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Suing Your Employee? Don't Try This at Home

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In Petter v EMC Corporation [2015] EWCA Civ 828, a U.K. subsidiary and its U.S. parent company were prevented by the English courts from continuing non-compete proceedings against an employee in the court of Massachusetts....more

IRS Filing and Reporting Requirements for ISO Exercises and ESPP Stock Transfers

by Fenwick & West LLP on

This client alert is intended to remind you of certain 2017 year-end reporting requirements under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code), with respect to stock issued to employees or former...more

Impact of Tax Reform on Some Private Company Equity Awards: Limited Income Tax Deferral Opportunities for Employees

by Perkins Coie on

The recent tax reform bill, commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the Act), was signed into law on December 22, 2017. The Act includes a new income tax deferral regime for certain employee stock options...more

Tax Act Hit to U.S. Taxpayers with Equity Ownership (Even Indirect Minority Ownership) in Foreign Entities with Unremitted...

On December 15, 2017, Congress released its final version of tax reform – the Conference Report Bill (the Bill). The Bill was signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017....more

Dear Littler: Does Equity Compensation Count as Wages under Federal and California Law?

by Littler on

Dear Littler: We need to hire some key personnel for our new tech company. We intend to offer them equity in the enterprise as compensation. The equity should be very valuable in the long run, and the deal we have in mind is...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017: Year-End Planning for Businesses

by Perkins Coie on

The tax reform bill, commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the Act), was signed into law on December 22, 2017. The Act contains a number of provisions that create significant year-end planning...more

US Tax Reform Will Have a Significant Impact on M&A and Financing Transactions

by White & Case LLP on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law H.R. 1 (introduced as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) (the "New Tax Law"). The New Tax Law dramatically alters the US tax landscape and will have a significant impact on...more

The President Receives an Early Christmas Present: Congress Approves Landmark Tax Bill – What Will this Mean for Executive...

On Friday, December 15, 2017, Congress put forth a final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which would signify the largest piece of tax legislation in over thirty years if signed into law. Early in the morning on December...more

Congress Approves Tax Reform Bill Impacting Equity Compensation

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed by both chambers of Congress on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, and will be sent to the President’s desk for final signature. The Fenwick & West team will provide a more detailed analysis in...more

Tax Reform Bill Tightens $1M Limit on Deductibility of Public Company Executive Compensation

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) will make major changes to the $1 million limit on deductible compensation contained in Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code....more

Delaware Supreme Court Clarifies Ratification Defense In Stock Option Cases

by Morris James LLP on

In re Investors Bancorp Inc. Stockholder Litigation, No. 169, 2017 (December 13, 2017) - There has been some uncertainly over the effect of stockholder approval of stock option plans for directors, such as does that...more

Federal Tax Reform Bill Makes Significant Changes Related to Executive Compensation

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On November 16, the House of Representatives passed its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and the Senate passed its version of the bill on December 2. Although the House and Senate must first reconcile their respective...more

C-Suite Employment Contract Clauses Companies and their Boards Must Consider in the Wake of Weinstein

by Bowditch & Dewey on

The Harvey Weinstein scandal has struck a nerve in American society and empowered individuals to speak out about sexual harassment and retaliation in the workplace. The nation appears to be at a tipping point, with...more

Employee Stock Ownership Plans: Is an ESOP Right for Me?

by Benesch on

A better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of ESOPs can help any business owner determine if a partial or total sale to an ESOP is a solution that makes sense. And that owner needs professional advisors who...more

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

Proposed Tax Reform Bills of Senate and House Now Aligned on Key Compensation and Benefits-Related Tax Provisions

This WSGR Alert provides a high-level comparison of the latest tax reform proposals from the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate as they relate to compensation and benefits matters....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

Plan Administrators’ 2017 Year-End Checklist

by Williams Mullen on

Plan administrators should review the following actions to be taken before the end of 2017 and focus on what to expect for 2018. The attached checklist addresses plan amendments, notices and other considerations for qualified...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - November, 2017 #2

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: One Angel Investor On Choosing Companies, Managing Risk And Supporting Women - Loretta McCarthy banks on women with her investment strategy....more

Startups Have Much To Be Thankful For – Senate Amendments to New Tax Bill Remove Deferred Compensation and Stock Options from...

As discussed in our November 14, 2017 blog post, Thanksgiving Tax Frenzy – New Tax Bill Proposes Executive Compensation Changes That Could Derail Deferred Compensation and Stock Options, the evolution of the Tax Cuts and Jobs...more

Revised Senate Tax Reform Bill Represents Win for Technology Sector

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Paving the way for a net-win for technology companies, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) released a modified chairman’s mark to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that brings treatment of equity and...more

Federal Tax Reform: The Current State of Play & The Big Picture (Updated 11/16)

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Senate Finance Committee released a detailed description of the Senate's tax reform bill, titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, on November 9. The Committee has not released the text of the bill, and likely will not do so...more

The Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Executive Compensation

by Bracewell LLP on

On November 9, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee approved the House’s version of the tax reform bill (the “House Bill”) and voted to report it to the House floor for a full House vote. On the same day, the Senate...more

Federal Tax Reform: The Senate Bill – Comparison to the House Bill, and Evaluating the Bigger Picture

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Senate Finance Committee released a detailed description of the Senate's tax reform bill, titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, on November 9. The Committee has not released the text of the bill, and likely will not do so...more

Thanksgiving Tax Frenzy – New Tax Bill Proposes Executive Compensation Changes That Could Derail Deferred Compensation and Stock...

Congress has been in a frenzy to try and get new tax legislation passed by Thanksgiving, and members of the House and Senate would presumably rather be enjoying a feast rather than drafting and analyzing additional tax...more

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