As a member of the American Bar Association Business Section and the Founder of Jeremy L. Goldstein and Associates, LLC, Jeremy Goldstein has spent his career gaining intimate knowledge on the ins and outs of corporate governance and executive compensation. In recent years, there has been a building debate between two factions; one that supports the use of pay per performance incentives, and one that is opposed to it. Generally, Earnings per Share incentives are viewed as positive by corporations due to the way that they increase employee performance, yet, because of the competitive nature of stock trading, this type of incentive can be used to create false metrics associated with the company’s goals, driving up the prices of stocks. This is generally viewed as an unethical practice, and in some cases, can be seen as illegal. According to the latest studies regarding pay for performance incentives, companies that utilize this type of incentive more often achieve higher levels of success. Although this is the case, those who oppose pay per performance incentives believe that this only affects the trajectory of a company over the short term. They also believe that Earnings per Share incentives allot high-ranking executives and CEOs too much power over the economic climate of the company, while also allowing them to implement a level of favoritism that negates collective control of the corporation. Because both sides provide valid arguments, instead of doing away with pay per performance incentives, Jeremy Goldstein believes that these corporations should come up with a compromise that allows CEO’s to be held responsible for their actions, while also ensuring that the metrics presented by them properly align with the projected trajectory of the company. If this is implemented, the corporation will be able to attain repeatable and sustainable growth over the long term.
Jeremy Goldstein is the head of Jeremy L. Goldstein and Associates, practicing in New York City. Prior to creating this firm, he was a partner with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, & Katz; a larger firm located in New York City. During his time as a partner with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, & Katz, Mr. Goldstein initiated a career that would see him become involved with many of the most significant corporate transactions of the last decade. He is a graduate of Cornell University and earned his degree in law from New York University School of Law.
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