The United States Securities and Exchange Commission was created in 1934 in response to the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929. The Commission was created to protect investors, ensure fairness in the market, and... more +
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission was created in 1934 in response to the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929. The Commission was created to protect investors, ensure fairness in the market, and encourage capital formation. The Commission is headed by five presidentially-appointed Commissioners who oversee the Commission’s five divisions: Division of Corporation Finance, Division of Trading and Markets, Division of Enforcement, Division of Investment Management, and the Division of Risk, Strategy and Financial Information.
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The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”) became law in April with a goal of improving access to capital markets and easing compliance burdens for newer and smaller public companies. Among other things, the...more
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As required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, enacted in July 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted rules governing shareholder approval of executive compensation (“say-on-pay”)...more
On January 25, 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted by a 3-2 vote final rules on say on pay, say on frequency and say on golden parachutes advisory votes, which give shareholders of public companies a voice on...more
The SEC recently adopted final rules for disclosure of Say-on-Pay, Say-on-Frequency and golden parachute arrangements. Say-on-Pay and Say-on-Frequency apply in 2011 to all public companies other than smaller public companies....more
Each proxy season seems to be getting more and more complicated in terms of the new requirements as to what both the SEC and shareholders expect and this year will be no exception.
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On October 28, 2010, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") issued Release No. 34-63124, proposing new rules to implement Section 14A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act"), which was...more
The SEC has released a rule proposal (“Proposal”) designed to implement provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act relating to shareholder approval of executive compensation and golden parachute compensation arrangements. We believe...more
On October 18, 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed rules on say on pay, say on frequency and say on golden parachutes votes to implement the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that give shareholders of public...more
While the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”) is largely directed at reforms within the financial services industry, Congress did not miss its opportunity to adopt regulations on...more
On July 21, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Dodd-Frank Act), arguably the most far-reaching package of financial regulatory reforms since the New Deal....more
Among the many elements of the massive Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act are provisions applicable to public companies requiring defined “say-on-pay” votes. These are shareholder votes on
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