Has pay for performance reached a tipping point?

by Cydney Posner Are companies starting to take pay for performance more seriously?  That’s the conclusion drawn in this article from CFO.com that reports on a study by comp consultant Aon Hewitt.  While the trend has been prominently discussed for several years, “the depth of that trend may have been […]

The SEC in the crosshairs

First we have a couple of articles discussing a study, “Political connections and SEC enforcement,” in the forthcoming Journal of Accounting and Economics, that purports to show that “[l]ong-term PAC contributions are effective at deterring SEC enforcement.”  Then there is an, shall we say “unflattering,” appraisal in the NYT of […]

The perils of failing to take internal controls seriously

by Cydney Posner Here’s a warning shot across the bow from the SEC to take internal controls –- and representations regarding the same — very seriously. You’ll recall that SOX 404 and related rules instituted a new regime regarding reporting and evaluation of internal control over financial reporting (ICFR), including […]

Shareholders reject fewer golden parachutes this year

by Cydney Posner As reported in this article in the WSJ, compensation consultant Towers Watson is reporting that shareholders seem to be more willing this year than last to approve golden parachutes in the context of acquisition transactions. As you know, Dodd-Frank and related rules require that, in connection with solicitation […]

NASDAQ proposes to eliminate automatic upgrade to Global Select Market

by Cydney Posner NASDAQ has proposed to modify its rules to eliminate the automatic transfer of companies from the NASDAQ Global Market to the NASDAQ Global Select Market. You may recall that NASDAQ has three listing tiers: the NASDAQ Global Select Market, the NASDAQ Global Market, and the NASDAQ Capital […]

House proposal for regulatory reform: could it be used to stymie securities regulation?

by Cydney Posner Could a proposal intended to address “regulations that disproportionately burden low-income households,” have an impact on securities rules and regulations promulgated by the SEC? On July 24, the House Budget Committee (Chair Paul Ryan) released a Discussion Draft for legislation called “Expanding Opportunity in America.” While most […]

Efforts on the rise to enhance shareholder-director engagement

by Cydney Posner Earlier this year, two proposals were floated to enhance shareholder engagement with directors, one from a working group called the Shareholder-Director Exchange and the other from The Conference Board.  While it may now be almost de rigueur for management to engage with shareholders, engagement between shareholders and […]