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Samantha Nussbaum, Consultant, Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc. to Speak at the Knowledge Group’s Webcast

Samantha Nussbaum, Consultant, Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc. to Speak at the Knowledge Group’s Adoption and Implementation Issues of the CEO Pay Ratio Rule: What You Need to Know Live Webcast

New York, NY, January 14, 2016 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Samantha Nussbaum, Consultant, Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc. will speak at the Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “Adoption and Implementation Issues of the CEO Pay Ratio Rule: What You Need to Know Live Webcast.” This event is scheduled February 24, 2016 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm (ET).

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About Samantha Nussbaum
Samantha Nussbaum is a Consultant in the Los Angeles office of Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc. (FW Cook). She has consulted on behalf of small and large private and public companies, compensation committees, and senior management on all aspects of executive compensation.

Samantha’s consulting and legal background includes advising on the following matters: employee benefit and executive compensation in the context of mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, initial public offerings, and on an ongoing advisory basis; executive employment, severance, and change in control agreements; equity incentive plans; deferred compensation; securities laws, including reporting and disclosure; tax-qualified retirement vehicles; and the taxation of employee welfare benefits.

Samantha received a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated summa cum laude. She is a member of the California bar.

About Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc.
FW Cook is a nationally-recognized, independent firm serving corporations by providing expert consulting assistance to develop competitive compensation plans for their executives and key employees. The company is a leading advisor to Board Compensation Committees, with specific expertise in incentive plan design and insight into external trends and developments.

Since 1973, FW Cook has served more than 2,700 clients across a broad range of industries and has achieved market-leading positions among the Dow Jones Industrial, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq 100. In addition, FW Cook serves private firms such as partnerships, ESOPs and pre-IPO companies, foreign companies and tax-exempt organizations, including trusts, foundations and universities. The company focuses on tailoring performance-based compensation programs (salaries, annual incentives, long-term incentives and stock ownership programs) which help companies attract and retain key employees, motivate and reward them for improved performance, and align their interests with shareholders.

FW Cook adds value to clients' compensation programs through an independent viewpoint, distinctive capabilities and a legacy of experience. Services include reviews of total compensation programs, development of new plans to meet client needs and objectives, and assistance in program implementation and communication.

Event Synopsis:

In August 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted the final pay ratio disclosure rules to amend Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). The final rules require companies to disclose the annual total compensation of the CEO; the median of the annual total compensation of all employees, excluding the CEO; and the ratio of the median to the annual total compensation of the CEO.

The final rules will commence within the first fiscal year beginning on or after January 1, 2017. For companies with a calendar fiscal year, the pay ratio disclosure will cover the fiscal year 2017 and will be included and reported in the 2018 Annual Meeting proxy statements. Moreover, specific transition rules applicable to new registrants and companies engaged in business combinations and acquisitions are also included in the final rules.

In a two-hour live Webcast, a seasoned panel of thought leaders and professionals assembled by The Knowledge Group will offer the audience with an in-depth discussion of the fundamentals as well as recent Adoption and Implementation Issues of the SEC’s Final Pay Ratio Rule. The panel will also offer their expert thoughts and opinions on how to best comply with the requirements of the rules.

Key topics include:
- CEO-Pay Ratio Rule - An Overview
- Scope and Exemptions
- Identifying the Median Employee
- Calculating Annual Total Compensation
- Disclosure of Methodology, Assumptions and Estimates
- Requirements of Pay Ratio Rule
- Key Legal Issues and Challenges
- Best Compliance Practices

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