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Private Company Employee Stock Sales Highlight Hidden Dangers of Compliance Failures

We noted with interest the latest moves by some Bay Area tech giants to permit their employees to sell restricted stock to help them realize the stock value as part of their compensation: See New York Times reporting here. ...more

IRS Eliminates Requirement to Submit Copy of Section 83(b) Elections with Tax Return

The IRS adopted final regulations that no longer require taxpayers who have made Internal Revenue Code §83(b) elections to attach a copy of the election to their annual federal income tax return. Under §83, restricted...more

IRS Eliminates One of the Section 83(b) Filing Requirements

If an individual makes a Section 83(b) election to include in income the value of unvested property (such as restricted stock) that is transferred in connection with the performance of services, the individual must file the...more

New Rules on Section 83(b) Elections

Prior to a recent change, in order for a Section 83(b) election to be effective, the taxpayer had to: - File the Section 83(b) election within 30 days of the receipt of restricted property (typically, restricted stock)...more

"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: IRS Issues New Section 409A Guidance"

In an unexpected development, on June 21, 2016, the IRS issued proposed regulations that clarify and modify the final regulations issued in 2007 and the proposed income inclusion regulations issued in 2008. In many cases,...more

Consider Adding Separate Annual Sublimit on Director Equity Awards

In response to the Delaware Chancery Court’s 2012 and 2015 decisions in Seinfeld v. Slager and Calma v. Templeton and Facebook’s 2016 settlement of Espinoza v. Zuckerberg, public companies that are adopting or amending...more

New FASB Tax Withholding Rules Give Companies (Particularly Multinationals) More Flexibility

As part of its Simplification Initiative, the FASB recently adopted Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-09, Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting, which impacts how companies (both public and private)...more

Shaev v. Adkerson, C.A. No. 10436-VCN (Del. Ch. Oct. 5, 2015) (Noble, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims that in granting one million restricted stock units, defendants, the board of directors of a corporation, violated its...more

Equity Incentives – Founders’ (Legal) Checklist, Continued

Equity incentives are fairly intuitive: team members get equity in the company (or options to buy equity) on the assumption that its value will increase over time and that equity is frequently subject to future vesting to...more

Restricted Stock Units (RSUs): What is going to change with “Macron” Bill?

The so-called ‘Macron law’ enacted on 6 August 2015 significantly changes the rules governing Restricted Stock Units (RSUs). Major changes are designed to make RSUs more attractive for employees. This is in contrast to...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 CFO.com, 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

Recent DGCL Amendments of Note

The Delaware General Assembly recently amended Delaware’s corporate statutes in several respects of interest to public companies. Boards may delegate stock issuances to non-directors....more

Glossary of Important Securities Regulation Terms and Definitions

This Glossary is designed to provide law students taking Securities Regulation with a tool that will assist them in learning the basic language of securities law and achieve a working knowledge of the fundamental principles...more

SEC Proposes Executive Compensation Clawback Rules Pursuant to Dodd-Frank

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules on July 1, 2015, related to the design and implementation of clawback policies of listed issuers for the recovery of compensation erroneously awarded to the issuer’s...more

"Irreconcilable Clash" of Jurisdictions

James Petter was a U.K.-based senior employee of the U.K. subsidiary of a U.S. company. As part of his compensation package, he was awarded restricted stock units (RSU) under the U.S. parent’s plan. The plan contained an...more

When It Comes To Director Compensation, California Is Not Delaware

Yesterday, I wrote about my disagreements with the approach to director compensation adopted by the Delaware Court of Chancery in Calma v. Templeton, 114 A.3d 563 (Del. Ch. 2015) and Seinfeld v. Slager, 2012 Del. Ch. LEXIS...more

Proposed IRS Regulations Simplify Section 83(b) Filing Requirements

As explained in a prior blog post, an employee who timely files a Section 83(b) election will be taxed on the fair market value of property transferred (typically restricted stock) to him or her in exchange for services on...more

Delaware Amends Its Corporate Law to Prohibit Fee-Shifting, Approve Exclusive Forum Provisions and Facilitate At-The-Market...

On June 24, Delaware’s Governor signed legislation approving amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL). While annual amendments to the DGCL typically involve technical fixes, this year’s legislation addresses...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Litigation Threat Means Public Companies Should Review Director Compensation Process

Corporate directors are permitted to, and regularly do, set their own compensation. This has not been controversial because boards have typically taken seriously their responsibility to set compensation that is reasonable and...more

Protecting Director Equity Grants from Entire Fairness Review

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently held in Calma v. Templeton that the decision by the Citrix Systems, Inc. board of directors to grant equity compensation to its non-employee directors was subject to the entire fairness...more

A Key Reminder to Directors of Delaware Corporations When Granting Equity Awards under an Equity Incentive Plan

Corporate directors routinely make decisions regarding their own compensation. If challenged by stockholders, such decisions are generally reviewed by Delaware courts under the onerous "entire fairness" standard, which...more

Back To The Future – Should Stock Incentive Plans Impose Grant Limits on Non-Employee Director Awards?

On April 30, 2015, the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware rendered an important case decision in a procedural matter dealing with the equity compensation of non-employee members of a company’s board of directors (see...more

Delaware Court Limits Stockholder Ratification Defense for Derivative Claim Challenging Director Compensation - Court Permits...

In Calma v. Templeton, et al., C.A. No. 9579-CB, (Del. Court of Chancery, April 30, 2015), the stockholders of Citrix Systems, Inc. (the “Company” or “Citrix”) had previously approved a compensation plan with few limits;...more

"Fairness of Director Awards Granted Under Market-Standard Equity Plans Comes Under Increased Scrutiny"

A Delaware court opinion issued late last week may subject equity grants to directors to increased judicial scrutiny (Calma v. Templeton, No. 9579-CB (Del. Ch. Apr. 30, 2015)). In Calma, the Chancery Court denied the...more

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