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Director Equity Grants Subject to Entire Fairness Review

In Valma v. Templeton et al, the Delaware Court of Chancery held that grants of restricted stock units, or RSUs, to directors of Citrix Systems, Inc. were subject to an entire fairness standard of review. The court found...more

Performance Based Equity Compensation [Video]

In this video clip, Pam Greene discusses the reasons behind the shift to performance-based equity compensation, how it differs from fixed equity compensation, and what executive boards need to consider when structuring...more

Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m) Compliance Alert

As we start the New Year, publicly traded corporations should begin reviewing their compensation plans/arrangements to ensure that compensation that is intended to qualify as performance-based compensation satisfies the...more

2015 Compensation Committee Handbook

Preface - The duties imposed on compensation committees of publicly traded companies have evolved and grown over time. This first edition of the Compensation Committee Handbook from the lawyers of the Executive...more

Corcoran: Infighting on Compensation Costs BigLaw Time and Money [Video]

Nov. 14, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Tim Corcoran, president of the Legal Marketing Association and head of the Corcoran Consulting Group, talks with Lee Pacchia about some of the myths and bad practices he sees in law firm...more

Coca-Cola’s New Equity Stewardship Guidelines

The Coca-Cola Company announced yesterday that its compensation committee has adopted what it calls Equity Stewardship Guidelines for its new 2014 Equity Plan, which was approved by the stockholders at its April annual...more

It is Always Good to Follow the Plan’s Claims Procedure in Denying a Claim – Part 2

Some months ago I blogged about an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals decision involving high ranking executives participating in a company’s long term incentive plan where the executives won their suit under the plan, at least...more

Why Urge Pay For Performance And Then Ignore Performance?

CalPERS’ Global Principles of Accountability for Corporate Governance declare: Compensation programs are one of the most powerful tools available to the company to attract, retain, and motivate key employees to...more

Deadline for Nasdaq Certification Requirement for Compensation Committee Independence and Change to Nasdaq Independence Rules

Certification Requirement - Companies listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market must certify that they have complied with Nasdaq's listing standards regarding compensation committees by the earlier of 30 days after their 2014...more

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

NYSE/NASDAQ Update

SEC APPROVES FINAL RULES ON COMPENSATION COMMITTEE LISTING STANDARDS - On January 11, 2013, the SEC approved the NYSE and NASDAQ listing standards implementing Exchange Act Rule 10C-1, which directs the exchanges to...more

NASDAQ Amends Listing Standards to Remove Prohibition on Receipt of Compensatory Fees by Compensation Committee Members

On November 26, 2013, the NASDAQ Stock Market (“Nasdaq”) filed an amendment to its listing standards that eliminates the prohibition on the receipt of compensatory fees by compensation committee members. Nasdaq listing...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

Good Compensation Committee News from Nasdaq

The Nasdaq Stock Market recently amended its listing rules to loosen the test for compensation committee member independence. The old rule, which implements the SEC’s Rule 10C-1 under the Exchange Act, prohibited members from...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 Amendments to Compensation Committee Member Independence Rules

On November 26, 2013, the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (Nasdaq) filed a proposed rule change with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to amend its listing rules relating to compensation committee member independence. The...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

Nasdaq Proposes Changes To Compensation Committee Independence Requirements

When implementing SEC Exchange Act Rule 10C-1 regarding the independence of compensation committee members, Nasdaq adopted a prohibition on the receipt of compensatory fees by compensation committee members, which is the same...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

The New NYSE and Nasdaq Listing Standards: What Should Companies Be Doing?

It has been nearly two months since the NYSE and Nasdaq listing standards became effective that require compensation committees to assess the independence of their consultants, legal counsel and other advisors. Arising out of...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel (Cumulative)

As forecast, there is no shortage of law firm memos describing Regulation D changes, including the final rules eliminating the general solicitation ban (here) and prohibiting "bad actor" participation (here) and the proposed...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

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