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Impact of Compensation-Related Litigation on Public Companies

Compensation-related litigation and threats of litigation continued to significantly impact public companies in 2017. These companies should be mindful of issues that were raised in recent litigation: proxy disclosure,...more

Consternation Over Congress' Elimination Of Outside Directors

by Allen Matkins on

The "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" is giving compensation committees and their advisors much to consider. Readers may recall that the limitation on a public company's ability to deduct compensation of specified officers did not...more

Compensation Season 2018: Section 162(m) and Related Considerations Post-Tax Reform

by White & Case LLP on

On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Act") was signed into law. The Act includes significant changes to the executive compensation deduction rules contained in §162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (the...more

Discretionary Equity Awards to Directors Subject to “Entire Fairness” Standard of Review

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Human nature being what it is, the law, in its wisdom, does not presume that directors will be competent judges of the fair treatment of their company where fairness must be at their own personal expense. According to the...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Board Compensation Awards Under A Stockholder-Approved Compensation Plan

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 5, 2017, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights of the Delaware Court of Chancery granted defendants’ motion to dismiss a stockholder derivative suit against the directors of Investors Bancorp, Inc., which had asserted a...more

Public Companies Should Consider Shareholder Reapproval of Section 162(m) Performance Compensation Plans Approved in 2012

by Snell & Wilmer on

As public companies continue to prepare for the 2017 proxy season, we wanted to provide a final reminder of an executive compensation related item that might require shareholder approval in 2017. As reported in Part 1 of our...more

Don’t Forget the Say-on-Frequency Form 8-K

The proxy rules require that public companies submit a nonbinding proposal to their shareholders every six years regarding how often they should hold say-on-pay votes, known as “say-on-frequency.” Most companies held their...more

Settlement of Calma v. Templeton Provides Guidance on Setting Director Pay

by Snell & Wilmer on

In response to recent lawsuits by the plaintiffs’ bar, I have previously posted about why public company employers may wish to consider adding a separate annual limit on non-employee director equity awards. Just last month...more

How to Avoid Director Pay Litigation

In the last few years, Delaware courts have issued several rulings in lawsuits involving complaints of excessive compensation to non-employee directors (1). The takeaways from these cases can be summarized as follows...more

Blog: Does A Low Favorable Vote For A Say-On-Pay Proposal Affect Directors’ Reputations Outside The Company?

by Cooley LLP on

As discussed in a PubCo post last week, say on pay has had some surprising consequences. While there hasn’t been much impact on the levels of executive pay, according to this paper, one group that have experienced some impact...more

Blog: The Unintended Consequences Of Say On Pay

by Cooley LLP on

This post from the Columbia Law School CLS Blue Sky blog, “Should Say-on-Pay Votes Be Binding?,” by two executives from the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations in Canada, in exploring the issue...more

Say-On-Pay Considerations for Compensation Committees

by Baker Donelson on

Now that most public companies have held their 2016 annual meetings, and stockholders have voiced their opinions regarding executive compensation, it is more important now than ever for companies and their compensation...more

California, Delaware And Nevada Differ On Committee Composition

by Allen Matkins on

In a prior post, I compared the differing limitations on committee authority under California and Delaware law. Today’s post focuses on differences in committee composition among California, Delaware and Nevada. These are...more

California And Delaware Corporate Law Differ In Many Respects, Including The Authority Of Committees

by Allen Matkins on

Both California and Delaware allow the formations of committees of the Board of Directors. Both states also allow these committees to exercise the authority of the board, but with certain exceptions. California, however,...more

Blog: Investors Challenge Fund Managers On Say-On-Pay Vote Practices

by Cooley LLP on

Support for management on say-on-pay votes for the 2016 season so far (data as of May 18) continues at about the same level as in prior years – a median approval rate of 95% among the S&P 500, according to Compensation...more

Revised Rules on Dodd-Frank Incentive Compensation Requirements for Financial Institutions Proposed

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

If adopted, the Proposed Rule would have a significant impact on compensation practices at covered institutions. On April 21, 2016, the National Credit Union Administration (the NCUA) issued a proposed rule regarding...more

Dodd-Frank and Executive Compensation – Part 1: Status Update

It’s been over five years since the signing of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Act (“Dodd-Frank”) and we are still waiting for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to finalize rules on several provisions...more

Update Regarding Potential NASDAQ Rules Relating to “Golden Leash” Arrangements

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

As we previously reported here, on January 28, 2016, the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC proposed a change to its listing rules that, if implemented, would have required NASDAQ-listed companies to publicly disclose so-called “golden...more

Beefing Up Director Compensation Disclosures

With calendar year companies currently in the midst of drafting their proxy statements, it is time to consider the often overlooked director compensation disclosures. Changes in director compensation...more

A Not So Frequently Asked Question – When Is An Event Infrequent?

by Allen Matkins on

Last January, the Financial Accounting Standards Board, which is better known as the FASB, issued Accounting Standards Update 2015-01. The update eliminates the concept (and definition) of “extraordinary item”. According to...more

2016 Compensation Committee Handbook

The Executive Compensation and Benefits Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is pleased to provide you with this second edition of its Compensation Committee Handbook. This edition reflects developments in...more

SEC Issues Staff Legal Bulletin Outlining the Scope of the “Directly Conflicts” Exclusion under Rule 14a-8 and Providing Guidance...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On October 22, 2015, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (the Division) issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H (the SLB) in which it provides guidance on two key issues surrounding the exclusion of shareholder proposals...more

Good News for Compensation Committees

With executive compensation under fire from seemingly all directions these days, it’s nice to get some good news occasionally. In this case, that news comes via the Delaware Chancery Court’s recent decision in Friedman v....more

CalPERS And Pay For Performance

by Allen Matkins on

A few weeks ago, CalPERS’ Director of Corporate Governance, Anne Simpson, sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission in support of the SEC’s proposed pay for performance disclosure rule. Her letter notes CalPERS’...more

Delaware Court Rejects Entire Fairness Standard in Cablevision Compensation Fight

by Carlton Fields on

Vice Chancellor John W. Noble, of the Delaware Chancery Court, last month refused a shareholder’s attempt to second guess Cablevision’s independent compensation committee’s decision to award the company’s founder and...more

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