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SEC Approves Final Rules for Pay Ratio Disclosure

On August 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved its final “Pay Ratio Disclosure” rules as mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The final rules require annual disclosure of the ratio of a reporting company’s principal executive officer’s total annual compensation to the median of the total annual compensation of all its employees. Most public companies will be required to make the pay ratio disclosure following their first full fiscal year beginning on or after January 1, 2017. Specifically, for a calendar-year reporting company, the first pay ratio disclosure must be made in the proxy statement for its 2018 annual meeting. 

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TAGS: Consumer Protection Act, Dodd-Frank, Pay Ratio Disclosure, SEC, Securities Law

SEC Proposes Incentive-Based Compensation Clawback Rules

On July 1, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed rules which would require exchange-listed companies to adopt a policy for the recovery of incentive-based compensation in the event of an accounting restatement. These rules would implement Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. 

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TAGS: Clawback Rules, Consumer Protection Act, Dodd-Frank, SEC, Section 954

U.S. Court of Appeals Strikes Down Part of SEC’s ‘Conflict Minerals’ Disclosure Rules

On April 14, 2014 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down part of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) controversial new “Conflict Minerals Rules” requiring publicly-traded companies to disclose whether their products contain certain minerals from certain central African countries. Despite this decision, until further notice public companies should continue to carry out efforts to comply with the SEC’s rules. 

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Nasdaq’s New Compensation Committee Certification Requirement

In January 2013, the SEC approved the new listing standards proposed by Nasdaq for independent compensation committees and compensation consultants, legal counsel and other advisors. These new listing standards, adopted as required under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and new SEC Rule 10C-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, are designed to promote the independence of compensation committee members, consultants and advisors. 

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TAGS: Consumer Protection Act, Dodd-Frank, Nasdaq, SEC, Securities Law

Dodd Act Change Immediately Affects Private Offerings

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act immediately revised the net worth test for determining whether an individual investor is an “accredited investor” for purposes of Regulation D and Section 4(6) of the Securities Act of 1933. Specifically, as revised, prospective investors can no longer include the value of their primary residence for purposes of satisfying the $1 million net worth test. Historically, many investors have relied on the value of their homes for purposes of qualifying as an accredited investor. This immediately effective provision applies to offerings that are already in progress, including those that have had initial closings.

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TAGS: Consumer Protection Act, Securities Law, Wall Street Reform
CONTACT: F. Mark Reuter

Financial Reform Act Triggers Significant New Executive Compensation Requirements

On July 21, 2010, President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law.

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