January 25, 2005

SEC Speaks in San Diego

Thanks to Amy Seidel of Faegre & Benson, we have posted notes from Northwestern’s San Diego conference held late last week.

Among the many interesting points made, SEC Chief Accountant Don Nicholaisen stated that on the FASB’s option expensing standard – FAS 123r – the SEC has been asked to provide implementation guidance.

In addition to these comprehensive notes, Faegre & Benson has contributed a number of new resources for the “Proxy Season Resource Center,” including charts for 10-K and proxy statement disclosure controls and this list of accelerated filer deadlines.

And on, we have posted notes from the M&A panel at the San Diego conference.

The Latest on Director Compensation

On, we have been trying to keep the “Director Compensation” Practice Area up-to-date with survey data. And this interesting interview with Paul Hodgson on Director Compensation Database should help those grappling with director pay levels too.

Also, on, we have a “Director Compensation” Practice Area devoted to disclosure about director pay.

A Tribute to My Grandma

I will be working remotely the remainder of the week, as I attend the funeral of my 96 year-old grandma in Jacksonville. A woman with boundless energy – sneaking into Cuba purely to go dancing when she was in her 70s – Grandma’s passion was family, with 11 children of her own. She loved to recite the number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren she had; both numbering over 100. Now that is “old school” living and a full life!

From there, I am off to Orlando to speak at the ASCS’ Annual Essentials conference. By the way, the ASCS has officially changed its name to the “Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals,” also known as the “Society.”