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Structuring Discretion for Clawbacks

The continuing stream of corporate wrongdoing and risk failures—at Wells Fargo & Co., Volkswagen AG, Equifax, Uber Technologies, Mylan, and others—gives new urgency to two questions: Should boards have broader policies for triggering compensation adjustments, forfeitures, and repayment of past compensation—generally referred to as recoupments or clawbacks—when corporate harm is demonstrated? How should boards exercise discretion when they implement such policies?

Regulators today require relatively narrow clawback policies, triggered mainly in the event of a restatement of financials. But a strong business case can be made that corporate harms of many kinds should qualify as triggers for clawbacks.

Read the full article by Seymour Burchman, Kathryn Neel and Olivia Voorhis on the NACD Blog.