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UNITED STATES

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Transocean Ltd.

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March 18, 2016

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Letter to Shareholders

Our 2015 financial results exceeded both internal and external expectations, and were the direct result of our continued commitment to operational excellence, and our heightened focus around organizational and operational efficiency. While we are pleased with our 2015 performance, we enter 2016 facing an extremely challenging environment. Oil prices have fallen to levels not seen in more than a decade, driven primarily by global concerns around supply and demand imbalances. As a result, our customers continue to significantly curtail both their exploration and development activities, resulting in a limited number of near-term offshore drilling prospects. In response, we are taking the necessary steps to maintain our market leadership position through this downturn, and position ourselves to emerge even stronger and leaner when the recovery occurs.

 

We are in a solid position financially. We will continue generating operating cash flow from our market leading $15.5 billion backlog as of February 11, 2016, which is backed by strong contracts, and primarily comprised of investment grade customers. Additionally, with over $2 billion of cash as we enter 2016, and an undrawn, unsecured revolving credit facility of $3 billion, we have sufficient liquidity to fulfill our existing commitments, with optionality to evaluate and potentially pursue value-enhancing transactions, which could materialize in the current market.

 

We continue to high-grade our fleet. We have recently added two new ultra-deepwater drillships, the Deepwater Thalassa, and the Deepwater Proteus, to our fleet of world-class assets. Both of these rigs have firm 10-year contracts with Shell. Additionally, we will add a third ultra-deepwater drillship, the Deepwater Conqueror, to our fleet later in the year that will commence a five-year contract with Chevron. While welcoming these new high-specification rigs into our fleet, we will continue to objectively evaluate the capability and marketability of our existing fleet. For those assets that do not support our objective of operating the most competitive assets in the industry, we will remove them from the fleet, and recycle them in accordance with existing regulations and Transocean’s best practices. And, for those assets that are integral to our future portfolio, but are not currently contracted, we will continue to stack them in a way that reduces costs, but allows for timely and cost-effective re-activation when market demand returns.

 

We continue to execute our commercial and operational strategy, which includes supporting our customers in the delivery of safer and more efficient offshore well solutions. In 2015, we continued to drive year-over-year improvements in our safety performance, rig uptime and revenue efficiency. In fact, we have become sufficiently confident in the quality and consistency of our performance that we are entering into incentivized contracts that align us with our customers’ objectives, and reward us for delivering safer, faster, and more cost-effective wells. Our customers are responding favorably to our performance and our commercial model and have awarded us several new contracts in this highly competitive market. Our ability to continue to perform to these elevated expectations ultimately enhances our market position and shareholder value.

 

We continue to define and implement innovative plans to remove cost from our business, while improving our operating performance. In 2015, we outperformed our internal targets and expectations for critical operating metrics, while meaningfully reducing our cost structure. As we have rationalized our fleet, and re-focused our operations on the deepwater markets and other areas that require high-specification assets and capabilities, we have respectively right-sized our support, and streamlined our processes, removing considerable shore-based costs. We also continue to realize opportunities to more efficiently maintain our equipment, manage shipyard projects, stack uncontracted assets and recycle less marketable assets.

 

Although this market is the most challenging that we have seen in 30 years, we believe that the cyclical nature of this industry will ultimately bring forth a recovery that will drive incremental demand for our industry-leading assets and services. Until that time, we will continue to enhance our position by cultivating strong customer relationships, introducing innovative new commercial models that are more aligned with our customers’ objectives, consistently delivering safer and more efficient campaigns, continuing to streamline our business, and leveraging the strength of our


 

balance sheet to capitalize on strategic opportunities as and when appropriate. 

 

We want to thank you, our shareholders, on behalf of our entire team at Transocean, and let you know your trust in our ability to run this great company is both appreciated and well-placed.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

GRAPHIC

GRAPHIC

Merrill A. “Pete” Miller, Jr.

Jeremy D. Thigpen

Chairman of the Board of Directors

President and Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

Notice to Shareholders 

ii

Proxy Statement Summary 

iv

Invitation to 2016 Annual General Meeting of Transocean Ltd. 

vi

Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials 

xii

Information About the Meeting and Voting 

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Agenda Item 1. Approval of the 2015 Annual Report, Including the Audited Consolidated Financial Statements of Transocean Ltd. for Fiscal Year 2015 and the Audited Statutory Financial Statements of Transocean Ltd. for Fiscal Year 2015 

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Agenda Item 2. Discharge of the Members of the Board of Directors and the Executive Management Team from Liability for Activities During Fiscal Year 2015 

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Agenda Item 3. Appropriation of the Accumulated Loss for Fiscal Year 2015 

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Agenda Item 4. Renewal of Authorized Share Capital 

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Agenda Item 5. Reelection of 11 Directors, Each for a Term Extending Until Completion of the Next Annual General Meeting 

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Agenda Item 6. Election of the Chairman of the Board of Directors for a Term Extending Until Completion of the Next Annual General Meeting 

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Agenda Item 7. Election of the Members of the Compensation Committee, Each for a Term Extending Until Completion of the Next Annual General Meeting 

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Agenda Item 8. Reelection of the Independent Proxy for a Term Extending Until Completion of the Next Annual General Meeting 

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Agenda Item 9. Appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Companys Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm for Fiscal Year 2016 and Reelection of Ernst & Young Ltd, Zurich, as the Companys Auditor for a Further One‑Year Term 

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Agenda Item 10. Advisory Vote to Approve Named Executive Officer Compensation 

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Agenda Item 11. Prospective Votes on the Maximum Compensation of the Board of Directors and the Executive Management Team 

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Corporate Governance 

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Board Meetings and Committees 

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2015 Director Compensation 

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Audit Committee Report 

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Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners 

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Security Ownership of Directors and Executive Officers 

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Compensation Discussion and Analysis 

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Compensation Committee Report 

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Executive Compensation 

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Equity Compensation Plan Information 

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Other Matters 

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Annex A—Proposed Shareholder Resolution 

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NOTICE TO SHAREHOLDERS

March 18, 2016

Dear Shareholder:

The 2016 annual general meeting of the shareholders (the 2016 Annual General Meeting) of Transocean Ltd. (the Company) will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 5:00 p.m., Swiss Time, at the Lorzensaal Cham, Dorfplatz 3, CH‑6330 Cham, Switzerland. Information regarding the matters to be acted upon at the meeting is set forth in the attached invitation to the 2016 Annual General Meeting and the proxy statement, which is available at www.deepwater.com/investor‑relations/financial‑reports.

At the 2016 Annual General Meeting, we will ask you to vote on the following items:

 

 

 

Agenda
Item

Description

Board of Directors
Recommendation

Approval of the 2015 Annual Report, Including the Audited Consolidated Financial Statements of Transocean Ltd. for Fiscal Year 2015 and the Audited Statutory Financial Statements of Transocean Ltd. for Fiscal Year 2015

FOR

Discharge of the Members of the Board of Directors and Executive Management Team from Liability for Activities During Fiscal Year 2015

FOR

Appropriation of the Accumulated Loss for Fiscal Year 2015

FOR

Renewal of Authorized Share Capital

FOR

Reelection of 11 Directors, Each for a Term Extending Until Completion of the Next Annual General Meeting

FOR

Election of the Chairman of the Board of Directors for a Term Extending Until Completion of the Next Annual General Meeting

FOR

Election of the Members of the Compensation Committee, Each for a Term Extending Until Completion of the Next Annual General Meeting

FOR

Reelection of the Independent Proxy for a Term Extending Until Completion of the Next Annual General Meeting

FOR

Appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Companys Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm for Fiscal Year 2016 and Reelection of Ernst & Young Ltd, Zurich, as the Companys Auditor for a Further One‑Year Term

FOR

10 

Advisory Vote to Approve Named Executive Officer Compensation

FOR

11 

Prospective Votes on the Maximum Compensation of the Board of Directors and the Executive Management Team

FOR

It is important that your shares be represented and voted at the meeting, whether you plan to attend or not. If you are a shareholder registered in our share register, you may submit voting instructions electronically over the Internet, or, if you request that the proxy materials be mailed to you, by completing, signing and returning the proxy card enclosed with those materials. If you hold your shares in the name of a bank, broker or other nominee, please follow the instructions provided by your bank, broker or nominee for submitting voting instructions, including whether you may submit voting instructions by mail, telephone or over the Internet.

Under rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), we have elected to provide access to our proxy materials over the Internet. Accordingly, we are sending a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (the Notice) to our shareholders as of the close of business on March 18, 2016. All shareholders will have the ability to access the proxy materials on the website referred to in the Notice or to request to receive a printed set of the proxy materials. Instructions on how to access the proxy materials over the Internet or to request a printed copy may be found in the Notice. The Notice also instructs you on how you may submit your proxy over the Internet or via mail. If you receive the Notice, you will not

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receive a printed copy of the proxy materials unless you request one in the manner set forth in the Notice or as otherwise described in the proxy statement.

A copy of the proxy materials, including a proxy card or voting instruction form, will also be sent to any additional shareholders who are registered in our share register as shareholders with voting rights, or who become beneficial owners through a nominee registered in our share register as a shareholder with voting rights, as of the close of business on April 25, 2016, and who were not registered as of March 18, 2016. The proxy statement is first being mailed to shareholders on or about March 25, 2016.

A note to Swiss and other European investors: Transocean Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, has issued registered shares and trades on the New York Stock Exchange and, as of the date of this proxy statement, the SIX Swiss Exchange; however, unlike some Swiss incorporated or SIX Swiss Exchange‑listed companies, share blocking and re‑registration are not requirements for any shares of Transocean Ltd. to be voted at the meeting, and all shares may be traded after the record date.

Thank you in advance for your vote.

 

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

GRAPHIC

 

 

   GRAPHIC

 

Merrill A. Pete Miller, Jr.

Chairman of the Board of Directors

 

Jeremy D. Thigpen
President and Chief Executive Officer

 

 

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Proxy Statement Summary

2016 Annual General Meeting Details

 

 

Date:

Thursday, May 12,  2016

Time:

5:00 p.m., Swiss Time

Place:

Lorzensaal Cham, Dorfplatz 3, CH‑6330 Cham, Switzerland

Record Date:

April 25, 2016

Voting:

Shareholders registered in our share register on the record date have the right to attend the 2016 Annual General Meeting and vote their shares. Such shareholders may designate proxies to vote their shares by submitting their proxy electronically over the Internet, or, if they request that the proxy materials be mailed to them, by completing, signing and returning the proxy card enclosed with those materials. Please review the voting instructions in the proxy statement for each of these methods. Shareholders who hold their shares in the name of a bank, broker or other nominee should follow the instructions provided by their bank, broker or nominee for voting their shares, including whether they may submit voting instructions by mail, telephone or over the Internet.

Shareholders who wish to attend and vote at the meeting in person are required to present either the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, or any proxy card that is sent to them, or, if they hold their shares in the name of a bank, broker or other nominee, a legal proxy issued by their bank, broker or other nominee in their name, each with proof of identification.

Materials:

Our proxy statement and 2015 Annual Report are available at: http://www.deepwater.com/investor‑relations/financial‑reports.

Nominees to the Board of Directors

We are asking you to vote FOR all of the director nominees listed below. During 2015, each of the current directors attended at least 80% of the Board of Directors meetings and committee meetings held by committees on which he or she served during his or her elected term. Detailed information regarding these individuals is provided under Agenda Item 5:

 

 

 

Independent*

Directors for Reelection

 

Glyn A. Barker

Vanessa C.L. Chang

Frederico F. Curado

Chadwick C. Deaton

Vincent J. Intrieri

Martin B. McNamara

Samuel J. Merksamer

Merrill A. Pete Miller, Jr.

Edward R. Muller

Tan Ek Kia

Jeremy D. Thigpen

 


*As determined by the Board of Directors in accordance with applicable rules and regulations.

Swiss Minder Ordinance

Under the Swiss Ordinance Against Excessive Compensation At Public Companies (the Minder Ordinance) and our Articles of Association, the authority to elect the Chairman of the Board of Directors and the members of the Compensation Committee is vested in the general meeting of shareholders. The Board of Directors recommends that you elect Merrill A. Pete Miller, Jr. as Chairman of the Board of Directors (Agenda Item 6) and Frederico F. Curado, Vincent J. Intrieri, Martin B. McNamara and Tan Ek Kia as members of the Compensation Committee (Agenda Item 7) to serve

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until completion of the 2017 Annual General Meeting. Note that under the Minder Ordinance and our Articles of Association, if any of these individuals were to resign or there were vacancies in the office of the Chairman or the Compensation Committee for other reasons, the Board of Directors would have the authority to replace him or her with another member of the Board of Directors for a term expiring at the next Annual General Meeting.

Pursuant to the Minder Ordinance, the Company is no longer permitted to appoint a corporate representative to act as the proxy for purposes of voting at the 2016 Annual General Meeting. Swiss companies may only appoint an independent proxy for these purposes. At the 2015 Annual General Meeting, shareholders elected Schweiger Advokatur / Notariat to serve as our independent proxy for the 2016 Annual General Meeting. Agenda Item 8 asks that you again elect this firm to act as the independent proxy for the 2017 Annual General Meeting and any extraordinary general meeting of shareholders of the Company that may be held prior to the 2017 Annual General Meeting. 

The Minder Ordinance and our Articles of Association also require that shareholders ratify the maximum aggregate amount of compensation of the Board of Directors for the period between the 2016 Annual General Meeting and the 2017 Annual General Meeting (Agenda Item 11A) and the maximum aggregate amount of compensation of the Executive Management Team for fiscal year 2017 (Agenda Item 11B). The shareholder vote is binding.

Features of Executive Compensation Program

Our executive compensation program reflects a commitment to retain and attract highly qualified executives. The elements of our program are designed to motivate our executives to achieve our overall business objectives and create sustainable shareholder value in a cost‑effective manner and reward executives for achieving superior financial, safety and operational performance, each of which is important to the long‑term success of the Company. We believe our executive compensation program includes key features that align the interests of our executives with those of our shareholders and does not include features that could misalign those interests. 

 

 

 

What We Do

What We Dont Do

Conduct an annual review of our compensation strategy, including a review of our compensation‑related risk profile

X

Allow our executives to hedge, sell short or hold derivative instruments tied to our shares (other than options issued by us)

Mandate meaningful share ownership requirements for our executives

X

Allow our executives or directors to pledge Company shares

Maintain a claw‑back policy that allows for the forfeiture, recovery or adjustment of incentive compensation paid to executives due to a material misstatement of financial results

X

Have pre-arranged individual severance agreements or special change-in-control compensation agreements with any Executive Officers; however, subject to the limitations under the Minder Ordinance pursuant to which severance cannot be paid to members of our Executive Management Team, our executives are eligible for severance and change-in-control provisions pursuant to our policies

Base incentive payments on quantitative metrics

X

Maintain single-trigger change-in-control provisions or change-in-control gross-ups

Maintain compensation plans designed to align our executive compensation program with long-term shareholder interests

X

Guarantee salary increases, non-performance based bonuses or unrestricted equity compensation

Link long-term incentive compensation to both relative and absolute performance metrics

X

Provide any payments or reimbursements for tax equalization

Deliver one-half (50%) of long-term incentives in performance-based equity awards

X

Pay dividend equivalents on performance share units that have not been earned

Retain an independent consultant that does not perform any services for management (i.e., retained by and reporting to our Compensation Committee)

 

 

 

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INVITATION TO 2016 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF TRANSOCEAN LTD.

 

Thursday, May 12,  2016

5:00 p.m., Swiss Time,

at the Lorzensaal Cham, Dorfplatz 3,

CH‑6330 Cham, Switzerland

Agenda Items

(1)Approval of the 2015 Annual Report, Including the Audited Consolidated Financial Statements of Transocean Ltd. for Fiscal Year 2015 and the Audited Statutory Financial Statements of Transocean Ltd. for Fiscal Year 2015.

Proposal of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors proposes that the 2015 Annual Report, including the audited consolidated financial statements for the calendar year ending December 31 (fiscal year)  2015, and the audited statutory financial statements for fiscal year 2015, be approved.

Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR this proposal number 1.

(2)Discharge of the Members of the Board of Directors and the Executive Management Team from Liability for Activities During Fiscal Year 2015.

Proposal of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors proposes that the members of the Board of Directors and Messrs. Jeremy D. Thigpen,  Mark Mey,  John B. Stobart, Ian C. Strachan, Steven L. Newman and Esa Ikaheimonen, who served as members of our Executive Management Team in 2015, be discharged from liability for activities during fiscal year 2015. 

Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR this proposal number 2.

(3)Appropriation of Accumulated Loss for Fiscal Year 2015.

Proposal of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors proposes that the accumulated loss of the Company be carried forward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

in CHF
thousands

 

Balance brought forward from previous years

 

(5,361,577)

 

Net loss of the year

 

(3,321,416)

 

Total accumulated loss

 

(8,682,993)

 

Appropriation of accumulated loss

 

 

 

Balance to be carried forward on this account

 

(8,682,993)

 

Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR this proposal number 3.

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(4)Renewal of Authorized Share Capital. 

Proposal of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors proposes that its authority to issue shares out of the Companys authorized share capital be renewed for a two-year period, expiring on May 12, 2018. Pursuant to the proposal, the Board of Directors authority to issue new shares in one or several steps will be limited to a maximum of 22,258,043 shares, or approximately 6% of the Companys share capital currently recorded in the Commercial Register of the Canton of Zug. The Board of Directors does not currently have plans to issue shares under this authorization. The proposed amendments to the Companys Articles of Association are included in Annex A.

Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR this proposal number 4.

(5)Reelection of 11 Directors, Each for a Term Extending Until Completion of the Next Annual General Meeting.

Proposal of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors proposes that the following 11 candidates be reelected to the Board of Directors, each for a term extending until completion of the next Annual General Meeting.

 

 

5A

Reelection of Glyn A. Barker as a director.

5B

Reelection of Vanessa C.L. Chang as a director.

5C

Reelection of Frederico F. Curado as a director.

5D

Reelection of Chadwick C. Deaton as a director.

5E

Reelection of Vincent J. Intrieri as a director.

5F

Reelection of Martin B. McNamara as a director.

5G

Reelection of Samuel J. Merksamer as a director.

5H

Reelection of Merrill A. Pete Miller, Jr. as a director.

5I

Reelection of Edward R. Muller as a director.

5J

Reelection of Tan Ek Kia as a director.

5K

Reelection of Jeremy D. Thigpen as a director.

Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR the reelection of each of these nominees to the Board of Directors.

(6)Election of the Chairman of the Board of Directors for a Term Extending Until Completion of the Next Annual General Meeting.

Proposal of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors proposes that Merrill A. Pete Miller, Jr. be elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for a term extending until completion of the next Annual General Meeting.

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Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR this proposal number 6.

(7)Election of the Members of the Compensation Committee, Each for a Term Extending Until Completion of the Next Annual General Meeting.

Proposal of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors proposes that the following candidates for reelection to the Board of Directors be elected as members of the Compensation Committee, each for a term extending until completion of the next Annual General Meeting:

 

 

7A

Election of Frederico F. Curado as a member of the Compensation Committee.

7B

Election of Vincent J. Intrieri as a member of the Compensation Committee.

7C

Election of Martin B. McNamara as a member of the Compensation Committee.

7D

Election of Tan Ek Kia as a member of the Compensation Committee.

Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR the election of each of these nominees as members of the Compensation Committee.

(8)Reelection of the Independent Proxy for a Term Extending Until Completion of the Next Annual General Meeting.

Proposal of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors proposes that Schweiger Advokatur / Notariat be reelected to serve as independent proxy at (and until completion of) the 2017 Annual General Meeting and at any extraordinary general meeting of shareholders of the Company that may be held prior to the 2017 Annual General Meeting.

Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR this proposal number 8.

(9)Appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Companys Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm for Fiscal Year 2016 and Reelection of Ernst & Young Ltd, Zurich, as the Companys Auditor for a Further One‑Year Term.

Proposal of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors proposes that Ernst & Young LLP be appointed as the Companys independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year 2016 and that Ernst & Young Ltd, Zurich, be reelected as the Companys auditor pursuant to the Swiss Code of Obligations for a further one‑year term, commencing on the date of the 2016 Annual General Meeting and terminating on the date of the 2017 Annual General Meeting.

Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR this proposal number 9.

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(10)Advisory Vote to Approve Named Executive Officer Compensation for Fiscal Year 2015.

Proposal of the Board of Directors

Pursuant to Section 14A of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), shareholders are entitled to cast an advisory vote on the Companys executive compensation program for the Companys Named Executive Officers. Detailed information regarding the Companys compensation program for its Named Executive Officers is set forth in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the accompanying compensation tables and the related narrative disclosure in this proxy statement. The Board of Directors believes the Companys compensation program is designed to reward performance that creates long‑term value for the Companys shareholders and has proposed the following resolution to provide shareholders with the opportunity to endorse or not endorse the Companys Named Executive Officer compensation program by voting on the below resolution:

RESOLVED, that the compensation of the Companys Named Executive Officers, as disclosed pursuant to the compensation disclosure rules of the SEC, including the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the compensation tables and the related narrative disclosure in the proxy statement for the Companys  2016 Annual General Meeting is hereby APPROVED.

Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR this proposal number 10.

(11)Prospective Vote on the Maximum Compensation of the Board of Directors and the Executive Management Team.

11ARatification of the Maximum Aggregate Amount of Compensation of the Board of Directors for the Period Between the 2016 Annual General Meeting and the 2017 Annual General Meeting.

Proposal of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors proposes that the shareholders ratify an amount of $4,121,000 as the maximum aggregate amount of compensation of the Board of Directors for the period between the 2016 Annual General Meeting and the 2017 Annual General Meeting.

Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR this proposal number 11A.

 

11BRatification of the Maximum Aggregate Amount of Compensation of the Executive Management Team for Fiscal Year 2017.

Proposal of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors proposes that the shareholders ratify an amount of $29,617,000 as the maximum aggregate amount of compensation of the Executive Management Team for fiscal year 2017.

Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR this proposal number 11B.

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Organizational Matters

A copy of the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials has been sent to each shareholder registered in Transocean Ltd.s share register as of the close of business on March 18, 2016. Any additional shareholders who are registered in Transocean Ltd.s share register as of the close of business on April 25,  2016, will receive a copy of the proxy materials, including a proxy card, after April 25,  2016. Shareholders not registered in Transocean Ltd.s share register as of April 25,  2016, will not be entitled to attend, vote or grant proxies to vote at the 2016 Annual General Meeting.

While no shareholder will be entered in Transocean Ltd.s share register as a shareholder with voting rights between the close of business on April 25,  2016, and the opening of business on the day following the 2016 Annual General Meeting, share blocking and re‑registration are not requirements for any shares of Transocean Ltd. to be voted at the meeting, and all shares may be traded after the record date. Computershare, which maintains Transocean Ltd.s share register, will continue to register transfers of Transocean Ltd. shares in the share register in its capacity as transfer agent during this period.

Shareholders registered in Transocean Ltd.s share register as of April 25, 2016, have the right to attend the 2016 Annual General Meeting and vote their shares (in person or by proxy), or may grant a proxy to vote on each of the proposals in this invitation and any modification to any agenda item or proposal identified in this invitation or other matter on which voting is permissible under Swiss law and which is properly presented at the 2016 Annual General Meeting for consideration. Such shareholders may designate proxies to vote their shares electronically over the Internet or, if they request that the proxy materials be mailed to them, by completing, signing and returning the proxy card enclosed with those materials at the 2016 Annual General Meeting. Even if you plan to attend the 2016 Annual General Meeting, we encourage you to submit your voting instructions prior to the meeting.

We urge you to submit your voting instructions electronically over the Internet or return the proxy card as soon as possible. All electronic voting instructions or proxy cards must be received no later than 8:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (2:00 p.m. Swiss Time), on Thursday, May 12, 2016.

If you have timely submitted electronic voting instructions or a properly executed proxy card, your shares will be voted by the independent proxy in accordance with your instructions. Holders of shares who have timely submitted their proxy but have not specifically indicated how to vote their shares instruct the independent proxy to vote in accordance with the recommendations of the Board of Directors with regard to the items listed in the notice of meeting. If any modifications to agenda items or proposals identified in this invitation or other matters on which voting is permissible under Swiss law are properly presented at the 2016 Annual General Meeting for consideration, you instruct the independent proxy, in the absence of other specific instructions, to vote in accordance with the recommendations of the Board of Directors.

As of the date of this proxy statement, the Board of Directors is not aware of any such modifications or other matters proposed to come before the 2016 Annual General Meeting.

Shareholders who hold their shares in the name of a bank, broker or other nominee should follow the instructions provided by their bank, broker or nominee for voting their shares, including whether they may submit voting instructions by mail, telephone or over the Internet.

Shareholders may grant proxies to any third party. Such third parties need not be shareholders.

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Directions to the 2016 Annual General Meeting can be obtained by contacting our Corporate Secretary at our registered office, Turmstrasse 30, CH‑6300 Zug, Switzerland, telephone number +41 (41) 749 0500, or Investor Relations at our offices in the United States, at 4 Greenway Plaza, Houston, TX, USA 77046, telephone number +1 (713) 232‑7500. If you plan to attend and vote at the 2016 Annual General Meeting in person, you are required to present either the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials or any proxy card that is sent to you, together with proof of identification, or, if you own shares held in the name of a bank, broker or other nominee, a legal proxy issued by your bank, broker or other nominee in your name, together with proof of identification. If you plan to attend the 2016 Annual General Meeting in person, we urge you to arrive at the meeting location no later than 4:00 p.m., Swiss time on Thursday, May 12,  2016. In order to determine attendance correctly, any shareholder leaving the 2016 Annual General Meeting early or temporarily, will be requested to present such shareholders admission card upon exit.

Annual Report, Consolidated Financial Statements, Statutory Financial Statements

A copy of the 2015 Annual Report (including the consolidated financial statements for fiscal year 2015, the statutory financial statements of Transocean Ltd. for fiscal year 2015 and the audit reports on such consolidated and statutory financial statements) and the 2015 Compensation Report is available for physical inspection at Transocean Ltd.s registered office, Turmstrasse 30, CH‑6300 Zug, Switzerland. Copies of these materials may be obtained without charge by contacting our Corporate Secretary at our registered office, Turmstrasse 30, CH‑6300 Zug, Switzerland, telephone number +41 (41) 749 0500, or Investor Relations at our offices in the United States, at 4 Greenway Plaza, Houston, TX, USA 77046, telephone number +1 (713) 232-7500.

 

 

On behalf of the Board of Directors,

 

 

 

GRAPHIC

 

Merrill A. Pete Miller, Jr.
Chairman of the Board of Directors

 

Steinhausen, Switzerland

March 18, 2016

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YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT

You may designate a  proxy to vote your shares by submitting your voting instructions electronically over the Internet or, if you requested a printed copy of the proxy materials, by completing, signing and returning by mail the proxy card you will receive in response to your request. Please review the instructions in the Notice of Internet Availability and the proxy statement.

Shareholders who hold their shares in the name of a bank, broker or other nominee should follow the instructions provided by their bank, broker or nominee for voting their shares, including whether they may submit voting instructions by mail, telephone or over the Internet.

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS FOR THE

2016 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TO BE HELD ON MAY 12,  2016.

Our proxy statement and 2015 Annual Report are available at

www.proxyvote.com

 

 

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PROXY STATEMENT

FOR 2016 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS OF TRANSOCEAN LTD.

MAY 12,  2016

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE MEETING AND VOTING

This proxy statement is furnished in connection with the solicitation of proxies by Transocean Ltd., on behalf of the Board of Directors, to be voted at our 2016 Annual General Meeting to be held on May 12,  2016 at 5:00 p.m., Swiss Time, at the Lorzensaal Cham, Dorfplatz 3, CH‑6330 Cham, Switzerland.

Record Date

Only shareholders of record on April 25,  2016, are entitled to notice of, to attend, and to vote or to grant proxies to vote at, the 2016 Annual General Meeting. No shareholder will be entered in Transocean Ltd.s share register with voting rights between the close of business on April 25,  2016, and the opening of business on the day following the 2016 Annual General Meeting.

While no shareholder will be entered in Transocean Ltd.s share register as a shareholder with voting rights between the close of business on April 25,  2016, and the opening of business on the day following the 2016 Annual General Meeting, share blocking and re‑registration are not requirements for any shares of Transocean Ltd. to be voted at the meeting, and all shares may be traded after the record date. Computershare, which maintains Transocean Ltd.s share register, will continue to register transfers of Transocean Ltd. shares in the share register in its capacity as transfer agent during this period.

Quorum

Our Articles of Association provide that the presence of shareholders, in person or by proxy, holding at least a majority of all the shares entitled to vote at the meeting constitutes a quorum for purposes of convening the 2016 Annual General Meeting and voting on all of the matters described in the notice of meeting. Abstentions and broker non‑votes will be counted as present for purposes of determining whether there is a quorum at the meeting so long as the broker has discretion to vote the shares on at least one matter before the 2016 Annual General Meeting.

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Votes Required

The following table sets forth the applicable vote standard required to pass each enumerated agenda item:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agenda
Item

    

Description

    

Relative
Majority(1)

    

Qualified

Two-Thirds
Majority

    

Plurality of
Votes

 

1

 

Approval of the 2015 Annual Report, Including the Audited Consolidated Financial Statements and Audited Statutory Financial Statements for Fiscal Year 2015 of Transocean Ltd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

Discharge of the Members of the Board of Directors and Executive Management Team from Liability for Activities During Fiscal Year 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

Appropriation of the Accumulated Loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

Renewal of Authorized Share Capital

 

 

 

 

(2)

 

 

5

 

Reelection of 11 Directors

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3)  

6

 

Election of Chairman of the Board of Directors

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3)  

7

 

Election of Members of the Compensation Committee

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3)  

8

 

Reelection of Independent Proxy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

Appointment of Ernst & Young as Independent Auditor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

Advisory Vote to Approve Named Executive Officer Compensation

 

 

(4)

 

 

 

 

11

 

Prospective Votes on the Maximum Compensation of the Board of Directors and the Executive Management Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


(1)

Affirmative vote of a relative majority of the votes cast in person or by proxy at the 2016 Annual General Meeting. Abstentions, broker non‑votes (if any) or blank or invalid ballots are not counted for such purposes and shall have no impact on the approval of such agenda item.

(2)

Affirmative vote of two-thirds of the votes represented at the 2016 Annual General Meeting. An abstention, broker non-vote (if any) or blank or invalid ballot will have the effect of a vote AGAINST this proposal.

(3)

Affirmative vote of a plurality of the votes cast in person or by proxy at the 2016 Annual General Meeting. The plurality requirement means that the nominee who receives the largest number of votes for a board position, or the chair or a position on the Compensation Committee, as applicable, is elected to that position. Only votes FOR are counted in determining whether a plurality has been cast in favor of a nominee. Abstentions, broker non‑votes, blank or invalid ballots are not counted for such purposes and shall have no impact on the election of such nominees. As described later in this proxy statement, our Corporate Governance Guidelines set forth our procedures if a nominee is elected but does not receive more votes cast FOR than AGAINST the nominees election.

(4)

The proposal is an advisory vote; as such, the vote is not binding on the Company.

Outstanding Shares

As of March 1,  2016, there were 365,066,026 Transocean Ltd. shares outstanding, which excludes 5,901,356 issued shares that are held by our subsidiary, Transocean Inc. Only registered holders of our shares on April 25,  2016, the record date established for the 2016 Annual General Meeting, are entitled to notice of, to attend and to vote at, the meeting. Holders of shares on the record date are entitled to one vote for each share held.

 

Voting Procedures

A copy of the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials has been sent to each shareholder registered in Transocean Ltd.s share register as of the close of business on March 18,  2016. Any additional shareholders who are registered in Transocean Ltd.s share register as of the close of business on April 25,  2016, but who were not registered in the share register as of March 18, 2016, will receive a copy of the proxy materials, including a proxy card, after April 25,  

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2016. Shareholders not registered in Transocean Ltd.s share register as of April 25,  2016, will not be entitled to attend, vote or grant proxies to vote at, the 2016 Annual General Meeting.

 

If you are registered as a shareholder in Transocean Ltd.s share register as of April 25,  2016,  or if you hold shares of Transocean Ltd. in street name as of such date, you may grant a proxy to vote on each of the proposals and any modification to any of the proposals or other matter on which voting is permissible under Swiss law and which is properly presented at the meeting for consideration in one of the following ways:

 

By Internet:  Go to www.proxyvote.com 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and follow the instructions. You will need the 12‑digit control number that is included in the Notice, proxy card or voting instructions form that is sent to you. The Internet system allows you to confirm that the system has properly recorded your voting instructions. This method of submitting voting instructions will be available up until 8:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (2:00 p.m. Swiss Time), on Thursday, May 12,  2016. 

By Telephone (available only to beneficial owners of our shares):  On a touch‑tone telephone, call toll‑free +1 (800) 690‑6903, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and follow the instructions. You will need the 12‑digit control number that is included in the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, proxy card or voting instructions form that is sent to you. As with the Internet system, you will be able to confirm that the system has properly recorded your votes. This method of submitting voting instructions will be available up until 8:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (2:00 p.m. Swiss Time), on Thursday, May 12,  2016. If you are a holder of record, you cannot vote by telephone.

By Mail:    Mark, date and sign your proxy card exactly as your name appears on the card and return it by mail to:

 

 

 

Transocean 2016 AGM

Vote Processing

 

Transocean 2016 AGM

Vote Processing

c/o Broadridge

 

Schweiger Advokatur / Notariat

51 Mercedes Way

‑or

Dammstrasse 19

Edgewood, NY 11717

 

CH‑6300 Zug

USA

 

Switzerland

All proxy cards must be received no later than 8:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (2:00 p.m. Swiss Time), on Thursday, May 12,  2016. Do not mail the proxy card or voting instruction form if you are submitting voting instructions over the Internet or (if you are a beneficial owner of our shares) by telephone.

Even if you plan to attend the 2016 Annual General Meeting, we encourage you to submit your voting instructions over the Internet or by mail prior to the meeting.

If you hold your shares in the name of a bank, broker or other nominee, you should follow the instructions provided by your bank, broker or nominee for voting your shares, including whether you may submit voting instructions by mail, telephone or over the Internet.  

Many of our shareholders hold their shares in more than one account and may receive more than one Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials. To ensure that all of your shares are represented at the 2016 Annual General Meeting, please submit your voting instructions for each account.

Under New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) rules, brokers who hold shares in street name for customers, such that the shares are registered on the books of the Company as being held by the brokers, have the authority to vote on routine proposals when they have not received instructions from beneficial owners, but are precluded from exercising their voting discretion with respect to proposals for non‑routine matters. Proxies submitted by brokers without instructions from customers for these non‑routine or contested matters are referred to as broker non‑votes. The following matters are non‑routine matters under NYSE Rules:

·

Agenda Item No. 2—Discharge of the Members of the Board of Directors and the Executive Management Team from Liability for Activities During Fiscal Year 2015

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·

Agenda Item No. 5Reelection of 11 Directors

·

Agenda Item No. 6Election of the Chairman of the Board of Directors

·

Agenda Item No. 7Election of the Members of the Compensation Committee

·

Agenda Item No. 10Advisory Vote to Approve Named Executive Officer Compensation

·

Agenda Item No. 11ARatification of the Maximum Aggregate Compensation of the Board of Directors for the Period Between the 2016 Annual General Meeting and the 2017 Annual General Meeting

·

Agenda Item No. 11BRatification of the Maximum Aggregate Compensation of the Executive Management Team for Fiscal Year 2017

If you hold your shares in street name, your broker will not be able to vote your shares on the agenda items set forth above and may not be able to vote your shares on other matters at the 2016 Annual General Meeting unless the broker receives appropriate instructions from you. We recommend that you contact your broker to exercise your right to vote your shares.

If you have timely submitted electronic or telephonic voting instructions or a properly executed proxy card, your shares will be voted by the independent proxy according to your instructions. Holders of shares who have timely submitted their proxy but have not specifically indicated how to vote their shares instruct the independent proxy to vote in accordance with the recommendations of the Board of Directors with regard to the items listed in the notice of meeting.

If any modifications to agenda items or proposals identified in this invitation or other matters on which voting is permissible under Swiss law are properly presented at the 2016 Annual General Meeting for consideration, you instruct the independent proxy, in the absence of other specific instructions, to vote in accordance with the recommendations of the Board of Directors.

As of the date of this proxy statement, the Board of Directors is not aware of any such modifications or other matters to come before the 2016 Annual General Meeting.

You may revoke your proxy card at any time prior to its exercise by:

·

submitting a properly completed and executed proxy card with a later date and timely delivering it either directly to the independent proxy or to Vote Processing, c/o Broadridge at the addresses indicated below;

or

·

giving written notice of the revocation prior to the meeting to:

 

 

 

Transocean 2016 AGM

Vote Processing

 

Transocean 2016 AGM

Vote Processing

c/o Broadridge

 

Schweiger Advokatur / Notariat

51 Mercedes Way

or

Dammstrasse 19

Edgewood, NY 11717

 

CH‑6300 Zug

USA

 

Switzerland

or

·

appearing at the meeting, notifying the independent proxy, with respect to proxies granted to the independent proxy, and voting in person.

Your presence without voting at the meeting will not automatically revoke your proxy, and any revocation during the meeting will not affect votes in relation to agenda items that have already been voted on. If you hold your shares in the name of a bank, broker or other nominee, you should follow the instructions provided by your bank, broker or nominee in revoking your previously granted proxy.

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Shareholders may grant proxies to any third party. Such third party need not be a shareholder.

If you wish to attend and vote at the 2016 Annual General Meeting in person, you are required to present either the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials or any proxy card that is sent to you, together with proof of identification, or, if you own shares held in the name of a bank, broker or other nominee, a legal proxy issued by your bank, broker or other nominee in your name, together with proof of identification. If you plan to attend the 2016 Annual General Meeting in person, we urge you to arrive at the meeting location no later than 4:00 p.m. Swiss Time on Thursday, May 12,  2016. In order to determine attendance correctly, any shareholder leaving the 2016 Annual General Meeting early or temporarily will be requested to present such shareholders admission card upon exit.

References to Transocean, the Company, we, us or our include Transocean Ltd. together with its subsidiaries and predecessors, unless the context requires otherwise.

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AGENDA ITEM 1

Approval of the 2015 Annual Report, Including the Audited Consolidated Financial Statements of Transocean Ltd. for Fiscal Year 2015 and the Audited Statutory Financial Statements of Transocean Ltd. for Fiscal Year 2015.

Proposal of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors proposes that the 2015 Annual Report, including the audited consolidated financial statements of Transocean Ltd. for fiscal year 2015 and the audited statutory financial statements of Transocean Ltd. for fiscal year 2015, be approved.

Explanation

The audited consolidated financial statements of Transocean Ltd. for fiscal year 2015 and the audited Swiss statutory financial statements of Transocean Ltd. for fiscal year 2015 are contained in the 2015 Annual Report, which, along with this proxy statement, is available at: http://www.deepwater.com/investor‑relations/financial‑report. In addition, these materials will be available for physical inspection at the Companys registered office, Turmstrasse 30, CH‑6300 Zug, Switzerland. The 2015 Annual Report also contains information on the Companys business activities and the Companys business and financial situation, and the reports of Ernst & Young Ltd, Zurich, the Companys auditors pursuant to the Swiss Code of Obligations, on the Companys consolidated financial statements for fiscal year 2015 and statutory financial statements for fiscal year 2015. In its reports, Ernst & Young Ltd recommended without qualification that the Companys consolidated financial statements and statutory financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2015, be approved. Ernst & Young Ltd expresses its opinion that the consolidated financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014 present fairly in all material respects the consolidated financial position of Transocean Ltd. and subsidiaries at December 31, 2015 and 2014, and the consolidated results of operations and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2015, in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and comply with Swiss law. Ernst & Young Ltd further expresses its opinion and confirms that the statutory financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2015, comply with Swiss law and the Articles of Association of the Company.

Under Swiss law, the annual report, the consolidated financial statements and Swiss statutory financial statements must be submitted to shareholders for approval at each annual general meeting.

If the shareholders do not approve this proposal, the Board of Directors may call an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders for reconsideration of this proposal by shareholders.

Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR this Agenda Item 1.

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AGENDA ITEM 2

Discharge of the Members of the Board of Directors and the Executive Management Team from Liability for Activities During Fiscal Year 2015.

Proposal of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors proposes that the members of the Board of Directors and Messrs. Jeremy D. Thigpen, Mark Mey, John B. Stobart, Ian C. Strachan, Steven L. Newman and Esa Ikaheimonen, who served as members of our Executive Management Team in 2015, be discharged from liability for activities during fiscal year 2015. 

Explanation

As is customary for Swiss corporations and in accordance with Article 698, subsection 2, item 5 of the Swiss Code of Obligations, shareholders are requested to discharge the members of the Board of Directors and our Executive Management Team from liability for their activities during the past fiscal year.

Discharge pursuant to the proposed resolution is only effective with respect to facts that have been disclosed to shareholders (including through any publicly available information, whether or not included in our filings with the SEC) and only binds shareholders who either voted in favor of the proposal or who subsequently acquired shares with knowledge that shareholders have approved this proposal. In addition, shareholders who vote against this proposal, abstain from voting on this proposal, do not vote on this proposal, or acquire their shares without knowledge of the approval of this proposal, may bring, as a plaintiff, any claims in a shareholder derivative suit within six months after the approval of the proposal. After the expiration of the six‑month period, such shareholders will generally no longer have the right to bring, as a plaintiff, claims in shareholder derivative suits against the directors or executive management with respect to activities during fiscal year 2015.

Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR this Agenda Item 2.

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AGENDA ITEM 3

Appropriation of the Accumulated Loss for Fiscal Year 2015.

Proposal of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors proposes that the accumulated loss of the Company be carried forward.

 

 

 

 

 

    

in CHF
thousands

 

Appropriation of Accumulated Loss

 

 

 

Balance brought forward from previous years

 

(5,361,577)

 

Net loss of the year

 

(3,321,416)

 

Total accumulated loss

 

(8,682,993)

 

Appropriation of Accumulated Loss

 

 

 

Balance to be carried forward on this account

 

(8,682,993)

 

Explanation

Under Swiss law, the appropriation of available earnings or accumulated loss, as the case may be, as set forth in the Swiss statutory financial statements must be submitted to shareholders for approval at each annual general meeting. The accumulated loss subject to the vote of the Companys shareholders at the 2016 Annual General Meeting is the accumulated loss of Transocean Ltd., on a standalone basis.

At our Extraordinary General Meeting held on October 29, 2015, shareholders approved (1) a reduction of the par value of each share of the Company from CHF 15 to CHF 0.10,  (2) the use of CHF 3.75 billion of the aggregate par value reduction amount to reduce the Companys total accumulated loss as recorded on its Swiss statutory balance sheet, and (3) the allocation of CHF 1,820,076,670.10 of the aggregate par value reduction amount to the Companys statutory capital reserves from capital contribution. The par value reduction became effective on January 7, 2016, and accordingly, the CHF 3.75 billion reduction of our accumulated loss is not reflected in the accumulated loss as of December 31, 2015 that is subject to this appropriation proposal.    

The Board of Directors proposes that the entire accumulated loss of CHF 8,682,993,000 be carried forward.

Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR this Agenda Item 3.

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AGENDA ITEM 4

Renewal of Authorized Share Capital

Proposal of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors proposes that its authority to issue shares out of the Companys authorized share capital be renewed for an additional two-year period, expiring on May 12, 2018. Pursuant to the proposal, the Board of Directors authority to issue new shares in one or several steps will be limited to a maximum of 22,258,043 shares, or approximately 6% of the Companys share capital currently recorded in the Commercial Register of the Canton of Zug. The Board of Directors does not currently have plans to issue shares under this authorization.

The proposed amendments to the Articles of Association are included in Annex A.

Explanation

Under the Swiss Code of Obligations, the authority of the Board of Directors to issue shares out of the Companys authorized share capital is limited to a maximum two-year period. The Companys Articles of Association currently include authorized capital, limited to a maximum of 22,429,838 shares, which will expire on May 16, 2016. Although the Board of Directors does not currently have plans to issue shares from authorized capital, it believes the proposed renewal of authorized share capital, which is again limited to a two-year period and to approximately 6% of the Companys currently issued share capital, will help ensure that the Company will have the flexibility to make acquisitions and access equity capital markets when opportunities arise, rather than being subject to the delays associated with the need to call a shareholders meeting and obtain further shareholder approval, except as may be required by applicable laws or regulations, including the rules of the NYSE. Without the Board of Directors authority to issue new shares, the Company would be required to first call a general meeting of the Companys shareholders and obtain the favorable vote of shareholders to increase the Companys share capital and amend our Articles of Association. Such a meeting would require us, among other things, to prepare and distribute a proxy statement in accordance with the rules of the SEC. This could result in a substantial delay in the ability of the Company to issue shares. The Board of Directors believes that providing the Board of Directors the flexibility to issue additional shares out of the authorized share capital quickly could be a strategic benefit for the Company.

If the proposed authorized share capital is approved, and the Board of Directors resolves to use the authorized share capital in one or several steps, the Board of Directors will determine the time of the issuance, the issuance price, the manner in which the new shares have to be paid, the date from which the shares carry the right to dividends and, subject to the provisions of our Articles of Association, the conditions for the exercise of the preemptive rights with respect to the issuance and the allotment of preemptive rights that are not exercised.

To the extent that additional shares are issued out of the authorized share capital in the future, the issuance may decrease the existing shareholders percentage equity ownership and, depending on the price at which such shares are issued, could be dilutive to the existing shareholders.

The Board of Directors may allow preemptive rights that are not exercised to expire, or it may place such rights or shares, the preemptive rights of which have not been exercised, at market conditions or use them otherwise in the Companys interest. Further, under our Articles of Association, in connection with the issuance of new shares from authorized capital, the Board of Directors is authorized to limit or withdraw the preemptive rights of the existing shareholders in various circumstances.

In the ordinary course of our business, we may determine from time to time that the issuance of shares is in the best interest of the Company for various purposes, including financings, acquisitions and the issuance of shares under the Companys Long-Term Incentive Plans.

Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR this Agenda Item 4.

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AGENDA ITEM 5

Reelection of 11 Directors, Each for a Term Extending Until Completion of the Next Annual General Meeting.

Nominations of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors has nominated Glyn A. Barker, Vanessa C.L. Chang, Frederico F. Curado, Chadwick C. Deaton, Vincent J. Intrieri, Martin B. McNamara, Samuel J. Merksamer, Merrill A. Pete Miller, Jr., Edward R. Muller, Tan Ek Kia and Jeremy D. Thigpen for reelection to the Board of Directors of the Company, each for a term extending until completion of the next Annual General Meeting.

The Board of Directors does not have a specific policy regarding diversity in the selection of director nominees. However, the Board of Directors does consider diversity in the director nominee selection process. The Board of Directors takes an expansive view of the diversity of its members with the goal of having directors who eventually reflect the global diversity of our workforce, our customers and the cultures in which we operate, as well as who have diverse expertise in environmental, health, safety, industry, market and financial matters. We are a multinational company with six different nationalities represented in our director and executive officer group and over 53 in our global workforce. We have a presence in over 30 countries worldwide.

Voting Requirement to Elect Nominees

The election of each nominee requires the affirmative vote of a plurality of the votes cast in person or by proxy at the 2016 Annual General Meeting. The plurality requirement means that the nominee who receives the largest number of votes for a board seat is elected. Shareholders are entitled to one vote per share for each of the directors to be elected.

We have adopted a majority vote policy in the election of directors as part of our Corporate Governance Guidelines. This policy provides that the Board of Directors may nominate only those candidates for director who have submitted an irrevocable letter of resignation, which would be effective upon and only in the event that (1) such nominee fails to receive a sufficient number of votes from shareholders in an uncontested election and (2) the Board of Directors accepts the resignation. If a nominee who has submitted such a letter of resignation does not receive more votes cast for than against the nominees election, the Corporate Governance Committee must promptly review the letter of resignation and recommend to the Board of Directors whether to accept the tendered resignation or reject it. The Board of Directors must then act on the Corporate Governance Committees recommendation within 90 days following the certification of the shareholder vote. The Board of Directors must promptly disclose its decision regarding whether or not to accept the nominees resignation letter in a Form 8‑K furnished to the SEC or other broadly disseminated means of communication. Full details of this policy are set out in our Corporate Governance Guidelines, which are available on our website at: www.deepwater.com under Investor Relations Governance.

The Board of Directors has received from each nominee for election at the 2016 Annual General Meeting listed below, an executed irrevocable letter of resignation consistent with these guidelines described above. Each such letter of resignation is effective only in the event that (1) such director fails to receive a sufficient number of votes from shareholders in an uncontested election of such director and (2) the Board of Directors accepts such resignation.

The information regarding the nominees presented below is as of March 18, 2016.

Nominees for Director 

GLYN A. BARKER, age 62, U.K. citizen, has served as a director of the Company since 2012. Mr. Barker served as Vice Chairman-U.K. of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) from 2008 to 2011. He was also responsible for PwCs strategy and business development for the geographic areas of Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. Mr. Barker joined PwC in 1975 and became an audit partner in 1987. He then established PwCs private equity-focused Transactions Services business and led it globally. He joined the Management Board of PwC in the U.K. as Head of the Assurance Practice in 2002. In 2006, he became U.K. Managing Partner and served in that role until 2008. Mr. Barker is a director of Berkeley Group Holdings plc (LON: BKG) (since 2012), Aviva plc (LON: AV) (since 2012) and Interserve plc (LON: IRV) (since 2016), and the Chairman of Irwin Mitchell Holdings Ltd (since 2012). He is also a director (since

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2014) and the Chairman (since 2015) of Transocean Partners LLC (NYSE: RIGP). Mr. Barker is Deputy Chairman of the English National Opera Company (since 2009). He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics & Accounting from the University of Bristol in 1975 and is a Chartered Accountant.

The Board of Directors has concluded that Mr. Barker should remain on the Board of Directors and has recommended that he serve an additional term. Mr. Barkers experience in international business and financial and strategic expertise enhance the Board of Directors understanding of key issues in its global business operations.

VANESSA C.L. CHANG,  age 63, Canadian and U.S. citizen, has served as a director of the Company since 2012. Ms. Chang has been a Director and shareholder of EL & EL Investments, a privately held real estate investment business, since 1998. She previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Resolveitnow.com from 2000 until 2002 and was the Senior Vice President of Secured Capital Corp in 1998. From 1986 until 1997, Ms. Chang was the West Coast partner in charge of Corporate Finance for KPMG Peat Marwick LLP. She is a director or trustee of sixteen funds advised by the Capital Group and its subsidiaries, seven of which are members of the American Funds family and nine of which are members of Capital Group’s Private Client Services (since 2000). Ms. Chang is a director of Edison International (NYSE: EIX) and its wholly owned subsidiary, Southern California Edison Company (since 2007), Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYKES) (since 2016), Forest Lawn Memorial Parks Association, a non-profit organization (since 2005), and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Americas, Inc., a non-profit organization (since 2013). Ms. Chang previously served as a director of Blue Shield of California from 2005 to 2013 and Inveresk Research Group Inc. from 2002 until 2004. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California State Board of Accountancy, and a member of Women Corporate Directors. Ms. Chang received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in 1973 and is an inactive Certified Public Accountant.

The Board of Directors has concluded that Ms. Chang should remain on the Board of Directors and has recommended that she serve an additional term. The Board of Directors believes that Ms. Changs experience and background in diverse industries, along with her financial and accounting background, will enhance the Board of Directors ability to assess and guide the Companys financial strategy.

FREDERICO F. CURADO,  age 54, Brazilian citizen, has served as a director of the Company since 2013. Mr. Curado has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Embraer S.A. (NYSE: ERJ) since 2007. He joined Embraer in 1984 and has served in a variety of management positions during his career, including Executive Vice President, Airline Market from 1998 to 2007 and Executive Vice President, Planning and Organizational Development from 1995 to 1998. Mr. Curado is a director of Iochpe-Maxion (BM&F Bovespa: MYPK3) (since 2015). He is also the President of the Brazilian Chapter of the Brazil-United States Business Council (since 2011), member of Brazils National Council for Industrial Development (since 2011), member of the Executive Board of the ICC – International Chamber of Commerce (since 2013) and a director of the Board of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (since 2014). Mr. Curado received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical-Aeronautical Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica in Brazil in 1983 and an executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of São Paulo, Brazil in 1997.

The Board of Directors has concluded that Mr. Curado should remain on the Board of Directors and has recommended that he serve an additional term. The Board of Directors believes Mr. Curados significant senior management experience operating an international corporation, including experience with Brazilian business and governmental sectors, will benefit the Board of Directors ability to guide the Company with respect to its global operations.

CHADWICK C. DEATON, age 63, U.S. citizen, has served as a director of the Company since 2012. Mr. Deaton served as Executive Chairman of Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI) from 2012 to 2013, prior to which he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since 2004. He began his career with Schlumberger in 1976 and served in a variety of international capacities, including as Executive Vice President, Oilfield Services from 1998 to 1999 and as a Senior Advisor from 1999 until 2001. From 2002 until 2004, Mr. Deaton was the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Hanover Compressor Company. Mr. Deaton is a director of Ariel Corporation (since 2005), Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE: APD) (since 2010), CARBO Ceramics Inc. (NYSE: CRR) (since 2013; and previously from 2004 to 2009), and Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) (since 2014). Mr. Deaton is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (since 1980) and has served on its Industrial Advisory Council since 2010. He is also a director of the University

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of Wyoming Foundation and of the Houston Achievement Place. Mr. Deaton served as co-chair of the Wyoming Governors Task Force for the build out of the University of Wyomings new Engineering and Applied Sciences Center. He was a member of the National Petroleum Council (from 2007 to 2013). Mr. Deaton received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Wyoming in 1976.

The Board of Directors has concluded that Mr. Deaton should remain on the Board of Directors and has recommended that he serve an additional term. Mr. Deaton has significant experience in the oilfield services industry. This experience and the perspective it brings benefit the Board of Directors understanding of the Companys industry and its customers.

VINCENT J. INTRIERI, age 59, U.S. citizen, has served as a director of the Company since 2014. Mr. Intrieri has been employed by Icahn related entities since October 1998 in various investment related capacities. Since January 2008, Mr. Intrieri has served as Senior Managing Director of Icahn Capital LP, the entity through which Carl C. Icahn manages private investment funds. In addition, since November 2004, Mr. Intrieri has been a Senior Managing Director of Icahn Onshore LP, the general partner of Icahn Partners LP, and Icahn Offshore LP, the general partner of Icahn Partners Master Fund LP, entities through which Mr. Icahn invests in securities. Mr. Intrieri is a director of Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) (since 2012), Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) (since 2012), and Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) (since 2014). Mr. Intrieri previously served as a director of CVR Refining, LP from 2012 to 2014, Forest Laboratories, Inc. from 2013 to 2014, CVR Energy, Inc. from 2012 to 2014, Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation from 2007 to 2013, Icahn Enterprises L.P. from 2006 to 2012, and was Senior Vice President of Icahn Enterprises L.P. from 2011 to 2012. Mr. Intrieri was also a director of Dynegy Inc. from 2011 to 2012, and Chairman and a director of PSC Metals Inc. from 2007 to 2012. He served as director of Motorola Solutions, Inc. from 2011 to 2012, XO Holdings from 2006 to 2011, National Energy Group, Inc. from 2006 to 2011, American Railcar Industries, Inc. from 2005 to 2011, WestPoint Home LLC from 2005 to 2011; and Chairman and a director of Viskase Companies, Inc. from 2003 to 2011. CVR Refining, CVR Energy, American Railcar Industries, Federal-Mogul, Icahn Enterprises, XO Holdings, National Energy Group, WestPoint Home, Viskase Companies and PSC Metals each are or previously were indirectly controlled by Carl C. Icahn. Mr. Icahn also has or previously had non-controlling interests in Dynegy, Hertz, Forest Laboratories, Navistar, Chesapeake Energy, Motorola Solutions and Transocean Ltd. through the ownership of securities. Mr. Intrieri graduated, with Distinction, from The Pennsylvania State University (Erie Campus) with a B.S. in Accounting in 1984. Mr. Intrieri was a certified public accountant.

The Board of Directors has concluded that Mr. Intrieri should remain on the Board of Directors and has recommended that he serve an additional term. The Board of Directors believes Mr. Intrieris significant financial, executive management and board of directors experience, as well as familiarity with master limited partnerships and other corporate transactions will benefit the Board of Directors decision‑making process.

MARTIN B. MCNAMARA, age 68, U.S. citizen, has served as a director of the Company since 1994. Mr. McNamara is a retired Partner of the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and has served as a member of the firms executive, finance, planning and compensation committees, as well as a Partner-in-Charge of the firms Texas practice. During the past ten years and prior to his retirement in 2010, Mr. McNamara was in the private practice of law. He served as Ex Officio Trustee and Ex Officio Member of the Executive Committee of St. Marks School of Texas from 2002 to 2014. Mr. McNamara has also served as the chair of the Corporate Counsel Section of the State Bar of Texas and is a lifetime fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Providence College in 1969 and his law degree from Yale Law School in 1972.

The Board of Directors has concluded that Mr. McNamara should remain on the Board of Directors and has recommended that he serve an additional term. Mr. McNamara is an attorney by education with extensive management experience with energy companies and experience as a lawyer representing energy clients. Mr. McNamara was on the board of Transocean from 1994 until the merger with GlobalSantaFe Corporation in November 2007. His institutional knowledge of the Company combined with his professional experience aids the Board of Directors in reviewing strategic decisions for the Company.

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SAMUEL J. MERKSAMER, age 35, U.S. citizen, has served as a director of the Company since 2013. Mr. Merksamer is a Managing Director of Icahn Capital LP, a subsidiary of Icahn Enterprises L.P., where he has been employed since 2008. From 2003 until 2008, Mr. Merksamer was an analyst at Airlie Opportunity Capital Management. He is a director of Navistar International Corp (NYSE: NAV) (since 2012), Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) (since 2014), Transocean Partners LLC (NYSE: RIGP) (since 2014), and Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSE: LNG) (since 2015). He previously served as a director of Hologic Inc. from 2013 to 2016, Talisman Energy Inc. from 2013 to 2015, CVR Refining, LP, from 2012 to 2014, CVR Energy, Inc. from 2012 to 2014, American Railcar Industries, Inc. from 2011 to 2013, Dynegy Inc. from 2011 to 2012, Viskase Companies, Inc. from 2010 to 2013, Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation from 2010 to 2014, and PSC Metals Inc. from 2009 to 2012. CVR Refining, CVR Energy, American Railcar Industries, Federal-Mogul, Viskase Companies and PSC Metals each are indirectly controlled by Carl C. Icahn. Mr. Icahn also has or previously had a non-controlling interest in Dynegy, Hologic, Talisman Energy, Navistar, Hertz and Cheniere Energy through the ownership of securities. Mr. Merksamer received an A.B. in Economics from Cornell University in 2002.

The Board of Directors has concluded that Mr. Merksamer should remain on the Board of Directors and has recommended that he serve an additional term. The Board of Directors believes that Mr. Merksamers expertise in finance, including master limited partnerships, aids the Board of Directors in reviewing financial strategies for the Company.

MERRILL A. PETE MILLER, JR., age 65, U.S. citizen, has served as a director of the Company since 2014, as Vice Chairman (from 2014 to 2015) and as Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2015. Mr. Miller is the Executive Chairman of NOW Inc. (NYSE: DNOW), a spinoff of the distribution business of National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE: NOV), a supplier of oilfield services and equipment to the oil and gas industry. Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Miller served as President and Chief Executive Officer of NOV (from 2001 to 2014) and as Chairman of the Board (from 2002 to 2014). He joined NOV in 1996. Mr. Miller is a director of Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) (since 2007), one of the largest producers of natural gas and of oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S., and served as Lead Independent Director from 2010 to 2012. Mr. Miller served as President of Anadarko Drilling Company from 1995 to 1996. Before joining Anadarko, Mr. Miller spent 15 years at Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Company (NYSE: HP) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, serving in various senior management positions, including Vice President, U.S. Operations. Mr. Miller serves on the Board of Directors for the Offshore Energy Center, Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association and Spindletop International, and is a member of the National Petroleum Council. He graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York in 1972 and, upon graduation, served five years in the United States Army. Mr. Miller received his Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1980.

The Board of Directors has concluded that Mr. Miller should remain on the Board of Directors and has recommended that he serve an additional term. Mr. Miller has significant experience in the oilfield services industry, is highly knowledgeable and provides both customer and supplier perspectives to matters directly relevant to the Company. The Board of Directors believes that these qualities, as well as his demonstrated leadership on boards and in executive roles, will enhance the Boards effectiveness and performance.

EDWARD R. MULLER, age 63, U.S. citizen, has served as a director of the Company since 2007. He served as a director of GlobalSantaFe Corporation from 2001 to 2007 and of Global Marine, Inc. from 1997 to 2001. Mr. Muller has served as Vice Chairman of NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG) since the merger of NRG Energy, Inc. with GenOn Energy, Inc. in 2012. Prior to the merger, he served as GenOn Energy, Inc.s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (since 2010) and President (since 2011). He previously served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mirant Corporation from 2005 to 2010 when Mirant Corporation merged with RRI Energy, Inc. to form GenOn Energy, Inc. Mr. Muller is a director of AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) (since 2013). He was a private investor from 2000 until 2005. Mr. Muller served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Edison Mission Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Edison International, from 1993 until 2000. During his tenure, Edison Mission Energy was engaged in developing, owning and operating independent power production facilities worldwide. Within the past ten years, Mr. Muller was also a director of The Keith Companies, Inc., RigNet, Inc. and Ormat Technologies, Inc. Since 2004, Mr. Muller has been a trustee of the Riverview School and, from 2008 to 2012, its chairman. Mr. Muller received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College in 1973 and his law degree from Yale Law School in 1976.

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The Board of Directors has concluded that Mr. Muller should remain on the Board of Directors and has recommended that he serve an additional term. Mr. Muller is an attorney by education with extensive executive experience in a capital‑intensive energy business. Mr. Muller served as a chief executive officer and thus adds this helpful executive perspective to the Board of Directors deliberations in advising the Companys Chief Executive Officer. His background and education assist the Board of Directors in assessing key strategies for the Company.

TAN EK KIA, age 67, Malaysian citizen, has served as a director of the Company since 2011. Mr. Tan is the retired Vice President, Ventures and Developments, Asia Pacific and Middle East Region of Shell Chemicals, a position in which he served from 2003 to 2006. Mr. Tan joined the Shell group of companies in 1973 as an engineer and served in a variety of positions in Asia, the U.S. and Europe during his career, including as Chairman, Shell Companies, Northeast Asia from 2000 to 2003, Managing Director of Shell Nanhai from 1997 to 2000 and Managing Director of Shell Malaysia Exploration and Production from 1994 to 1997. Mr. Tan also served as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of SMRT Corporation Ltd (SGX: MRT) from January to October 2012. Mr. Tan is a director of Dialog Systems Asia Pte Ltd (since 2008), Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (since 2009), SMRT Corporation Ltd (since 2009), Keppel Corporation Ltd (SGX: KPELY) (since 2010), PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk (IDX: TPIA) (since 2011), KrisEnergy Ltd (SGX: SK3) (since 2013), and Singapore LNG Corporation Pte Ltd (since 2013). He is also the Chairman of Star Energy Group Holdings Pte Ltd (since 2012) and a director of two of its subsidiaries, Star Energy Oil and Gas Pte Ltd and Star Energy Geothermal Pte Ltd. Mr. Tan served as Chairman of City Gas Pte Ltd from 2009 to 2015 and as a director of City Spring Infrastructure Trust Pte Ltd from 2010 to 2014, InterGlobal Offshore Pte Ltd from 2007 to 2012 and PowerSeraya Ltd and Orchard Energy Ptd Ltd from 2007 to 2009. Mr. Tan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nottingham in 1973. He is a Chartered Engineer with the UK Engineering Council and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia.

The Board of Directors has concluded that Mr. Tan should remain on the Board of Directors and has recommended that he serve an additional term. Mr. Tan has significant senior management, large project and engineering experience in the international energy sector, particularly in Asia. This international energy experience and the perspective it brings benefit the Board of Directors ability to assess opportunities in the international energy sector.

JEREMY D. THIGPEN,  age 41, U.S. citizen, has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since April 2015 and a director of the Company since October 2015. He previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at National Oilwell Varco from December 2012 to April 2015, where he spent 18 years. During his tenure at National Oilwell Varco, Mr. Thigpen spent five years as the companys President of Downhole and Pumping Solutions business from August 2007 until November 2012, and four years as President of its Downhole Tools group from May 2003 to August 2007. He also served in various management and business development capacities, including director of Business Development and Special Assistant to the Chairman. Mr. Thigpen earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Managerial Studies from Rice University and completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.

The Board of Directors has concluded that Mr. Thigpen should remain on the Board of Directors and has recommended that he serve an additional term. The Board of Directors believes that it is important for the Chief Executive Officer of the Company to serve on the Board of Directors, as it ensures an efficient flow of information between the Board of Directors and executive management. In addition, Mr. Thigpen has substantial industry experience and a competitive perspective which assists the Board of Directors in considering strategic decisions for the Company.

Nomination and Standstill Agreement

On November 10, 2013, we entered into a Nomination and Standstill Agreement (the Agreement) with High River Limited Partnership, Hopper Investments LLC, Barberry Corp., Icahn Partners LP, Icahn Partners Master Fund LP, Icahn Partners Master Fund II LP, Icahn Partners Master Fund III LP, Icahn Enterprises G.P. Inc., Icahn Enterprises Holdings L.P., IPH GP LLC, Icahn Capital LP, Icahn Onshore LP, Icahn Offshore LP, Beckton Corp., Samuel J.

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Merksamer and Vincent J. Intrieri (collectively, the Icahn Group), pursuant to which, subject to certain conditions, the Icahn Group agreed to certain standstill and voting provisions and the Company agreed to:

·

Nominate Mr. Merksamer and Mr. Intrieri (and, subject to certain conditions, a third Icahn Group nominee) (the Icahn Designees) to the Companys Board of Directors at the 2014 Annual General Meeting; and

·

Place the Icahn Designees, if they are elected, on certain committees of the Board. The Company also agreed to submit at the 2014 Annual General Meeting certain proposals to shareholders for their approval.

Under the terms of the Agreement, the Icahn Group agreed, during the Covered Period, not to, among other things, solicit proxies regarding any matter to come before a general meeting of shareholders, including for the election of directors. In addition, among other standstill provisions, the Icahn Group has agreed that during the Covered Period (as defined below), the Icahn Group will not propose any tender or exchange offer (other than for all the shares of the Company) and will not propose certain extraordinary transactions without prior notice to the Company.

The Agreement defines the Covered Period as the period beginning on the date the Agreement was executed and ending upon the earliest to occur of:

·

the other party to the agreement materially breaching an obligation thereunder;

·

no Icahn Designee is elected to the Board of Directors at the 2014 Annual General Meeting;

·

at any time on or after January 15, 2015, if all the Icahn Designees have resigned and the Icahn Group has not designated replacements, as provided in the Agreement;

·

90 days after the Icahn Group ceases to own 3% of the outstanding shares of the Company as of the date of the Agreement;

·

the date on which (A) the Company has announced an extraordinary general meeting of the shareholders for any purpose (except as contemplated in the Agreement or if the Icahn Designees voted in favor of such extraordinary general meeting, which was the case for the Extraordinary General Meetings held in 2014 and in 2015), (B) the Icahn Designees tender their resignation from the Board of Directors and (C) the Icahn Group provides written notice that it does not intend to exercise its right to designate replacement directors; or

·

by mutual agreement of the parties.

The foregoing is not a complete description of the terms of the Agreement. For a further description of the Agreement, including a copy of the Agreement, please see our Current Report on Form 8‑K that we filed with the SEC on November 12, 2013.

Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR the reelection of these candidates as directors.

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AGENDA ITEM 6

Election of the Chairman of the Board of Directors for a Term Extending Until Completion of the Next Annual General Meeting.

Nomination of the Board of Directors

Pursuant to the Minder Ordinance and our Articles of Association, the authority to elect the Chairman of the Board of Directors is vested with the general meeting of shareholders. The term of office of the Chairman of the Board of Directors is the same as the directors term and extends until completion of the next Annual General Meeting. The Chairman elected at the 2016 Annual General Meeting will have the powers and duties as provided for in our Articles of Association and organizational regulations.

Upon the recommendation of the Corporate Governance Committee, the Board of Directors has nominated Merrill A. Pete Miller, Jr. for election by the shareholders as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Miller has served as a director since the extraordinary general meeting held on September 22, 2014, as Vice‑Chairman of the Board of Directors from November 14, 2014 to May 15, 2015, and as Chairman of the Board since May 15, 2015. Biographical information regarding Mr. Miller may be found above under Agenda Item 5Reelection of 11 Directors, Each for a Term Extending Until Completion of the Next Annual General Meeting.

Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR the nominee for the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

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AGENDA ITEM 7

Election of the Members of the Compensation Committee, Each for a Term Extending Until Completion of the Next Annual General Meeting.

Nominations of the Board of Directors

Pursuant to the Minder Ordinance and our Articles of Association, the authority to elect the members of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors is vested with the general meeting of shareholders. The term of office of the members of the Compensation Committee is the same as the directors term and extends until completion of the next Annual General Meeting.

Upon the recommendation of the Corporate Governance Committee, the Board of Directors has nominated for election by the shareholders at the 2016 Annual General Meeting Frederico F. Curado, Vincent J. Intrieri, Martin B. McNamara and Tan Ek Kia as members of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. Biographical information regarding the nominees may be found above under Agenda Item 5.

Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR the election of the nominees of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors.

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AGENDA ITEM 8

Reelection of the Independent Proxy for a Term Extending Until Completion of the Next Annual General Meeting.

Pursuant to the Minder Ordinance and our Articles of Association, the authority to elect the independent proxy is vested with the general meeting of shareholders. The independent proxy elected at the 2016 Annual General Meeting will serve as independent proxy at the 2017 Annual General Meeting and at any extraordinary general meeting of shareholders of the Company that may be held prior to the 2017 Annual General Meeting.

The Board of Directors has nominated for reelection as independent proxy Schweiger Advokatur / Notariat, Dammstrasse 19, CH‑6300 Zug, Switzerland. Schweiger Advokatur / Notariat was elected at the 2015 Annual General Meeting to serve as independent proxy at the 2016 Annual General Meeting and any extraordinary general meeting of shareholders of the Company held prior to the 2016 Annual General Meeting.

Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR this Agenda Item 8.

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AGENDA ITEM 9

Appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Companys Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm for Fiscal Year 2016 and Reelection of Ernst & Young Ltd, Zurich, as the Companys Auditor for a Further One‑Year Term.

Proposal of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors proposes that Ernst & Young LLP be appointed as Transocean Ltd.s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year 2016 and that Ernst & Young Ltd, Zurich, be reelected as Transocean Ltd.s auditor pursuant to the Swiss Code of Obligations for a further one‑year term, commencing on the day of election at the 2016 Annual General Meeting and terminating on the day of the 2017 Annual General Meeting.

Representatives of Ernst & Young Ltd will be present at the 2016 Annual General Meeting, will have the opportunity to make a statement and will be available to respond to questions you may ask. Information regarding the fees paid by the Company to Ernst & Young appears below.

Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR this Agenda Item 9.

FEES PAID TO ERNST & YOUNG

Audit fees for Ernst & Young LLP and its affiliates for each of the fiscal years 2015 and 2014 and auditrelated fees, tax fees and total of all other fees for services rendered in 2015 and 2014 are as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

Audit
Fees(1)

    

Audit‑Related
Fees(2)

    

Tax
Fees(3)

    

Total of All
Other Fees(4)

 

Fiscal year 2015 (5)

 

$

6,475,211 

 

$

337,485 

 

$

 

$

2,160 

 

Fiscal year 2014 (5)

 

$

10,000,545 

 

$

223,937 

 

$

 

$

2,138 

 


(1)

The audit fees include those associated with our annual audit, reviews of our quarterly reports on Form 10‑Q, statutory audits of our subsidiaries, services associated with documents filed with the SEC and audit consultations.

(2)

The audit‑related fees include services in connection with accounting consultations, employee benefit plan audits and attest services related to financial reporting.

(3)

No tax services were rendered for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014.

(4)

All other fees were for other publications and subscription services.

(5)

Excludes fees incurred and paid by Transocean Partners LLC, a consolidated subsidiary, which became a separate SEC registrant, subsequent to the completion of its initial public offering on August 5, 2014.

Audit Committee Pre‑Approval of Audit and Non‑Audit Services

The Audit Committee pre‑approves all auditing services, review or attest engagements and permitted non‑audit services to be performed by our independent registered public accounting firm. The Audit Committee has considered whether the provision of services rendered in 2015 other than the audit of our financial statements and reviews of quarterly financial statements was compatible with maintaining the independence of Ernst & Young LLP and determined that the provision of such services was compatible with maintaining such independence.

The Audit Committee has adopted policies and procedures for pre‑approving all audit and non‑audit services performed by the independent registered public accounting firm. The policy requires advance approval by the Audit

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Committee of all audit and non‑audit work; provided, that the Chairman of the Audit Committee may grant pre‑approvals of audit or non‑audit work so long as such pre‑approvals are presented to the full Audit Committee at its next scheduled meeting. Unless the specific service has been previously pre‑approved with respect to the 12‑month period following the advance approval, the Audit Committee must approve a service before the independent registered public accounting firm is engaged to perform the service. The Audit Committee has given advance approval for specified audit, audit‑related and other services for 2016. Requests for services that have received this pre‑approval are subject to specified fee or budget restrictions, as well as internal management controls.

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AGENDA ITEM 10

Advisory Vote to Approve Named Executive Officer Compensation.

Proposal of the Board of Directors

As required by Section 14A of the Exchange Act, the Company is providing its shareholders the opportunity to vote on an advisory basis to approve the compensation of the Companys Named Executive Officers. The Board of Directors recommends that you vote for the approval of the compensation of the Named Executive Officers as described in this proxy statement.

Accordingly, you may vote on the following resolution:

RESOLVED, that the compensation of the Companys Named Executive Officers, as disclosed pursuant to the compensation disclosure rules of the SEC, including the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the compensation tables, and the narrative disclosure in the proxy statement for the Companys  2016 Annual General Meeting is hereby APPROVED.

Our compensation program for our Named Executive Officers is designed to reward performance that creates long‑term value for the Companys shareholders through the following features, which are discussed in more detail in our Compensation Discussion and Analysis:

·

annual cash bonuses based on performance as measured against pre‑determined performance goals;

·

a compensation mix weighted toward long‑term incentives to allow our Named Executive Officers to participate in the long‑term growth and profitability of the Company;

·

long‑term incentives include performance share units that vest based upon the Companys return on capital employed and upon total shareholder return compared to the companies in our performance peer group;

·

median pay positioning for target performance, above median pay for above target performance, and below median pay for below target performance;

·

a  share ownership policy that requires our executive officers to build and maintain a minimum equity stake in the Company to help align our executive officers interests with the long‑term interests of our shareholders;

·

hedging and pledging policies that prohibit any of our executive officers from hedging or pledging our shares or holding derivative instruments tied to our shares, other than derivative instruments issued by us; and

·

the Incentive Compensation Recoupment Policy, a clawback policy that allows the Company to recover or adjust incentive compensation to the extent the Compensation Committee determines that payments or awards have exceeded the amount that would otherwise have been received due to a restatement of our financial statements or if the Compensation Committee determines that an executive has engaged in, or has knowledge of and fails to prevent or disclose, fraud or intentional misconduct pertaining to any financial reporting requirements.

The vote on this proposal is advisory and therefore not binding on the Company, the Compensation Committee or the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors and the Compensation Committee value the opinions of our shareholders. Following the 2016 Annual General Meeting, we will consider our shareholders feedback and the Compensation Committee will evaluate whether any actions are necessary to address this feedback.

Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends that you vote FOR approval of the compensation of the Companys Named Executive Officers, as disclosed pursuant to the compensation disclosure rules of the SEC, including the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the compensation tables, and the narrative disclosure in this proxy statement.

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AGENDA ITEM 11

Prospective Vote on the Maximum Compensation of the Board of Directors

and the Executive Management Team.

11ARatification of the Maximum Aggregate Amount of Compensation of the Board of Directors for the Period Between the 2016 Annual General Meeting and the 2017 Annual General Meeting.

Proposal of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors proposes that the shareholders ratify an amount of US$ 4,121,000 as the maximum aggregate amount of compensation of the Board of Directors for the period between the 2016 Annual General Meeting and the 2017 Annual General Meeting.

Explanation

As required by the Minder Ordinance and our Articles of Association, we are providing our shareholders the opportunity to vote on the maximum aggregate amount of compensation that can be paid or granted to the members of the Board of Directors for the period between the 2016 Annual General Meeting and the 2017 Annual General Meeting (the 2016/2017 Term). The shareholder vote is of binding nature.

Directors Compensation Principles

The general principles of the compensation for our Board of Directors are described in article 29b of our Articles of Association.

We use a combination of cash and equity compensation to attract and retain qualified candidates to serve on our Board of Directors. Our directors compensation consists of (1) cash retainers, (2) grants of restricted share units and (3) dividend equivalents on vested restricted share units.

Set forth below is an overview of the non‑employee director compensation elements for the term of office between the 2014 Annual General Meeting and the 2015 Annual General Meeting (the 2014/2015 Term), and the term of office

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between the 2015 Annual General Meeting and the 2016 Annual General Meeting (the 2015/2016 Term). Additionally, the compensation elements currently contemplated for the 2016/2017 Term are also provided: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Term of Office
2014 AGM ‑ 2015 AGM

 

Term of Office
2015 AGM ‑ 2016 AGM

 

Term of Office
2016 AGM ‑ 2017 AGM

 

 

    

US$

    

US$

    

US$

 

Cash Retainers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retainer for non‑executive chairman

 

265,000 

 

325,000 

 

325,000 

 

Retainer for non‑executive vice‑chairman

 

250,000 

 

250,000 

 

250,000 

 

Retainer for non‑employee directors (other than the chairman and the vice‑chairman)

 

100,000 

 

100,000 

 

100,000 

 

Additional retainer for Committee Chairmen:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audit Committee

 

35,000 

 

35,000 

 

35,000 

 

Compensation Committee

 

20,000 

 

20,000 

 

20,000 

 

Corporate Governance Committee, Finance Committee, and Health Safety and Environment Committee

 

10,000 

 

10,000 

 

10,000 

 

Grant of Restricted Share Units

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grant of restricted share units to non‑executive chairman

 

260,000 

 

325,000 

 

325,000 

 

Grant of restricted share units to non‑executive vice‑chairman

 

210,000 

 

210,000 

 

210,000 

 

Grant of restricted share units to non‑employee directors (other than the chairman and the vice‑chairman)

 

210,000 

 

210,000 

 

210,000 

 

Dividend equivalents on vested restricted share units

 

Amount depending on (1) dividend paid and (2) number of vested and unvested restricted share units held by the respective director

 

A more detailed description of the compensation principles currently in effect for our Board of Directors can be found under Board Meetings and Committees—Director Compensation Strategy. The actual amounts paid to each member of the Board of Directors for fiscal year 2015 are disclosed under 2015 Director Compensation and in our Swiss Compensation Report under the caption Board of Directors Compensation.

Proposal for Ratification of Maximum Aggregate Amount

The Board of Directors proposes that the shareholders ratify an amount of US$ 4,121,000 as the maximum aggregate amount of compensation of the Board of Directors for the 2016/2017 Term. This amount is the maximum amount that the Company can pay or grant to the members of the Board of Directors for the 2016/2017 Term. The proposed aggregate maximum amount has been calculated based on the directors compensation elements as outlined above.

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The table below shows the aggregate compensation paid to our Board of Directors for the 2014/2015 Term, and the shareholder-approved, maximum aggregate compensation payable to our Board of Directors for the 2015/2016 Term. The 2014/2015 Term includes 11 non‑employee directors, one of whom served as Chairman of the Board and one of whom served as Vice-Chairman. The 2015/2016 Term includes 10 non‑employee directors, one of whom served as Chairman of the Board. Further, the table explains our proposal for the maximum aggregate amount of compensation for our Board of Directors for the 2016/2017 Term. The maximum aggregate compensation for this proposal is unchanged from the maximum aggregate compensation proposed for the 2015/2016 Term which was previously approved by our shareholders, and includes consideration for 10 non-employee directors, of whom one will be Chairman and one of whom may be Vice-Chairman. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

Term of Office
2014 AGM‑2015 AGM
(based on 11 non‑employee
directors and the
assumptions
described above)

    

Term of Office
2015 AGM‑2016 AGM
(based on 10 non‑employee
directors and the
assumptions
described above)(1)

    

Term of Office
2016 AGM‑2017 AGM
Proposed Maximum
Aggregate Amount(1)

 

 

 

US$

 

US$

 

US$

 

Cash Retainers

 

1,617,550 

 

1,510,000 

 

1,510,000 

 

Grant of Restricted Share Units(2)

 

2,232,690(3)

 

2,365,000(4)

 

2,365,000(4)

 

Dividend Equivalents(5)

 

491,760 

 

246,000 

 

246,000 

 

Total(6) (7)

 

4,342,000 

 

4,121,000 

 

4,121,000 

 


(1)

The cash retainer and the restricted share units include the compensation paid by Transocean Partners LLC (Transocean Partners) to two of our directors for their role as directors of Transocean Partners LLC; each receives a cash retainer and a grant of restricted share units of Transocean Partners units.

(2)

Restricted share units are granted to each non-employee director annually. On the date of grant, the restricted share units have an aggregate value equal to the US$ figures indicated in the table under 2015 Director Compensation, and the restricted share units vest on the date first to occur of (i) the first anniversary of the date of grant or (ii) the Annual General Meeting next following the date of grant, subject to continued service through the vesting date. Vesting of the restricted share units is not subject to any performance measures.

(3)

Aggregate grant-date fair value under accounting standards for recognition of share-based compensation expense for restricted share units granted to our non-employee directors, computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718.

(4)

Aggregate target amount.

(5)

Dividend equivalents paid or to be paid during the respective terms of office on all vested restricted share units. (For the 2016/2017 Term, the amount shown is based on the estimated number of unvested restricted share units that will vest during the 2016/2017 Term. For an overview of our directors vested and unvested restricted share units, please see Note 6Share Ownership in the Companys statutory financial statements for fiscal year 2015).

(6)

Social security payments to be paid by the Company pursuant to applicable law are not included in the total amount.

(7)

The proposal of the Board of Directors for ratification by our shareholders only relates to the maximum aggregate amount of total compensation as shown in the Total row. The subtotals shown for each compensation category for each Term are included for illustration purposes only.

The aggregate compensation paid to date and expected to be paid to the members of the Board of Directors during the 2015/2016 Term is within the maximum aggregate amount approved by shareholders at the 2015 Annual General Meeting. The actual payout and grants will be disclosed in our proxy statements for the 2017 and 2018 annual general meetings, respectively, and the Swiss Compensation Reports for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, respectively.    

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Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends that you vote FOR this Agenda Item 11A.

11BRatification of the Maximum Aggregate Amount of Compensation of the Executive Management Team for Fiscal Year 2017.

Proposal of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors proposes that the shareholders ratify an amount of US$ 29,617,000 as the maximum aggregate amount of compensation of the Executive Management Team for fiscal year 2017.

Explanation

As required by the Minder Ordinance and our Articles of Association, our shareholders are provided the opportunity to vote on the maximum aggregate amount of compensation that can be paid or granted to the members of the Executive Management Team for fiscal year 2017. The shareholder vote is of binding nature.

Executive Management Team Compensation Principles

The general principles of the compensation for the Executive Management Team are described in article 29b of our Articles of Association.

We use a combination of cash and equity compensation to attract, motivate and retain leaders from the global executive talent market within and outside our highly competitive industry and to achieve our objective of pay and performance alignment by delivering the vast majority of our Executive Management Teams  compensation opportunity as performance‑based, at‑risk compensation. Our Executive Management Teams compensation consists of (1) base salary, (2) annual performance bonus, (3) long‑term incentives, which may comprise grants of restricted share units, performance share units and stock options and (4) other compensation, including Company contributions to savings and pension plans, life insurance premiums, dividend equivalents on vested restricted share units, club membership dues, expatriate assignment allowances and expatriate relocation pay.

Our Executive Management Team comprises our President and Chief Executive Officer, our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and our Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. 

For a detailed description of our compensation principles currently in effect for the Executive Management Team (and our other Named Executive Officers who are not members of the Executive Management Team), please refer to the section of this proxy statement under the caption Compensation Discussion and Analysis. We recommend that our shareholders read our Articles of Association and the Compensation Discussion and Analysis to understand our Executive Management Team compensation principles and process when considering this proposal. The actual amounts paid to each member of the Executive Management Team for fiscal years 2013-2015 are disclosed in this proxy statement under the caption Executive Compensation—Summary Compensation Table, and in our Swiss Compensation Report under the caption Executive Management Team Compensation.

 

In addition to this binding prospective vote on maximum Executive Management Team compensation, shareholders have had the opportunity since 2011 under U.S. law to cast a retrospective advisory vote to approve the compensation paid to our Named Executive Officers (including our Executive Management Team members) for the fiscal year preceding the Annual General Meeting. Since 2011, our shareholders have consistently expressed their strong support for the Companys executive compensation principles. For fiscal years 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, the shareholder approval levels have been 86%, 81%, 92% and 80%, respectively. Our shareholders are again provided the opportunity to cast a retrospective advisory vote to approve the compensation paid to our Named Executive Officers (including our Executive Management Team members) in fiscal year 2015, as is explained in detail in Agenda Item No. 10. 

The proposed maximum aggregate amount of compensation for the Executive Management Team for fiscal year 2017 is derived substantially from the Companys executive compensation principles receiving strong historical shareholder support as noted above.  Consistent with the Companys historical practice in setting executive compensation,

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as reflected in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, we anticipate that the aggregate amount actually paid to our Executive Management Team members for fiscal year 2017 will be less than the proposed maximum aggregate amount. 

Proposal for Ratification of Maximum Aggregate Amount

The Board of Directors proposes that the shareholders ratify an amount of US$ 29,617,000 as the maximum aggregate amount of compensation of the Executive Management Team for fiscal year 2017. This amount is the maximum amount that the Company can pay or grant to its members of the Executive Management Team for fiscal year 2017, subject to the authority of the Board of Directors to grant or pay a supplementary amount pursuant to Article 29c of our Articles of Association without additional shareholder ratification to persons who newly assume an Executive Management Team function after the prospective vote at the 2016  Annual General Meeting.  

The table below shows the maximum aggregate amount of compensation that could have been paid or granted in the last fully completed fiscal year (fiscal year 2015) under our compensation principles and plans, the maximum aggregate amount of compensation available to be paid or granted for the 2016 fiscal year under our compensation principles and plans currently in effect, and our proposed maximum aggregate amount of compensation for fiscal year 2017.

The proposed maximum aggregate amount of compensation for fiscal year 2017 is based on our estimated compensation levels and is unchanged from the maximum aggregate amount of compensation for 2016 fiscal year which was approved by shareholders at last years Annual General Meeting. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

Fiscal Year 2015
Maximum Payable(1)

    

Fiscal Year 2016
Maximum Payable(1)

    

Fiscal Year 2017
Proposed Maximum
Amount

 

 

 

US$

 

US$

 

US$

 

Base Salary

 

2,880,000(2)

 

3,024,000(3)

 

3,024,000 

 

Annual Performance Bonus(4)

 

6,257,000 

 

6,570,000 

 

6,570,000 

 

Long‑Term Incentives(5)

 

15,762,500 

 

16,483,000 

 

16,483,000 

 

All Other Compensation(6)

 

3,467,500 

 

3,540,000 

 

3,540,000 

 

Total(7)

 

28,367,000 

 

29,617,000 

 

29,617,000 

 


(1)

Assuming that the base salary, the annual performance bonus and the all other compensation have been, or will be, paid or granted at the maximum level as provided under our compensation principles and plans (e.g., in relation to the annual performance bonus, assuming a payout of annual incentive bonuses at the maximum payout level of 200%). In relation to the long‑term incentive compensation, the fair value calculations are based on an assumed achievement of performance targets at 100%; see note 5 below for further information.

(2)

Reflects actual base salaries paid to our Executive Management Team.

(3)

Reflects actual base salaries paid to, and base salaries for the remaining fiscal year to be paid to, our Executive Management Team, based on base salary levels effective for fiscal year 2016.

(4)

Based on individual target award opportunities and maximum payout at 200%. As further described under Compensation Discussion and AnalysisAnnual Performance Bonus, the potential payout ranges from 0% to 200% of the individual target award opportunity. Maximum payout is only available upon achievement of superior performance. Individual target award opportunities ranged, and will range, between 85% and 120% of the base salary, depending on the level of responsibility.

(5)

Based on target amounts and fair value calculations. With regard to performance‑based long‑term incentives such as performance share units, the fair value calculations are based on an assumed achievement of performance targets at 100%. The actual number of shares to be allocated under such long‑term incentive units will be determined in 2020 depending on performance achievement over a three‑year performance cycle and may range between 0‑200%.

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(6)

Assumes that all compensation has been paid or granted at the maximum level as provided under our compensation principles and plans. Social security payments to be paid by the Company pursuant to applicable law are not included in the total amount.

(7)

The proposal of the Board of Directors for ratification by our shareholders only relates to the maximum aggregate amount of total compensation as shown in the Total row. The subtotals shown for each compensation category for each fiscal year are included for illustration purposes only.

We anticipate that the aggregate amount actually paid to our Executive Management Team for fiscal year 2017 will be less than the proposed maximum aggregate amount. Actual compensation paid to our Executive Management Team for fiscal year 2015 was US$ 18,242,593  (on the basis of the grant-date fair values of the long‑term incentive grants for fiscal year 2015), compared to a maximum amount payable under our compensation plans and principles of US$ 28,367,000. Notwithstanding that we anticipate that the aggregate amount actually paid to our Executive Management Team for fiscal year 2017 will be less than the proposed maximum aggregate amount, we request our shareholders approve the proposed maximum aggregate amount. This is because we want to ensure that the authorized compensation is set at a level that allows us to honor our compensation obligations and promises under our compensation principles and plans if the Executive Management Team, or its individual members, deliver superior performance and achieve all of the performance objectives at the maximum performance level.

The actual payout and grants will be disclosed in the proxy statement for our 2018 annual general meeting and the Swiss Compensation Report for fiscal year 2017.

Recommendation

The Board of Directors recommends that you vote FOR this Agenda Item 11B.

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Corporate Governance

We are committed to upholding high standards of corporate governance and business conduct and believe that we have maintained good corporate governance practices for many years.

In February 2011, the Board of Directors adopted a Code of Integrity that updated and replaced our previous Code of Business Conduct and Ethics. We regularly review and, as necessary, update our Code of Integrity. We conduct online mandatory training for our employees and officers on our Code of Integrity and other relevant compliance topics. We also require all our officers and managerial and supervisory employees to certify compliance with our Code of Integrity each year and to proactively report any non-compliance they may discover.

The Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Directors evaluates the Companys and the Board of Directors governance practices and formally reviews all committee charters along with recommendations from the various committees of the Board of Directors and the Board of Directors governance principles at least annually. The Corporate Governance Committee receives updates at each meeting regarding new developments in the corporate governance arena. Our committee charters also require, among other things, that the committees and the Board of Directors annually evaluate their own performance.

Director Share Holding Requirement. We have equity ownership guidelines for directors that require each current non‑management director to acquire and retain a number of our shares, restricted share units and/or deferred units at least equal in value to an amount five times the directors annual cash retainer. Each new director is required to acquire and retain such number of shares, restricted share units and/or deferred units over his or her initial five years as a director. Jeremy D. Thigpen, our President and Chief Executive Officer, is subject to separate officer share ownership guidelines providing for a more stringent requirement of six times his base pay. In connection with such ownership requirement, the Board of Directors currently grants restricted share units to each of our non‑management directors. See Compensation Discussion and Analysis for more information about these guidelines.

Restrictions on Pledging, Hedging and Margin Accounts. Pursuant to our Insider Trading Policy, employees, officers and directors are restricted from pledging, hedging or holding shares in a margin account.

Our current governance documents may be found on our website at www.deepwater.com under Investor RelationsGovernance. Among the information you can find there is the following:

·

Articles of Association;

·

Organizational Regulations;

·

Corporate Governance Guidelines;

·

Audit Committee Charter;

·

Corporate Governance Committee Charter;

·

Compensation Committee Charter;

·

Finance Committee Charter;

·

Health Safety and Environment Committee Charter;

·

Our Mission Statement;

·

Our FIRST Shared Values; and

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·

Code of Integrity.

Information contained on our website is not part of this proxy statement. We will continue to monitor our governance practices and update policies and procedures, as appropriate, in order to maintain our high standards.

Board Leadership. Except during extraordinary circumstances, the Board of Directors has chosen not to combine the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. The Board believes that separating these positions allows our Chief Executive Officer to focus on our day‑to‑day business, while our Chairman of the Board presides over the Board as it provides advice to, and independent oversight of, management and the Companys operations. The Board recognizes the time, effort, and energy that our Chief Executive Officer is required to devote to his position and the additional commitment the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors requires. The Board of Directors believes that having separate positions and having an independent outside director serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors is the appropriate leadership structure for us at this time and demonstrates our commitment to good corporate governance. However, following Mr. Newmans resignation as Chief Executive Officer of the Company and resignation from the Board of Directors in February 2015, Ian C. Strachan served in a dual capacity as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Interim Chief Executive Officer until the Company named Jeremy D. Thigpen as President and Chief Executive Officer. The Company intends to continue its practice of separating the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for the reasons identified above.

Risk Management. Executive management is responsible for the day‑to‑day management of the risks we face, while the Board of Directors, as a whole and through its various committees, has responsibility for the oversight of risk management for the Company. Through their oversight role and their review of managements active role, the directors satisfy themselves that the risk management processes designed and implemented by management (as more particularly described below) are adapted to and integrated with the Companys corporate strategy, are functioning as designed and that steps are taken to foster a culture in which each employee understands his or her impact on the assessment and management of risk, his or her responsibility for acting within appropriate limits, and his or her ultimate accountability.

The Company has undertaken an extensive review and improvement of its Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) process and has implemented an ERM framework, which includes an executive risk management committee and a risk committee working group. The executive risk management committee is composed of members of senior management, including our Chief Executive Officer and other members of management in key functions and selected divisions of the Company. The duties of the executive risk management committee include the following: reviewing and approving appropriate changes to the Companys policies and procedures regarding risk management; identifying and assessing operational, commercial, strategic, financial, macroeconomic and geopolitical risks facing the Company; identifying risks and taking corrective actions, if appropriate; monitoring key indicators to assess the effectiveness and adequacy of the Companys risk management activities; and communicating with the Board of Directors at least once a year with respect to risk management. The executive risk management committee and/or members of management present a report on risk management activities to the Board of Directors at least annually. The risk committee working group meets regularly and identifies risks facing the Company, makes an assessment of each risk, identifies preventive and mitigating controls and then makes recommendations for improvement opportunities to the Board of Directors or our Chief Executive Officer, as appropriate.

Compensation and Risk. We regularly assess risks related to our compensation programs, including our executive compensation programs, and do not believe that the risks arising from our compensation policies and practices are reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the Company. The Compensation Committee reviews information and solicits input from an independent compensation consultant regarding compensation factors, which could mitigate or encourage excessive risk‑taking. In its review in 2015, the Compensation Committee considered the attributes of our programs, including the metrics used to determine incentive awards, the weight of each metric, the timing and processes for setting performance targets and validating results, the performance measurement periods and time horizons, the total mix of pay and the maximum compensation and incentive award payout opportunities. 

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Independence of Board Members. Our Corporate Governance Guidelines require that at least a majority of the members of the Board of Directors meet the independence standards set by the NYSE. In order to meet the NYSEs independence standards, a member of the Board of Directors must not have a relationship with the Company that falls within certain objective categories established by the NYSE. In addition, the Board of Directors must then affirmatively determine, with respect to each director and nominee, that he or she did not otherwise have a material relationship with the Company.

The Board of Directors has determined that all of its current members, with the exception of Jeremy D. Thigpen (our President and Chief Executive Officer), are independent and meet the applicable independence standards set by the NYSE, the SEC and our guidelines. Accordingly, our Compensation, Audit and Corporate Governance Committees are composed solely of directors who meet the NYSE and SEC independence standards. 

In making its independence determinations, the Board of Directors considered the fact that, while such relationships do not preclude independence under the NYSE and SEC rules or the Companys guidelines, Glyn A. Barker, Chadwick C. Deaton, Vincent J. Intrieri, Samuel J. Merksamer, Merrill A. Pete Miller, Jr. and Tan Ek Kia are, or within the past three years have been, directors or officers of companies with which we conduct business in the ordinary course. In addition, Edward R. Mullers son has been working as an associate attorney at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, a law firm that provides legal services to the Company. 

Since 2012, Mr. Barker has served as a non‑executive director of Aviva plc, a company that provides insurance related services to the Company. Additionally, since July 2014, Mr. Barker has served as a director and member (and until July 2015 as chairman) of the audit committee, and since July 2015, as chairman of the board of directors of, Transocean Partners LLC, a publicly‑held subsidiary of Transocean Ltd. to which we provide operating, support and administrative services, in addition to being the majority unitholder. 

In 2013, Mr. Deaton resigned from his position as executive chairman of Baker Hughes Incorporated, from which the Company purchases drilling equipment and services. Since 2010, Mr. Deaton has served as a non‑executive director of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., from which the Company rented and purchased rig related products and equipment. Further, since 2014, Mr. Deaton has served as a non‑executive director of Marathon Oil Corporation, from which we receive revenues for performing services. 

In addition to his affiliation with Carl Icahn and certain investment funds managed by Mr. Icahn, from 2013 to 2015, Mr. Merksamer served as a non‑executive director of Talisman Energy, from which we received revenues for performing services, and, beginning in 2014, Mr. Merksamer has served as a director of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., from subsidiaries of which the Company procures car rental services. In February 2016, American International Group, Inc. announced that Mr. Merksamer will be nominated as non-executive director of American International Group, Inc. for election at its 2016 annual meeting of shareholders. American International Group, Inc. is a company that provides insurance-related services to the Company. As with Mr. Barker, Mr. Merksamer joined the board of directors of Transocean Partners LLC in 2014. 

In addition to his affiliation with Carl Icahn and certain investment funds managed by Mr. Icahn, since 2014, Mr. Intrieri has served as a director of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. 

Since 2010, Mr. Tan has served as a non‑executive director of Keppel Corporation, which provides the Company with services related to rig construction and shipyard work. 

From 2001 to 2014, Mr. Miller served as President &  Chief Executive Officer of National Oilwell Varco, Inc., from which the Company regularly purchases drilling equipment and services. Mr. Miller currently serves as the executive chairman of NOW Inc. from which the Company regularly purchases drilling equipment and services. 

The Board of Directors believes that all of these transactions were on arms‑length terms that were reasonable and competitive. Accordingly, the Board of Directors concluded that these relationships have no effect on the independence of these directors. Because of our extensive operations, transactions and director relationships, transactions of this nature are expected to take place in the ordinary course of business in the future.

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Executive Sessions. Our independent directors met in executive session without management at each of the regularly scheduled Board of Directors meetings held in 2015. During 2016, they are again scheduled to meet in executive session at each regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting. The independent directors generally designate the Chairman of the Board of Directors to act as the presiding director for executive sessions.

Director Nomination Process. The Board of Directors has designated the Corporate Governance Committee as the committee authorized to consider and recommend nominees for the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors believes that all members of the Corporate Governance Committee meet the NYSE independence requirements.

Our Corporate Governance Guidelines provide that the Corporate Governance Committee should periodically assess the needs of our Company and the Board of Directors, so as to recommend candidates who will further our goals. In making that assessment, the Corporate Governance Committee has determined that a recommended nominee must have the following minimum qualifications:

·

high professional and personal ethics and values;

·

a record of professional accomplishment in his/her chosen field;

·

relevant expertise and experience; and

·

a reputation, both personal and professional, consistent with our Shared Values.

In addition to these minimum qualifications, the Corporate Governance Committee considers other qualities in nominees that may be desirable. In particular, the Board of Directors is committed to having a majority of independent directors and, accordingly, the Corporate Governance Committee evaluates the independence status of any potential director. The Corporate Governance Committee evaluates whether or not a candidate contributes to the Board of Directors overall diversity and whether or not the candidate can contribute positively to the existing chemistry and collaborative culture among the Board members. Also, the Corporate Governance Committee considers whether or not the candidate may have professional or personal experiences and expertise relevant to our business, such as expertise in the industry and in critical health, safety and environmental matters, and position as the leading international provider of offshore drilling services.

As described above, in accordance with the majority vote provisions of our Corporate Governance Guidelines, the Board of Directors may nominate only those candidates for director who have submitted an irrevocable letter of resignation, which would be effective upon and only in the event that (1) such nominee fails to receive more votes cast FOR than AGAINST his or her election in an uncontested election and (2) the Board of Directors accepts the resignation. The Board of Directors will also request a statement from any person nominated as a director by anyone other than the Board of Directors as to whether that person will also submit an irrevocable letter of resignation upon the same terms as a person nominated by the Board of Directors. An uncontested election occurs in an election of directors that does not constitute a contested election. A contested election for purposes of the Corporate Governance Guidelines occurs when (i) the Secretary of the Company receives a notice that a shareholder has nominated a person for election to the Board of Directors in compliance with the advance notice requirements for shareholder nominees for director set forth in our Articles of Association and (ii) such nomination has not been withdrawn by such shareholder on or prior to the day next preceding the date the Company first mails its notice of meeting for such meeting to the shareholders.

The Corporate Governance Committee has several methods of identifying Board of Directors candidates. First, the Corporate Governance Committee considers and evaluates annually whether each director nominee is qualified to be nominated for election or reelection to the Board of Directors. Second, the Corporate Governance Committee requests from time‑to‑time that its members and the other Board members identify possible candidates for any vacancies or potential vacancies. Third, the Corporate Governance Committee has the authority to retain one or more executive search firms to aid in its search. Each executive search firm assists the Corporate Governance Committee in identifying potential Board of Directors candidates, interviewing those candidates and conducting investigations relative to their background and qualifications.

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The Corporate Governance Committee considers nominees for director recommended by our shareholders. Recommendations may be submitted in writing, along with:

·

the name of and contact information for the candidate;

·

a statement detailing the candidates qualifications and business and educational experience;

·

information regarding the qualifications and qualities described under Director Nomination Process above;

·

a signed statement of the proposed candidate consenting to be named as a candidate and, if nominated and elected, to serve as a director;

·

a signed irrevocable letter of resignation from the proposed candidate that, in accordance with our Corporate Governance Guidelines, would be effective upon and only in the event that (1) in an uncontested election, such candidate fails to receive more votes cast FOR than AGAINST his or her election and (2) the Board of Directors accepts the resignation;

·

a statement that the writer is a shareholder and is proposing a candidate for consideration by the Corporate Governance Committee;

·

a statement detailing any relationship between the candidate and any customer, supplier or competitor of ours;

·

financial and accounting experience of the candidate, to enable the Corporate Governance Committee to determine whether the candidate would be suitable for Audit Committee membership; and

·

detailed information about any relationship or understanding between the proposing shareholder and the candidate.

Shareholders may submit nominations to our Corporate Secretary, Transocean Ltd., Turmstrasse 30, CH‑6300 Zug, Switzerland. Unsolicited recommendations must contain all of the information that would be required in a proxy statement soliciting proxies for the election of the candidate as a director. The extent to which the Corporate Governance Committee dedicates time and resources to the consideration and evaluation of any potential nominee brought to its attention depends on the information available to the Corporate Governance Committee about the qualifications and suitability of the individual, viewed in light of the needs of the Board of Directors, and is at the Corporate Governance Committees discretion. The Corporate Governance Committee evaluates the desirability for incumbent directors to continue on the Board of Directors following the expiration of their respective terms, taking into account their contributions as Board members and the benefit that results from the increasing insight and experience developed over a period of time. Although the Corporate Governance Committee will consider candidates for director recommended by shareholders, it may determine not to recommend that the Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors may determine not to, nominate those candidates for election to the Board of Directors.

In addition to recommending director nominees to the Corporate Governance Committee, any shareholder may, in compliance with applicable requirements, nominate directors for election at annual general meetings of the shareholders. For more information on this topic, see Other MattersProposals of Shareholders.

Executive and Director Compensation Process. Our Compensation Committee has established an annual process for reviewing and establishing executive compensation levels. An outside consultant, Pay Governance LLC, retained by the Compensation Committee has provided the Compensation Committee with relevant market data and alternatives to consider in determining appropriate compensation levels for each of our executive officers. Pay Governance has served as the Compensation Committees outside consultant since February 2011. Our Chief Executive Officer also assists the Compensation Committee in the executive compensation setting process. For a more thorough discussion of the roles, responsibilities and process we use for setting executive compensation, see Compensation Discussion and Analysis.

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Director compensation is set by the Board of Directors upon a recommendation from the Compensation Committee. Since 2015, director compensation is also subject to shareholder approval at the Companys  annual general meetings.  Each calendar year, the Compensation Committee reviews the compensation paid to our directors to be certain that it is competitive in attracting and retaining qualified directors. The Compensation Committee has used its outside consultant to gather data regarding director compensation at (1) certain similar size companies in the general industry, as well as (2) the same peer group of companies generally utilized in the consideration of executive compensation, as set forth in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis. Based upon its review of the data and its own judgment, the Compensation Committee develops a recommendation for consideration by the Board of Directors. If serving as director on the Board of Directors, our Chief Executive Officer receives no additional compensation for such service.

Process for Communication by Shareholders and Interested Parties with the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has established a process whereby interested parties may communicate with the Board of Directors and/or with any individual director. Interested parties, including shareholders, may send communications in writing, addressed to the Board of Directors or an individual director, c/o the Corporate Secretary, Transocean Ltd., Turmstrasse 30, CH‑6300 Zug, Switzerland. The Corporate Secretary will forward these communications as appropriate to the addressee depending on the facts and circumstances outlined in the communication. The Board of Directors has directed the Corporate Secretary not to forward certain items such as spam, junk mailings, product inquiries, resumes and other forms of job inquiries, surveys and business solicitations. Additionally, the Board of Directors has advised the Corporate Secretary not to forward material that is illegal or threatening, but to make the Board of Directors aware of such material which it may request be forwarded, retained or destroyed at the Board of Directors discretion.

Policies and Procedures for Approval of Transactions with Related Persons. The Board of Directors has a written policy with respect to related person transactions pursuant to which such transactions are reviewed, approved or ratified. The policy applies to any transaction in which (1) the Company is a participant, (2) any related person has a direct or indirect material interest and (3) the amount involved exceeds $120,000, but excludes any transaction that does not require disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S‑K. The Audit Committee, with assistance from the Companys General Counsel, is responsible for reviewing, approving and/or ratifying any related person transaction.

To identify related person transactions, each year we distribute and require our directors and officers to complete questionnaires identifying transactions with us in which the officer or director or their immediate family members have an interest. Quarterly, our directors and officers must re-affirm in writing that the information previously provided in their questionnaires remains accurate and complete, and provide updates regarding any related person relationships that may have arisen. Our Code of Integrity further requires that an executive officer inform the Company when the executive officers private interest interferes or appears to interfere in any way with our interests. In addition, the Board of Directors Corporate Governance Guidelines require that a director immediately must inform the Board of Directors or the Chairman of the Board of Directors in the event that a director believes that the director has an actual or potential conflict with our interests. Furthermore, under our Organizational Regulations, a director must disclose and abstain from voting with respect to certain conflicts of interest.

Under our related persons transaction policy, the Audit Committee considers all relevant facts and circumstances available, including the related persons involved, their relationship to the Company, their interest and role in the transaction, the proposed terms of the transaction (including expected aggregate value and value to be derived by the related person), the benefits to the Company, the availability to the Company of alternative means or transactions to obtain like benefits and the terms that would prevail in a similar transaction with an unaffiliated third party. For related person transactions that do not receive prior approval from the Audit Committee, the transactions are submitted to the Audit Committee to consider all relevant facts and circumstances and, based on its conclusions, evaluate all options, including, but not limited to, ratification, amendment or termination of the transaction. Since the beginning of 2015, there were no related person transactions where such policies and procedures were not followed.

Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions. From 2001 to 2014, Mr. Miller served as president & chief executive officer of National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE: NOV). Mr. Miller currently serves as the executive chairman of NOW Inc. (NYSE: DNOW). We regularly procure equipment and services from National Oilwell Varco, Inc. and its affiliates (together NOV) and NOW Inc., each at arms length terms and within the ordinary course of business. In 2015, our purchasing activity with NOV and NOW Inc. represented less than 2% of each companys reported gross revenues for such periods.

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Director Attendance at Annual General Meeting. We expect all of our directors to attend the 2016 Annual General Meeting. At the 2015 Annual General Meeting, all directors then serving on the Board of Directors were in attendance. 

Board Meetings and Committees

During 2015, the Board of Directors of Transocean Ltd. held seven meetings. The Board of Directors and the committees of the Board of Directors met at least once a quarter and the quarterly meetings generally occurred over a period of two days. Each of our directors attended at least 80% of the meetings following their election, including meetings of committees on which the director served. 

The Board of Directors has standing Audit, Compensation, Finance, Corporate Governance, and Health Safety and Environment Committees. As noted above, the charters for these committees may be found on our website at www.deepwater.com under Investor RelationsGovernance. In addition, the Board of Directors may from time to time form special committees to consider particular matters that arise.

Compensation Committee. The purpose of the Compensation Committee is to assist the Board of Directors in (1) developing an appropriate compensation program and benefit package for (a) members of the Executive Management Team, (b) persons defined as officers pursuant to section 16(a) of the Exchange Act, and (c) any other person whose compensation is required to be disclosed by applicable securities laws and regulations (collectively, the Specified Executives) and members of the Board of Directors; and (2) complying with the Board of Directors legal and regulatory requirements as to Board member and Specified Executive compensation in order to facilitate the Companys ability to attract, retain and motivate qualified individuals in a system that aligns compensation with the Companys business performance. The authority and responsibilities of the Compensation Committee include, among others, the following:

·

annually review and recommend to the Board of Directors for submission to and ratification by the shareholders pursuant to Swiss law and our Articles of Association the maximum aggregate amount of compensation of the Board of Directors and the Executive Management Team for the relevant period;

·

annually review and approve the compensation paid to members of the Board of Directors and Specified Executives;

·

select appropriate peer groups and market reference points against which the Companys Board of Directors and executive compensation is compared;

·

annually recommend focus areas for our Chief Executive Officer for approval by members of our Board of Directors who meet our independence and experience requirements; 

·

annually review, with participation of our full Board of Directors, our Chief Executive Officers performance in light of our established focus areas; 

·

annually set our Chief Executive Officers compensation based, as appropriate, upon his performance evaluation together with competitive data and subject to shareholder ratification requirements pursuant to our Articles of Association and applicable law;

·

administer our Long‑Term Incentive Plans, Performance Award and Cash Bonus Plan, Deferred Compensation Plan, and any other compensation plans or arrangements providing for benefits primarily to members of the Board of Directors and executive officers in accordance with goals and objectives established by the Board of Directors, the terms of the plans, and any applicable rules and regulations;

·

consider and make recommendations to the Board of Directors, with guidance from an outside compensation consultant, concerning the existing Board of Directors and executive compensation programs and changes to such programs;

·

consider, with guidance from an outside compensation consultant, and approve the material terms of any employment, severance, termination or other similar arrangements (to the extent permitted by applicable law 

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and our Articles of Association) that may be entered into with members of the Board of Directors and Specified Executives; provided, however, that the Compensation Committee shall not recommend and the Board of Directors shall not authorize single‑trigger change of control agreements for any of our officers or directors;

·

assess the risks, with the assistance of external resources as the Compensation Committee deems appropriate, of the Companys compensation arrangements applicable to members of the Board of Directors and the Specified Executives; and

·

retain and approve the fees of legal, accounting or other advisors, including any compensation consultant, employed by the Committee to assist it in the evaluation of executive and director compensation.

See Compensation Discussion and Analysis for a discussion of additional responsibilities of the Compensation Committee.

The Compensation Committee may delegate specific responsibilities to one or more individual committee members to the extent permitted by law, NYSE listing standards and the Compensation Committees governing documents. The Compensation Committee may delegate all or a portion of its powers and responsibilities with respect to the compensation plans and programs described above and in our Compensation Discussion and Analysis to one or more of our management committees; provided, that the Compensation Committee retains all power and responsibility with respect to awards granted to our Board members and executive officers. The Chief Executive Officer has been delegated authority to grant equity awards under the Companys Long‑Term Incentive Plans to new and existing employees of the Company, excluding executive officers and other officers above the Vice President level, provided that such awards shall not exceed $5,000,000 in grant value per calendar year in aggregate and no such individual award shall exceed $350,000 in grant value.  

The Compensation Committee has delegated to a subcommittee composed of its chairman and at least one additional committee member the authority to approve interim compensation actions resulting from promotions, competitive realignment, or the hiring of new executive officers (excluding the Chief Executive Officer), including but not limited to establishing annual base salary, annual bonus targets, long‑term bonus targets and the grant of equity awards, subject to any required vote of the shareholders. The Compensation Committee has also delegated authority to the Chief Executive Officer to, upon termination of service of an employee of the Company  (excluding executive officers and other officers at or above the Senior Vice President level), accelerate vesting of awards granted under the Companys Long‑Term Incentive Plan and to extend exercisability of options for a period of up to one year, but not beyond the original exercise period. The Compensation Committee has further delegated authority to the Chief Executive Officer to determine whether an individual is disabled and/or to set applicable criteria for making such determination for purposes of the Companys Long‑Term Incentive Plan. The Compensation Committee is notified of compensation actions made by the Chief Executive Officer or the subcommittee at the meeting following the end of each calendar quarter in which such actions are taken.

The current members of the Compensation Committee are Mr. Tan, Chairman, and Messrs. Curado, Intrieri and McNamara. The Compensation Committee met seven times during 2015. 

Finance Committee. The Finance Committee approves our long‑term financial policies, insurance programs and investment policies. It also makes recommendations to the Board of Directors concerning the Companys dividend policy, securities repurchase actions, the issuance and terms of debt and equity securities and the establishment of bank lines of credit. In addition, the Finance Committee approves the creation, termination and amendment of certain of our employee benefit programs and periodically reviews the status of these programs and the performance of the managers of the funded programs.

The current members of the Finance Committee are Mr. Muller, Chairman, Ms. Chang and Messrs. Barker and Merksamer. The Finance Committee met four times during 2015. 

Corporate Governance Committee.  The Corporate Governance Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors with respect to the nomination of candidates for election to the Board of Directors, how the Board of

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Directors functions and how the Board of Directors should interact with shareholders and management. It reviews the qualifications of potential candidates for the Board of Directors, coordinates the self‑evaluation of the Board of Directors and committees and proposes to the Board of Directors candidates to stand for election at the next general meeting of shareholders.

The current members of the Corporate Governance Committee are Mr. McNamara, Chairman, and Messrs. Deaton and Intrieri. The Corporate Governance Committee met five times during 2015. 

Health Safety and Environment Committee. The Health Safety and Environment Committee assists the Board of Directors in fulfilling its responsibilities to oversee the Companys management of risk in the areas of health, safety and the environment. The Health Safety and Environment Committee reviews and discusses with management the status of key environmental, health and safety issues. Additionally, the Health Safety and Environment Committee regularly evaluates Company policies, practices and performance related to health, safety and environmental issues and guides strategy decisions to promote company goals and compliance with applicable rules and regulations. Beginning in 2013, the Health Safety and Environment Committee assumed additional responsibility to oversee the Companys implementation of certain requirements of the Consent Decree by and among the U.S. Department of Justice and certain of the Companys affiliates. The Health Safety and Environment Committee has required the Company to provide, and will review, regular reports regarding compliance with all aspects of the Consent Decree.

The current members of the Health Safety and Environment Committee are Mr. Deaton, Chairman, and Messrs. Merksamer, Muller and Tan. The Health Safety and Environment Committee met four times during 2015. 

Audit Committee. The Audit Committee is responsible for recommending the selection, retention and termination of our independent registered public accountants and our auditor pursuant to the Swiss Code of Obligations to the Board of Directors and to our shareholders for their approval at a general meeting of shareholders. The Audit Committee is directly responsible for the compensation and oversight of our independent registered public accountants and our auditor pursuant to the Swiss Code of Obligations. The Audit Committee further advises as necessary in the selection of the lead audit partner. The Audit Committee also monitors the integrity of our financial statements and the independence and performance of our auditors and their lead audit partner and reviews our financial reporting processes. The Audit Committee reviews and reports to the Board of Directors the scope and results of audits by our independent registered public accounting firm, our auditor pursuant to the Swiss Code of Obligations and our internal auditing staff and reviews the audit and other professional services rendered by the accounting firm. It also reviews with the accounting firm the adequacy of our system of internal controls. It reviews transactions between us and our directors and officers for disclosure in the proxy statement, our policies regarding those transactions and compliance with our business ethics and conflict of interest policies.

The Board of Directors requires that all members of the Audit Committee meet the financial literacy standard required under the NYSE rules and that at least one member qualifies as having accounting or related financial management expertise under the NYSE rules. In addition, the SEC has adopted rules requiring that we disclose whether or not the Audit Committee has an audit committee financial expert as a member. An audit committee financial expert is defined as a person who, based on his or her experience, possesses all of the following attributes:

·

an understanding of generally accepted accounting principles and financial statements;

·

the ability to assess the general application of such principles in connection with the accounting for estimates, accruals, and reserves;

·

experience preparing, auditing, analyzing or evaluating financial statements that present a breadth of complexity of accounting issues that are generally comparable to the breadth and level of complexity of issues that can reasonably be expected to be raised by our financial statements, or experience actively supervising one or more persons engaged in such activities;

·

an understanding of internal control over financial reporting; and

·

an understanding of audit committee functions.

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The person must have acquired such attributes through one or more of the following:

·

education and experience as a principal financial officer, principal accounting officer, controller, public accountant or auditor or experience in one or more positions that involve the performance of similar functions;

·

experience actively supervising a principal financial officer, principal accounting officer, controller, public accountant, auditor or person performing similar functions;

·

experience overseeing or assessing the performance of companies or public accountants with respect to the preparation, auditing or evaluation of financial statements; or

·

other relevant experience.

The current members of the Audit Committee are Mr. Barker, Chairman, Ms. Chang and Mr. Curado. The Audit Committee met eight times during 2015.   

The Board of Directors has reviewed the criteria set by the SEC and determined that each of the current members of the Audit Committee is financially literate and qualifies as an audit committee financial expert. In addition, the Board of Directors has determined that each of the current members of the Audit Committee qualifies under NYSE rules as having accounting or related financial management expertise. Mr. Barker is a chartered accountant, served as an audit partner in an accounting firm and served as the Vice Chairman‑U.K. of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 2008 to 2011. Ms. Chang was previously partner in charge of Corporate Finance for KPMG Peat Marwick LLP. Mr. Curado has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Embraer S.A. since 2007 and has significant risk management and compliance experience. 

In addition to Ms. Chang’s membership on the Audit Committee, she also serves on the audit committees of Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated, Edison International and certain funds advised by the Capital Group of Companies, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Pursuant to NYSE rules, the Board of Directors has determined that Ms. Chang’s service on the audit committees of such companies would not impair her ability to effectively serve on the Company’s Audit Committee.

Finally, NYSE rules restrict directors that have relationships with the Company that may interfere with the exercise of their independence from management and the Company from serving on the Audit Committee. We believe that the members of the Audit Committee have no such relationships and are therefore independent for purposes of NYSE rules.

Director Compensation Strategy

Directors who are employees of the Company do not receive compensation for Board of Directors service. At present, all of the directors except Mr. Thigpen, our President and Chief Executive Officer, are non‑employees and receive compensation for Board of Directors service.

We use a combination of cash and equity compensation to attract and retain qualified candidates to serve on the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors believes that any compensation method should be weighted more toward compensation in the form of equity in order to more closely align director compensation with shareholders interests.

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In 2015, non‑employee director compensation included the following fixed components: 

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Retainernon‑employee Director

    

$

100,000 

 

Annual Retainernon‑employee Vice Chairman(1)

 

$

250,000 

 

Annual Retainernon‑employee Chairman(2)

 

$

325,000 

 

Additional Annual Retainer for Committee Chairmen

 

 

 

 

Audit Committee

 

$

35,000 

 

Compensation Committee

 

$

20,000 

 

Corporate Governance Committee, Finance Committee and Health Safety and Environment Committee

 

$

10,000 

 

Grant of Restricted Share Unitsnon‑employee Directors and Vice Chairman(3)

   

$

210,000 

 

Grant of Restricted Share Unitsnon‑employee Chairman(4)

 

$

325,000 

 


(1)

Mr. Miller served as non-employee Vice Chairman until May 15, 2015. Currently, the Company does not have any director serving in a Vice Chairman role.

(2)

In May 2015, the annual retainer for the non‑employee Chairman was increased from $265,000 to $325,000 for the compensation period from the Companys 2015 Annual General Meeting to the Companys 2016 Annual General Meeting (2015/2016 Compensation Period).

(3)

Restricted share units are granted to each non‑employee director annually and have an aggregate value equal to $210,000, based upon the average of the high and low sales prices of our shares for each of the 10 trading days immediately prior to the date of grant. The restricted share units vest on the date first to occur of (1) the first anniversary of the date of grant or (2) the Annual General Meeting next following the date of grant, subject to continued service through the vesting date. Vesting of the restricted share units is not subject to any performance measures.

(4)

In May 2015, the aggregate value of units granted to the non‑employee Chairman was increased from $260,000 to $325,000 for the 2015/2016 Compensation Period.

In addition, we pay or reimburse our directors travel and incidental expenses incurred for attending Board of Directors, committee and shareholder meetings and for other Company business‑related purposes.

2015 Director Compensation

In 2015, each non‑employee member of the Board of Directors received the compensation described above.

At the Board of Directors meeting held immediately after the 2015 Annual General Meeting of our shareholders, the Board of Directors granted 10,836 restricted share units to each non‑employee director (other than the Chairman) and 16,770 restricted share units to the non‑employee Chairman in aggregate value equal to $210,000 and $325,000, respectively, based upon the average of the high and low sales prices of our shares for the 10 trading days immediately prior to the date of grant (calculated at $19.38 per share). Each non‑employee director is required to acquire and retain a number of our shares and/or restricted share units at least equal in value to an amount five times the annual director retainer. Each non‑employee directors vested restricted share units generally are not settled until the non‑employee directors service with the Company ends.

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The following summarizes the compensation of our non‑employee directors for 2015. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

    

Fees
Earned
or Paid
in Cash
($)

    

Stock
Awards(1)(2)
($)

    

All Other
Compensation(3)

    

Total
($)

 

Ian C. Strachan(4)

 

132,500 

 

 

31,043 

 

163,543 

 

Glyn A. Barker

 

135,000 

 

225,280 

 

11,624 

 

371,904 

 

Vanessa C. L. Chang

 

100,000 

 

225,280 

 

16,217 

 

341,497 

 

Frederico F. Curado

 

100,000 

 

225,280 

 

10,188 

 

335,468 

 

Chadwick C. Deaton

 

110,000 

 

225,280 

 

16,217 

 

351,497 

 

Vincent J. Intrieri

 

100,000 

 

225,280 

 

5,190 

 

330,470 

 

Martin B. McNamara

 

110,000 

 

225,280 

 

34,981 

 

370,261 

 

Samuel J. Merksamer

 

100,000 

 

225,280 

 

10,188 

 

335,468 

 

Merrill A. Pete Miller, Jr.

 

297,184 

 

348,648 

 

8,806 

 

654,638 

 

Edward R. Muller

 

110,000 

 

225,280 

 

29,591 

 

364,871 

 

Tan Ek Kia

 

120,000 

 

225,280 

 

20,174 

 

365,454 

 


(1)

This represents the aggregate grant-date fair value under accounting standards for recognition of share‑based compensation expense for restricted share units granted to our directors in 2015, computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. For a discussion of the valuation assumptions with respect to these awards, please see Note 18 to our consolidated financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10‑K for the year ended December 31, 2015.

(2)

The aggregate number of vested and unvested restricted share units, and stock appreciation rights (SARs), at December 31, 2015, for each non‑employee director was as follows: Mr. Barker, 9,703 vested restricted share units and 10,836 unvested restricted share units; Ms. Chang, 15, 445 vested restricted share units and 10,836 unvested restricted share units; Mr. Curado, 9,703 vested restricted share units and 10,836 unvested restricted share units; Mr. Deaton, 15,445 vested restricted share units and 10,836 unvested restricted share units; Mr. Intrieri, 4,943 vested restricted share units and 10,836 unvested restricted share units; Mr. McNamara, 33,315 vested restricted share units and 10,836 unvested restricted share units; Mr. Merksamer, 9,703 vested restricted share units and 10,836 unvested restricted share units; Mr. Miller, 4,892 vested restricted share units and 16,770 unvested restricted share units; Mr. Muller, 7,640 SARs and 28,182 vested restricted share units and 10,836 unvested restricted share units; Mr. Tan, 19,213 vested restricted share units and 10,836 unvested restricted share units.  

(3)

Represents dividend equivalents paid during 2015 on all vested restricted share units.

(4)

Mr. Strachan retired from the Board of Directors in connection with the 2015 Annual General Meeting. Mr. Strachan served as Interim Chief Executive Officer in 2015 prior to the appointment of Mr. Thigpen as the Companys President and Chief Executive Officer.

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AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT

Two primary roles of the Audit Committee are to (1) assist the Board of Directors in overseeing the key financial and compliance related matters and (2) monitor integrity of the financial statements of the Company. While management is responsible for the Companys internal controls and the financial reporting process, in accordance with its Charter, the Audit Committee encourages continuous improvement of and fosters adherence to the Companys policies, procedures and practices at all levels.

The Audit Committee is also directly responsible for the appointment, compensation, retention and oversight of the independent registered public accounting firm, Ernst & Young LLP, and our auditor under the Swiss Code of Obligations. Ernst & Young LLP has been the Companys independent registered public accounting firm since 1993 and is responsible for performing an independent audit of the Companys financial statements in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. The Audit Committee considers the effectiveness of these processes and the independence of Ernst & Young LLP on an on‑going basis. A full description of the Audit Committees key functions is contained in the Companys Audit Committee Charter available at: www.deepwater.com/investor‑relations/governance/committees/audit‑committee.

As part of its oversight function for the year ended December 31, 2015, the Audit Committee:

·

Reviewed and discussed the audited financial statements of the Company to be included in the Annual Report with management, our internal auditors and Ernst & Young LLP;

·

Discussed with Ernst & Young LLP the matters required to be discussed by the Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61, as amended (AICPA, Professional Standards, Vol. 1. AU section 380), as adopted by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in Rule 3200T;

·

In accordance with the Sarbanes‑Oxley Act of 2002, which requires certifications by the Companys chief executive officer and chief financial officer in certain of the Companys filings with the SEC, discussed the review of the Companys reporting and internal controls undertaken in connection with these certifications with the Companys management and independent registered public accounting firm;

·

Reviewed and discussed with the Companys management and independent registered public accounting firm managements report and Ernst & Young LLPs report on internal control over financial reporting in accordance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes‑Oxley Act of 2002;

·

Developed quarterly meeting agendas based on input from each Committee member, Ernst & Young LLP, members of management and the Companys internal audit function;

·

Conducted regular meetings with our internal auditors and Ernst & Young LLP (with and without management present) to discuss the overall scope and plans for future audits, results of examinations, evaluations of internal controls and other material matters;

·

Reviewed all non‑audit services and engagements, service quality and working relationships with Ernst & Young LLP; and

·

Reviewed such other matters as it deemed appropriate, including other provisions of the Sarbanes‑Oxley Act of 2002 and rules adopted or proposed to be adopted by the SEC and the NYSE.

The Audit Committee also has received the written disclosures and the letter from Ernst & Young LLP regarding the auditors independence pursuant to the applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Ethics and Independence Rule 3526, and it has reviewed, evaluated and discussed the written disclosures with that firm and its independence from the Company. The Audit Committee further has discussed with management of the Company and the independent registered public accounting firm such other matters and received such assurances from them as it deemed appropriate.

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Based on the foregoing review and discussions and relying thereon, the Audit Committee recommended to the Companys Board of Directors the inclusion of the Companys audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2015, in the Companys Annual Report on Form 10‑K for such year filed with the SEC.

 

 

 

Members of the Audit Committee:

 

 

 

Glyn A. Barker, Chairman
Vanessa C.L. Chang
Frederico F. Curado

 

 

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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS

Listed below are the only persons who, to the knowledge of the Company, may be deemed to be beneficial owners, as of March 1, 2016, of more than 5% of the Companys shares.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name and Address of Beneficial Owner

    

Shares
Beneficially
Owned

    

Percent of
Class(1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credit Suisse Group AG

 

 

 

 

 

Paradeplatz 8, Postfach

 

40,275,126 

(2)

11.03 

%

8070 Zürich, Switzerland

 

 

 

 

 

The Vanguard Group

 

36,439,874 

(3)  

9.98 

%

100 Vanguard Blvd.

 

 

 

 

 

Malvern, PA 19355

 

 

 

 

 

BlackRock, Inc.

 

25,210,685 

(4)  

6.90 

%

55 East 52nd Street

 

 

 

 

 

New York, NY 10055

 

 

 

 

 

Icahn Capital LP

 

21,477,900 

(5)  

5.88 

%

White Plains Plaza

 

 

 

 

 

445 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 1210

 

 

 

 

 

White Plains, New York 10601

 

 

 

 

 

 


(1)

The percentage indicated is based on 365,066,026 outstanding Company shares as of March 1, 2016.

(2)

The number of shares is based on a notice of shareholdings reported by Credit Suisse Group AG on  November 27, 2015, pursuant to the disclosure rules of the SIX Swiss Exchange. According to the filing, Credit Suisse Group AG has voting rights with regard to 40,275,126 shares.

(3)

The number of shares is based on the Schedule 13G/A filed with the SEC on February 10, 2016, by The Vanguard Group. According to the filing, The Vanguard Group has sole voting power with regard to 591,860 shares, shared voting power with regard to 33,035 shares, sole dispositive power with regard to 35,827,580 shares and share dispositive power with regard to 612,294 shares.

(4)

The number of shares is based on the Schedule 13G/A filed with the SEC on January 27, 2016, by BlackRock, Inc. According to the filing, BlackRock, Inc. has sole voting power with regard to 23,380,916 shares and sole dispositive power with regard to 25,210,685 shares.

(5)

The number of shares is based on the Schedule 13D/A filed with the SEC on November 12, 2013, by Icahn Capital L.P. with respect to itself, Carl C. Icahn and certain other affiliated entities of Carl C. Icahn. According to the filing, (i) High River Limited Partnership, a Delaware limited partnership, has sole voting power and sole dispositive power with regard to 4,295,579 shares; (ii) Hopper Investments LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, has shared voting power and shared dispositive power with regard to 4,295,579 shares; (iii) Barberry Corp., a Delaware corporation, has shared voting power and shared dispositive power with regard to 4,295,579 shares; (iv) Icahn Partners Master Fund LP, a Delaware limited partnership, has sole voting power and sole dispositive power with regard to 6,836,919 shares; (v) Icahn Partners Master Fund II LP, a Delaware limited partnership, has sole voting power and sole dispositive power with regard to 2,682,968 shares; (vi) Icahn Partners Master Fund III LP, a Delaware limited partnership, has sole voting power and sole dispositive power with regard to 1,181,104 shares; (vii) Icahn Offshore LP, a Delaware limited partnership, has shared voting power and shared dispositive power with regard to 10,700,991; (viii) Icahn Partners LP, a Delaware limited partnership, has sole voting power and sole dispositive power with regard to 6,481,330 shares; (ix) Icahn Onshore LP, a Delaware limited partnership, has shared voting power and shared dispositive power with regard to 6,481,330 shares; (x) Icahn Capital LP, a Delaware limited partnership, has shared voting power and shared dispositive power with regard to 17,182,321 shares; (xi) IPH GP LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, has shared voting power and shared dispositive power with regard to 17,182,321 shares; (xii) Icahn

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Enterprises Holdings L.P., a Delaware limited partnership, has shared voting power and shared dispositive power with regard to 17,182,321 shares; (xiii) Icahn Enterprises G.P. Inc., a Delaware corporation, has shared voting power and shared dispositive power with regard to 17,182,321 shares; (xiv) Beckton Corp., a Delaware corporation, has shared voting power and shared dispositive power with regard to 17,182,321 shares; and (xv) Carl C. Icahn has shared voting power and shared dispositive power with regard to 21,477,900 shares. Carl C. Icahn, by virtue of his relationship to the other reporting persons, is deemed to beneficially own the shares which the other reporting persons directly beneficially own. According to the Schedule 13D, each of the reporting persons may have shared voting and/or dispositive power over all or some of such shares.

SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

The table below shows how many shares each of our directors and nominees, each of the Named Executive Officers included in the summary compensation section below and all directors and executive officers as a group beneficially owned as of March 1,  2016. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

    

Shares
Owned(1)

    

Shares
Subject to
Right to
Acquire
Beneficial
Ownership(2)

    

Total
Shares
Beneficially
Owned(3)

    

Percent of
Class(3)

 

Jeremy D. Thigpen

 

 

113,784

 

113,784

 

*

 

Mark Mey

 

 

 

 

*

 

John B. Stobart

 

18,198

 

71,300

 

89,498

 

*

 

Terry B. Bonno

 

12,658

 

72,554

 

85,212

 

*

 

David Tonnel(4)

 

24,702

 

93,152

 

117,854

 

*

 

Glyn A. Barker

 

4,476

 

9,703

 

14,179

 

*

 

Vanessa C.L. Chang

 

1,700

 

15,445

 

17,145

 

*

 

Frederico F. Curado

 

 

9,703

 

9,703

 

*

 

Chadwick C. Deaton(5)

 

1,000

 

15,445

 

16,445

 

*

 

Vincent J. Intrieri

 

 

4,943

 

4,943

 

*

 

Martin B. McNamara

 

24,651

 

45,113

 

69,764

 

*

 

Samuel J. Merksamer

 

 

9,703

 

9,703

 

*

 

Merrill A. Pete Miller, Jr.

 

 

4,892

 

4,892

 

*

 

Edward R. Muller(6)

 

6,647

 

28,182

 

34,829

 

*

 

Ian C. Strachan(7)

 

 

 

 

*

 

Tan Ek Kia

 

 

19,213

 

19,213

 

*

 

Steven L. Newman(8)

 

 

 

 

*

 

Esa Ikaheimonen(9)

 

 

 

 

*

 

Lars Sjobring(10)

 

 

 

 

*

 

All of directors and executive officers as a group (21 persons)

 

94,032

 

513,132

 

607,164

 

*

 


*Less than 1%.

(1)

The business address of each director and executive officer is c/o Transocean Management Ltd., 10 Chemin de Blandonnet, CH‑1214, Vernier, Switzerland. None of the shares beneficially owned by our directors or executive officers are pledged as security.

(2)

Includes shares that may be acquired within 60 days from March 1,  2016 through the exercise of options held by Messrs. Stobart (38,579) and Tonnel (79,401), Ms. Bonno (58,102), and all directors and executive officers as a group (176,100). Also includes (a) rights to acquire shares under our deferred compensation plan held by Mr. McNamara (11,798) and all directors and executive officers as a group (11,798); (b) vested restricted share units held by Messrs. Thigpen (113,784), Stobart (32,703), and Tonnel (13,751), Ms. Bonno (14,452), Messrs. Barker (9,703), Curado (9,703), Deaton (15,445), Intrieri (4,943), McNamara (33,315), Merksamer (9,703), Miller (4,892), Muller (28,182) and Tan (19,213), and Ms. Chang (15,445) and all directors and executive officers as a group (325,234). Does not include out‑of‑the‑money SARs held by Mr. Muller (7,640), and all directors and executive officers as a group (7,640).

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The base prices of the SARs of $90.27 per share and $107.63 per share were above the closing price for our shares on the NYSE on February 29, 2016 of $8.54 per share. 

(3)

As of March 1,  2016, each listed individual and our directors and executive officers as a group beneficially owned less than 1.0% of the outstanding shares.

(4)

Includes shares held by Mr. Tonnel through the Transocean Employee Savings Plan (987) and 19,150 shares held in a joint account with his wife.

(5)

Includes 1,000 shares held in a joint account with his wife.

(6)

Includes 6,332 shares held in a family trust with Mr. Muller and his wife serving as trustees.

(7)

Mr. Strachan served as Interim Chief Executive Officer from February 16, 2015 until April 22, 2015, when Mr. Thigpen was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Strachan retired as Chairman of the Board of Directors on May 15, 2015.

(8)

Mr. Newman stepped down as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective February 16, 2015.

(9)

Mr. Ikaheimonen stepped down as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company, effective May 27, 2015.

(10)

Mr. Sjobring stepped down as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Company, effective November 9, 2015.

Compensation Discussion and Analysis

This Compensation Discussion and Analysis provides an overview and analysis of Transoceans executive compensation program and policies, material compensation decisions and the key factors we considered in making those decisions. It includes specific information about the compensation paid, earned or granted to the following persons who comprise our Named Executive Officers for 2015:

Current Executive Officers

·

Jeremy D. Thigpen, President and Chief Executive Officer

·

Mark Mey, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

·

John B. Stobart, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer