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Equity compensation trend: extending the time to exercise vested stock options

A number of high-profile technology companies recently adjusted their equity compensation programs in a manner they hope will help attract employee talent by providing an extended period to exercise vested stock options after...more

CDX Holdings, Inc. (f.k.a. Caris Life Sciences, Inc.) v. Kurt Fox, No. 526, 2015 (Del. June 6, 2016) (Holland, J)

In this split decision, a 4-1 majority of the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Chancery’s post-trial ruling that Caris Life Sciences’ (“Caris” or the “Company”) board of directors (the “Board”) breached a stock...more

Review of Section 409A Proposed Regulations

On June 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed changes to the regulations under the Internal Revenue Code (Code) §409A. The Code intends to clarify or modify a wide range of very restrictive rules...more

Section 83(b) Election Procedures Changed

On July 25, 2016, IRS finalized new regulations that eliminate the requirement for a taxpayer to file a copy of a Section 83(b) election with the taxpayer’s individual income tax return...more

Case Note: Crime Doesn’t Pay and Taxes are Still Due

In a case involving criminal forfeiture of stock option profits, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has held that no deduction is allowed for $44 million in forfeited stock option gains on which tax was previously...more

Brazil tax court decision on withholding of individual income tax on employee stock options: key takeaways for companies

A recent decision by the Brazilian Federal Administrative Tax Court (CARF) partially settles the debate between Brazilian tax authorities and companies regarding the treatment of employee stock options for purposes of...more

Employee Benefits Developments - July 2016

Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (“Section 409A”) generally provides that, if a plan providing for deferred compensation fails to comply with Section 409A, either in form or in operation, then all amounts deferred...more

The SEC Audit Trail – Several Industry Groups See Problems as Currently Proposed

Last week, several securities industry groups filed critical responses to the SEC’s plan for an audit trail. While most groups that commented on the SEC’s proposed regulation supported implementing the proposal, several had...more

Good News! New 409A Regulations (Yes, Really!) – Part 2: Taking (and Giving) Stock

On the TV show Futurama, the aged proprietor of the delivery company Planet Express, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, had a habit of entering a room where the other characters were gathered and sharing his trademark line,...more

Proposed Section 409A Regulations Facilitate Common Pay Practices

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has proposed a number of updates to current regulations governing nonqualified deferred compensation under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The proposed updates...more

Deferred No Longer: Treasury and IRS Issue Long-Awaited 409A Guidance

On June 21, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed Internal Revenue Code (Code) section 409A regulations, modifying existing proposed and final section 409A regulations regarding...more

Employee Benefits Advisory: New Proposed 409A Regulations May Impact Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements

On June 21, 2016, the IRS issued proposed 409A regulations intended to (a) clarify certain provisions of the final 409A regulations that were published in 2008, (b) withdraw and replace provisions in those earlier regulations...more

Proposed Section 409A Deferred Compensation Regulations Offer Helpful Clarifications of Current Rules

Treasury Department and IRS issue proposed regulations to address certain specific provisions of the existing Section 409A regulations. On June 21, 2016, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service...more

IRS Releases Proposed Section 409A Regulations

The Treasury Department last week issued proposed regulations to supplement the existing guidance on the application of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code to nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements. ...more

Modifications to Code Section 409A Regulations

On June 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service published proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 409A, which applies to non-qualified deferred compensation plans and arrangements. The proposed regulations are...more

Contractual Close-Out Netting Ineffective in the Event of Insolvency

In a decision of 9 June 2016, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, "BGH") has ruled that the determination of the close-out amount in a netting provision based on the German Master Agreement for Financial...more

Blog: CDX Holdings Decision Spotlights the Treatment of Stock Options in a Merger

The treatment of outstanding stock options and other equity compensation awards is often a key element of a sale transaction. Because stock options can represent considerable value, how they are treated can have a...more

CDX Holdings, Inc. v. Fox: Chancery Court’s Decision Is Affirmed, But Dissent Blasts Use of “Hindsight Bias” Analysis

On June 6, 2016, the Supreme Court of Delaware affirmed a decision of the Chancery Court finding that corporate directors and officers involved in a sales transaction breached a contract with option holders to fairly value...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 19

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Approves PCAOB Rules Requiring Disclosure of Audit Participants - On May 9, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted the proposed new rules and related amendments to auditing standards...more

Carried Interest: Belgian Ruling Commission Confirms Application Of Stock Option Law

The Belgian Stock Option Law sets out the tax treatment of stock options, thereby eliminating the uncertainty as to the taxable value of the stock options. In the past, the Belgian Ruling Commission has been reluctant to...more

The HSR Act and You: Failing to Report Executives' Stock Purchases and Option Exercises is No Joke

THE RULE TO REMEMBER… Whenever an individual exercises stock options, receives restricted stock awards, or even makes an open market purchase, there may be an attendant requirement to file an individual Hart-Scott-Rodino...more

Employee Separation Agreements – A Refresher, Part Three

My first two posts on this topic have discussed provisions that must – under federal law, specifically the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act – be included in employee separation agreements if the employee’s release of...more

Corporation Owes No Duty To Warn Former Director Of Impending Option Expiration

Does a corporation commit constructive fraud if it fails to warn a former director of the impending expiration of a stock option? That was one question decided earlier this month by Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey in Nelson v....more

You Sold Your Startup (and Maybe Your Soul): How to Leave Your Company

A few years ago, a client sold his small startup company to a competitor. In return, the acquiring company gave him some cash, stock options, and an executive-level job. After faithfully serving his new corporate overlord for...more

Legal Trends: Pensions & Employee Benefits

The newly elected federal Liberal government is committed to exploring enhancements to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). At the same time, the Government of Ontario is progressing with the implementation of the Ontario...more

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