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"Directors Must Navigate Challenges of Shareholder-Centric Paradigm"

The corporate governance landscape has become more complicated, making it more difficult for directors to manage the often inconsistent demands of multiple constituencies while pursuing the fundamental fiduciary obligation to...more

"Avoiding an ISS Negative Recommendation: Considerations for Companies Seeking Shareholder Approval of Equity Incentive Plan...

As the 2017 proxy season approaches, companies may be preparing to solicit shareholder approval for a new, or an amendment to an existing, equity incentive plan. In doing so, companies should keep in mind the positions of...more

Securities and Governance Updates – January 2017

by BakerHostetler on

As part of BakerHostetler’s commitment to serve as a strategic business partner, we are pleased to publish this first edition of our Securities & Governance Bulletin. This resource is designed to keep executives, corporate...more

Reminders for US Public Companies for the 2017 Annual Reporting and Proxy Season

by White & Case LLP on

This memorandum outlines certain considerations for US public companies in preparation for the 2017 annual reporting and proxy season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the...more

Blog: Likely Interim SEC Chair Spells Out His Priorities

by Cooley LLP on

According to this article in the WSJ, SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar, who will probably become acting Chair when current Chair Mary Jo White steps down this month, has agreed with fellow Commissioner Kara Stein about...more

Trump and the Repeal of Dodd-Frank

Observers widely believe President-Elect Trump will attempt to dismantle much of the Dodd-Frank Act. While to many it is an interesting idea, it may not have the consequences many believe. Take, for instance, the...more

Clawbacks – Putting Fear into Executives' Hearts?

by Thomas Fox on

We are in October and I am looking forward to my annual exploration of classic monster movies beginning this coming Friday. This year I decided to go back to the roots by watching the 30s and 40s classic Universal monster...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 10.3.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Deutsche Bank’s penchant for dealing in risk—in the form of currency swaps, bond sales, or derivatives, among others—has left it (and its highly leveraged balance sheet) particularly vulnerable amidst last week’s news of...more

Blog: Ninth Circuit Addresses SOX 304 Clawback Requirements And Liability For Rule 13a-14 False Certifications

by Cooley LLP on

A new case from the 9th Circuit, SEC v. Jensen, is the first circuit court case to confirm the SEC’s position that the “clawback” provisions of SOX 304 provide for a disgorgement remedy against CEOs and CFOs when the issuer...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 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

Agencies Propose Incentive Compensation Rules for Financial Institutions

by Winstead PC on

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently proposed new restrictions...more

New Incentive-Based Compensation: Proposed Rules for Financial Institutions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A group of financial regulatory agencies has released for comment revised proposed rules under Section 956 of the Dodd-Frank Act Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The rules provide for regulations and guidelines...more

Dodd-Frank and Executive Compensation – Part 1: Status Update

It’s been over five years since the signing of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Act (“Dodd-Frank”) and we are still waiting for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to finalize rules on several provisions...more

Bridging the Week - April 2016 #4

Swap Execution Facility Alleges in Lawsuit That Banks Conspired to Prevent Its Success: The TeraExchange, a swaps execution facility registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and related entities, brought a...more

Reports Emanate From Washington That Financial Regulators Poised To Promulgate New Restrictions On Community Bank Executive...

by Locke Lord LLP on

In June of 2010 bank regulatory agencies issued final guidance relating to incentive compensation arrangements at all financial institutions. Shortly thereafter in July, President Obama signed into law the Dodd-Frank Act....more

Director and Executive Compensation Remains a Hot Topic for 2016

A series of recent Delaware Chancery Court and Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) decisions—coupled with anticipated SEC action to finalize the three remaining Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act...more

Tax Consequences of Compensation Clawback

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

Executives required to repay compensation as a result of a compensation clawback regulation, provision or policy should be mindful of certain tax consequences to the executive as a result of the repayment. As described below,...more

Get the basics on two federal bills affecting employee benefits

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Recently, two bills with confusingly similar names were introduced in Congress. They are both worth mentioning regardless of whether or not they are ultimately enacted in their current form. The SAVE Benefits Act...more

New rules on the block: SEC targets executive compensation

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission, by a 3-2 vote, proposed new rules requiring public companies to “claw back” executive compensation mistakenly awarded due to accounting errors. The proposed rules –...more

Securities Law and Corporate Governance Developments: A Look Back at 2015 and a Preview of 2016

by Cozen O'Connor on

Initiatives by Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), activist shareholders, and federal and state courts from 2015 will reshape public company disclosure and policies, and offer new avenues for private...more

Prepping for Proxy Season

Every year about this time calendar-year-end companies should begin to prepare for the coming proxy season by looking back on lessons learned this year, considering recent SEC rulemaking and evaluating latest governance...more

Where In The World Is An Issuer’s Home Country?

by Allen Matkins on

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed rules setting listing standards for recovery of erroneously awarded compensation would allow exchanges to permit foreign private issuers to forgo recovery as impracticable if...more

FAQs on the SEC’s Proposed Clawback Rule

On July 1, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed a rule directing national securities exchanges and associations to establish listing standards that require public companies to adopt and enforce a...more

The Fundamental Distinction Overlooked By The SEC

by Allen Matkins on

Yesterday marked the close of the comment period on the SEC’s proposed incentive compensation clawback rules.  You can read my comments here.  The proposed rules are fundamentally flawed because the SEC failed to recognize...more

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