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CEO Pay Trends: Looking Beyond Reported Pay Figures

CEO Pay Trends: Looking Beyond Reported Pay Figures Webinar from July 13, 2017

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In case you missed this fantastic webinar on July 13, 2017… Visit http://www.equilar.com/webinar-videos.html to request a full replay or the slides from this webinar entitled CEO Pay Trends: Looking Beyond Reported Pay Figures. Equilar, Meridian Compensation Partners and the Center On Executive…

Nasdaq Talks to Donald Kalfen of Meridian about Preparing for CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure

They discuss how the rule could fare under President Trump, next steps for planning ahead, and more.

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This article originally appeared in the Nasdaq Governance Clearinghouse. Should public companies still plan on implementing the CEO Pay Ratio rule given that President-elect Trump has promised to repeal or reform Dodd-Frank? Nasdaq sat down with Don Kalfen of Meridian…

Will Dodd-Frank and the CEO Pay Ratio Be Repealed?

A look at what the U.S. presidential election portends for the future of financial reform.

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It has been six years since the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which mandated that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) develop rules intended to address the then-current financial crisis. One such rule concerns…

Trends Emerging in Compensation Policies for Bank Executives

Meridian examines policies for risk adjusting payouts, use of company stock, and retention of stock awards.

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Governance policies related to executive compensation are on the rise as a result of increased influence of bank regulators, shareholders and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These policies are intended to reduce compensation-related risk, encourage a long-term perspective and…

SEC Comment Letter on Proposed Rule on Mandatory Clawback

Meridian's comment on the proposed rule to implement the mandatory clawback provisions of Section 954 of Dodd-Frank.

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Re: File No. S7-12-15—Proposed Rule to Implement the Mandatory Clawback Provisions of Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 Dear Mr. Fields: Meridian Compensation Partners, LLC (“Meridian”) is pleased to provide comments to…

SEC Comment Letter on Pay vs. Performance Disclosure Rule

Meridian's comment on the proposed rule to implement the pay versus performance disclosure provisions of Section 953 of Dodd-Frank.

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Re: File No. S7-07-15 — Proposed Rule to Implement Section 953(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 Dear Mr. Fields: Meridian Compensation Partners, LLC (“Meridian”) is pleased to provide comments to the Securities and…

The Real Problem with the CEO Pay Ratio

SEC issued proposed rules on the CEO pay ratio rule are still no closer to finding out what’s going to be in the final rules, when they will be issued, or when they will be effective.

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It’s been more than a year since the SEC issued proposed rules on the CEO pay ratio rule, and we are still no closer to finding out what’s going to be in the final rules, when they will be issued,…

Proxy Named Executive Officers: Should Business Unit Heads Be Included?

Guidance is offered, based on a review of law and current market prevalence.

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To include business unit heads or not to include business unit heads; that is the question. Each year, public companies must determine which executives are named executive officers (“NEOs”) under the proxy disclosure rules. This determination is important, as public companies are required to disclose in their annual meeting proxies the compensation paid to each NEO (i.e., a company’s chief...

Should bonus outcomes be different by level?

Insights into whether there should be different standards for executive bonuses than for the broader population, and whether executives shouldbe held to a higher standard of accountability to shareholders.

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In our experience, a large number of oil & gas companies provide the same bonus funding level for all bonus-eligible employees in the organization. There may be differentiation based on individual or business unit performance (horizontal differentiation) but no differentiation…

Does Your Company Stack Up?

Now is the Time to Test and Report Your Pay and Performance Relationship

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Creating alignment between pay and performance is critical in today’s environment of executive pay scrutiny. However, understanding how to assess the relationship and communicate it effectively can be challenging. There are many different methodologies and perspectives that should be considered.…

Dodd-Frank Disclosure

What to Expect From Dodd-Frank’s Pay Versus Performance Disclosure Requirement

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On September 18, 2013, over three years after the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) was enacted, the Securities and Exchange Commission (”SEC”) completed one of four executive compensation-related requirements by releasing a proposed rule on Chief…

SEC Comment Letter on Proposed CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule

Meridian's comment on the implementation of Section 953(b) of Dodd-Frank.

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Re: File No. S7-07-13— Proposed Rule to Implement Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 Dear Ms. Murphy: Meridian Compensation Partners, LLC (“Meridian”) is pleased to provide comments to the Securities and Exchange…

Regulatory and Governance Update

Recent Developments in Regulation Have Implications for Governance and Executive Compensation

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Canadian Developments There have been a number of recent regulatory and governance changes affecting executive compensation and governance. Mandatory Say on Pay Remains Unlikely The Canadian voluntary Say on Pay regime appears unlikely to change soon, although voluntary adoption continues…