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CCOs: Living in the Land of False Promises

We all have heard the scenario involving a compliance professional. A new CCO joins a company with promises from the board, the CEO and senior executives of cooperation, compensation and support for a robust independent...more

2016 NACD Private Company Governance Survey Results

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) recently released its 2015-2016 NACD Private Company Governance Survey. In an article in the March 2016 edition of “Private Company Director” – a monthly publication...more

Cybersecurity Advice to CEOs and Boards “Take more responsibility”!

The White House and its top security advisors are regularly advised about cyberintrusions and as a result the “time has come for CEOs and Boards to take personal responsibility for improving their companies’ cyber security”...more

Internal Pay Equity Disclosures: Ratio of CEO Pay to Other NEOs

Many are aware of the Dodd-Frank requirement to disclose the ratio of the median employee’s annual total compensation to the total annual compensation of the principal executive officer. We have published some examples of...more

Pay Ratio Disclosures Begin to Appear in Proxy Statements

Some companies have begun to disclose pay ratios in their proxy statements in advance of the SEC requirement. We have included a sample below. Of course, you’ll want to compare the samples to the rules before relying on them....more

Honest Assessment of the CCO-CEO Relationship

One very accurate indicator of a compliance program is the relationship between the CEO and the Chief Compliance Officer. If a CCO is repeatedly making excuses for a CEO who does not devote enough time to compliance, you can...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Announces Volcker Rule CEO Attestation Delivery Method

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight announced that certain banking entities subject to Appendix B of Part 75 of the CFTC’s regulations, which implements section 619 of...more

Fold ‘Em or All-In? A Dealer’s Guide to Succession Planning

Bet, fold, bluff, raise, and all-in. These are all common words when playing a game of poker, or as some call it, Texas Hold’em. Would you believe that just as with playing poker, these words could also be used when talking...more

Blog: Is It A Mistake To Insist That CEO Pay Be Performance-Based?

It goes without saying that, to many, the sine qua non of executive compensation is performance-based pay. From proxy advisory firms to institutional holders to the drafters of Dodd-Frank, the question of whether CEO...more

Allocating Founder Equity

There’s no legal definition for “founder,” but it is one of the most important roles in a startup. Designating someone a founder means a lot for the long-term future of the company and for that individual; it is the founders...more

Beware of the CEO Email Request Phishing Scam: A Different Form of March Madness

Not only is it “March Madness” time, it is also prime tax return filing time. That means that the email scammers are out in full force as well. In the last 10 days, we have seen a marked uptick in what are called...more

The Client Contact You Need to Know

Not long after I made the move from law firm practice to general counsel at a Texas financial institution, I observed that the senior executives at our holding company (the key decisionmakers) all had internal people within...more

Blog: ISS Study Shows Board Leadership Structure Affects CEO Compensation

According to a new report from ISS, the structure of board leadership plays a significant role in relative levels of CEO compensation. Combining the CEO and board chair titles is still the most prevalent leadership structure...more

A Lesson in Compliance: Part II

The following is an interview with Richard Bistrong and Alessia Lamonaca, Program Marketing Specialist at Resolver Inc. In “A Lesson in Compliance with Richard Bistrong: Part I“, Richard discussed the thought process...more

Blog: Where You Stand On CEO Comp Depends On Where You Sit

CEO Pay, Performance, and Value Sharing, a paper by academics at the Stanford Business School, discusses the disconnect between the perceptions of CEO pay among directors (who set CEO pay) and the public (who ultimately pay...more

Blog: Does The Rise Of The “New Insider” Mean That It’s Time For A Board Refreshment Policy?

The term “board refreshment” may elicit some giggles – no, we’re not talking about shots of The Balvenie 50-Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside, Scotland – but the topic of director tenure is increasingly becoming...more

The SEC’s New “Pay Ratio Disclosure” Rule and What It Means for Your Company

In August of 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued the Pay Ratio Disclosure Final Rule under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The rule requires a public company to...more

Hostile Work Environment Creator, Equal Opportunity Offender or Something Else?

You work for a privately-owned multinational conglomerate with a high-profile CEO who loves Twitter and can’t stop talking. And that CEO, outside of work, has been critical of lots of people....more

New in tax administration: in what cases is personal appearance of the chief executive office mandatory?

Amendments have been made to the Kazakhstan’s tax legislation in respect to tax administration effective as of 1 January 2016. Below are some of the amendments that affect the process of registration with the tax authorities....more

Can a Company's Founder and CEO Use Company Documents to Support His "Advice of Counsel" Defense After the Company Declares...

Courts agree that bankruptcy trustees control bankrupt companies' attorney-client privilege. It is easy to underestimate this basic principle's strength. In SEC v. Present, Civ. No. 14-14692-LTS, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS...more

FCA Publishes “Dear CEO” Letter in Relation to Client Take-On Procedures for CFD Products

On February 2, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a “Dear CEO” letter (Letter) setting out the FCA’s findings from a review of client take-on procedures for firms that offer contract for difference (CFD) products...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

"Indian Insurance Sector Welcomes Foreign Investment With Limits on Control"

As part of the Indian government’s plans to encourage foreign investment, in 2015 it increased the foreign ownership cap in the Indian insurance sector from 26 percent to 49 percent. The increase, however, did not affect the...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

Reimbursement of Employee Political Contributions Could Lead to Jail Time for CEO

Recent charges against a Pennsylvania CEO serve as a reminder of how important it is for corporate counsel and executives to ensure that corporate funds are not being used to support political candidates in violation of...more

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