Equity Compensation and COVID-19

Surrounded by a rapidly-unfolding humanitarian crisis, professionals all over the country — and around the world — are adapting to COVID-19 pandemic conditions. This has put us in uncharted economic territory. Equity compensation is no exception.

Throughout this extraordinary period, we’ll be monitoring new developments and offering our take on what it all means. We’ll also explore actions companies can take as they relate to new and outstanding awards, equity compensation accounting, the proxy, and more. Check back often for updates, and know that — as always — we’re here to help.

Equity Award Modifications in Down Markets

From adjusting the terms of equity held by terminated employees to restoring incentives for key talent, we examine the modifications that are most common during turbulent economic periods.

Daniel Hunninghake, Yudian Tang, and Bradley Hayes · 5/28/2020

Relative Performance Equity Awards—A Port in the Storm?

If economic turbulence has you examining relative performance equity for the first time or giving your existing relative metrics a 50,000-mile checkup, this webcast is for you.

Takis Makridis and Therese Sebastian · 5/13/2020

Keeping Your Share Pool Clean in a Messy Economy

In this webcast, discover share pool conservation and management strategies you can implement immediately.

David Outlaw and Alec Katric · 5/7/2020

Summarizing the CARES Act’s Impact on Executive and Equity Compensation

CARES Act assistance has total compensation limits. Here’s what you need to know—and what we still don’t know—about these limitations.

David Outlaw and Amanda Tan · 4/29/2020

Restoring (Underwater) Compensation Incentives in a Post-Pandemic Economy

Here’s what management teams need to know when weighing potential modifications to outstanding incentive awards—including incentive restoration solutions, implications, and accounting and proxy rules.

Takis Makridis · 4/22/2020

It’s All Relative: A Primer on Implementing Relative Financial Metrics in Your LTIP

The one-two punch from COVID-19 and the March 2020 oil shock is a reminder of why relative metrics belong in virtually every long-term incentive plan.

Takis Makridis, Josh Schaeffer, PhD and David Outlaw · 4/6/2020

The Emerging Impact of COVID-19 on Equity Compensation

Amid the human toll and rising economic uncertainty, COVID-19 is having a profound impact on equity compensation. In this webcast, we examine what it all means and potential actions to take now.

Takis Makridis · 3/27/2020 and 4/2/2020

Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on Performance-Based Compensation

Learn how companies can take COVID-19 into account when setting new performance goals and evaluating progress on outstanding performance awards.

Takis Makridis and Daniel Hunninghake · 3/16/2020

Secular Shocks and Executive Compensation—Lessons from COVID-19

How does COVID-19 make the case for relative performance metrics? Here’s what total rewards leaders and compensation committees can learn.

Takis Makridis and Therese Sebastian · 2/28/2020