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From the Boardroom to the Courtroom: How the Conversation on Director Compensation Is Changing

From the Boardroom to the Courtroom: How the Conversation on Director Compensation Is Changing Investors are demanding more transparency from companies around director compensation, gaining the media’s attention in the process. After several high-profile lawsuits, board pay is now a matter for the courts as well, and, among other issues which has brought to light the importance of relevant peer groups to benchmark pay. Join Equilar on August 20, 2015 for a webinar to discuss the latest trends in director pay over the past few years, including retainer, cash and equity components, as well as changes within specific industries across the S&P 500. Joe Yaffe of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Barry Sullivan of Semler Brossy will share insights on the current state of play in director compensation, how recent lawsuits have changed the conversation inside the boardroom, and why benchmarking to accurate peer groups is more important than ever. Read more

July 15th Webinar — “Clawbacks: What Now After the SEC’s Proposal”

Blair Jones spoke in a webinar panel discussion sponsored by Compensation Standards on July 15th. Among the topics, Blair's webcast covered: What is in the SEC's clawbacks proposal? What were the biggest surprises of the proposal? What areas are companies most likely to comment upon? What action steps should companies consider now ahead of the SEC adopting final rules? Click for the transcript: "Clawbacks – What Now After the SEC's Proposal" hosted by CompensationStandards.com. Read more

Todd Sirras Featured in Corporate Counsel’s “The 2015 GC Compensation Survey” Commentary

The Corporate Counsel recently released its survey of top-paid general counsels. The survey looks at top-paid general counsels in terms of earner, sectors and more. "It's often not as specific as something like a litigation outcome, unless it's make-or-break for the company," offers Todd Sirras, managing director of Los Angeles-based executive compensation consulting firm Semler Brossy. "It's more on corporate goals or objectives, and in many of the larger companies' performance measures are shareholder returns." In its analysis of the survey's results, the Corporate Counsel quoted Semler Brossy Managing Director Todd Sirras on the topic of how general counsel performance is measured: Read more

Blair Jones selected to the NACD Directorship 100

Each year NACD identifies the most influential people in the boardroom community, including directors, corporate governance experts, journalists, regulators, and advisors. Promoting continued economic growth remains a priority for policy makers and directors alike. Therefore, our NACD Directorship 100 recognizes those who participate in actual board work who influence how that work is done. Click here to learn more about each honoree. Read more

Upcoming July 14 Webinar — “Clawbacks: What Now After the SEC’s Proposal”

Blair Jones will join in on a webinar panel discussion sponsored by Compensation Standards on July 15th from 2 - 2:45 Eastern time. Among other topics, the webcast will cover: What is in the SEC's clawbacks proposal? What were the biggest surprises of the proposal? What areas are companies most likely to comment upon? What action steps should companies consider now ahead of the SEC adopting final rules? Register for "Clawbacks: What Now After the SEC's Proposal" hosted by CompensationStandards.com now. Read more

Say on Pay Report on Director Elections Featured in Bloomberg BNA

Semler Brossy's Say on Pay results report on Director Elections, published on June 10, 2015, was featured in Bloomberg BNA's Corporate Law & Accountability Report: "As of June 10, 32 companies in the Russell 3000 index have failed their say-on-pay votes this year, according to Semler Brossy LLC. Read more

Compensation Committee Forum: Preparing for the 2016 Proxy Season

Semler Brossy's John Borneman will be speaking at this year's Compensation Committee Forum on October 27, 2015, at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York, NY. Today’s compensation committees – and the members of management who work closely with them – face a formidable task to establish a compensation philosophy and execute a compensation and benefits program that meets both management’s and investors’ expectations. Read more

Say on Pay Report Featured in Wall Street Journal Article, “Shareholders Rebuke Caterpillar Over Executive Pay”

Semler Brossy's Say on Pay report data was recently cited in a Wall Street Journal article, "Shareholders Rebuke Caterpillar Over Executive Pay." According to the article, "Around a third of the votes cast by Caterpillar Inc. shareholders at the annual meeting Wednesday morning rejected the heavy-equipment maker’s executive-compensation policies, an unusually stinging rebuke for such a poll." Read more