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NASDAQ Amends Compensation Committee Independence Rules

Amendment eliminates prohibition on the receipt of compensatory fees and aligns NASDAQ listing rules with NYSE standards. On December 11, 2013, NASDAQ Stock Market LLC amended its listing standards relating to the...more

Executive Compensation Considerations for 2014

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

Dodd-Frank Essentials: Executive Compensation Requirements And Disclosures

Several provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act have brought compensation of financial institution executives into the public eye. Although disclosure of executive and director compensation...more

The Importance Of Good Compensation Committee Minutes – 7 Tips

With the recent increase in proxy litigation and the public focus on executive pay, it is very important that the minutes of the compensation committee of the board of directors be recorded properly. Following are some tips...more

Nasdaq Proposes Modifications to Compensation Committee Independence Requirements

On November 26, 2013, the NASDAQ Stock Market (“Nasdaq”) filed a proposal to amend its listing standards regarding compensation committee independence (the “Proposal”). The modifications would provide Nasdaq-listed companies...more

Planning for the 2014 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season

In This Issue: - Incorporate lessons from 2013 say-on-pay results - Prepare for new Form SD (Specialized Disclosure) filing requirements - Ensure compliance with revised listing standards related to compensation...more

New ISS Position on Third Party Compensation Director Disqualification Bylaws in the US

In connection with the upcoming annual meeting of Provident Financial Holdings, Inc., the Proxy Advisory Services arm of Institutional Shareholder Services has recommended that Provident Financial’s stockholders withhold...more

Two Recent Say-On-Pay Decisions

Courts have recently rendered two say-on-pay decisions. ...more

Delaware Federal Court Issues Significant Ruling Concerning Impact of Executive Compensation Provisions of the Internal Revenue...

In a case of apparent first impression regarding the impact of the shareholder voting provisions of Internal Revenue Code I.R.C. § 162(m)on state corporate law, Judge Sue L. Robinson of the U.S. District Court for the...more

Reminder: Check Compliance With Code Section 162(m) Requirements to Deduct Performance-Based Compensation

Compensation paid by a publicly traded company to its chief executive officer and its three other most highly compensated officers (other than its chief financial officer) is generally not deductible by the company to the...more

PCAOB, Auditors And Executive Compensation

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, or PCAOB, has reproposed a new auditing standard, Related Parties, and certain other amendments to its standards. Overall, the reproposal is directed at detecting material...more

First Deadline Approaching for NYSE and Nasdaq Listed Companies to Comply with New Compensation Committee Rules

As noted in our Securities Alert dated October 9, 2012, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq) proposed rule changes to their respective listing standards affecting public company boards of...more

Resources To Update Comp Committee Charter Requirements By July 1

As most listed public companies know, as a result of the Dodd-Frank Act, the stock exchanges have adopted rules regarding the independence of compensation committees and their advisers. NASDAQ and the NYSE require the first...more

SEC Approves NYSE and NASDAQ Revised Listing Rules Regarding the Independence of Compensation Committees and Their Advisers

Amendments to the stock exchange listing rules governing compensation committee independence were finalized recently, as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the NASDAQ...more

NYSE and Nasdaq Adopt Listing Standards for Compensation Committees and Compensation Advisers

Overview - Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved amendments to the listing standards of The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and The Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq) to implement Rule 10C-1...more

Public Company Adviser - February 2013: New Listing Standards Affect Compensation Committees

In January 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved new NYSE and Nasdaq listing standards addressing the independence of compensation committees and their advisers. In this edition of the Public Company...more

Small Business Securities Bulletin - SEC Approves Nasdaq Rule Addressing Compensation Committees, Consultants

A periodic bulletin keeping small businesses informed about current developments in securities law and related matters. Final Nasdaq Rule - In our October 2012 Bulletin, we discussed The NASDAQ Stock Exchange LLC’s...more

Planning for the 2013 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season

As companies prepare for the 2013 annual meeting and reporting season, we have compiled an overview of the corporate governance and disclosure matters that companies should consider as they draft this season’s disclosure...more

Examples Of Disclosures Regarding Conflict Free Compensation Advisors

New S-K Item 407(e)(3)(iv) provides that if any compensation consultant has played a role in determining or recommending the amount or form of executive and director compensation, and the consultant’s work has raised any...more

Executive Compensation and Corporate and Securities Alert: SEC Adopts NYSE and Nasdaq Rules Relating to Compensation Committees...

On January 11, 2013 the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") approved the equity listing standards proposed by the NYSE and Nasdaq, as amended1 regarding compensation committee independence criteria and compensation...more

SEC Approves Exchanges’ Proposed Rules for Compensation Committees and Their Advisers

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) formally approved several new listing rules proposed by NASDAQ and the NYSE on January 11, 2013. The new listing rules are designed to bring the listing standards of each...more

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Denial of Attorneys' Fees Relating to Corporate Waste Claim Based on a Board's Decision to Forego...

On January 14, 2013, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed a trial court's denial of attorneys' fees in connection with a corporate waste claim filed against corporate board members for the board's decision to pay certain...more

"SEC Approves NYSE and Nasdaq Compensation Committee Rules"

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently approved new New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq) listing requirements relating to compensation committees of listed companies. The listing...more

A Checklist To Comply With The New NYSE Compensation Committee Independence Rules

The SEC has approved the NYSE’s compensation committee independence rules. By July 1, 2013, most listed issuers must comply with the following...more

"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: Annual Meeting Litigation: How to Prepare"

As the 2013 proxy season is now underway, companies should be aware of the recent wave of lawsuits alleging breaches of fiduciary duties by management and directors in connection with compensation-related decisions. These...more

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