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Top Considerations for Companies Engaging in Political Expression

by Perkins Coie on

We all know to avoid the topic of politics with family and friends at the holidays, but in recent months, American companies and the CEOs who lead them have spoken publicly on social and political issues like never before....more

Were The SEC’s Pay Ratio Rule Efforts Valiant?

by Allen Matkins on

James D.C. Barrall recently published a listing of ten consensuses on CEO pay ratio planning. He begins with the following...more

United States: Entrepreneurs And Success

by Dentons on

Great entrepreneurs keep the basics front and center. Some of the best ideas and opportunities flame out when leaders lose sight of this basic reality....more

Segway Competitor Rolls Away from Former CEO’s Attempt to Force Arbitration

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

A party seeking to enforce a contract has to show mutual assent, also referred to as “a meeting of the minds.” In other words, both parties actually have to agree on the same thing. If the parties don’t agree, then a contract...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

Mitigating Employment Litigation Landmines With Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Meaningful diversity and inclusion efforts in the workplace have evolved from being the right thing to do to being the smart thing to do—and now they are quickly moving toward being the essential thing companies must do to...more

Tax Reform: The Shifting Landscape of Executive and Equity Compensation

The House and Senate propose wide-sweeping amendments to the tax rules regarding executive and equity compensation that would affect public and private for-profit companies as well as tax-exempt organizations. The House...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

On November 2, 2017, the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives released its tax reform bill titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “House Bill”). On November 6, 2017, Kevin Brady, Chairman of the...more

GE, Corporate Jets and Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

When do a corporate jets become a compliance issue? That is perhaps one question that is being asked at General Electric (GE) since the revelation came to light that during the tenure of the former Chief Executive Officer...more

ISS Issues Proposed Policy Changes for 2018 Proxy Season

by White & Case LLP on

On October 26, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") issued draft proposed policy changes for the 2018 proxy season (the "Draft Changes").1 The Draft Changes for US companies are grouped in three categories:...more

CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure: Comparing CEO and Employee Compensation

by Baker Donelson on

In August 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) adopted a final rule implementing Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Act. The final rule requires U.S. public reporting companies to disclose the ratio of their...more

Business Email Compromise: What It Is and What You Can Do

by Snell & Wilmer on

Business email compromise (“BEC”) is a type of cyberattack that is increasing at an alarming pace. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation estimated in a May 2017 alert that global losses due to BEC scams totaled more than...more

Six Key Follow-Up Questions Asked by Congress in 340B Hearing

Earlier this month the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on Government Oversight and Investigations held its second hearing on the 340B Drug Discount Program. The hearing followed on the heels of a July 18th...more

With Zenefits Settlement Award SEC Demonstrates Continued Commitment to “Unicorn” Scrutiny Despite Administration Change: Same Old...

Last week the SEC announced it had reached an agreement with privately-held company Zenefits, and its co-founder and former CEO Parker Conrad, to settle allegations that Zenefits materially misled Series B and C investors....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Deutsche Borse CEO Carsten Kengeter announced yesterday that he’ll step down in the wake of insider-trading allegations related to the exchange’s now-defunct merger with the London Stock Exchange Group....more

CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule – Implementation Considerations

by King & Spalding on

Despite attempts to delay or eliminate the CEO pay ratio disclosure rule, most U.S. public companies will be required to comply with the rule beginning with their 2018 proxy statement. The CEO pay ratio disclosure rule will...more

What a CEO Needs to Hear to Invest More in Compliance – Strategy

by NAVEX Global on

Does your organization invest in compliance, or just pay for it? This is not a rhetorical question. There’s a big difference between merely covering the expense of a program and investing in it. Investment decisions are...more

Capital Markets & Public Companies Quarterly: Capital Formation, Dividend Notice and Pay Ratio Q3 Updates

by McDermott Will & Emery on

During the previous quarter, the SEC confirmed that CEO pay ratio disclosure will go into effect as scheduled for the 2018 proxy season. They further announced a new policy permitting qualifying issuers to submit draft...more

Life Sciences Quarterly: A View From Washington: What to Expect From the SEC

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

What should we expect from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the status of new and existing initiatives by Congress and SEC policy, and how will it affect disclosure, governance and capital formation? In...more

SEC Issues Proposed Rules to Modernize and Simplify Regulation S-K

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The SEC has proposed amendments to Regulation S-K and related rules and forms. The proposed amendments are based on SEC staff recommendations in a report that was required by Section 72003 of the Fixing America’s Surface...more

SEC Publishes Helpful Guidance on Pay Ratio Disclosure

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The SEC recently confirmed that the new CEO pay ratio disclosure rules mandated in the Dodd-Frank Act will go into effect in the 2018 proxy season. To assist companies in preparation of the new disclosure, the SEC published...more

SEC Issues New Guidance on Pay Ratio Rule, Emphasizing “Flexibility” of Median Employee Pay Calculation

by Smith Anderson on

On September 21, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an interpretive release to assist public companies in complying with the SEC’s pay ratio rule. The SEC’s interpretive release emphasized the...more

Ninth Circuit Analyzes Statements Concerning FDA Feedback, in In re Atossa Genetics, Inc. Securities Litigation (August 18, 2017)

On August 18, 2017, a Ninth Circuit panel affirmed in part, reversed in part, and vacated in part the district court’s dismissal of the amended securities fraud class action complaint in In re Atossa Genetics, Inc. Securities...more

SEC Issues New Guidance to Help Companies Prepare CEO Pay Ratio Disclosures

by Perkins Coie on

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently issued new guidance to help companies prepare their pay ratio disclosures that provides some relief for companies—and further validates that these rules are highly unlikely to...more

SEC Relaxes Pay Ratio Rules to Facilitate 2018 Proxy Disclosures

On September 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an interpretive release and new/revised C&DIs to assist companies in their efforts to comply with the pay ratio disclosure requirement. The guidance...more

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