The Tax Court’s May 3, 2023, decision in ES NPA Holding, LLC v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo 2023‑55), upholding a taxpayer’s position to characterize a partnership interest as a profits interest under the “safe harbor” of IRS Revenue Procedure 93-27 (as clarified by IRS Revenue Procedure 2001-43), provides helpful guidance to issuers of profits interests, including private equity funds and other investment partnerships and their portfolio companies.
Michael J. Album is a partner in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group, and represents companies and compensation committees, private equity firms and hedge funds, and CEOs, senior executives (in numerous business sectors) and portfolio managers on a full range of executive compensation matters. As part of his practice he has represented management teams in numerous management buy-outs (including in the health care, retail and asset management sectors) and has represented “founders” and partners in a variety of businesses on restructuring and “business divorce” matters.
Michael also is a member of the Restrictive Covenants, Trade Secrets & Unfair Competition, which is an interdisciplinary group at Proskauer that represents clients on non-compete, trade secret and intellectual property matters.
Michael has written and spoken extensively in the area of executive compensation. He has contributed to the NCEO publication Selected Issues in Equity Compensation (2019 Edition) and Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst – Global Compensation Study, and his articles on MBO compensation have been featured in two publications (Private Equity Mathematics and Human Capital in Private Equity).
His other articles have appeared in The Business Lawyer, Bloomberg, New York Law Journal, Employment Relations Today, and Venture Capital Review and he has been a featured speaker on executive compensation developments at ALI-ABA, Dow Jones Private Equity and other webinars and seminars.
In addition, Michael has served on the Board of Directors of the Yale Law School Fund, and as co-Chairman of his Reunion Class Campaign for the Yale Law School Fund.
On November 28, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) published the final clawback rules (the “Final Rules”) under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) in the Federal Register.
Now that the Final Rules have been published in the Federal Register, issuers should be aware of the following key…
Twelve years after the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and many years after the Securities and Exchange Commission started considering regulations implementing the clawback provisions of Dodd-Frank, the SEC published the Final “Clawback” Rules (the “Final Rules”) on October 26, 2022. The Final Rules task national securities exchanges (“exchanges”)…
In September 2022, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco delivered remarks unveiling the Department of Justice’s revised corporate crime guidance to “prioritize and prosecute corporate crime.” She reiterated that the number one priority for the DOJ is “individual accountability.” To that end, Monaco emphasized that the DOJ will “reward” companies that claw back compensation from executives…
The SEC’s final rule on Pay Versus Performance becomes effective on October 8, 2022, and will require new executive compensation disclosures for the upcoming proxy season (for annual proxy statements that include executive compensation disclosure for fiscal years ending on or after December 16, 2022). The new rule implements a requirement of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act that public companies disclose “a clear description” of compensation paid to their top executives, including information “showing the relationship between executive compensation actually paid and the financial performance of the issuer.”
“Report cards” may bring to mind evaluating middle school students, not CEOs of multi-billion dollar companies. But over the last decade, some companies have adopted a CEO “self-assessment” for evaluating the performance of CEOs. This approach can take a myriad of forms, ranging from an informal discussion with the CEO to having the CEO prepare…
Terminating a CEO “for cause” requires that the board of directors (“Board”) of the employer focus on two questions – What is the applicable standard for cause? Do the facts and circumstances satisfy this applicable standard?
The consequences of a “for cause” termination can be severe, with the former executive forfeiting equity awards, having to…
In the final episode of a seven-part series for The Proskauer Benefits Brief, partners Michael Album and Josh Miller talk about employment agreements in the context of a management buyout. They go over the key terms and issues that management should focus on when reviewing and negotiating their go-forward employment arrangements, compensation structure, severance protection and restrictive covenants with the buyer following the sale. Tune in and listen for the latest insights on management buyouts.
In this episode of The Proskauer Benefits Brief, partners Michael Album and Josh Miller discuss the incentive equity package that management will be offered in the buyout, including the structure of the incentive pool, vesting, and favorable tax treatment of incentive grants. Tune in and listen for the latest insights and perspective on management buyouts in this sixth of a seven part series.
In this episode of The Proskauer Benefits Brief, partners Michael Album and Josh Miller are back to continue their discussion of the rights that management gets when it “rolls” old equity into new equity in the buyout vehicle and then introduce incentive equity awards for management. Be sure to tune in and listen for the latest on management buyouts in this fifth of a seven part series.