Ms. Wissel is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Executive Compensation Group. [Full Bio]

U.S. federal banking regulators plan to revive efforts to regulate financial institution incentive compensation, as required under Section 956 of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Dodd-Frank Act).  The Wall Street Journal reports that the current effort is in its “early stages” and is being
Continue Reading Bank Pay Rules May Be Resurrected

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in a 2-1 decision, vacated the DOL fiduciary rule in its entirety.  The lawsuit was brought by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, SIFMA and a number of other business groups to challenge the validity of the fiduciary rule,
Continue Reading DOL Fiduciary Rule on Life Support

As expected, the DOL has officially delayed the applicability date of the full requirements of the Best Interest Contract (BIC) Exemption, Principal Transactions Exemption and PTE 84-24 by 18 months, from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019.  Our post from earlier this year described which requirements of these exemptions
Continue Reading Delay of Full Applicability Date of Exemptions Related to Fiduciary Rule Now Official

On September 21, 201, the SEC issued guidance to assist companies in their efforts to comply with the pay ratio disclosure requirement mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act. Overall, the guidance should come as a relief to many companies.

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Continue Reading Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule: The SEC’s Latest Guidance Should Ease Compliance Costs for Companies

As a follow-up to our prior post, the OMB has approved the DOL’s proposal to delay the full applicability date of the exemptions related to the fiduciary rule and shortly thereafter the DOL has issued a proposed rule that would further delay the applicability date of the currently-delayed requirements
Continue Reading DOL Confirms Plan to Delay Full Applicability Date of Exemptions Related to Fiduciary Rule

Last Thursday evening, the DOL issued a Request for Information (RFI) on the fiduciary rule and related exemptions.  While financial institutions and other service providers to retirement investors have been living under the fiduciary rule since June 9, many of them still take comfort in the fact that the more
Continue Reading RFI from DOL Signals More Uncertainty in the Future of Fiduciary Rule

As expected, the DOL has officially delayed the applicability date of the fiduciary rule to June 9, 2017 (the rule was originally scheduled to become applicable on April 10, 2017). In a surprising move, rather than extend the entire rule for a longer period or set the stage for further
Continue Reading DOL Fiduciary Rule: Officially Delayed for Now, with More to Come

The DOL’s proposal, published today, seeks to delay the applicability date of the fiduciary rule for 60 days and solicits comments on the rule’s impact on the financial services industry. In effect, starting today, the DOL will be running two parallel rulemaking processes: one expedited process to finalize
Continue Reading DOL Proposes 60-Day Delay of Fiduciary Rule Applicability

Yesterday afternoon, President Trump issued a memorandum directing the DOL to review the fiduciary rule it released last April that expanded the definition of an investment advice fiduciary with respect to retirement investors. The fiduciary rule became effective on June 7, 2016, but the requirements under the rule would not
Continue Reading What’s Next for the DOL Fiduciary Rule?

With President-elect Donald Trump’s transition underway, speculation has been rife as to the impact of his Administration and a Republican-controlled Congress on a variety of issues, including executive compensation.  While one might assume that all of the recent executive compensation rules mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, such as the pay
Continue Reading Predictions on Possible Changes to and Timing of the Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Provisions