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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Impact on Tax-Exempt Organizations

On December 22, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act), which imposes a new excise tax on certain tax-exempt organizations for compensation paid to their covered employees in excess...more

Section 162(m) After the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: What to Do Now

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act), which includes significant changes to the executive compensation deduction rules in Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code)...more

Boards Beware: Delaware Supreme Court Limits Application of Deferential Standard for Reviewing Director Equity Awards

On December 13, 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court issued an opinion, In re Investors Bancorp, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, Case No. 169, holding that, except under limited circumstances, the court will not apply the...more

Matters to Consider for the 2018 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season

Companies have important decisions to make as they prepare for their 2018 annual meeting and reporting season. We have prepared a checklist of key corporate governance, executive compensation and disclosure matters on which...more

ISS Announces 2018 Updates to US Proxy Voting Guidelines

Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently announced updates to its U.S. proxy voting guidelines for the 2018 proxy season. Although the updates are not likely to have a significant impact on 2018...more

Preparing for Tax Reform: The Current State of Play on Proposed Changes to Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits

On November 16, 2017, the House of Representatives voted to approve its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate is expected to vote on its version of the bill following the Thanksgiving break, which would require a...more

Executive Compensation Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Chairman’s Amendment Impacts Carried Interests, Private Company Stock...

The November 6, 2017, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady’s Amendment to the Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (originally proposed November 2, 2017) (the “Chairman’s...more

Executive Compensation Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: The End of Executive Compensation As We Know It

If enacted, the newly proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would effectively put an end to many of the most widely used forms of executive compensation: - Deferred compensation and stock options would disappear. - Use of...more

Surprise ISS Survey Results Reveal That Investors Intend to Use Pay Ratio Disclosures

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released the results of its annual global benchmark voting policy survey on September 25, 2017. In a surprise result, the survey found that nearly 75 percent of the 131 investor...more

SEC and Staff Issue Welcome Guidance Introducing Flexibility and Practicality to Pay Ratio Rules

On September 21, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an interpretive release on the pay ratio disclosure requirements in Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K, and the staff of the Division of Corporation...more

Trump Tax Proposal Could Create Compensation-Related Opportunities

The Trump administration’s proposed overhaul of the federal income tax system includes a reduction of the maximum federal corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent. If enacted, the proposal — a one-page outline...more

Potential Impact of Financial CHOICE Act on Corporate Governance and SEC Reporting and Disclosure Requirements

On June 8, 2017, the House of Representatives passed, by a 233-186 vote (with all Democrats and one Republican voting against), the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017, a bill principally designed to reverse many features of the...more

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