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Equity Compensation

Legislative developments: Tech sector dodges blow and picks up limited win under tax reform bills—for now

by Dentons on

Technology sector startups and other emerging growth companies that typically rely on equity compensation to attract talent should be relieved—for now—by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill (HR 1) passed by the House on November...more

2017 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 3) Executive Compensation

by Snell & Wilmer on

As 2017 comes to an end, we are happy to present our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year, we are publishing our “To Do” Lists in four separate Employee Benefits Updates. Part 1 covered year-end...more

New SEC Guidance on Safeguards to Protect Information Delivered to Holders of Securities Issued under Compensation Plans

On Nov. 6, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) provided guidance on the use of safeguards to protect financial statements and other sensitive information delivered to holders of securities issued under...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

The Republican Tax Plan and the Revenue-Raising Assault on Employee Compensation

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 2, 2017, the Republican caucus of the House of Representatives unveiled its plan to overhaul the nation’s tax code. In an apparent effort to raise revenue, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” if adopted, would...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Proposes Sweeping Changes in Compensation and Benefit Taxation

On November 2, 2017, Congressman Kevin Brady of Texas, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Proposed Bill") in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Proposed Bill...more

Executive Compensation Ramifications of Proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

In its current form, the proposed legislation would drastically change the tax treatment of executive compensation in several areas. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as proposed by the Ways and Means Committee of the US House of...more

I-18- DC Update on Joint Employer and OT Issues, and Part 1 of an Expert Interview on Pay Equity Audits

by Cozen O'Connor on

This episode of Employment Law Now provides an update on current DC initiatives to change joint employer and overtime exemption standards, as well as Part 1 of a two-part interview with a leading expert on conducting an...more

Reminder: Equity Compensation May Require HSR Filings For Executives Of REITs Or Other Companies

by Goodwin on

Common equity-based compensation-related transactions, such as restricted stock grants, settlement of restricted stock units (RSUs), exchange of operating partnership units (OP units) and option exercises, may trigger filing...more

Common U.S. Tax Withholding and Reporting Errors with Respect to Certain RSUs

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A Canadian company (the employer) historically has not issued equity-based awards to employees of its U.S. subsidiaries, but it now is considering doing so. Past posts have addressed potential U.S. income tax pitfalls and the...more

At Last! Relaxation of Federal Securities Regulations for Private Company Stock Incentive Awards may be on the Horizon

Many privately held companies rely on equity compensation awards (typically stock options) to recruit, retain and motivate key employees and other service providers. The issuance of such equity compensation awards generally...more

Equity Incentive Plans targeted by Plaintiffs’ New Theory on Section 16 Short-Swing Profit Liability

by Bryan Cave on

Securities and executive benefits attorneys and public companies that maintain equity incentive plans should be aware of a new theory of recovery under the “short-swing profit rule.” Plaintiffs’ attorneys have recently...more

Another Reminder that Director Limits set forth in Equity Plans Allow Director Compensation to be Reviewed under the more Lenient...

Earlier this month, in In re Investors Bancorp, Inc. Stockholders Litigation, the Delaware Court of Chancery reiterated its view that placing a meaningful limit on director equity awards to be granted under a stockholder...more

M&A Watch: Court Questions Accelerated Vesting of Equity Compensation

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

As we have previously reported, the Delaware Chancery Court recently dismissed the stockholder class action suit In re Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, C.A. No. 12152-VCL (Del. Ch. Mar. 7, 2017),...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

Court of Chancery Applies Ratification To Equity Grants Under Stockholder Approved Plan

by Morris James LLP on

Stockholder approval of an equity compensation plan may or may not constitute ratification over awards to the directors under the plan. When it does, the Court of Chancery will review challenges under the business judgment...more

Senate Banking Committee Focused on Deregulation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On March 9, 2017, the Senate Banking Committee passed a series of four bills focused on deregulation, including one that would make it easier for privately held companies to issue stock awards through equity compensation...more

DSU Plans Require Careful Review to Avoid Adverse U.S. Tax Treatment

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A Canadian company is planning to adopt a deferred share unit plan (DSU plan) for its directors. Only one or two of its directors are U.S. citizens or U.S. residents (“U.S. Directors”). With only one or two U.S. Directors,...more

2017 Proxy Advisory Firm Voting Guidelines: Canadian Highlights

As an early step in preparing for the upcoming proxy season, issuers should familiarize themselves with the Canadian proxy voting guidelines recently published by Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) and Glass Lewis...more

"Avoiding an ISS Negative Recommendation: Considerations for Companies Seeking Shareholder Approval of Equity Incentive Plan...

As the 2017 proxy season approaches, companies may be preparing to solicit shareholder approval for a new, or an amendment to an existing, equity incentive plan. In doing so, companies should keep in mind the positions of...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - January, 2017

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Some Tweaks to Build Employee Loyalty - Job hopping is the new normal for many startup employees, but turnover can hurt morale and company culture....more

Tips for Seeking Shareholder Approval of Equity Benefit Plans

Most public companies regularly submit equity benefit plans to their shareholders for approval. As a general rule, both NYSE and Nasdaq require that every new benefit plan, and any material amendment to an existing plan, be...more

ISS Provides Updated Compensation Plan and Executive Compensation FAQs

ISS has updated its equity compensation plan FAQs. New and materially updated questions include: - If a company grants performance-based awards, how will the shares be counted for the purposes of calculating burn...more

ISS Updates Proxy Voting Guidelines for 2017

by Bryan Cave on

Last month, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) published updates to its proxy voting guidelines effective for meetings on or after February 1, 2017. Key compensation-related changes include the following...more

2017 ISS and Glass Lewis Updates to Canadian Proxy Voting Guidelines

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co (Glass Lewis) have both released their updates to their respective Canadian proxy voting guidelines for the upcoming 2017 proxy season. The ISS updates apply to...more

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