September 30, 2014

Today: “Say-on-Pay Workshop: 11th Annual Executive Compensation Conference”

Today is the “Say-on-Pay Workshop: 11th Annual Executive Compensation Conference”; yesterday was the “Annual Proxy Disclosure Conference” – and the video archive of that Conference is already posted. Note you can still register to watch online by using your credit card and getting an ID/pw kicked out automatically to you without having to interface with our staff. Both Conferences are paired together; two Conferences for the price of one.

How to Attend by Video Webcast: If you are registered to attend online, just go to the home page of or to watch it live or by archive (note that it will take about a day to post the video archives after it’s shown live). A prominent link called “Enter the Conference Here” – on the home pages of those sites – will take you directly to today’s Conference (and on the top of that Conference page, you will select a link matching the video player on your computer: Windows Media or Flash Player). Here are the “Course Materials,” filled with talking points and practice pointers.

Remember to use the ID and password that you received for the Conferences (which may not be your normal ID/password for or If you are experiencing technical problems, follow these webcast troubleshooting tips. Here is today’s conference agenda; times are Pacific.

How to Earn CLE Online: Please read these FAQs about Earning CLE carefully to see if that is possible for you to earn CLE for watching online – and if so, how to accomplish that. Remember you will first need to input your bar number(s) and that you will need to click on the periodic “prompts” all throughout each Conference to earn credit. Both Conferences will be available for CLE credit in all states except for a few – but hours for each state vary; see the CLE list.

ISS: New Policy Survey Results

Yesterday, ISS released its 2014-2015 policy survey results. 21 pages of interesting data (ie. key findings and detailed survey responses). Here’s analysis from Davis Polk’s Ning Chiu…

Today In “Hmmm”: Auditor Dismissed for Finding Internal Control Deficiencies

This Bloomberg article entitled “Munger Likens Auditor to Doctor Prodding Groin to Treat Nose” caught my eye. Charlie Munger is Warren Buffett’s right-hand man who also owns Daily Journal Corp. – and he fired E&Y after the auditor had determined there were flaws in the company’s accounting for acquisitions and deferred tax provisions (here’s the Form 10-K). Don’t like it when the auditor finds internal control deficiencies? Fire the auditor…

– Broc Romanek