Frequently Asked Questions

We have had a groundswell of interest for our pair of full-day Conferences: "Tackling Your 2009 Compensation Disclosures: The 3rd Annual Proxy Disclosure Conference" and the "5th Annual Executive Compensation Conference." Below are some frequently asked questions:

  1. Can I receive the member discount on conference rates if someone else at my company/firm is a member of TheCorporateCounsel.net or CompensationStandards.com?
  2. No. You can only receive the member discount if you are a member. However, you might be at a company/firm that has an Unlimited or Firmwide license that enables you to get the special rate. 

    In other words, if you work in an office that is covered by either an Unlimited or Firmwide license to CompensationStandards.com – you are eligible for the member discount. However, if someone in your office has a single membership and you don't – you need to become a member yourself to receive the member discount.

    If you are uncertain as to whether you are a member of TheCorporateCounsel.net or CompensationStandards.com, send us an email at info@thecorporatecounsel.net and we can let you know.
     

  3. When will you know what days the Conferences will be held and who will be speaking at the Conferences?
  4. The Conferences will be held on October 21st and October 22nd, in New Orleans and by Live Video Webcast (and archived if you have a conflict on any of those dates).

    Here are the agendas for the conferences, including a partial list of speakers (note additional speakers may be added). Those that listen to our webcasts know the caliber of our content and that we carefully select our speakers so that practical guidance is the order of the day. The Conferences will be practical and will be critical - so every person involved with drafting proxy disclosures or in the executive pay processes should attend.
     

  5. How much do the Conferences Cost?
  6. Here are our Conference Package Rates. There is one cost for the pair of full-day Conferences. Note that we have priced this Conference Package to encourage the largest possible attendance and members of TheCorporateCounsel.net and CompensationStandards.com can attend at less than half the regular rate! It's not too late to become a member of TheCorporateCounsel.net or CompensationStandards.com to qualify for the member rate – and gain access to all the valuable information on these sites.

    If you need any assistance, please contact us at info@thecorporatecounsel.net or 925.685.5111 (note this is a West Coast phone number, operative between 8 am – 4 pm West Coast time).
     

  7. Why does my company/firm need a Firmwide users license?
  8. With the stakes so high now for those involved with drafting proxy disclosures and establishing pay practices, many companies and law firms are taking advantage of the Firmwide no-risk trial-so that all your outside directors and staff can access the many resources on TheCorporateCounsel.net and CompensationStandards.com. (Even if you have an existing membership to TheCorporateCounsel.net or CompensationStandards.com, you can upgrade to a Firmwide license and enable all your outside directors and staff to access this crucial program; you will receive a credit for any money you have already paid).  
     

  9. If I plan to watch the webcast by video webcast, what type of equipment and connection will I need?
  10. Here's what you'll need to watch the video:

    • You need approximately 600k of continuous incoming bandwidth in order to view a panel through a 500k link.
    • You will need one of the following two "players" to access the video webcast, Windows Media Player or Flash Player (note that the RealPlayer won't work for the Conference). Click here to check whether you already have the Windows Media Player or click here to determine if you have the Flash Player, which also allows you to determine whether you have the proper connectivity or any potential firewall issues.
    • If you don't have one of the players, you need the free Windows Media Player (download here) or the free Flash Player (download here). Please note that after downloading the software, you must install it. Simply downloading the software will not allow access to the archive. Downloading and/or installing the software may require permission from your network administrator.
    • You need approximately 600k of continuous incoming bandwidth in order to view a panel through a 500k or 450k link. If that high level of bandwidth is not available for you, your player will either not open or continuously buffer (ie. freeze). If you experience this type of problem, it is highly recommended that you switch to a 100k link to watch the video.
    • If you are still unable to access the archive, contact your IT department.
       
  11. For how long will I have access to the video/audio archives of the Conferences?
  12. If you register for the Conference, you will have access to the video/audio archives of the Conference until April 30, 2009.
     

  13. What if I can't watch the Conferences because I am too busy that day?
  14. We will be archiving every single minute of the Conferences – so you can go back and watch the Conferences at any time until April 30, 2009.
     

  15. Can I earn continuing education credit for attending the Conference?
  16. It depends on whether you attend in New Orleans or via the nationwide webcast. Lawyers can earn CLE for most states if they attend live – and even earn credit in certain states if they attend live by video webcast. We will be posting a list of the states in which the Conferences are accredited. If you have CLE questions, send them to cle@thecorporatecounsel.net.

    Unfortunately, no CPE credits are available for attending the Conferences. However, directors can earn continuing education credit as this program is accredited by RiskMetrics. To obtain credit, you will just need to let RiskMetrics know which directors attended the Conferences.
     

  17. Can I pay for the Conferences even though I am not a member of TheCorporateCounsel.net or CompensationStandards.com?
  18. Sure. But note that it costs less to pay for both the Conferences and a membership to one of the sites than to pay the non-member conference rates. We believe that nearly all members of TheCorporateCounsel.net and CompensationStandards.com will decide to attend the Conferences.

    You should note that this Conference Package is priced so that it's cheaper than any other comparable conference rate we can find because we value your membership!
     

  19. Do I have to be a member of both TheCorporateCounsel.net and CompensationStandards.com to get the member rate?
  20. You only have to be a member of just TheCorporateCounsel.net or CompensationStandards.com to take advantage of the member rate of $1895 to attend live in New Orleans.

    However, the rate is only $1595 if you are a member of both TheCorporateCounsel.net and CompensationStandards.com .

    The same pricing structure applies if you plan to attend by video webcast only.
     

  21. Can NASPP members take advantage of the special member rate to this Conference Package?
  22. Yes, the NASPP has made a special arrangement so that NASPP members can obtain a single license to these Conferences using the member rates available to TheCorporateCounsel.net or CompensationStandards.com members.

  23. What is the difference between "Tackling Your 2008 Compensation Disclosures: The 3rd Annual Proxy Disclosure Conference" on October 21st and the "5th Annual Executive Compensation Conference" that will be held on October 22nd?
  24. The "Tackling Your 2008 Compensation Disclosures: The 3rd Annual Proxy Disclosure Conference" is a full-day conference that focuses solely on how to implement the SEC's new executive compensation disclosure rules and is a must for anyone involved with drafting or reviewing proxy disclosures.

    In comparison, the "5th Annual Executive Compensation Conference" is an intensive one-day conference that focuses on how to implement responsible executive compensation practices. Although there is some guidance that will be imparted during the "5th Annual Executive Compensation Conference" on how to draft and review proxy compensation disclosures, there also will be guidance provided on a wider variety of practices, such as how to implement tally sheets and what compensation committees should be doing now.
     

  25. Can I pay for just one of the Conferences if I don’t want to attend both?
  26. Unfortunately no. Many members have asked us to simplify our registration processes and this was the most logical thing to do. Note that the price for the combined Conferences is nearly the same as the price for just one of the Conferences last year.
     

  27. Will written transcripts of the panels from the Conferences be made available?
  28. No. However, a video archive of each panel will be available - something that is not available for most other conferences.
     

  29. Can I ask questions before, during or after the Conferences?
  30. Yes, you can post your questions on the Q&A Forums of TheCorporateCounsel.net or CompensationStandards.com at any time. In the alternative, you can e-mail them to broc.romanek@thecorporatecounsel.net.

    However, due to limited available time, the panelists will not be able to answer questions during the Conferences. But they will be helping to answer questions posted in the Q&A Forums.
     

  31. If I attend the Conferences in New Orleans, can I still get access to the video archive of the Conferences?
  32. Yes, when you attend in New Orleans, you still will have access to the archives of the video webcast until April 30, 2009 at no extra cost - this will help you when you are drafting and reviewing your proxy disclosures or setting pay practices.
     

  33. If I already registered for the video webcast of the Conference and now want to attend live in New Orleans, what do I need to do?
  34. Just contact our Headquarters at 925.685.5111 or info@thecorporatecounsel.net and our Staff will apply the money you paid for a single license to the video webcast to the registration rate applicable for New Orleans attendance. Even when you attend in New Orleans, you still will have access to the archives of the video webcast until April 30, 2009, to help you when you are drafting and reviewing your proxy disclosures or setting pay practices.

    Note that if your company/firm paid for a firmwide or unlimited license to the video webcast, you are unable to apply the money paid for those licenses for attendance in New Orleans. Only money paid for a single license in your name can be used to upgrade to a New Orleans registration.
     

  35. If my company/firm paid for a firmwide (or unlimited) license to the video webcast, am I able to apply the money already paid for that license so I can attend in New Orleans?
  36. No. Only money paid for a single license in your name can be used to upgrade to a New Orleans registration. The rationale is that others in your company/firm will still benefit from being able to attend via video webcast, which was priced at very reasonable rates - so a new registration for attending in New Orleans will need to be made in your name.
     

  37. What is your cancellation policy?
  38. Full refunds are available if you notify us before August 1, 2008. A 50% refund is available if you notify us before September 1st. After September 1, 2008 there will be no refunds permitted.

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