Tag Archives: Clawbacks

Thinking About the Wells Fargo Executive Compensation Clawbacks

Wells Fargo’s bogus customer account scandal is back in the news again, most recently because of the bank’s release on Monday of the report of its independent directors’ investigation of the bank’s improper sales practices. The April 10, 2017 report, which the bank posted on its website, makes for some interesting reading. Of particular interest, … Continue Reading

Carrot and Stick: Incentive Compensation and Compensation Clawbacks

One of the recurrent governance proposals to remedy corporate excesses has been the idea of clawing back the compensation paid to company officials who presided over corporate scandals. Both the Sarbanes Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act included provisions mandating compensation clawbacks for corporate executives at companies that restate their financial statements. As Columbia Law … Continue Reading

Controversy Surrounds SEC’s New Proposed Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Clawback Rules

On July 1, 2015, a divided SEC voted 3-2 to propose rules directing the securities exchanges to adopt standards requiring listed companies to adopt policies requiring the companies’ executive officers to pay back incentive-based compensation in the event the company restates its financials for the year in which the compensation was awarded. The proposed rules, … Continue Reading

Fourth Circuit: Guilty Pleas Trigger D&O Policy Exclusion and Insurer’s Right to Seek Recoupment of Previously Paid Defense Expenses

It sometimes comes as a surprise to some policyholders that D&O carriers contend that they have the right to try to recover amounts they have paid as defense expenses if it turns out that coverage for a claim is precluded by a policy exclusion. However, an insurer’s right of defense expense recoupment is by now … Continue Reading

Executive Compensation: Do Clawbacks Lead to Certain Types of Earnings Manipulation?

When Congress enacted stiff executive compensation clawbacks as part of the Dodd-Frank Act, the assumption was that the adoption of these kinds of measures would reduce the number of corporate restatements and increase investor confidence in financial reports. However, a new study focused on companies that have adopted clawback measures suggests that these gains may … Continue Reading

District Court Affirms SEC’s SOX Section 304 Right to Recoup Bonus Compensation from Executives of Companies Restating Financials

In a November 13, 2012 opinion (here), Western District of Texas Judge Sam Sparks has upheld the right of the SEC under Section 304 of Sarbanes Oxley to seek to clawback bonus compensation paid to the CEO and CFO of Arthrocare, after the company restated its prior financial statements., even though the CEO and CFO … Continue Reading

Rep. Frank Introduces Bill to Prohibit Insurance for Compensation Clawbacks and Civil Money Penalties

On May 30, 2012, Representative Barney Frank introduced a bill entitled the “Executive Compensation Clawback Full Enforcement Act” (here) that by its own terms is designed to “prohibit individuals from insurance against possible losses from having to repay illegally-received compensation or from having to repay civil penalties.” The proposed Act’s appears primarily addressed to the … Continue Reading

Sarbanes-Oxley Act Clawbacks and D&O Insurance

The SEC has made it clear that it intends to use Section 304 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to "clawback" compensation from CEOs and CFOs of companies that restate their financial statements, even if the individuals are not alleged to have engaged in any wrongdoing. A recent district court opinion confirms that the statute gives the … Continue Reading

CEO Not Charged With Fraud But SEC Pursues Clawback Anyway

By the SEC’s own account, an enforcement action the SEC initiated on July 22, 2009 represents the first occasion on which it has used the Sarbanes-Oxley Act’s "clawback" provision to recover compensation from an individual not otherwise alleged to have violated the securities laws. While this type of action apparently was contemplated by the statute, … Continue Reading

Restatements, Clawbacks and CFO Career Consequences

If the facts don’t fit, you must remit. That seems to be the view of an increasing number of companies, as they have adopted provisions requiring repayment of executive compensation found to have been based on incorrect financial statements. The concept of compensation clawbacks was actually built into the Sarbanes Oxley Act. Section 304 requires … Continue Reading