Wednesday, March 2, 2011

xtremErisa: Dividend Equivalent Rights and 409A

Discussion Here

"Dividend equivalent rights ("DERs") were specifically addressed in the 162(m) regulations regarding the question of whether the grant thereof in connection with an option grant disqualifies the option from favorable treatment as performance-based compensation. Not a whole lot of fuss was made about it at the time. Now we get DER II, set in 409A-Land, and, just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water (thanks, Jaws II), things get a little scary."