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Client Alert | Jul 2010

Dodd-Frank Financial Services Reform Act Signed - New Requirements for Say on Pay, Executive Pay Disclosure

Dodd-Frank mandates on executive pay programs, including design, disclosure, and governance.

Passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is the culmination of longtime efforts by Congress to increase regulation of the financial services industry. Significantly, the bill signed into law July 21 includes new mandates that eventually may influence the design, governance and disclosure of executive compensation programs at all public companies.

Among the mandates in the new legislation:

  • Say on Pay advisory votes at least triennially for both executive pay and executive change-in-control arrangements
  • Policies to claw back executive payouts based on subsequently restated financial statements
  • Additional disclosure of performance-based pay, internal equity, hedging of company securities and combining the roles of CEO/COB
  • New independence standards for Compensation Committees and their advisors
  • Expanded reporting of incentive compensation risk at certain financial institutions.
  • No broker discretionary vote on Say on Pay, golden parachutes and certain other issues.
  • Shareholder use of proxy solicitation materials to nominate director candidates.
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