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SEC Proposes Rule Requiring Executive Compensation Clawbacks

On July 1, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed for public comment a new rule and rule amendments to implement provisions of Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. In...more

Delaware General Corporation Law Amendments

On June 24, 2015, Delaware Governor Jack Markell approved several important amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”),[1] with such amendments generally becoming effective on August 1, 2015. These...more

Inside the New York Budget Bill: Department Issues Guidance Regarding Investment Capital Identification Procedures

On July 7, 2015, the New York Department of Taxation and Finance issued guidance (TSB-M-15(4)C, (5)I, Investment Capital Identification Requirements for Article 9-A Taxpayers) on the identification procedures for investment...more

Executive Compensation Alert: SEC Proposes “Clawback” Rules for Executive Compensation

On July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed rules directing the national securities exchanges (NYSE, NASDAQ, etc.) to create listing standards requiring listed companies to implement policies...more

Executive Compensation Alert: SEC Proposes “Clawback” Rules for Executive Compensation

On July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed rules directing the national securities exchanges (NYSE, NASDAQ, etc.) to create listing standards requiring listed companies to implement policies...more

Delaware Amends Its Corporate Law to Prohibit Fee-Shifting, Approve Exclusive Forum Provisions and Facilitate At-The-Market...

On June 24, Delaware’s Governor signed legislation approving amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL). While annual amendments to the DGCL typically involve technical fixes, this year’s legislation addresses...more

ERISA Case Highlights Importance of Written Releases at Termination of Employment: Sullivan v. Stanadyne Corporation

A federal court has dismissed claims for enhanced retirement benefits in a case highlighting a participant’s written release of claims at the time of his employment termination. Sullivan v. Stanadyne Corporation, Case No....more

UK Employee Share Plans Tax Filing Deadline

In order to avoid penalties, companies should be sure to complete mandatory online registrations well in advance of the 6 July deadline. Companies which operate employee share plans in the UK are required to make a...more

SEC proposed rule would require new "pay versus performance" table in proxy statements

As public companies navigate the 2015 proxy season, a potential change to executive compensation disclosure is on the horizon. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed new rules to implement the...more

Practical Advice for Compliance with Recent Amendments to the Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m) Regulations

The recent amendments to the Section 162(m) regulations largely follow the changes set forth in the proposed regulations issued in 2011, clarifying two exceptions from the Section 162(m) tax deductibility limit...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

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

Blog: Corporation Section Of Delaware Bar Approves Amendments Re Fee Shifting And Forum Selection, Substantially As Proposed, And...

The Corporation Law Section of the Delaware Bar has approved, substantially as proposed, the amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law proposed by the Delaware Bar’s Corporation Law Council regarding fee-shifting...more

Changing the Status Quo with Extended Option Programs

As technology companies find themselves pushing back IPO timelines and staying private for longer periods of time, they continue to aggressively compete for talent, often against public companies like Google and Facebook. ...more

Companies Should Monitor Deferred Compensation Arrangements For Section 409A Compliance Purposes

Given the complexity of the rules under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, which govern the timing and taxation of payments made under non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements (NDCAs), companies are encouraged...more

Blog: Pulling the Trigger(s): What is Double-Trigger Acceleration and How Does it Work?

You may have heard people refer to “double-trigger” acceleration. What are they talking about? Double-trigger acceleration refers to the partial or full acceleration of vesting of someone’s options or stock based on the...more

CBOE Proposes to Offer Extended Trading Hours for SPX and VIX Options

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) has proposed to offer Extended Trading Hours (ETH) on certain index options contracts....more

Guide to Going Global Global Equity Stock Options 2015

Welcome to the updated edition of DLA Piper’s Guide to Going Global – Global Equity, Stock Options. GUIDE TO GOING GLOBAL SERIES - Many companies today aim to scale their businesses globally and into multiple...more

FINRA Proposes Rule Change To Options Reporting

FINRA Rule 2360 requires that members file reports for each account that has an aggregate position of 200 or more options contracts on the same side of the market covering the same underlying security or index. The reports...more

FINRA Proposes Rule Change to Codify Reporting Requirement for Accounts Acting in Concert

On December 11, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority proposed a rule change to amend FINRA Rule 2360(b)(5) to reflect the current requirement that reporting rules apply to all accounts acting in concert. FINRA Rule...more

Legal Considerations for Web Based Start-Ups

Mobile Internet usage is predicted to grow faster in the next few years, making online or web based businesses great opportunities. A leading forecaster found that global mobile internet usage leapt from 14 percent to 25...more

Why Am I Taxed Now on My Future Receipts: The Woes of a Profits Interest

Companies often grant stock options to incentivize employees and so that their interests are aligned with the future success of the company, and partnerships (and limited liability companies taxed as partnerships) are no...more

CFTC Issues 30.7 Customer Funds No-Action Relief and Interpretation

The Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued no-action relief and interpretive guidance for futures commission merchants (FCMs) with customers that trade...more

Hidden Employment Reef Awaiting Captains Of Commerce?

When a company is acquired in a stock sale, its shareholders are routinely required to sign what is known as a Letter of Transmittal (“LOT”). Standard LOTs include a release of all claims. But, due to a quirk of California...more

Stock Options for Private Companies: Understanding the Risks, Realizing the Rewards

Executive Brief - • Stock options have been useful components of employee compensation, but new accounting rules adopted in 2005 can have a significant impact on a company’s financial processes and can result in severe...more

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