial services...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 Gives First Whistleblower Award to a Company Outsider: The SEC has increased the scope of its whistleblower award program in...

What you need to know: The SEC recently awarded $700,000 to an outside industry expert whose “detailed analysis” of a company’s alleged misconduct helped the SEC bring a successful enforcement action. Although the...more

SEC $700K External Whistleblower Award Highlights Need for Watchful Compliance Programs

Last week, the SEC announced an award of $700,000 to a company outsider who conducted a “detailed analysis” resulting in a successful SEC enforcement action. In a press release, Andrew Ceresney, director of the SEC’s Division...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

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