In 2008, a few months before the $65 billion Madoff Ponzi scheme fell apart, the $3.65 billion Petters Ponzi scheme made headlines. Tom Petters told investors that they were financing the purchase and sale of consumer...more
This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on recent developments in Libor and the Foreign Exchange market litigation; Credit Suisse’s $885 million mortgage settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency; Irving...more
On 13 March 2014, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), the U.K. regulator responsible for prudential supervision of banks, insurers and large broker-dealers, issued a consultation paper on bonus clawback (CP6/14). ...more
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck attorneys and their client recently scored another trial victory. The outcome provides lessons for Brownstein’s clients that utilize variable compensation plans for their...more
An important message to all tax planners: The European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition has declared war on "fiscal optimization."
It intends to use the antitrust stick to overcome the lack of tax...more
Clawbacks have been around for more than a decade.
- Beginning in 2002, Sarbanes-Oxley required CEOs and CFOs to reimburse incentive or equity compensation received or profits from the sale of company securities during...more
RIPL Corp. v. Google Inc., 2013 WL 6632040 (W.D. Wash. Dec. 17, 2013).
In this trademark infringement case, the defendant and plaintiff entered into a stipulated protective order which included a clawback provision...more
When the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) became law in 2010, it included a requirement for public companies to recoup, or “clawback,” incentive compensation from executives in the event...more
PROXY SEASON PREVIEW -
Say-on-Pay and Equity Compensation Plans -
Although say-on-pay votes are only advisory in the United States, they will likely continue to be a focus for many companies in the upcoming 2014...more
Executive compensation is a topic that just won’t go away, particularly with pay disparity and pay for performance regulations still looming. We highlight below some of the matters directors should be considering as they...more
We are pleased to introduce the inaugural issue of Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Reporter. This unique publication provides timely summaries of key cases and other developments within dedicated Business Litigation...more
Bankruptcy trustees and debtors routinely attempt to increase the amount of money available to creditors in a bankruptcy case by “clawing back” funds transferred by the debtor to another party. Several sections of the...more
In re Coventry Healthcare Inc., 2013 WL 1187909 (D. Md. Mar. 21, 2013).
In this ERISA case, the plaintiffs moved to compel the production of requested electronically stored information (ESI) over the defendants’ objection...more
If your company is sued to recover money or property transferred to it by a debtor prior to the filing of its bankruptcy petition, be aware that there is a potentially dispositive defense under Section 546(e) of the...more
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission held its annual SEC Speaks program in Washington, D.C. on February 22-23, 2013. In the postfinancial crisis, post-Dodd-Frank world, it is clear that the Commission and its staff are...more
I recently wrote about banks behaving badly. Currently, Exhibit A in that list is HSBC. In December, 2012, the UK banking giant HSBC agreed to pay a fine of $1.92 billion for its transgressions involving money laundering....more
The Fiscal Cliff legislation passed by the Senate on Monday and the House of Representatives late on New Year’s Day extends the estate, gift and generation skipping tax provisions we have been working with in 2011 and 2012....more
As the landscape surrounding proxy materials and annual report disclosures continues to shift, it is important for public companies to anticipate such changes and ensure they are best positioned to respond. Below is a summary...more
On November 13, 2012, a federal district court in Austin, Texas, denied a motion to dismiss in the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) Section 304 clawback suit against two former executives of...more
In This Issue:
- Use It or Lose It - Increased Gift and GST Exemption Amounts Expire on 12/31/12
- Income Tax Deductions for Charitable Donations May Be Denied Without a Qualified Appraisal Mohamed v....more
Executive compensation, increased communication and transparency for shareholders are among the hot-button issues in economic reform. Momentum in the public arena, on Capitol Hill and among shareholder activists, is swinging...more
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