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Corporate Governance and Equity Compensation

From Our Equity Compensation Webinar Series

Each one-hour Webinar features an experienced authority in the field and discusses a requested topic.

This replay was recorded on October 12, 2011.

About This Meeting

This presentation will provide a discussion about corporate formation, basic corporate entity types, stock creation and corporate governance, including what information the stock administrator requires to set up and manage the equity compensation database, the role of the board in maintaining the corporate veil, how equity compensation is handled between the board/the company/the shareholders, what information needs to be in board authorizations in order for the administrator to properly do the job. 

This Webinar has already taken place. It is available as a free replay in the members-only area of this site.


Achaessa James, CEP, Product Manager, National Center for Employee Ownership - Achaessa directs the NCEO's broad-based equity compensation projects, writes on current regulatory and administrative issues, and advises NCEO members on equity compensation planning. Achaessa has designed and delivered equity administration and corporate governance education programs to attorneys, paralegals, and accounting staff. As part of her staff functions at the NCEO, she works with companies on a preliminary basis to review legal, accounting, tax, and other issues relating to all forms of equity compensation, as well as matters concerning plan design, administrative setup, and training programs. She also maintains an active consulting practice outside the NCEO to provide longer-term administrative, audit, and corporate transaction support for private companies. Achaessa is a Certified Equity Professional through the CEP Institute at Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business. She has worked in the venture capital and start-up community since 1999, supporting private stock placement transactions, IPO registrations, and administering non-public and micro-cap company equity compensation plans for companies such as,, Jones Soda, and Telegent Systems.

Daren Nitz, Attorney, Vandeberg Johnson & Gandara - Daren is a partner at Vandeberg Johnson & Gandara, LLP, where he focuses on representing emerging growth companies in corporate transactions (including mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances); debt and equity offerings (including venture and strategic investments); software and IP licensing, acquisition and joint venturing; corporate governance and planning; and as outside general counsel. Daren received a BS (Economics), MBA (Finance) and MS (Economics) from Arizona State University and his JD from the University of Southern California. He has taught at the University of Washington Law School, and has spoken on corporate governance, business ethics and corporate transaction issues at a number of CLEs. He is a member of the Corporate Act Revision Committee of the Business Law Section of the WSBA, and the past Chair of the Business Law Section. Daren was admitted to the California bar in 1990 and the Washington bar in 1996.