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Best Practices & Trends in Compensation Committees

4/30/20: Compensation committees are a critical element in corporate governance, as oversight of compensation matters is one of the key functions of a corporate board of directors. Corporate compensation matters have been an ever-increasing focus of investors, regulators, the press and the public at large. This webinar will explore the role of the compensation committee in corporate governance, the basic duties and responsibilities of compensation committee members, as well as the recent trends and best practices on how to ensure an effective compensation committee. The webinar will also cover various methods of compensation available to the compensation committees, including equity compensation, perquisites and change of control arrangements, and will touch on trends in working with compensation consultants in developing comprehensive compensation programs while achieving corporate goals, as well as issues of directors’ own compensation and liability protections.

Learning Objectives:

  • The role, duties and functions of a compensation committee.

  • Resources and tools available to compensation committee members.

  • Best practices in ensuring effectiveness of a compensation committee.

Speakers Overview:

Julia Vax is a corporate and securities partner at Arnold & Porter in its Silicon Valley office, with more than 20 years of experience advising companies, investors and boards of directors on corporate governance matters, executive compensation, securities laws and capital markets transactions for private and public companies. Her practice focuses on representing companies, primarily in the life sciences and technology sectors, in all aspects of their corporate development and in connection with a broad range of financing and strategic transactions, from formation and early-stage capital raising to publicly traded entities.

Teresa Johnsonis a corporate and finance partner at Arnold & Porter in its San Francisco office. Her practice focuses on acting for lenders and borrowers in a wide variety of commercial credit and finance transactions, project-based finance, asset-based lending, syndicated financings and cross-border transactions, as well as consumer lending, such as peer-to-peer and other non-traditional lending transactions. Her experience also includes advising directors and officers of public and private companies in a broad range of corporate governance matters.

Heather Ashouris based in Arnold & Porter’s Denver office and represents public and private companies, investors, and underwriters in a wide variety of corporate and financial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and public and private offerings of debt and equity securities. Ms. Ashour also provides ongoing advice to clients regarding corporate governance matters, including compliance and disclosure issues arising out of federal securities laws, state corporate law, and stock exchange regulations.


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