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"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: Ways and Means Tax Reform Bill Proposes Fundamental Changes to Executive Compensation"

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp (R-Mich.) has proposed a draft tax reform plan (the Proposal) containing sweeping changes to the Internal Revenue Code (the Code), including a number of major executive...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - February 14, 2014

In This Issue: - High Court Rules Steel Workers Need Not be Paid for Changing Clothes - NLRB Proposes Rules to Streamline Unionization Voting Process - Obama Administration Delays Another Health Insurance...more

Employers: 2014 Deadlines to Furnish ISO and ESPP Information Statements and Returns

Employers, from startups to public companies, need to be aware of the following requirements and take action by January 31st if they apply. Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code requires a corporation to furnish a...more

January 31, 2014 Deadline for Reporting Incentive Stock Option Exercises and Employee Stock Purchase Plan Transfers that Occurred...

As reported in Part 1 of our 2013 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists, Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) requires employers to provide an information statement to each employee or former employee...more

14 Global Workplace Trends For 2014 (Infographic)

With January in full swing and your first new year’s resolution already broken, here’s one goal you can keep: stay abreast of developments to get ahead of the curve, beginning with the top 14 trends impacting multinational...more

14 Global Workplace Trends for 2014

With January in full swing and your first new year’s resolution already broken, here’s one goal you can keep: stay abreast of developments to get ahead of the curve, beginning with the top 14 trends impacting multinational...more

Employers: 2014 deadlines approach to furnish incentive stock option and employee stock purchase plan information statements and...

Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code requires a corporation to furnish a written statement to any employee or former employee who either (i) exercised an incentive stock option within the meaning of Section 422 of the...more

Recent Delaware Decision Highlights Importance of Formalities in Issuing Stock and Potential Utility of New Statutory Ratification...

Late last year, Vice Chancellor John Noble of the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a decision in Boris v. Schaheen that highlights the importance of following formalities when issuing stock. The decision found an array of...more

Is Exercising Employee Stock Options Illegal Insider Trading? Maybe

Amidst the flurry of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) cases involving improper employee stock option backdating several years ago, many commentators opined on the potential insider trading implications of companies'...more

ASIC Proposes A Fresh Approach To The Regulation Of Employee Incentive Schemes

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW - ASIC is proposing to update and broaden its current employee share scheme class order relief and regulatory guidance in response to developments in market practice and the need for...more

Delaware Chancery Court Permits Shareholder to Bring Fiduciary Claim for Board’s Violation of a Stock Incentive Plan

On November 8, the Delaware Chancery Court denied a motion to dismiss a derivative action brought by a shareholder of Healthways, Inc. against the company’s president, Ben Leedle, Jr., and the board of directors for approving...more

When It Comes To Proxy Statements, The U.S. District Courts May Not Be So Exclusive After All

A recent ruling by Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons, Jr. caused me to ponder why a case involving alleged misstatements in a proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission wasn’t immediately tossed out on...more

Pfeiffer v. Leedle, C.A. No. 7831-VCP (Del. Ch. Nov. 8, 2013) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion denying defendants’ motion to dismiss, the Court of Chancery held that plaintiff alleged particularized facts showing a board of directors breached its fiduciary duty of loyalty by approving the...more

Accidents Happen: Innocent Mistakes By Board May Not Spoil Business Judgment Protection

Recently, the Delaware Court of Chancery in Pfeiffer v. Leedle declined to dismiss a shareholder derivative action against a board for breach of fiduciary duty, where the directors allegedly approved stock options exceeding...more

Sutardja v. The United States: The Federal Claims Court Applies Code Section 409A to Discontinued Stock Options

Earlier this year, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims addressed the application of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code ("409A") to discounted stock options in Sutardja v. The United States. As expected, the court...more

Court Holds That Plan Sponsor’s SEC Filings Were Incorporated By Reference Into Retirement Plan’s Summary Plan Description and...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has held that an ERISA-regulated employee stock-ownership retirement plan’s incorporation by reference of the plan sponsor’s statements to the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

The Treasury Department and the IRS Implement Windsor and Adopt “State of Celebration” Rule: Compensation and Benefits...

On August 29, 2013, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17 (“Rev. Rul. 2013-17”) and updated Answers to Frequently Asked Questions for Individuals of the Same Sex Who Are Married Under State Law...more

ISO v. NQSO: The Difference or Lack Thereof

Equity compensation in the form of stock options is a common means of compensating key contributors to a growing business, especially where the cash compensation that these individuals receive is below the market rate for the...more

Careful Estate Planning Required When Transferring S Corporation Shares to Trusts

S corporation shareholders must be careful not to inadvertently terminate their closely held company’s S election when engaging in estate planning....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - August 16, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Issues Risk Alert on Options Trading Used to Evade Short-Sale Requirements - SEC Order Temporarily Exempting Certain Broker Dealers and Certain Transactions from the Recordkeeping and...more

Setting the Exercise Price of Stock Options

While there are many differences between large and small employers when it comes to executive compensation, one common issue confronted by employers of varying sizes is how to set the exercise price of stock options....more

FTB to Clean Up Deferred Intercompany Stock Account Regulation

On July 25, the FTB held a public hearing on its proposed revisions to its regulation on intercompany transactions. The changes attempt to fix issues with the current rules governing Deferred Intercompany Stock Accounts...more

Recent Developments Affecting Global Stock Plans

As noted in Pillsbury’s May 12, 2011 Advisory, Going Global with US Employee Stock Plans, sponsors of global stock plans must navigate a host of legal and tax regimes to maintain compliance with applicable rules and laws....more

New Regulations Provide Advantageous Acquisition Structures

New regulations issued by Treasury under Section 336(e) permit certain stock acquisitions to be treated as asset purchases, allowing buyers access to stepped-up asset basis and corresponding depreciation and amortization...more

Federal Merger Enforcement Increases To Highest Level In Five Years

Hart-Scott-Rodino Filings Decreased Slightly in 2012, but Percentage of Investigations Leading to Second Requests and Enforcement Actions Increased; FTC Continues to Enforce HSR Act in Connection with Corporate Officers' and...more

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