On August 25, 2022, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) finally adopted a “pay versus performance” rule in accordance with a Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) mandate that requires SEC-reporting companies to disclose in a clear manner the relationship between executive compensation actually paid and the financial performance of

On June 9, 2022, the staff (“Staff”) of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) added Question 101.01 to its Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DI”), addressing forward contracts on restricted securities. The new CD&I clarifies that forward contracts on restricted securities would not be considered “intended to be physically settled” under certain circumstances as discussed

On June 8, 2022, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a release (“New Reopening Release“), reopening the comment period on the clawback listing standard rules that it proposed in 2015 (“2015 Proposal“). At the same time, the SEC made available a memorandum prepared by the staff of the SEC’s

The SEC, today, proposed amendments that would remove the investment grade rating exemptions from Rules 101(c)(2) and 102(d)(2) of Regulation M. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act called for the SEC to review its rules that used credit ratings as an assessment of credit-worthiness and to replace those references with other appropriate

On February 10, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed amendments to Schedules 13D and 13G relating to beneficial ownership reports (the “Proposed Amendments”).

The Proposed Amendments are intended to modernize the rules that govern reporting on Schedules 13D and G by, among other things, making information available to the public in a

On February 10, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed amendments to Schedules 13D and 13G relating to beneficial ownership reports.  Section 13D requires disclosure by investors of the accumulation of significant positions in, or of certain increases in such positions in, the equity securities of public companies.  Section 13G requires disclosures by certain passive

On January 27, 2022, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reopened the comment period for the proposed “pay-versus-performance” rules mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, which would require disclosure of information regarding a company’s executive compensation and the company’s financial performance. The original comment period closed on July 6, 2015.

The compensation discussion and analysis

On October 14, 2021, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a release reopening the comment period (Reopening Release) on the clawback listing standard rule that it proposed in 2015 (2015 Proposal). Interested parties may submit comments on any aspect of the 2015 Proposal, as well as on the additional requests for comments raised

Once again, it is time to prepare for the proxy and annual report season. There are many issues to take into consideration when crafting required regulatory disclosures in a manner that conveys effective messaging to the company’s investors. Advance planning, careful drafting and multi-faceted review greatly contribute to a successful proxy and annual report season,

Effective August 16, 2021, the Securities and Exchange Commission will apply new threshold amounts with respect to the definition of “qualified clients,” raising the starting dollar amounts of the assets-under-management and net worth tests under Rule 205-3 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (“Advisers Act”).

Rule 205-3 allows an investment adviser to charge a