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SEC Adopts Final Rule Regulating Proxy Advisory Firms

On July 23, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) by a 3 to 1 vote adopted a Final Rule that imposes a new regulatory regime on proxy advisory firms (“PAFs”).

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The SEC’s adoption of the Final Rule represents the culmination of a years’ long effort to require greater transparency and accountability of PAFs. Specifically, the Final Rule: ■ Conditions the availability of certain existing exemptions from the information and filing…

COVID-19’s Incentive Impact: While Most Companies Wait, Companies with Early FYEs are Forced to Act

We are increasingly participating in board-level discussions focused on how to ensure that management teams stay focused, engaged and properly incentivized.

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When the COVID-19 pandemic started to spread across the United States, boards of directors initially focused on ensuring the safety of their employees and customers and managing to stabilize their businesses for uncertain times ahead. Early on, many companies were…

COVID-19 and Short-Term Incentive Designs

The design for 2021 will hinge on how to best motivate executives in a dramatically altered business environment.

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Our Meridian Client Update published May 28, 2020 discussed the impact of COVID-19 on 2020 Short-Term Incentive (STI) plans and how Committees may determine appropriate payouts (if any) at year-end. Payout decisions for 2020 STI in many instances will be…

How and Why Pre-Commercial Biotech CEO Pay is Different

Part One: Tailoring Pay to the Business

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The Say-on-Pay (“SOP”) era has fostered remarkable homogenization in executive compensation program design. The two primary contributing factors are: 1. Expanded compensation disclosure requirements for publicly traded companies, increasing the transparency of competitors’ programs. 2. The heightened influence of proxy…

SEC Releases Rulemaking Agenda for Next Twelve Months

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently released its Spring 2020 Regulatory Flexibility Agenda (“Reg Flex Agenda”), which identifies rule-making initiatives that the SEC expects to address over the next year and beyond.

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In its latest semiannual Reg Flex Agenda, the SEC identifies the following rule-making initiatives as among those that the SEC expects to address in the short-term – potentially by October 2020. ■ Revised proposed rule on mandatory recoupment (or “clawback”)…