life sciences Articles

Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) Are Everywhere, But Are They Right For You?

For more than 10 years, the pendulum of equity compensation strategy has swung firmly in the direction of RSUs and away from stock options. Now it's time to ask a few hard questions: Is this shift in strategy working, and who wins and loses?

Taking Control of Your Company's Executive Compensation Narrative

It might be hard to fathom in a world so often dominated by complex legalese, but taking a proactive, marketing-minded approach to communicating your executive compensation program is increasingly the safest way to travel in a rocky compensation governance landscape.

Long-term Incentives in Biopharma

As the European biotech market continues its revival, more companies are focusing on getting their "compensation house" in order. In this EMEA Market Insights article we examine the factors to consider when evaluating which equity plan is right for your company.

Before Saying Goodbye to Performance Ratings, Consider This

As evidenced by numerous media headlines this year, when it comes to adding or removing performance ratings, there is no right answer. Nevertheless, a growing number of companies are considering a move away from performance ratings and/or ranking. Before taking the plunge at your company, consider these five issues.

Understanding Regional Pay Differences in the UK Life Sciences Sector

Any experienced compensation professional will tell you, selecting the right market for talent (i.e., industry, region, and/or specific comparator group) is usually the first and last step in determining the success or failure of a meaningful compensation assessment. This is particularly true in countries like the UK, which feature global talent hubs like London.

Is Your Equity Plan Ready to Go Public?

In the months leading up to an initial public offering (IPO), technology and life sciences companies often undertake a radical reimagining of their equity compensation programs. This process usually includes the adoption of new equity incentive and employee stock purchase plans.

Adjusting Your Sales Incentive Plan to Keep Up With a Changing Market

The life sciences sector undergoes constant change, particularly in the vast EMEA region where regulatory and market factors are as diverse as they get. In this EMEA Market Insights article we examine how sales compensation models are changing to keep pace with an increasingly complex sales environment.

Sales Compensation Policies for Leaves of Absence

Let's imagine you have a high-performing sales account executive who needs to take an approved leave of absence (LOA); what's the right approach for handling their sales quota and sales credits while they are away? You need a solid policy that's both reasonable and legal.

Decoding Pre- and Post-IPO Equity Overhang Rates

How do you measure the health of an equity compensation program? More importantly, how to do you take such measurements while transitioning from private to public? The answer is overhang, but it comes in many flavors and changes dramatically after an initial public offering (IPO).

Setting an Intelligent Sales Pay Mix Strategy

Setting an appropriate pay mix strategy for your sales compensation plan — the ratio of target total cash compensation that is attributed to base salary vs. target incentives — is a common pain point for growing companies aiming to maintain competitive sales compensation structures. This article explores common pitfalls and steps to take to address issues.

Executive Pay Not Immune to Proposed Tax Reforms

On February 21, 2014, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp introduced a discussion draft/blueprint of legislation (Tax Reform Act of 2014) that would cover a wide range of tax areas. It is very unlikely that all the items in the discussion draft will make their way into legislation, but there are several items in the discussion draft related to executive compensation worth monitoring.

Avoiding a One-Size-Fits-All Equity Strategy

As more and more life sciences companies consider the adoption of full-value share awards and performance-based equity, new Radford research explores how equity strategy shifts by corporate stage of development.

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) Announces Changes to Key Global Corporate Governance Policies

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) has announced several important changes to its US and European policies governing executive compensation. Among other results, these changes could alter future testing outcomes under the CEO pay-for-performance assessment system currently used by ISS.

Proxy Season 2013: A Renewed Focus on Disclosure

A continued focus on key governance issues like pay-for-performance alignment and Say-on-Pay results has dramatically altered the environment in which we all operate, and companies will need to adjust accordingly. With proxy season 2013 arriving, Radford examines the current mix of internal and external issues influencing CD&A disclosure practices.

ISS Releases Updated Industry Burn Rate Cap Tables for 2013

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently released an updated set of industry burn rate caps for 2013. The new caps, effective for shareholder meetings on or after February 1, cover both Russell 3000 and non-Russell 3000 companies in all industries.

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) Clarifies Its New Approach for Selecting Pay-for-Performance Peers

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently announced significant changes to the peer group selection process it uses for CEO pay-for-performance assessments. Typically, an announcement of this nature requires careful and measured consideration. However, in this case, there is an added sense of urgency, as ISS is providing companies with the opportunity to pre-submit their FY 2012 peer group.

Sales Compensation Trends - August 2012

This edition of Radford's Market Insight: August 2012 Sales Compensation Trends looks at the prevalence of car plans and the high voluntary turnover among the sales force.

Selecting the Best Approach for Responding to a Negative Say-on-Pay Recommendation

At the end of June, the SEC released final rules under Section 952 of the Dodd-Frank Act pertaining to Compensation Committee and compensation adviser independence. These new standards will govern the means by which Boards maintain Committee member independence, manage potential conflicts of interests and assess the impartiality of key advisers.

Mobilizing the Right Team to Respond to a Negative Say-on-Pay Recommendation

While there are no shortcuts for avoiding several days of hard work when proxy advisors send bad news your way, responding to their criticism through additional SEC disclosures and direct shareholder engagement can be a focused process if companies mobilize the right forces at the right time in the right manner.

New Legislation Eases the Path to an IPO

When President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law on April 5, his signature set in motion one of the most significant overhauls of the US initial public offering (IPO) system in recent history. With strong bipartisan support, this new bill creates a more streamlined approach for on-ramping companies through the IPO pipeline.

Sales Compensation Challenges - April 2012

Voluntary turnover remains high in the sales force and accurate quota setting is key.

Sales Compensation Challenges - January 2012

As the economic recovery remains slow, structuring incentive plans and accurately measuring performance is key.


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