Calendar of Upcoming Events for the SILICON VALLEY Chapter

Prior Events

Date and Time:10/29/2014 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Event:October SVC NASPP Chapter Meeting
Topic:Changes to Your Equity Plan Documents to Reduce Risk
Location:Bay Club Santa Clara 3250 Central Expressway Santa Clara, CA 95051
Contact Phone:415-717-2863

The Silicon Valley Chapter of the NASPP is pleased to announce Mike Melbinger, author of the eponymous Melbinger’s Compensation Blog and a partner at Winston & Strawn LLP based in Chicago, will be presenting at our upcoming meeting on October 29. 

With legal requirements multiplying, the demands of proxy advisory firms and investors increasing, and litigation by shareholders and employees on the rise, there is more at stake now than ever in the design and drafting of equity compensation plans and agreements.  For example, some small changes to the language of your equity compensation plan and award agreements could make a difference in:


  • Clarifying terms to avoid unwanted outcomes
  • Reducing the risk of shareholder derivative or class action litigation
  • Reducing the risk of wrongful termination litigation
  • Reducing the risk of lapsed awards
  • Reducing the risk of an SEC enforcement action
  • Protecting the company's interests
  • Protecting employees' interests
  • Increasing the value of the company in the eyes of investors or acquirers
  • Preserving flexibility for alternative awards
  • Enforcing electronic agreement provisions
  • Qualifying awards as ISOs
  • Choosing the applicable law, arbitration or litigation, and the choice of forum for any dispute
  • Pleasing the proxy advisory firms and other investors
  • Avoiding corporate governance problems
  • Conflicting provisions in employment, severance, or change in control agreements
  • Compliance with Code Section 409A
  • Compliance with Code Section 162(m)

This session will discuss specific language changes to address each of these issues.


Mike Melbinger is a partner and chair of the Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Practice in the law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP.  He also is the author of the CCH treatise Executive Compensation, an editor of The Corporate Executive, writes "Melbinger's Compensation Blog" for, and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at both the University of Illinois and Northwestern University Law Schools. 

Registration: 11:30am to 12:00pm
Presentation: 12:00pm to 1:30pm (with lunch)
Questions/Networking: 1:30pm to 2:00pm

Meeting Fees:
$35.00 for PRE-PAID NASPP Members - Paying by CHECK
$45.00 for PRE-PAID Non-NASPP Members - Paying by CHECK
$37.00 for PRE-PAID NASPP Members - Paying by PAYPAL
$47.00 for PRE-PAID Non-NASPP Members - Paying by PAYPAL

$60.00 for Non-Members, Walk-Ins, or Members Paying at the Door

As an added benefit to active NASPP members, the chapter will extend a limited number of complimentary registrations to unemployed NASPP members. Complimentary registrations are limited to two per person, per year. Please indicate on the comments section below to apply for this complimentary registration.

Those who preregister and choose not to use PayPal, please mail checks to: SVC NASPP, PO Box 60865, Sunnyvale, CA 94088-0865

Pre-registration closes on the Friday before the meeting. Payments must be received by the Monday prior to the meeting. If payment is not received by the payment deadline, you will be asked to pay the $60 walk-in registration fee at the door. For registration questions email with your inquiry. 


During registration, your name is added to the list of meeting attendees and luncheon accommodations are made accordingly. To avoid a $60 cancellation fee, email

If you do not send your cancellation notice by the Registration Deadline:

  • any payment received will not be refunded
  • if no payment was received, a "No Show" penalty of $60 will be recorded by the Chapter and you will be invoiced.



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Continuing Education Credits: 1.5 CEP (Various)
Date and Time:3/24/2015 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Event:11th Annual CEPI and Silicon Valley NASPP Symposium
Topic:11th Annual CEPI and Silicon Valley NASPP Symposium
Location:Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
Contact:Dee Crosby
Contact Phone:408-554-2187

The Certified Equity Professional Institute at Santa Clara University and the Silicon Valley Chapter of the NASPP announce the 11th Annual CEPI and Silicon Valley NASPP Symposium, March 24, 2015.  According to Dee Crosby, Executive Director of the CEPI, “Combining the CEPI Symposium and the Silicon Valley NASPP All Day into one event creates an exceptional opportunity for our attendees and our sponsors.” The event will take place at Santa Clara University.  Speaking proposals are currently being accepted for this event. Visit or for additional details.

The Certified Equity Professional Institute (CEPI) was founded in 1989 by a group of equity compensation professionals.  Their mission was to establish, promote, and provide certification and continuing education for the equity compensation industry. Since its founding, the CEPI's self study curriculum has served as the industry's educational standard. The CEP designation is the only internationally recognized designation for equity compensation professionals. 

The National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP) is the premier membership association for stock plan professionals, providing services to enrich its member’s professional skills and knowledge and enhance the stock plan profession. The Silicon Valley Chapter of the NASPP provides key education and networking opportunities for members in the local area through its chapter meetings.

CEP Institute
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
(408) 554-2187

P.O. Box 21639
Concord, CA 94521-0639
(925) 685-9271

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