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Looking Ahead to the 2018 Proxy Season: Preparing for CEO Pay Ratio Rules Disclosure Requirements

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

As part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act enacted in July 2010, Congress directed the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to adopt pay ratio disclosure requiring public companies to...more

Proposed UK Corporate Governance Reforms Target Executive Pay Justification, Employee Engagement

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The UK government has proposed several corporate governance reforms in an effort to improve transparency and accountability in private and public employers....more

Blog: As the U.S. moves toward deregulation, the U.K. announces new corporate governance reforms

by Cooley LLP on

As discussed in this PubCo post, in November of last year, the U.K. Government published a “Green Paper” on Corporate Governance Reform, which, in the face of rising economic inequality, sought “to consider what changes...more

Brace for 2018: The SEC’s Pay Ratio Rule

The SEC’s Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule is unlikely to be repealed — public companies should plan to comply. Takeaways - •The Financial CHOICE Act, which aims to repeal the CEO pay ratio disclosure rule, is unlikely to...more

Blog: Will Pay-Ratio Disclosure Benefit Investors?

by Cooley LLP on

One of the arguments that has often been used to oppose the Dodd-Frank pay-ratio provision is that the rule does not really provide information that benefits investors; instead, the argument goes, the real animus for the rule...more

CEO Pay Ratio Rule – Start Preparing Now - Little Likelihood of Repeal or Delay of the CEO Pay Ratio Rule

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Despite many predictions that the CEO pay ratio rule would be repealed, or at least delayed, there is no indication that any such relief will be provided to reporting companies. It appears, at least for now, that the CEO pay...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - June 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Board Termination of the "Unethical CEO" - An important new study concludes that CEO terminations for ethical lapses (as a percentage of overall CEO successions) has dramatically increased over the last five years. The...more

Reconsider the Ratio: SEC Acting Chair Calls Pay Ratio Rule into Question

Acting Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission Michael Piwowar recently told Bloomberg in an interview that, pending confirmation of President Trump’s successor for chair of the SEC, the commission was “not going...more

"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

Portland, Oregon Adopts First-of-Its-Kind CEO Pay Ratio Tax on Employers

The Portland, Oregon City Council has passed an ordinance that will impose a tax surcharge on publicly traded companies whose chief executive officers are paid at least 100 times more than the median pay of other company...more

Blog: A City Takes On CEO Pay It Considers “Disproportionate” — Will Others Follow Suit?

by Cooley LLP on

The NYT reports on an effort by one city to address income inequality by imposing a surtax on companies that pay their CEOs more than 100 times the median pay of their rank-and-file workers. According to the article, on...more

Blog: Hitting Populist Note, U.K. Proposes Enhancements To Corporate Governance — Will The New U.S. Administration Follow The...

by Cooley LLP on

One of the prevailing narratives of the recent Presidential election was that the same gestalt that drove the Brits to vote for Brexit also animated the pro-Trump forces and led to his presidential victory. Why then, when it...more

SEC Releases Guidance on Pay Ratio Rules

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission released new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) which provide guidance on the CEO pay-ratio rules. As a reminder, the CEO pay-ratio rules were enacted in...more

SEC Issues C&DIs on CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure, Exempt Offerings Under Rule 701 and Sales of Securities Under Rule 144(d)

by Dechert LLP on

Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K allows a company to identify its median employee by using annual total compensation or any other compensation measure that is consistently applied (a “CACM”) to all employees included in the...more

Division of Corporation Finance Issues Five FAQs Related to CEO Pay Ratio Rules

by Alston & Bird on

On October 18, 2016, the Division of Corporation Finance issued five new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) related to the CEO Pay Ratio Rules. The CEO Pay Ratio Rules, which became effective on October 19,...more

SEC Releases New Interpretations on CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure

by Bracewell LLP on

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

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

by Cooley LLP on

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

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

by Dentons on

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

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

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

by Cooley LLP on

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

Corporate Law & Governance Update - August 2016

by McDermott Will & Emery on

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

Blog: New Study Shows Inverse Correlation Between CEO Pay And Performance Over The Long Term

by Cooley LLP on

As reported in the WSJ, a new study from corporate-governance research firm MSCI showed that, over the long term, there was a signficant misalignment between CEO pay and stock-price performance. The study looked at CEO pay...more

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