Energy Insights

SEC Releases New Guidance on Proxy Advisors

Meridian Expects to See Change, but it Might not be as Much as Some Would Like

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After months of speculation, the SEC has recently released its highly anticipated guidance on investment advisors and on proxy advisors (see our recent client alert). I know many Boards and senior executives will be pleased to see progress in this…

Compensation Implications of CEO Transitions

Executive Compensation Plays an Important Role in Planning for CEO Transitions

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It’s no secret that CEO succession and transition planning has become an increasingly hot topic in the boardroom and a focus of outside investors. Board committees responsible for succession planning are including this topic as a part of the ongoing…

Stock Options—Too early to administer last rites?

Companies are Gradually Doing Away with Stock Options in Favor Of Performance Shares

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In a recent Wall Street Journal article “Last Gasp for Stock Options?” the author takes a pretty grim view on the future of stock options. Is this really a bold new claim or is it old news? To be sure,…

2013 Say on Pay Recap

ISS Continues Tough Stance on the Industry

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With another proxy season behind us, one of the key headlines is ISS’s subjective application of its policies and its continued focus on the energy industry. While energy isn’t the only industry in their crosshairs, ISS continues to be critical…

2013 Proxy Disclosure Trends: Pay-for-Performance

Notable Pay-for-Performance Disclosures Made By Energy Companies This Year

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The 2013 proxy season is now in full swing, with dozens of energy industry companies having filed their latest proxy. One of the areas of significant attention this year is pay-for-performance disclosure. So far in 2013, we’ve already seen some…