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“Airing Out the Denny Crane Room”: Recent SEC Action Emphasizes Need for Effective Disclosure Controls and Procedures for Executive Perquisites

Last month, Energy XXI, Ltd. (“EXXI”), a publicly-traded oil and gas exploration company, saw its former Chief Executive Officer charged with various securities law violations by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The SEC seeks to have the CEO pay civil money penalties and be barred from any officer or director role with any issuer … Continue Reading

The First 100 Days of Say-On-Pay Mark Many More Failed Votes and the Advent of Say-On-Golden Parachutes

With the end of April 2011, it has been one-hundred days since shareholders were able to render advisory votes on the executive compensation provided at their publicly-held companies in accordance with rules adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in January 2011 (“Say-On-Pay”).  These rules were promulgated under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and … Continue Reading

SEC Proposes New Rules Calling For Greater Independence Standards for Compensation Committees and Their Advisors

In accordance with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Reform Act”) and its own timetable for proposing regulations required by section 952 of the Reform Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on March 30, 2011 issued a press release and published proposed rules (Release No. 33-9199) (the “Proposed Rules”) for … Continue Reading

The Latest Results and Trends after Second Month of Say-on-Pay Voting

It has now been two months since shareholders were able to render advisory votes on the executive compensation provided at their publicly-held companies in accordance with rules adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in January 2011 (“Say-On-Pay”). These rules were promulgated under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Reform Act”). … Continue Reading

Say-On-Pay Blogs and Up-to-Date Voting Results

Please read our latest update on Say-on-Pay and frequency voting results, which includes summary results and detailed company-by-company results.  The results are sorted by the company’s SEC filer status and by the date on which the annual shareholder meeting was held.  We will be regularly updating this information as well as periodically posting new  blogs in … Continue Reading

Trends Developing after First Month of Say-on-Pay Votes

It has now been one month since shareholders were able to render advisory votes on the executive compensation provided at their publicly-held companies in accordance with rules adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in January 2011 (“Say-On-Pay”). These rules were promulgated under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Reform Act”). … Continue Reading

A Rising Tide for Annual Say-on-Pay Votes

As we recently reported in our January 28, 2011 blog “Some Interesting New Developments as SEC Adopts Final Say-On-Pay Rules“ the Securities and Exchange Commission last week approved final rules which regulate how public company’s shareholders can render advisory votes on their company’s executive compensation (“Say-on-Pay”). These rules were promulgated under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform … Continue Reading

Some Interesting New Developments as SEC Adopts Final Say-on-Pay Rules

In accordance with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Reform Act”) and its own October 2010 proposed rules (Release No. 33-9153) (the “Proposed Rules”), the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on January 25, 2011 announced its adoption by a 3-2 vote of final regulations for shareholder advisory votes on executive … Continue Reading

Companies Should Not Take Lightly the Need for Full Compliance with the SEC’s Executive Compensation Disclosure Rules

As calendar year companies work on preparing their 2011 proxy statement materials, we wanted to report on a recent development that highlights the importance of a company’s full disclosure of, and compliance with, the SEC’s executive compensation disclosure rules. … Continue Reading

Time to Get Ready for Say-on-Pay as SEC Releases Proposed Rules

In accordance with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Reform Act”) and its own timetable for proposing regulations required by section 951 of the Reform Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 18, 2010 issued a press release and published proposed rules (Release No. 33-9153) (the “Proposed Rules”) for shareholder … Continue Reading

Legal Update: Dodd-Frank Redefines “Accredited Investor” and the SEC Provides New Guidance

This blog posting is an update to our blog posting entitled Legal Update: Dodd-Frank Redefines “Accredited Investor”, in which we explained that Section 413(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act amended the definition of “accredited investor” under Rule 215 of the Securities Act of 1933 and Rule 501 of Regulation D … Continue Reading

Proxy Season Heats Up as New Executive Compensation Rules are Effective and SEC Provides New Disclosure Guidance

With Spring just a few weeks away, it also means that the annual proxy statement season for calendar year public companies is in full swing. February 28th marked the effective date for the SEC’s expanded executive compensation and corporate governance disclosure rules which we have previously reported on (see our December 18, 2009 blog).… Continue Reading

SEC Provides Guidance on Effective Dates of Expanded Executive Compensation and Corporate Governance Rules

As we recently reported in our December 18, 2009 blog article, the SEC adopted substantial amendments on December 16, 2009 that significantly expand the executive compensation and corporate governance disclosure requirements for publicly held companies. These new rules were presumably adopted now in order to become effective for the 2010 proxy season but, as we … Continue Reading

Just in Time for 2010 Proxy Season – SEC Adopts Significant Expansion of Executive Compensation and Corporate Governance Rules

As anticipated, on December 16, 2009, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) presented investors and corporate governance reform advocates with a holiday gift by adopting substantial amendments to the executive compensation and corporate governance disclosure requirements for publicly held companies. The amendments reflect the SEC’s efforts to increase investor awareness of companies’ executive compensation practices … Continue Reading

House Quickly Passes Legislation to Control Executive Compensation Practices

Acting in rapid fashion, on July 31, 2009, the House of Representatives passed legislation that, if enacted, would further advance the federal government’s efforts to realign executive compensation practices. As we reported in our July 22, 2009 blog, the Treasury Department released draft legislation just two weeks earlier to require (i) an annual shareholder vote … Continue Reading

Changes in Store for 2010 Proxy Season as SEC Proposes Significant Expansion of Executive Compensation and Corporate Governance Rules and Treasury Releases Draft New Legislation

As anticipated and in response to the “turmoil in the markets during the past 18 months”, on July 10, 2009 the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed substantial amendments to the executive compensation and corporate governance disclosure requirements for publicly held companies.… Continue Reading

New TARP Executive Compensation Guidance and a Call for Further Reform in Executive Compensation Practices

June 10,2009 marked an extraordinary day of announcements affecting executive compensation for both recipients of financial assistance from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (“TARP”) and other publicly held companies, including: The U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) issued a statement outlining the Administration’s expectations and planned legislative proposals for executive compensation reform for publicly held … Continue Reading
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