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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

ISS Survey Results Regarding Pay-for-Performance and Say-on-Pay Frequency

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”), the influential proxy advisory firm, recently released their 2016-2017 Global Policy Survey results. These results show some interesting findings related to executive...more

MACRA: Top 10 FAQs

Significant changes to the Medicare payment system are underway. The Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is set to take effect January 1, 2017. MACRA represents a deliberate departure by the...more

The next chapter - A new bond linking financial returns to environmental or social goals could thrive. But securities law...

Shakespeare’s Juliet may not have ascribed great significance to a name but for securities lawyers and market participants alike there is significance to nomenclature. Social impact bonds, or investments that are intended to...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

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: 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

ISO New England Regional Electricity Outlook 2016

The New England regional power system is in a state of major transformation, according to regional grid operator ISO New England, Inc.'s 2016 Regional Electric Outlook. ISO New England is the private, non-profit entity...more

Get the basics on two federal bills affecting employee benefits

Recently, two bills with confusingly similar names were introduced in Congress. They are both worth mentioning regardless of whether or not they are ultimately enacted in their current form. The SAVE Benefits Act...more

Blog: Does Merit Pay Work?

Most employers in North America don’t think so, according to, reporting on a new survey by the compensation consulting firm, Willis Towers Watson. The survey, conducted in the last quarter of 2015, was directed at 150...more

FASB Updates for 2016 Financial Statements Could Impact Permissible Adjustments under Code Section 162(m)

IRC Section 162(m) provides that a public company may not deduct annual compensation paid to a “covered employee” in excess of $1,000,000 per year, other than certain “qualified performance-based compensation.” For these...more

Securities Law and Corporate Governance Developments: A Look Back at 2015 and a Preview of 2016

Initiatives by Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), activist shareholders, and federal and state courts from 2015 will reshape public company disclosure and policies, and offer new avenues for private...more

"SEC Moves to Complete Final Rules for Executive Compensation Disclosures"

Public companies should start preparing for the new executive compensation disclosures mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) moves to complete these rulemakings in the next year. The...more

Corporate Communicator - Winter 2016: 2016 Annual Meeting Season

Dear clients and friends, We present our traditional year-end issue of Snell & Wilmer’s Corporate Communicator to help you prepare for the upcoming annual report and proxy season. This issue highlights SEC reporting and...more

2015 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 3) Executive Compensation

As 2015 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in three separate Employee Benefits Updates....more

Updated Compensation Peer Groups for ISS and Glass Lewis

Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) is now accepting updates to a company’s list of self-selected peers until 8:00PM EST on December 11, 2015. In determining the comparison group used by ISS in its evaluation of a...more

The Deeper Dive: Medicare’s Fundamental Shift Toward P4P - What priorities should providers focus on in navigating the changing...

While Medicare’s path toward pay for performance (P4P) has evolved over time, 2015 is proving to be a landmark year. July marked the 50th anniversary of the Medicare program. And in self-described “historic announcements”...more

Prepping for Proxy Season

Every year about this time calendar-year-end companies should begin to prepare for the coming proxy season by looking back on lessons learned this year, considering recent SEC rulemaking and evaluating latest governance...more

Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Update: SEC Adopts CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted final rules implementing one of the last four remaining executive compensation requirements under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. ...more

Blog: Is TSR Really The Best Performance Metric?

While TSR (total shareholder return) is increasingly used a performance metric for executive compensation, a study by Cornell University and Pearl Meyer, an executive compensation consultant, showed no real correlation to...more

Preliminary Planning for the 2016 Proxy Season

Some will want to start preliminary planning for the 2016 proxy season. It has been a bewildering year of developments, but most will be thankful that there are relatively few new rules that must be implemented at this time....more

MedPAC Suggests Streamlining CMS’s Proposed Performance-Based Physician Payment System

On September 8, 2015, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) released its comments to the proposed rule that will begin implementing the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for physician services, in...more

Final Section 162(m) Regulations Clarify Exceptions to $1 Million Deduction Limit

Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code ("Section 162(m)") limits the tax deduction that a publicly held corporation may take with respect to compensation paid to each of the corporation's chief executive officer and its...more

Blog: Is A Three-Year Performance Period For Restricted Stock Too Short?

Some consultants say yes. In this article, posted on, two consultants argue that the use of the three-year time horizon frequently associated with performance-based restricted stock grants may not really be long...more

White & Case ECB News – Issue 1, 2015

How global events shape local labour laws - Giving employers the better deal? The global economic crisis squeezed corporate profits, reduced demand for goods and services and shrank workforces. Now, new labour laws...more

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