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SEC Proposes “Pay-Versus-Performance” Rules

On April 29, 2015, the SEC issued its long-awaited “pay-versus-performance” rule proposal. The rules would add a new paragraph (v) to Item 402 of Regulation S-K. In short, the proposed rules would require a new table...more

SEC Proposes New Pay versus Performance Disclosure Rules

On April 29, 2015, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted three-to-two to propose new rules that would prescribe new mandatory Pay versus Performance disclosure. The new disclosure would include...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Require Disclosure Regarding the Relationship Between Executive Pay and Company Financial Performance

On April 29, the Securities and Exchange Commission published proposed rules that would require companies to disclose the relationship between executive compensation and the financial performance of the company, as well as...more

Final Regulations on Section 162(m) Deduction Limit Exceptions

New final regulations(the “Final Regulations”) have been issued clarifying and altering the “qualified performance-based compensation” exception and the transitional “reliance period” exception for newly public companies to...more

First Circuit Reviews Top Hat Plan Benefits Denial for Abuse of Discretion

The First Circuit recently applied an abuse of discretion standard of review to a claim for top hat plan benefits. Plaintiff Robert Niebauer, a former executive of Crane, brought a claim for executive severance plan benefits...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

The SEC Doesn’t Love Secret Perks for Executives

If you find yourself as the CEO of a public company, you’ll probably find pluses and minuses. You’ll have to work really hard, but it can be lucrative, too. You can get paid a lot of money. And your company can pay you...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Asia Edition - April 2015

In this issue: - SEC Developments - Noteworthy US Securities Law Litigation - Recent SEC/DOJ Enforcement Matters - Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Developments - Adoption of...more

IRS Publishes Final Regulations Under Section 162(m)

On March 31, 2015, final regulations of Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m) were published. The final regulations clarify exceptions to the US$1 million annual limit on deductions allowable to publicly held corporations for...more

IRS Addresses Interaction of Performance Compensation and $1M Compensation Deduction Cap

The IRS recently issued final regulations under Section 162(m), which limits a public company’s deduction of executive compensation in excess of $1M.  The Section 162(m) limits do not apply to performance-based compensation...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

IRS Releases Clarifying 162(m) Regulations

The IRS recently released final regulations clarifying two aspects of the “performance-based compensation” exception to the $1,000,000 limit on deductible compensation paid to covered employees under Section 162(m) of the...more

Executive Compensation Alert: IRS Releases Final Section 162(m) Regulations

Background - Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) denies a tax deduction to a public company if the compensation paid to its chief executive officer and three other highest compensated officers...more

A Phantom Menace for IPO Companies - US Tax Regulations Restrict the Use of Restricted Stock Units

Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (“Section 162(m)”) provides for a $1 million dollar limitation on the amount of compensation paid to each of certain named executive officers that public companies may deduct in any...more

IRS Provides Limited Section 162(m) Transition Relief for RSUs and Similar Equity-Based Awards

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued final regulations under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code). The final regulations are substantially similar to the proposed regulations issued by the IRS in...more

EXTRA! EXTRA! FASB Eliminates Extraordinary Items; Impact on Section 162(m) Plans

Public company incentive plans that are designed to comply with the "performance-based compensation" rules under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code often include language that permit the exclusion of certain events,...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: IRS Clarifies Performance-Based Compensation Exception Under Code Section 162(m)

On March 31, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published final regulations under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code). Code Section 162(m) disallows a deduction by any publicly-held corporation for...more

Ensure Compliance with Final Regulations on Equity Awards

The Department of the Treasury has issued final regulations setting forth changes to the current regulations under Internal Revenue Code (Code) Section 162(m). Code Section 162(m) precludes a deduction by a public corporation...more

IRS Releases Amended Section 162(m) Regulations Clarifying How to Preserve the Deductibility of Certain Compensation for Public...

The Internal Revenue Service recently amended the regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m). Section 162(m) applies to publicly held companies and generally limits the tax deduction that a public company is...more

Section 162(m) Final Regulations Clarify Requirements for Exemptions to $1 Million Deduction Limitation

Section 162(m) generally limits to $1 million the amount that a public company can annually deduct with respect to remuneration paid to certain covered employees. This deduction limitation, however, does not apply to...more

Final IRS Regulations Under Section 162(m) Will Impact Transition Rule Applicable to Newly Public Companies

On March 31, 2015, the IRS issued final regulations under Section 162(m), the tax code provision which limits the deduction for compensation paid to certain public company executive officers. As signaled by the proposed...more

Chair White’s Testimony on SEC Initiatives

In testimony today, Chair White provided a brief update on various rulemaking initiatives. She noted that, in connection with the Dodd-Frank Act mandates, the Division of Corporation Finance continues to work to implement...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

"ISS Issues ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ Guidance for 2015"

As part of its ongoing rollout of its 2015 policy updates, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) has issued “Frequently Asked Questions” guidance with respect to both its 2015 Compensation Policies and its new equity plan...more

SEC Proposes Hedging Policy Disclosure Rule

The SEC has proposed a rule that would require new hedging policy disclosure by companies that are subject to SEC proxy rules. The proposed rule would in most cases expand the hedging policy disclosure currently provided by...more

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