No Fault, No Relief: SEC Proposes New “No-Fault” Clawback Rules

13 July 2015
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Key takeaways

  • The SEC has proposed long-awaited clawback rules for incentive-based compensation that would require most listed issuers (including foreign private issuers) to adopt and comply with policies to recover, on a pre-tax basis, excess incentive-based compensation paid to executive officers in the event of financial statement errors, regardless of fault.
  • The proposed clawback rule would apply to incentive-based compensation determined based on financial or stock-based performance measures, but not to items like salaries, discretionary bonuses and awards based solely on length of service.
  • Listed issuers would be required to publicly disclose, among other things, the substance of their recovery policies, and the details of their implementation and recovery efforts.
  • The rules are subject to a 60-day comment period and are unlikely to apply in the upcoming 2016 proxy season.