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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

ISS Releases 2016 Draft Voting Policy Changes for Comment

On October 26, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, released for comment draft voting policy changes for 2016. The three proposals are as follows...more

ISS Launches 2016 Benchmark Policy Consultation

ISS has made available for public comment certain proposed voting policies for 2016. In the United States ISS has proposed policies relating to unilateral board actions, director overboarding and compensation at...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

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

SEC Adopts Pay Ratio Rules

On August 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted rules, as directed by Congress in Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Section 953(b)”), to require...more

New Compensation Disclosures for Public Companies

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted a final rule requiring publicly traded corporations to disclose, to the SEC and shareholders, the ratio of CEO compensation to the "median compensation" of the...more

SEC Proposes Rules on Clawback Policies & Other Dodd-Frank Act Executive Compensation Updates - July 2015

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Dodd-Frank” or the “Act”) includes a number of measures focused on governance and disclosure practices related to executive compensation. Although...more

SEC Announces Open Meeting on Proposed Clawback Requirements under Dodd-Frank Act

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act became law on July 21, 2010, introducing a variety of executive compensation-related regulations, including with respect to shareholder say-on-pay voting and...more

Performance Anxiety: SEC Proposes Pay Versus Performance Rule

On April 29, 2015, by a 3-2 vote, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) voted to propose a rule to implement Section 14(i) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Exchange Act), as added by Section 953(a) of...more

Pay-Versus-Performance: SEC Proposes Rules to Expand Executive Compensation Disclosure in Proxy Materials

Nearly five years after the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Act”) was enacted in July 2010, the SEC narrowly approved proposed rules required under Section 953(a) of the Act. Section 953(a) of...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

Blog: Efforts To Reform Executive Compensation Follow The Law Of Unintended Consequences

Remember how “say on pay” was supposed to put the lid on soaring executive pay? And just how has that turned out? According to a study conducted by ISS affiliates, (reported in Compliance Week ) the average compensation...more

Say-On-Pay Vote Did Not Create Disclosure Obligation

In Liang v. Berger, the plaintiff in a derivative action alleged the officers and directors of ARAID Pharmaceuticals failed to disclose material negative information about a drug under development in a timely manner. Among...more

Mid-Cap Governance Roadshows Trending Upward

It has been interesting to watch the evolution of governance roadshows from relative obscurity only a few years ago to standard practice, at least among large-cap public companies. The catalyst was the early-2011 adoption of...more

2015 Canadian Proxy Season – New Requirements and Continuing Trends

Annual meeting season for Canadian public companies starts soon. What new requirements and continuing trends will companies face in 2015? This update discusses some of them. - New requirements: The following new...more

Practical Considerations for Preparing Your 2015 CD&A

In anticipation of the upcoming 2015 proxy season, many companies are in the process of drafting their proxy statements. The compensation discussion and analysis (CD&A) section of the proxy statement has received a great...more

Developments & Predictions for the 2015 Proxy Season

In a January 2015 webcast, Latham & Watkins partners Jim Barrall, global Co-chair of the firm's Benefits and Compensation Practice, and Steven Stokdyk, global Co-chair of the firm's Public Company Representation Practice,...more

ISS Posts FAQs on Compensation Policies

ISS has posted new FAQs on U.S. compensation policies. There are 104 FAQs spanning 43 pages. Given their breadth, they are difficult to summarize. But they cover topics ranging from say-on-pay, pay-for-performance...more

"Overwhelming Majority of Say-on-Pay Proposals Continue to Garner Support"

The overall say-on-pay proportions for 2014 are not substantially different from those in prior years, with the overwhelming majority of companies easily getting majority support on say-on-pay proposals. Despite this seeming...more

Glass Lewis Releases 2015 Proxy Paper Guidelines

On November 6, 2014, Glass Lewis & Co. released its 2015 Proxy Paper Guidelines for the United States showing the key draft policy changes for the 2015 proxy season. There are updates in the following areas: -...more

1, 2 or 3 Years? How Should Boards Decide The Frequency Of Say-On-Pay Votes?

Although the initial ruckus over how to determine the outcome of executive compensation say-on-frequency votes has subsided, I still maintain that the Securities and Exchange Commission botched the rule (§240.14a-21(b)). ...more

Raul v. Astoria Fin. Corp., C.A. No. 9169-VCG (Del. Ch. June 20, 2014) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted defendant’s motion to dismiss, finding that plaintiff was not entitled to attorneys’ fees under the corporate benefit doctrine because plaintiff had not presented a...more

Is Proxy Disclosure Shareholder Litigation on Executive Compensation Finally Over?

Since the advent of “Say-on-Pay” over three years ago, the plaintiffs’ securities bar has attempted to rustle up claims relating to executive compensation matters discussed in proxy statements. The first wave against those...more

If Fee-Shifting Bylaws Are Ever Put On Trial, This Case Should Be Exhibit A

Item 5.07(d) of Form 8-K requires issuers to disclose “the company’s decision in light of such vote as to how frequently the company will include a shareholder vote on the compensation of executives in its proxy materials...more

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