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Planning for the Approaching CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Requirement

by Goodwin on

It appears likely that the CEO pay ratio disclosure rule adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2015 will require companies that are subject to the rule to begin including CEO pay ratio disclosure for 2017...more

Tips on Using the Remainder of 2017 to Prepare for the 2018 Proxy Season

With the 2017 proxy season over for most companies, attention now turns to preparing for 2018. There are a number of compliance "musts" to focus on, as well as items that can be addressed in 2017 to make the 2018 proxy season...more

CEO Pay Ratio Rule Will Not Be Delayed

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

At last Friday’s ABA annual meeting, Bill Hinman (with the standard disclaimer that he is speaking for himself and not on behalf of the SEC) confirmed that the SEC will not be delaying implementation of the CEO pay ratio...more

A to-do list for the fourth quarter – three key topics for public companies, plus action items

by DLA Piper on

As summer winds down, we want to highlight three topics public companies need to keep in mind as they head into fall. The first relates to certain amendments adopted by the SEC that require hyperlinks to exhibits in exhibit...more

Alert: ISS Peer Group Submission Process Window Open for Annual Meetings Scheduled Between September 16, 2017 and January 31, 2018...

by Cooley LLP on

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) constructs its own peer groups to analyze companies' executive pay and relative company performance. In doing so, it takes into account each company's self-selected peer companies...more

Reminder on CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure for 2018

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Beginning in 2018, most public companies will be required to include CEO pay ratio disclosure in their proxy statements. Despite efforts to repeal, delay or limit the implementation of the SEC’s pay ratio rule, it appears...more

SEC Charges CEO with Failing to Disclose Perks to Shareholders

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Companies frequently wrestle with perks in their proxy executive compensation disclosure. Whether an item constitutes a perk often requires judgment based on the facts and circumstances, and disclosure may elicit intense,...more

If The Market Makes You Do It, Why Should The SEC?

by Allen Matkins on

The basic premise underlying most disclosure requirements seems to be that issuers won’t disclosures to investors unless legally required to do so. Yet, there is ample evidence of issuers making disclosures in the absence of...more

Disclosing Election of a New Director: Remember Item 5.02(d) of Form 8-K When Doing a Merger

All competent securities lawyers know that Item 5.02(d) of Form 8-K requires a filing, on Form 8-K, whenever a public company elects a new director other than pursuant to a shareholder vote at an annual meeting or a special...more

New Study Examines Proxy Advisor Recommendations on Auditor Ratification

by WilmerHale on

Each year, the vast majority of larger public companies voluntarily ask shareholders to ratify the audit committee’s selection of the company’s auditor, and such proposals routinely pass with high rates of shareholder...more

Important Reminders for the 2017 Proxy Season

The following are some important reminders and updates for the 2017 proxy season. Say-When-on-Pay - Required Vote in 2017 - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires companies to conduct a...more

SEC Targets Lapses in Ownership Reporting in Battles for Corporate Control

The SEC has recently announced settlement of enforcement actions targeting violations of beneficial reporting requirements under Section 13(d) of the Act. In one of the most recent actions (available here), the SEC’s...more

Preparing for the 2017 Public Company Reporting Season

by Perkins Coie on

Reevaluate Non-GAAP Disclosures in Light of Updated C&DIs and Other SEC Actions. As the reporting season gets underway, reviewing non-GAAP disclosure practices should remain a top priority in light of the new and updated...more

SEC Proposed Rules on Universal Proxy Cards

by Alston & Bird on

At an open meeting held today, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted 2 to 1 to propose amendments to the proxy rules relating to the use of universal proxy cards and require provision of additional voting options...more

How to Avoid Director Pay Litigation

In the last few years, Delaware courts have issued several rulings in lawsuits involving complaints of excessive compensation to non-employee directors (1). The takeaways from these cases can be summarized as follows...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Dismisses Post-Closing Disclosure Claims for Damages, Cautioning That Such Claims Are Best Pursued...

In Nguyen v. Barrett, C.A. No. 11511-VCG, 2016 WL 5404095 (Del. Ch. Sept. 28, 2016) (Glasscock, V.C.), the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed an amended complaint seeking damages for alleged disclosure violations in...more

The Delaware Plaintiff’s Bar Mines a New Vein of Liability: Limits on Director Compensation

Compensation committees composed of independent outside directors were created as the check-and-balance guardians against management compensation engorgement. But as the Roman philosopher Cicero famously posed, “Who guards...more

SEC Approves Nasdaq Rule Requiring Disclosure of Third-Party Payments to Directors

by Holland & Knight LLP on

New Nasdaq Rule 5250(b)(3) is a result of increased activist shareholder efforts to place representatives on public company boards of directors. During the past several years, activist shareholders have sought to nominate...more

SEC Approves NASDAQ “Golden Leash” Rules

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Recently, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) approved NASDAQ’s new Rule 5250(b)(3), which requires NASDAQ-listed companies to publicly disclose any cash or non-cash payments made by third parties to any...more

SEC Approves Nasdaq “Golden Leash” Disclosure Rule

by Smith Anderson on

On July 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved Nasdaq’s proposal for a “golden leash” disclosure rule (Rule 5250(b)(3)) requiring listed companies to publicly disclose benefits given by investors or other...more

SEC Approves NASDAQ’s Proposed Rule on Golden Leash Arrangements

On July 1, 2016, the SEC approved NASDAQ’s proposed Rule 5250(b)(3), as amended by Amendment No. 2 filed on June 30, 2016 (the “Final Rule”), requiring NASDAQ-listed companies to publicly disclose third-party compensation...more

SEC Approves New Nasdaq Rule 5250(b): Disclosure of “Golden Leash” Arrangements

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

The SEC recently released an order approving new Nasdaq listing standard 5250(b)(3), which will require a public issuer to disclose cash and non-cash remuneration (e.g., health insurance, indemnification) that a third party...more

Typical SEC Comments on Merger Proxy Statements

A review of recent SEC comments on merger proxy statements indicates many of these comments were typical, and some are variations on a theme: Rule 14a-6(a) requires that the form of proxy be on file for ten calendar...more

SEC Approves NASDAQ Rule Requiring Disclosure of “Golden Leash” Arrangements

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On July 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a change to the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC’s Listing Rules that will require NASDAQ-listed companies to publicly disclose so-called “golden leash” arrangements....more

Blog: SEC Chair White Discusses SEC Coming Attraction: Board Diversity

by Cooley LLP on

In a speech last week to the International Corporate Governance Network Annual Conference, SEC Chair Mary Jo White announced that the Corp Fin staff is preparing a proposal to amend the current rule requiring board diversity...more

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