Now Publicly Available: SEC’s Executive Compensation Comments and Responses

This post is from Broc Romanek of

For the subset of the 350 companies that were both reviewed by the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance as part of the executive compensation review project and have received one of these “all clear” letters from the Staff, you will soon find the SEC comment letter and the company response posted on the SEC’s EDGAR system. It looks like the Staff hung pretty close to the timeline of “45 days since the Staff started informing companies that they were clear,” which is earliest that the Staff can post letters/responses pursuant to its own policy (which was confirmed in the Staff Observations in the Review of Executive Compensation Disclosure). I just took a cursory swing through the SEC’s database over the weekend and found these:

– Allstate – comment letter and response

– Bristol Myers – comment letter and response

– Berkshire Hathaway – comment letter and response

– Travelers Companies – comment letter and response

There’s about 50 more out there and we’ve posted a more comprehensive list on in a new “SEC Comments” Practice Area. Hopefully, somebody can prove me wrong – but it’s quite challenging to run searches on the SEC’s comment letter database – as well as the third-party providers’ databases – to find these letters. The good ole boolean-type searches don’t seem to work for these particular batch of letters…

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