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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEC Approves Nasdaq Golden Leash Disclosure Rule

The SEC has approved Nasdaq’s proposed Rule 5250(b)(3) regarding disclosure of so called golden leash arrangements. The Rule requires each listed company to publicly disclose the material terms of all agreements or...more

Pay Ratio Disclosures Begin to Appear in Proxy Statements

Some companies have begun to disclose pay ratios in their proxy statements in advance of the SEC requirement. We have included a sample below. Of course, you’ll want to compare the samples to the rules before relying on them....more

U.S. Senate and House Members Urge SEC to Require Further Board Nominee Diversity Disclosures

On March 2, 2016, a number of U.S. Senate and House members sent a letter to SEC Chair Mary Jo White urging the Commission to speed-up its review of a rulemaking petition that would require increased disclosures regarding...more

Beefing Up Director Compensation Disclosures

With calendar year companies currently in the midst of drafting their proxy statements, it is time to consider the often overlooked director compensation disclosures. Changes in director compensation...more

Court Of Chancery Explains When Disclosures Required Absent A Stockholder Vote

This is an interesting decision for two reasons. First, it explains when directors might have a duty to cause the company to make disclosures to the stockholders about transactions that do not require the stockholders’ vote....more

2016 Proxy Season Field Guide

The 2016 proxy season occurs in an environment of heightened shareholder activism and an ever-increasing focus on compensation and corporate governance disclosures. This Proxy Season Field Guide provides you with an overview...more

Consider New IRS Guidance on 162(m) When Drafting Proxy Statement Disclosures

Many public companies include a description of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code in their proxy statements without distinguishing the application of 162(m) between various categories of issuers such as accelerated...more

Blog: Will The SEC Finally Provide Some Relief From The Nearly Incomprehensible Proxy Statement Requirement For A New Plan...

Keith Higgins, Director of Corp Fin, hinted that he might be giving us a welcome gift in the future: a revision of Item 10 of Schedule 14A, the proxy statement – in my view, a component of the disclosure rules that has too...more

Baby You Can Drive My Car… Or Corporate Jet: SEC Scrutiny of Executive Compensation Perks Disclosures

The SEC continues to focus on accounting and disclosure violations, including in the area of executive perks disclosure in corporate proxy statements. In the past year, the SEC brought two enforcement cases against executives...more

Consider Refreshing Your Existing SEC Disclosure

As the fiscal year wraps up and SEC registrants begin to think about their 10-K and proxy, this is a good time for businesses to refresh their disclosure and to consider whether language that reappears annually still...more

Inside M&A - October 2015

Overview of SPACs and Latest Trends - A number of recent successful business combination transactions involving special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) led by prominent sponsors have driven a resurgence in the SPAC...more

Audit Committee Disclosures Among Largest Companies Continue to Expand

In its fourth annual report on enhanced audit committee reporting to shareholders, Ernst & Young reports that “the previously observed trend of Fortune 100 companies going beyond minimum disclosure requirements and providing...more

SEC Approves Final Rules for Pay Ratio Disclosure

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted the final "pay ratio" disclosure rules to implement Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) at an open meeting on...more

SEC Pay Ratio Rules — A Recipe for Compliance and Model Disclosure

The SEC recently adopted its final pay ratio disclosure rules. Commencing in early 2018, public companies[1] will have to disclose (i) their CEO's total annual compensation, (ii) the median total annual compensation of all...more

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