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Foreign Private Issuers May Begin Submitting Their Financial Statements in XBRL

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) provided notice that the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) taxonomy has been published on the SEC’s website as provided for by the EDGAR Filer...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Rule 15c2-12 to Expand Municipal Securities Disclosures

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published for comment proposed amendments to Rule 15c2-12 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) that would expand the list of events triggering...more

SEC Staff Clarifies Rules for Abbreviated Debt Tender or Debt Exchange Offers (aka Five-Day Tender Offers)

On November 18, 2016, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) (Questions 162.01 through 162.05) to provide guidance on the Abbreviated Tender or...more

SEC Proposes Rule to Shorten Settlement Period from T+3 to T+2; Eliminates Requirement for Tandy Language

Proposed rule to shorten settlement period from T+3 to T+2 - On September 28, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed an amendment to shorten the standard settlement cycle for broker-dealer...more

Investigators Continue to Scrutinize Climate Change Disclosures

Critics Claim “Intimidation” - Earlier this month, on September 14, 2016, feuding parties gathered before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology to address the legitimacy of subpoenas sent to the New York...more

SEC Announces Enforcement Actions Under its Muni Bond Disclosure Initiative

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it brought enforcement actions against 71 municipal issuers and other obligated persons as part of the SEC’s Municipalities Continuing Disclosure...more

Energy SPACs

In the first quarter of 2016, two energy-focused, special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) made their Nasdaq market debuts, including 2016’s largest U.S. initial public offering (IPO) to date. On February 29,...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: Proxy Access

Proxy Access - 2015 was a turning point for shareholder proposals seeking to implement proxy access, which gives certain shareholders the ability to nominate directors and include those nominees in a company’s proxy...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: Executive Compensation

Executive and Director Compensation - Perennially in the spotlight, executive compensation will continue to be a hot topic for directors in 2016. But this year, due to the SEC’s active rulemaking in 2015, directors will...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: Audit Committees

Audit Committees - Averaging 8.8 meetings a year, audit continues to be the most time-consuming committee.i Audit committees are burdened not only with overseeing a company’s risks, but also a host of other...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: Risk Management

Risk Management - Risk management goes hand in hand with strategic planning — it is impossible to make informed decisions about a company’s strategic direction without a comprehensive understanding of the risks involved....more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity - Nearly 90 percent of CEOs worry that cyber threats could adversely impact growth prospects, up from nearly 70 percent the previous year. Yet, in a recent survey, nearly 80 percent of the more than 1,000...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: M&A Developments

M&A Developments - M&A activity has been robust in 2015 and is on track for another record year. According to Thomson Reuters, global M&A activity exceeded $3.2 trillion, with almost 32,000 deals during the first three...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: Board Composition and Succession Planning

Board Composition and Succession Planning - Boards have to look at their composition and make an honest assessment of whether they collectively have the necessary experience and expertise to oversee the new opportunities...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: Social Media

Social Media - Companies that ignore the significant influence that social media has on existing and potential customers, employees and investors do so at their own peril. Last quarter, Facebook reported daily active...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016 U.S. public companies face a host of challenges as they enter 2016. Here is our annual list of hot topics for the boardroom in the coming year... Please see full Alert below for more...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: Shareholder Activism

Shareholder Activism - Shareholder activism and “suggestivism” continue to gain traction. With the success that activists have experienced throughout 2015, coupled with significant new money being allocated to activist...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: Strategic Planning Considerations

Strategic Planning Considerations - Strategic planning continues to be a high priority for directors and one to which they want to devote more time.i Figuring out where the company wants to — and where it should want to...more

SEC Staff Clarifies Guidance on Exclusion of Conflicting Shareholder Proposals and the Ordinary Business Operations Basis for...

On October 22, 2015, the Division of Corporation Finance (the “Division”) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued clarifying guidance upending previous interpretations regarding the exclusion of conflicting...more

SEC Solicits Input on Revising Disclosure Rules Regarding Audit Committees

In a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) concept release issued earlier this month, the SEC requested the public’s input on more than 70 questions surrounding the sufficiency of current disclosure requirements on audit...more

SEC Advised to “Do No Harm” to Accredited Investor Definition

At its meeting on March 4, the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies approved its rather limited recommendations to update the definition of “accredited investor” as it applies to natural persons as found...more

SEC Investor Alert: How to Be a Smart Investor Online

Earlier last week, the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy issued an Investor Alert reminding investors seeking information and advice online to be wary of fraudulent investment schemes involving social media. In...more

Exempt Intrastate Offers: Advertising and Soliciting on Websites and Social Media

The SEC elaborates on how to utilize online general advertising and solicitation while complying with the requirements of the Rule 147 Exemption for Intrastate Offerings A recent Securities and Exchange Commission...more

One Step Closer to a Revised “Accredited Investor” Definition

At its meeting on October 9, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Investor Advisory Committee recommended (by voice vote, with one dissent) that the SEC adopt significant updates to the definition of “accredited...more

SEC Provides New C&DIs on Verifying Accredited Investor Status

In early July, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance issued several new interpretations (at 255.48-49 and 260.35-38) (C&DI) relating to the verification of “accredited investor” status...more

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