October 27, 2015

Today: “Tackling Your 2016 Compensation Disclosures – Annual Proxy Disclosure Conference”

Today is the “Tackling Your 2016 Compensation Disclosures: Annual Proxy Disclosure Conference”; tomorrow is the “Say-on-Pay Workshop: 12th Annual Executive Compensation Conference.” 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.

Restatements: Peer Companies Mimic the Errors?!?

Here’s the intro to this blog by Cooley’s Cydney Posner:

No, it’s not from The Onion. According to a study reported on, unless the restating company faces regulatory action or shareholder litigation, the company’s competitors may use its financial restatement as a how-to guide. The study found that, instead of driving peer companies to examine their own financial reporting to see if they need to correct for or prevent the same type of error, the restatement prompts peer companies to imitate the misreporting. The study, which covered the period 1997 through 2008, was conducted by researchers from Rutgers University, Nanyang Business School in Singapore and Columbia University.

More on our “Proxy Season Blog”

We continue to post new items regularly on our “Proxy Season Blog” for members. Members can sign up to get that blog pushed out to them via email whenever there is a new entry by simply inputting their email address on the left side of that blog. Here are some of the latest entries:

– Proxy Advisors: European Group Provides Formal Feedback Process
– Shareholder Proposals: Statements in Support Permitted
– Whether & How to Supplement or Amend Your Proxy Materials
– Member Musings on the SEC’s Proxy Season Punt

Broc Romanek