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At the ABA Annual Meeting on Friday, September 15th, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance Director Bill Hinman (speaking for himself and not the SEC) said that the SEC did not plan to delay the implementation of the CEO pay ratio disclosure rules. Mr. Hinman also mentioned that the SEC anticipates issuing guidance on the pay ratio rule in the near future.  We note that although the Financial Choice Act that…

Companies preparing CEO pay ratio disclosure for the 2018 proxy season should not assume they will be able to rely on the Privacy Exemption with regard to gathering information about non-US employees. For a summary of the key provisions of the SEC’s final CEO pay ratio disclosure rule and the limited exemptions provided for non-US employees, see Baker McKenzie’s recent client alert. Invoking these exceptions will likely be difficult in practice. Companies should, however, generally be…

Many companies that are taking their stock plans out for shareholder approval this proxy season to replenish their share reserve are also amending their plans to accommodate recent changes in law, governance practices and new developments, such as the recent change that FASB adopted to the accounting rules for share-based awards (ASC 718) allowing withholding of shares to satisfy tax withholding rates at a rate higher than the minimum tax withholding rate without triggering liability…