Incentive Compensation

SECOn May 16, 2016, six federal agencies issued a joint release inviting public comment on a proposed rule to prohibit or condition certain incentive-based compensation arrangements. This proposed rule was mandated by section 956 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) and is a revision of the proposed rule the agencies previously published in the Federal Register on April 14, 2011.

As one of the six agencies, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), is seeking to apply the rule to covered institutions with average total consolidated assets greater than or equal to $1 billion that offer incentive-based compensation to covered persons. By its terms, the definition of “covered financial institution” in section 956 of Dodd-Frank includes any institution that meets the definition of “investment adviser” under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the Advisers Act), regardless of whether the institution is registered, or exempted or prohibited from registration, as an investment adviser under the Advisers Act.