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Securities & Exchange Commission Golden Parachutes

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.  less -

IRS Updates Golden Parachute Audit Guide

This is our first of many alerts during 2017 as the new administration signals the rollback of many regulations (e.g., fiduciary rules and pay ratio). We will keep you posted. In January 2017, the Internal Revenue...more

Dodd-Frank and Executive Compensation – Part 1: Status Update

It’s been over five years since the signing of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Act (“Dodd-Frank”) and we are still waiting for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to finalize rules on several provisions...more

"Majority of Say-on-Golden-Parachute Votes Receive Shareholder Support"

Pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Act, Securities and Exchange Commission rules require companies seeking shareholder approval of a merger or acquisition to also hold a separate shareholder advisory vote on disclosed...more

2016 Proxy Season Field Guide

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

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

Current SEC Guidance for “Emerging Growth Companies” Seeking to Take Advantage of JOBS Act

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

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

House Passes JOBS Act—Legislation Would Facilitate Public and Private Capital Formation by Emerging Growth Companies

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation that, if approved by the Senate and enacted into law, would allow companies to raise capital more easily in both the private and public markets. On March 8, 2012, the...more

SEC Adopts “Say on Pay” Rules for Public Companies

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

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

Say on Pay and Say on Frequency - 2011 Proxy Season

by nancy lieberman on

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

LegalMinds Interview: “Say on Pay” and Other Issues for the Upcoming Proxy Season

by Bruce Colwin on

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. According to David Lynn, Co-chair of...more

Corporate and Securities Alert: “Say on Pay” Rules Proposed

by Fenwick & West LLP on

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

SEC Proposes Rules on “Say on Pay” for Public Companies and Rules on Proxy Vote Reporting for Institutional Investment Managers

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

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

Dodd-Frank Act Means No Summer Vacation for Compensation Committees

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

Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act - Key Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation Provisions

by Foley Hoag LLP on

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

The Dodd-Frank Act: Non-Binding “Say-on-Pay” at Public Companies

by Foley Hoag LLP on

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 *executive...more

Say on Pay: It’s Coming, Are You Ready?

Introduction Executive compensation and increased communication and transparency for shareholders are among the hot-button issues in economic reform. One need only look to the discussions at the recent G20 London Summit or...more

House Passes Legislation on Say on Pay and Compensation Committees

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On July 31, 2009, the House of Representatives passed the “Corporate and Financial Institution Compensation Fairness Act of 2009,” which would require advisory votes on executive compensation for public companies subject to...more

Administration Proposals on Compensation Committees and Say on Pay Would Affect All Public Companies

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On July 16, 2009, as a part an effort to move the Obama Administration’s regulatory reform agenda forward, the Treasury Department delivered draft legislation to Congress that would require enhanced compensation committee...more

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