11: 30 a.m.: Meeting registration and buffet lunch
11:45 a.m.: FIRST SESSION:
Join David Thomas and Brandon Gantus from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for How Public and Private Companies Should Prepare for the Requirements of the SEC’s Clawback Rules.
After more than 5 years since the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the SEC has issued proposed rules on the clawback of excess incentive cash and equity compensation from current and former executives of public companies. While the final clawback rules are not likely to take effect until late 2016 after an extensive comment and adoption process, companies can begin planning for the implementation of the final rules now. In this session, executive compensation attorneys from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati will summarize the proposed clawback rules and outline steps that currently public- and late-stage private companies can take in designing and administering incentive compensation programs in anticipation of the release of the final clawback rules.
12:45 p.m.: Second Session
Join Sorrell Johnson and Steve Gaylord from Stock & Option Solutions, Inc. for Payroll & Equity - There is no "I" in TEAM
The complexities of payroll reporting as it relates to equity compensation are often overlooked because most companies have managed, by necessity, to cobble together a set of processes that (hopefully) get them through tomorrow. But as many of us know, this is a complex area where streamlining the reporting process, keeping in constant communication with payroll agencies and departments, and having access to expertise can save a company from making costly mistakes. Our goal is to educate small and large companies on best practices for implementing efficient payroll reporting (from disciplined manual processes to system automation), dealing with data and communications to and from multiple payroll agencies, and identifying the common mistakes and issues that companies make and face, as well as how to overcome those. With these three areas firmly understood, your leadership can help your company reduce risk of improper payroll reporting weather you are a US based small company or a global entity spanning multiple countries.
DAVID THOMAS, PARTNER, WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI
David Thomas is a partner in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's compensation and benefits practice. For the last 19 years, Dave has provided legal and practical guidance on compensation and benefits issues to companies of all sizes, including their compensation committees and boards of directors. Dave has been selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer multiple times and he was recognized in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, in which commentators praised his “transactional expertise” and took note of his “encyclopedic knowledge of tax and securities.” Dave’s philosophy is that each compensation or benefits issue needs to be viewed through a multi-faceted lens that takes into account all key constituents, considering the whole picture when giving advice, rather than just answering the question “What legal action is needed to do X?” More biographical information is available at www.ExecCompGuy.US.
BRANDON GANTUS, SENIOR ASSOCIATE, WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI
Brandon Gantus is a senior associate in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's compensation and benefits practice. His practice focuses on the representation of companies of all sizes in their compensation and employee benefits matters, with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. He regularly assists public and private companies with corporate governance and compliance matters, including compensation disclosures for proxy filings and other applicable securities filings, employee communications and public announcements. He also counsels clients on the design and administration of tax-qualified retirement plans, including 401(k) plans, and health and welfare plans, including compliance with the myriad of laws including the 2010 healthcare reform laws.
SORRELL JOHNSON, STOCK & OPTION SOLUTIONS, INC.
Sorrell Johnson is currently a member of the strategic team at Stock & Option Solutions. Prior to SOS, she held equity management positions at NetApp, Redback Networks and Ariba, an SAP company. She began her career at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in equity administration, assisting private clients with the formation of corporations, preferred equity financings and initial and secondary public offerings. Her areas of expertise include streamlining day to day operations activity, corporate spin transactions, mergers and acquisitions, Section 16 filings and insider trading compliance. She has 18 years of experience in global equity administration in over 50 countries. She is a Certified Equity Professional and was previously Vice President of the Silicon Valley NASPP chapter.
STEVE GAYLORD, CTO, STOCK & OPTION SOLUTIONS, INC.
Steve is currently CTO for Stock & Option Solutions. His responsibilities include working with other members of the SOS team to develop and deploy new product and service offerings for the equity compensation arena, assisting with internal process improvements and automation, running the Technology and Data Service groups, as well as lead the 6039 service delivery team at SOS. Steve has been working to design, develop, and deploy software and service based solutions for equity compensation since 2005. Prior to the equity compensation arena, Steve's experience and responsibilities ranged from support, development, maintenance, and training of multiple software packages including financial services, accounting, and customer relationship management. Steve also has been selected to speak on applying technology in equity compensation at industry events and conferences. Steve has a B.S. in Computer Science and a Masters in Business Administration from Santa Clara University.
Continuing Education Credits:
1.5 CEP (Various)