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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

[Event] Long-Term Care Conference - October 18th, Richmond, VA

Williams Mullen's Long-Term Care Conference will provide health care executives with the latest information on how to mitigate professional liability and regulatory risks; manage employment law matters, including overtime,...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

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

Ninth Circuit Holds that SOX 304 Clawback Applies to Executives that are Not at Fault

The Ninth Circuit recently held that Section 304 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX 304) allows for a clawback of certain CEO and CFO compensation regardless of whether the clawback was triggered by the personal misconduct of...more

Ninth Circuit Permits SEC to Assert Standalone Claim for False Sarbanes-Oxley Certification and Confirms Disgorgement Remedy...

In Securities & Exchange Commission v. Jensen, No. 14-55221, 2016 WL 4537377 (9th Cir. Aug. 31, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit broke new ground by providing the Securities & Exchange...more

Ninth Circuit Clarifies Whose “Misconduct” Triggers SOX 304 Disgorgement But Not What Constitutes “Misconduct”

Section 304 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (15 U.S.C. § 7243) requires CEOs and CFOs to repay bonuses, incentive- and equity-based compensation, and profits realized on the sale of securities received in the 12 months...more

[Webinar] 28th Annual Employee Benefits Seminar - September 21st, 8:20am Central / 9:20am Eastern

Program Highlights Please join the Locke Lord Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group for our 28th annual employee benefits seminar via webinar.  Our attorneys will provide an overview of current developments...more

Is a CFO a Key To your M&A Success?

A successful merger or acquisition can hinge on your CFO/firm accountant. You work hard to build your business. When you’re ready to sell it, a good CFO can impact your bottom line. Why? A CFO keeps your financials...more

Game-Changing PAMA Rule Sets off Major Payment Shifts for Lab Tests

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a major final rule that will base Medicare clinical laboratory fee schedule (CLFS) reimbursement on private insurance payment amounts, as required by the...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - August 2016

The Hershey Governance Settlement - On Friday, July 29, the Pennsylvania Attorney General, the Hershey Trust Company and the Milton Hershey School, entered into a written settlement resolving an investigation conducted...more

Brexit and Other Key Issues for CFOs and Corporate Treasurers

On June 23, 2016, the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union in an advisory Referendum. We expect the UK Government to commence negotiations to withdraw and to establish a framework for the UK’s new relationship with...more

SEC Imposes Penalties on Company and Officers for Inadequate Staffing in Accounting Department

Highlights - The SEC settled charges against Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation and two of its officers for deficient oversight of the company’s internal controls over financial reporting, resulting in fines 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

CFOs of Smaller Reporting Companies May Be Considered “Covered Employees” for Purposes of Section 162(m)

The $1,000,000 limitation on deductions imposed by Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code applies to “covered employees.” In Notice 2007-49, the IRS defined the term “covered employees” as follows...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

Chief Financial Officers Focus on Today and the Future: An Interview

We interviewed Michelle Crook, CFO of the Bank of Botetourt, and Chris Snodgrass, CFO for Bank of Marion, for our Community Banking Excellence this quarter. We wanted to know what primary forces are affecting chief financial...more

Bad News Doesn’t Get Better With Time

Not too long ago I interviewed the CFO of a Fortune 1000 company who told me, “You picked a bad day to come visit me.” My response: “Great, I am glad we have something to talk about!” He then explained the background. Outside...more

IRS Issues New Guidance for Smaller Reporting Companies on CFO Compensation

In a recently released Chief Counsel Advice memorandum, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) informally revised its guidance regarding which officers of “smaller reporting companies” (“SRCs”) should be considered “covered...more

IRS Releases Advice Addressing Section 162(m) and CFO Compensation of Smaller Reporting Companies

Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) limits, subject to certain exceptions, a public company’s federal income tax deduction for compensation paid to any “covered employee” to $1 million in any taxable year. A...more

Recent CCM Provides that CFO of Small Reporting Companies May Be Subject to Code Section 162(m), Raises Questions for All Public...

Since 2007, public companies have generally relied on a position taken by the IRS in Notice 2007-49 that a “covered employee” for determining who is subject to the $1 million deductibility limitations of Code Section 162(m)...more

IRS Issues Guidance on the Applicability of Section 162(m) to CFO Compensation

Summary: The IRS recently informally revised its guidance regarding which officers of public companies must be considered when determining the compensation deduction limitation of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code...more

Blog: Will Clawbacks Have An Unintended Consequence?

A recent study, “Why Do Restatements Decrease in a Clawback Environment? An Investigation into Financial Reporting Executives’ Decision-Making during the Restatement Process,” shows that clawbacks may have unintended...more

Regulation Crowdfunding

On October 30, 2015, the SEC voted to adopt final rules permitting crowdfunding. Regulation Crowdfunding allows issuers to engage in securities-based crowdfunding through the internet pursuant to Section 4(a)(6) of the...more

Securities Class Action Defense Counsel Selection: An Interview Process is Essential

When a public company purchases a significant good or service, it typically seeks competitive proposals. From coffee machines to architects, companies invite multiple vendors to bid, evaluate their proposals, and choose one...more

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