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Blog: Hitting Populist Note, U.K. Proposes Enhancements To Corporate Governance — Will The New U.S. Administration Follow The...

One of the prevailing narratives of the recent Presidential election was that the same gestalt that drove the Brits to vote for Brexit also animated the pro-Trump forces and led to his presidential victory. Why then, when it...more

From Making the Right Decisions to Asking the Right Questions: Linda Graebner Discusses Her Move from the C-Suite to the Boardroom...

Linda Graebner spent many years as a CEO leading consumer product companies, and has held numerous other leadership positions in the business world. But she is currently thriving in a new role: the boardroom. At the request...more

On Leadership – A Simple Message and Asking the Right Questions

Sometimes, as a leader it is important to say something numerous times, to repeat your message so that it will come through loud and clear. For any Chief Executive Officer (CEO) it is incumbent to continually reinforce your...more

SEC Releases Guidance on Pay Ratio Rules

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission released new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) which provide guidance on the CEO pay-ratio rules. As a reminder, the CEO pay-ratio rules were enacted in...more

When Tone at the Top Is Missing

We all tend to gloss over a critical requirement for an effective ethics and compliance program – tone-at-the-top. I hate to be dogmatic about the issue but, as Mel Brooks said in the Curb Your Enthusiasm (Season 4, Episode...more

SEC Issues C&DIs on CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure, Exempt Offerings Under Rule 701 and Sales of Securities Under Rule 144(d)

Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K allows a company to identify its median employee by using annual total compensation or any other compensation measure that is consistently applied (a “CACM”) to all employees included in the...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Lesson Learned from Wells Fargo - What Your Board of Directors Needs to Know"

According to recent news reports, Wells Fargo management created an aggressive sales culture that encouraged employees to create thousands of fake accounts. News reports also suggest that the Board took no action regarding...more

Former Tuomey CEO Settles with DOJ for $1 Million

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently reached a $1 million settlement with Ralph J. Cox III, the former CEO for Tuomey Health System, Inc. (Tuomey), in connection with his involvement in the notable Stark Law case....more

When CEOs Read This, They May Become Less Enamored Of Delaware

In a forthcoming paper, Professors Murali Jagannathan (Binghamton University School of Management) and A.C. Pritchard (University of Michigan Law School) evaluate whether there might be relationship between incorporation in...more

FCPA Enforcement Action Highlights Risks for the Financial Services Industry and Individual Executives

New York-based hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group (the “Hedge Fund”) agreed to pay approximately $412 million to resolve charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and Department of...more

Changes in the Balance of Power: The Board Versus CEO

There is no doubt that corporate boards operate under greater scrutiny. The trend is clearly to hold boards and individual members accountable. But this is not the result of government prosecution; rather, this trend reflects...more

Division of Corporation Finance Issues Five FAQs Related to CEO Pay Ratio Rules

On October 18, 2016, the Division of Corporation Finance issued five new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) related to the CEO Pay Ratio Rules. The CEO Pay Ratio Rules, which became effective on October 19,...more

SEC Releases New Interpretations on CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure

On October 18, 2016, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission published five new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (CDIs) related to CEO pay ratio disclosures. The CDIs...more

The SEC Speaks: How to Identify the Median Employee for Your Pay Ratio Disclosure

The SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance posted five new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) regarding the pay ratio disclosure requirements in Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K on October 18, 2016. The “pay ratio”...more

Like a Rolling Stone and the Failures of Internal Controls

I continue my celebration of Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate, by reflecting on what many consider to be his greatest recording, Like a Rolling Stone. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine named it as the greatest song of all time....more

Great Rockers at 50 – The Moody Blues and Being a Great Boss

One of the favorite sobriquet’s I have recently received was from Alison Taylor who called me the ‘rock and roll compliance blogger’. I love to listen to classic rock and enjoy live performances even more. With that moniker...more

Corporate Law and Governance Update - October 2016

New Officer and Director FCA/Stark Exposure - Recent developments may merit a measured briefing to corporate leadership on the potential exposure of health industry officers and directors to financial penalties and other...more

The Building Blocks of Board Service: Determining if Board Service is Right For You

Understanding the basics of board service is a necessary first step for those interested in joining a board of directors. In part one of this three-part series, we shared insights from Sheila Ronning, CEO and founder of Women...more

Former CEO of Health System Agrees to Pay $1 Million to Settle False Claims Act Case with U.S. Department of Justice

In the most recent example of its continued effort to hold individuals accountable for corporate misconduct, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced on September 27, 2016, that the former CEO of Tuomey Healthcare...more

Blog: CEO-Employee Pay Ratios May Not Be As Bad As Feared, Says Mercer Study

There’s been a lot of hand-wringing about what the data will show when public companies are finally required, in 2018, to disclose their CEO-to-median-employee pay ratios as required by new SEC rules implementing Dodd-Frank. ...more

Ninth Circuit Holds SOX Gives SEC Power to Cause Executives to Disgorge Incentive Compensation Based on Others' Misconduct

Rule 13a-14 issued under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) requires that Chief Executive Officers and Chief Financial Officers certify the accuracy of the public company’s financial statements. Section 304 of SOX states that CEOs...more

The Non-family CEO in the Family Business

In June of this year, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP hosted its fourth annual Farm to Label summit in Portland, Oregon. One of the programs of the day was a panel mediated by DWT’s Drew Steen on the role of a non-family member...more

Crackdown on excessive boardroom pay – as easy as publishing a simple ratio?

The theory: work out the average worker’s pay in a company, calculate the ratio between that average pay and the CEO’s pay, and then, if the ratio is large, name and shame the company and its overpaid boss....more

Protecting Your Client's President From Having To Be Deposed: NC Business Court

You have probably been in this situation. Your client is a successful corporate entity, maybe publicly held. You are defending the entity in a lawsuit and you receive a Notice of Deposition for the CEO of your client. The...more

Corporate & Business Transactions Tips

Here are 5 tips for positioning the strongest possible partnership when starting your new company: - 1. FREQUENT AND DETAILED COMMUNICATIONS ARE ESSENTIAL. The most effective CEOs and CFOs are sophisticated...more

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