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How to Structure a Fair Executive Severance Agreement

From Boardroom Resources...Ryan Harvey frames the importance of a well-structured severance arrangement and outlines several best practices for today’s boards and compensation committees.

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Few things cause shareholder or media outrage like a poorly structured executive severance agreement. When a CEO is terminated for poor performance and walks away with tens of millions in severance payments, it’s understandably a hard pill for company stakeholders…

IPOs and Executive Pay

Reprinted from Ethical Boardroom Autumn 2018 Issue

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As the equity markets have recovered and continued to grow since the financial crisis, many private companies are considering an initial public offering (IPO) of their stock as a way to raise capital and create liquidity for their existing investors…

Compensation Advice for PE-Owned Companies

Companies that are owned either privately or by private-equity (PE) firms face unique executive compensation challenges.

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From the July/August 2017 issue of NACD Directorship Visit NACDonline.org Meridian Compensation Partners has deep experience working with companies throughout the typical PE ownership life cycle—from public to private and back into the public markets through an initial public offering…

Compensation Specialists Advise on IPOs and Spins

As an initial public offering (IPO) nears for a private company or an operating division of a public company, compensation planning must include preparing for the executive compensation transition issues the company must undertake after the offering

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From the July/August 2016 issue of NACD Directorship Visit NACDonline.org As one of the largest independent advisory firms, Meridian Compensation Partners is uniquely positioned to guide committees through pivotal events such as IPOs, spins, or separations where a company is…

Equity Usage for Incentives Remains Stable at Most Large U.S. Companies

Annual run rates are slightly down, while the three-year average has remained constant.

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LAKE FOREST, IL—According to a recent study of annual “run rate” and “overhang” levels among Fortune 100 companies by Meridian Compensation Partners, LLC the annual run rate (or share usage) for Fortune 100 companies has declined slightly to 1.3% and…

Long-Term Compensation Plans

The Board’s Use of Incentives to Align Management’s Interests with Long-Term Value Creation

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For many companies, performance-based shares are the form of long-term compensation that makes the most sense. However, not every company will find this to be the case. Ryan Harvey, Partner, discusses both of these scenarios in this video from NACD…