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May the Fourth Be With You – The Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund Awakens to Good Corporate Governance

May 4th is universally recognized (at least in the universe I inhabit) as Star Wars Day. According to Wikipedia, “May 4 is called Star Wars Day because of the popularity of a common pun spoken on this day. Since the phrase...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - April 2016

In March 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that a landlord may be liable to a debtor’s bankruptcy estate for the value of a lease the debtor terminated early, holding the termination may be an...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

Nutter Bank Report, April 2016

The Nutter Bank Report is a monthly publication of the firm's Banking and Financial Services Group. Headlines 1. FDIC Approves Proposed Rule to Limit Incentive-Based Compensation Arrangements 2. Congress Considers...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

New Executive Compensation Rule At-A-Glance

On April 21, 2016, the National Credit Union Administration approved a proposed rule on incentive compensation under Section 956 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The other appropriate Federal regulators, as defined in Section 956, are...more

Not Just the C-Suite: Regulators Issue Broad New Proposed Rule on Banker Compensation

In a joint release, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Treasury; Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Federal Housing Finance Agency; National Credit Union...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.22.16

US financial regulators dropped some much-anticipated rules yesterday that aim to restrict how “big financial institutions can pay their top executives.” In particular, the rules would make banker wait “at least four years...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

BP, Executive Pay and the Surfin’ Bird

Surf music is certainly an under-rated rock and roll genre. One of my favorites is The Trashmen’s Surfin’ Bird. It reached Number 4 on the Billboard Chart in 1963. I happened to hear it recently when I was reading about some...more

SEC Issues Concept Release on Business and Financial Disclosure

The SEC has issued a concept release on business and financial disclosure required by Regulation S-K. The goal of the release assess whether the requirements of Regulation S-K continue to provide the information that...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

Update on Institutional Shareholder Voting Guidelines on Management Say-on-Pay and Incentive Plan Proposals

This Alert is an update to last year's Client Alert on the same topic, which also discussed how to win a proxy fight despite a "no" recommendation from Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") and/or Glass Lewis. The...more

European Banking Authority Reports on Implications of the EU Compensation Requirements and Bonus Cap

The European Banking Authority published its Benchmarking of Remuneration and High-Earners 2014 report. Under the Capital Requirements Directive, as amended, banks are subject to compensation requirements for staff who have a...more

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

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

The Evolution of Law Firm Compensation

Law firm compensation plans are by and large unsophisticated, hard to administer, too subjective, opaque, and reward the wrong behaviors. As someone wise once said, “If your compensation plan is in conflict with your...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.24.16

In a move that will surprise no regular reader here, Starboard Value has announced plans to put up its own slate of directors for Yahoo in an attempt to oust its “entire incumbent board” – NYTimes and WSJ... The Deal...more

NASDAQ Resubmits Proposed Rule on Golden Leash Arrangements

On March 15, 2016, the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC resubmitted its proposed rule requiring NASDAQ-listed companies to publicly disclose third-party compensation arrangements for board members and board nominees, commonly referred...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

Blog: Nasdaq Resubmits Proposal For Disclosure Of “Golden Leash” Arrangements

On March 15, Nasdaq resubmitted its “golden leash” disclosure proposal to the SEC. As discussed in this Pubco post, the proposal, which originally was rejected on technical grounds, relates to third-party compensation of...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

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

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

Blog: Nasdaq Proposes “Golden Leash” Disclosure, But Will It Prohibit The Practice?

At the end of January, Nasdaq filed with the SEC a rule proposal related to third-party compensation of directors in connection with their candidacy for and/or service on company boards, often referred to as “golden leash”...more

Tax Consequences of Compensation Clawback

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

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