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Pensions Hazard for PE Buyers on Carve-Out Deals

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Corporate carve-outs have become increasingly popular in recent years, as buyout firms scour the market for primary deals. In an environment in which the UK Pensions Regulator (the Regulator) is becoming more active, in our...more

SEC Issues New Guidance on Pay Ratio Rule, Emphasizing “Flexibility” of Median Employee Pay Calculation

by Smith Anderson on

On September 21, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an interpretive release to assist public companies in complying with the SEC’s pay ratio rule. The SEC’s interpretive release emphasized the...more

SEC Issues New Guidance to Help Companies Prepare CEO Pay Ratio Disclosures

by Perkins Coie on

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently issued new guidance to help companies prepare their pay ratio disclosures that provides some relief for companies—and further validates that these rules are highly unlikely to...more

Pay Ratio Disclosures are an Employee-Relations Opportunity…Really

Most companies are now devoting substantial resources and effort to ensuring compliance with the SEC’s new rules requiring disclosure of the ratio of the CEO’s and median employee’s respective annual total compensation....more

The SEC's New Guidance Provides Additional Flexibility for Compliance With CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure

by White & Case LLP on

On September 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") issued an interpretive release and the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (the "Staff") published separate guidance and revised Compliance and...more

The New Supreme Court Term: Three Securities Cases

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Three securities cases are on the docket as the new Supreme Court Term opens on the first Monday of October. A fourth significant action is pending certiorari....more

Updated SEC Guidance Emphasizes Flexibility in Complying with Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule

Beginning in 2018, U.S. public companies will generally need to comply with the pay ratio disclosure rule under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which requires that each such company disclose the...more

SEC Adopts Additional Guidance on CEO Pay Ratio Rule

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

On September 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted interpretive guidance regarding Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K, which governs pay ratio disclosure. The interpretive guidance is intended to...more

SEC Relaxes Pay Ratio Rules To Facilitate 2018 Proxy Disclosures

On September 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an interpretive release and new/revised C&DIs to assist companies in their efforts to comply with the pay ratio disclosure requirement. The guidance...more

Common U.S. Tax Withholding and Reporting Errors with Respect to Certain RSUs

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A Canadian company (the employer) historically has not issued equity-based awards to employees of its U.S. subsidiaries, but it now is considering doing so. Past posts have addressed potential U.S. income tax pitfalls and the...more

SEC Provides Further Guidance on Pay Ratio Disclosure

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On September 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued additional guidance on the CEO pay ratio rule, which will require most public companies to report the pay ratio of their CEO to their median employee in...more

Japan Legal Update - Volume 29 | September 2017

by Jones Day on

Corporate Governance - Tokyo Stock Exchange Introduces Disclosure System for Information about Advisors and Counselors - On August 2, 2017, the Tokyo Stock Exchange announced new amendments to the Guidelines for...more

SEC Adopts Interpretive Guidance on Pay Ratio Rule

by Bracewell LLP on

On September 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it approved interpretive guidance to assist registrants in their efforts to comply with the pay ratio disclosure requirement in Item 402(u) of...more

Surprise ISS Survey Results Reveal That Investors Intend to Use Pay Ratio Disclosures

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released the results of its annual global benchmark voting policy survey on September 25, 2017. In a surprise result, the survey found that nearly 75 percent of the 131 investor...more

SEC Issues Additional Guidance on CEO Pay Ratio Rule

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On September 21, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released several items that provide additional guidance on the CEO Pay Ratio Rule (the “Rule”): (1) SEC interpretive guidance; (2) Revised pay...more

SEC and Staff Issue Welcome Guidance Introducing Flexibility and Practicality to Pay Ratio Rules

On September 21, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an interpretive release on the pay ratio disclosure requirements in Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K, and the staff of the Division of Corporation...more

New SEC Pay Ratio Disclosure Guidance

As everyone knows by now, the SEC amended Item 402 of Regulation S-K, as required by the Dodd-Frank Act, to state that all companies required to provide executive compensation disclosure under Item 402(c) of Regulation S-K...more

SEC Issues Pay Ratio Guidance

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

With the first required pay ratio disclosures only a few months away, the Commission, on September 21, 2017, issued an interpretative release intended to assist registrants in their compliance efforts. The guidance in the...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 36

SEC/CORPORATE - Implementation of Pay Ratio Disclosure Requirement Not Expected to Be Delayed - On September 15, at the ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of...more

SEC Provides Additional Pay Ratio Interpretive Guidance

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday issued interpretive guidance on the CEO pay ratio rule. Separately, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued guidance on calculation of the pay ratio. These moves...more

Pay Ratio Compliance is Around the Corner; Is Your Company Ready?

For two years, the pay ratio rule has loomed in the distance with uncertainty regarding its fate. On September 15, 2017, in remarks made at the ABA’s Business Law Section Annual Meeting, William Hinman, Director of the...more

Looking Ahead to the 2018 Proxy Season: Preparing for CEO Pay Ratio Rules Disclosure Requirements

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

As part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act enacted in July 2010, Congress directed the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to adopt pay ratio disclosure requiring public companies to...more

CEO Pay Ratio Rule Will Not Be Delayed

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

At last Friday’s ABA annual meeting, Bill Hinman (with the standard disclaimer that he is speaking for himself and not on behalf of the SEC) confirmed that the SEC will not be delaying implementation of the CEO pay ratio...more

Upcoming Supreme Court Cases Worth Noting by Institutional Investors

The U.S. Supreme Court‘s 2017 term begins October 2nd and we will be tracking at least three cases relevant to institutional investors: •Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund •Digital Realty Trust v....more

Lightening the Rules! Thailand Reduces Procedural Requirements for Company Work Rules to Encourage Foreign Investment

International employers with operations in Asia often must undergo the cumbersome task of drafting “work rules” (essentially, a handbook) and filing them with local labor authorities—as is the practice in Taiwan, Japan, and...more

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