Just in Time for 2010 Proxy Season - SEC Adopts Significant Expansion of Executive Compensation and Corporate Governance Rules

As anticipated, on December 16, 2009, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") presented investors and corporate governance reform advocates with a holiday gift by adopting substantial amendments to the executive compensation and corporate governance disclosure requirements for publicly held companies. The amendments reflect the SEC's efforts to increase investor awareness of companies' executive compensation practices and provide shareholders with a greater voice in their companies.

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