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SEC Staff Releases New C&DIs on CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure

On October 18, 2016, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (Division) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) for the controversial pay ratio...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule

On October 18, 2016, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission issued five new compliance and disclosure interpretations (C&DIs) regarding the pay ratio disclosure rule, which will require...more

SEC Releases New Interpretations on CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure

On October 18, 2016, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission published five new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (CDIs) related to CEO pay ratio disclosures. The CDIs...more

The SEC Speaks: How to Identify the Median Employee for Your Pay Ratio Disclosure

The SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance posted five new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) regarding the pay ratio disclosure requirements in Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K on October 18, 2016. The “pay ratio”...more

"SEC Staff Issues Interpretive Guidance on Pay Ratio Rules"

On October 18, 2016, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued interpretive guidance on the pay ratio disclosure requirements in Item 402(u) of...more

SEC Publishes FAQs on Pay Ratio Rule

The SEC has published five FAQs on its pay ratio rule – see new questions 128C.01 to 128C.05. As we noted in our checklist of preliminary planning matters for the upcoming proxy season, the pay ratio disclosure need not be...more

Executive Compensation Under Section 503(c) – The Sports Authority Story

A recent, and highly publicized, decision from the case formerly known as Sports Authority, In re TSA WD Holdings, Inc. et al., Case No. 16-10527 (MFW), Bankr. D. Del. (Docket #2863, Aug. 31, 2016), allowed the defunct...more

What Can Public Companies Learn from the ISS Policy Survey for the 2017 Proxy Season?

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) announced the results of its 2016-2017 policy survey on September 29, 2016, which included responses from 115 institutional investors, 270 corporate issuers and 17...more

Clawbacks – Putting Fear into Executives' Hearts?

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

Blog: CEO-Employee Pay Ratios May Not Be As Bad As Feared, Says Mercer Study

There’s been a lot of hand-wringing about what the data will show when public companies are finally required, in 2018, to disclose their CEO-to-median-employee pay ratios as required by new SEC rules implementing Dodd-Frank. ...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 10.3.16

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

Crackdown on excessive boardroom pay – as easy as publishing a simple ratio?

The theory: work out the average worker’s pay in a company, calculate the ratio between that average pay and the CEO’s pay, and then, if the ratio is large, name and shame the company and its overpaid boss....more

Blog: Does A Low Favorable Vote For A Say-On-Pay Proposal Affect Directors’ Reputations Outside The Company?

As discussed in a PubCo post last week, say on pay has had some surprising consequences. While there hasn’t been much impact on the levels of executive pay, according to this paper, one group that have experienced some impact...more

Blog: Are The Days Of “I’ll-Scratch-Your-Back” Cronyism History?

As discussed in a PubCo post last week, a theory that is currently gaining purchase is that, whether as a result of say on pay or otherwise, the increased influence of proxy advisory firms has led to a kind of homogenization...more

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

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

The Financial Choice Act: Implications for the U.S. Securities Legal Framework

On September 13, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee of the United States House of Representatives (the “FSC”) formally released H.R. 5983, the “Financial CHOICE Act” (the “CHOICE Act”). While the CHOICE Act has...more

Blog: The Unintended Consequences Of Say On Pay

This post from the Columbia Law School CLS Blue Sky blog, “Should Say-on-Pay Votes Be Binding?,” by two executives from the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations in Canada, in exploring the issue...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

New Nasdaq Rule Requires Disclosure of Third Party Compensation of Directors and Nominees

Effective August 1, 2016, companies listed on Nasdaq are subject to a new rule requiring annual disclosure of the material terms of agreements or arrangements between directors or director nominees and third parties that...more

Blog: It’s Back To Square One: Pay CEOs With Short-Term Incentives?

How to structure executive pay to drive performance over the long term—while avoiding pay levels that would be considered excessive—is a conundrum for compensation committees, consultants, proxy advisory firms and others...more

Preliminary Planning for the 2017 Proxy Season

For those who want to start preparing for the 2017 proxy season, our preliminary list of important considerations is set forth below: Directors’ and Officer’s Questionnaire - Nasdaq has adopted a rule requiring...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That SOX Disgorgement of Incentive Compensation Does Not Depend on Executives’ Own Misconduct

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held today that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act’s disgorgement provision – which requires disgorgement of certain CEO and CFO compensation when an issuer restates its financial...more

Say-On-Pay Considerations for Compensation Committees

Now that most public companies have held their 2016 annual meetings, and stockholders have voiced their opinions regarding executive compensation, it is more important now than ever for companies and their compensation...more

OSHA’s Recordkeeping Anti-Retaliation Rule: Assault on Pizza Parties, Drug Tests and Exec Compensation

OSHA’s recent Injury and Illness Recordkeeping reform has created quite a stir for employers. As we discussed in an earlier article about the new Recordkeeping rule, OSHA now requires employers to electronically submit to...more

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