Month: March 2017

Is relative TSR still the performance metric of choice?

by Cydney Posner According to a just-released report from Equilar, an executive compensation and corporate governance data firm, “relative total shareholder return” continues to be the most common performance measure used in long-term incentive plans for CEOs among S&P 500 companies.  However, after years of increasing prevalence among companies in […]

Investigate Piwowar?

by Cydney Posner Not everyone is pleased by the actions taken by Acting SEC Chair Michael Piwowar directing the SEC staff to review the conflict minerals and pay-ratio disclosure rules.  In fact, today, four Senate Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee have called for an investigation into whether he has […]

State Department ventures into conflict minerals

by Cydney Posner Bloomberg BNA is reporting that the State Department has launched a new review of  “how best to support responsible sourcing of conflict minerals,” which will continue through April 28. Although it’s not known whether the SEC is involved in the State Department’s efforts, BNA suggests that the […]

Do board self-evaluations help produce a high-functioning board?

by Cydney Posner In this paper from the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, Board Evaluations and Boardroom Dynamics, the authors suggest that board self-evaluations aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. While, based on a recent study, 89% of directors believe their boards have the skills and […]

SEC approves T+2

by Cydney Posner At an open meeting this morning, the SEC voted to adopt an amendment to Rule 15c6-1 under the Exchange Act to shorten the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer transactions from three business days after the trade date (T+3) to two business days (T+2), unless otherwise expressly […]

European Parliament approves conflict minerals rules for the EU

by Cydney Posner Last week, the  European Parliament approved, by a vote of 558 to 17 with 45 abstentions, new rules on conflict minerals, 3TG—tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold.  Proceeds from the sale of conflict minerals, which are used in the production of products such as mobile phones, cars and […]

Just as the U.S. seeks to roll back regulations, the European Parliament adopts new corporate governance rules

by Cydney Posner Just when the U.S. is looking at how to roll back its regulations on corporations (among others) (see, e.g., this PubCo post, this PubCo post and this PubCo post), the rest of the world seems to be headed in the opposite direction.  On Tuesday, the EU Parliament approved a […]