Brian V. Breheny

Brian V. Breheny

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

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"How Companies Should Respond to New Non-GAAP Financial Disclosure Guidance"

On May 17, 2016, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released new and revised Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (CDIs) regarding the use of...more

7/8/2016 - CDIs Corporate Financing Disclosure Requirements Financial Statements Non-GAAP Financial Measures SEC

"Corporate Finance Alert: The Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures — A Disclosure Guide"

Companies commonly supplement their reported earnings under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) with non-GAAP financial measures that they believe more accurately reflect their results or financial position...more

7/8/2016 - Accounting Standards Financial Reporting GAAP Non-GAAP Financial Measures Public Disclosure Publicly-Traded Companies Registration Statement Regulation S-K SEC

"SEC Amends Form 10-K to Specifically Allow New Summary Section"

On June 1, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) amended Form 10-K to specifically allow companies to provide a summary section in their annual reports. This revision to Form 10-K was adopted to implement...more

6/9/2016 - Annual Reports Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) Form 10-K SEC

"SEC Staff Issues Updated Non-GAAP Financial Measures Guidance"

On May 17, 2016, the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance issued new and revised compliance and disclosure interpretations (CDIs) regarding the SEC’s rules and...more

5/20/2016 - CDIs Guidance Update Non-GAAP Financial Measures Regulation S-K SEC

"Conflict Minerals Disclosures Due May 31, 2016"

Companies that are required to make conflict minerals disclosures on Form SD with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for calendar year 2015 must do so no later than Tuesday, May 31, 2016....more

5/16/2016 - Conflict Mineral Rules Disclosure Requirements Form SD Product Labels SEC

"SEC Issues Concept Release Seeking Feedback on Business and Financial Disclosure Requirements"

On April 13, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a concept release seeking feedback on ways to modernize the business and financial disclosure requirements of Regulation S-K. The 341-page release...more

4/21/2016 - Audits Disclosure Requirements Environmental Assessments Financial Statements Foreign Investment Investor Protection Public Comment Public Policy Regulation S-K Risk Management SEC

"Annual Meeting Proxy Statement Filing Reminders"

Following are a few points to consider when preparing proxy statement materials for filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in connection with annual shareholder meetings....more

3/9/2016 - Annual Meeting Annual Reports EDGAR Filing Deadlines Form 8-K Proxy Statements SEC Shareholders

"SEC Moves to Complete Final Rules for Executive Compensation Disclosures"

Public companies should start preparing for the new executive compensation disclosures mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) moves to complete these rulemakings in the next year. The...more

1/20/2016 - CEOs Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Final Rules Hedging Pay Ratio Pay-for-Performance Publicly-Traded Companies SEC

"SEC Rulemaking Update: A Year of Changes, With More to Come"

Last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) made major progress in completing its rulemaking mandates under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) and the Dodd-Frank Act. Additionally, Congress enacted...more

1/19/2016 - Capital Formation Crowdfunding Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Emerging Growth Companies FASB Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) GAAP JOBS Act Popular SEC

"SEC Proposes Rules to Implement Resource Extraction Issuer Disclosure Provisions"

On December 11, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released another set of proposed rules to implement the resource extraction issuer disclosure provisions in Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The...more

12/17/2015 - Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Form SD Minerals Oil & Gas Resource Extraction SEC

"Planning for the 2016 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season"

Each company faces important decisions in preparing for its 2016 annual meeting and reporting season. We have prepared a checklist of essential areas we believe companies should focus on as they plan for 2016, including...more

12/12/2015 - Annual Meeting Conflict Mineral Rules Corporate Governance Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation ISS PCAOB Proxy Season Proxy Voting Guidelines Reporting Requirements Say-on-Pay SEC Section 162(m) Shareholder Proposals

"Glass Lewis Issues 2016 US Proxy Policy Guidelines"

Proxy advisory firm Glass Lewis recently issued its U.S. voting policy guidelines for the 2016 proxy season. The guidelines include a few key changes, a summary of which is outlined below. Conflicting Shareholder...more

11/23/2015 - Board of Directors Conflicting Proposals Corporate Social Responsibility Director Nominations Exclusive Forum Executive Compensation Glass Lewis Proxy Advisors Proxy Voting Guidelines Publicly-Traded Companies SEC Shareholders

"SEC Staff Issues Revised Guidance on Unbundling of Shareholder Votes in M&A Deals"

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) recently published revised guidance regarding the "unbundling" of matters presented for shareholder votes in connection...more

11/18/2015 - Acquisitions CDIs Mergers Proxy Materials SEC Shareholder Votes

"SEC Staff Issues New Shareholder Proposals Guidance"

The Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (Staff) recently published Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H (SLB), which provides important new guidance for companies that may receive...more

10/29/2015 - Conflicting Proposals Manager Proposals New Guidance No-Action Requests Ordinary Business Exception Proxy Season Rule 14a-8(i)(7) Rule 14a-8(i)(9) SEC Shareholder Proposals Wal-Mart

"Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirement Confirmed Unconstitutional"

On August 18, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a 2-1 decision (opinion available here), confirmed its earlier decision in April 2014 by ruling that the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

8/24/2015 - Appeals Commercial Marketing Compelled Speech Conflict Mineral Rules Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo Disclosure Requirements First Amendment Free Speech Petition For Rehearing Product Labels Reaffirmation SEC

"Corporate Finance Alert: SEC Staff Issues Interpretations on General Solicitation Prohibition"

The staff of the SEC Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) recently issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (CDIs) and an interpretive letter regarding the general solicitation prohibition in securities...more

8/14/2015 - Administrative Interpretation Angel Investors CDIs Compliance Corporate Issuers Disclosure General Solicitation Interpretive Letters Investment Adviser No-Action Letters Rule 506 Offerings SEC

"SEC Adopts CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Requirements"

On August 5, 2015, in a 3-2 vote, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules implementing the controversial “CEO pay ratio” disclosure requirements that were proposed in 2013 and mandated by...more

8/7/2015 - CEOs Compensation Agreements Compliance Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Exclusions Executive Compensation Pay Ratio SEC

"SEC Considers Possible Revisions to Audit Committee Disclosures"

On July 1, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a concept release soliciting public comment on possible revisions to its existing disclosure requirements related to audit committees. The release...more

7/10/2015 - Audit Committee Auditors Audits Disclosure Requirements PCAOB SEC

"SEC Proposes Long-Awaited Mandatory Compensation Clawback Rules"

On July 1, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued long-awaited proposed rules that would implement the incentive-based compensation recovery (clawback) provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform...more

7/3/2015 - Clawbacks Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Financial Reporting Incentive Compensation SEC Shareholders

"Conflict Minerals Disclosures Due June 1, 2015"

Conflict minerals disclosures on Forms SD for calendar year 2014, if required, must be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by June 1, 2015 — the Monday after the annual May 31 due date. As companies...more

5/15/2015 - Auditors Conflict Mineral Rules Country of Origin Disclosure Requirements Due Diligence Form SD SEC

"SEC Proposes New Rules for Pay-Versus-Performance Disclosure"

On April 29, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new rules that would require companies to disclose the relationship between the compensation actually paid to named executive officers (NEOs) and...more

5/5/2015 - Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Form 10-K Pay-for-Performance Proxy Statements SEC Total Shareholder Return (TSR) XBRL Filing Requirements

"Wal-Mart Wins Appeal of Shareholder Proposal Decision"

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision on April 14, 2015 that reversed a U.S. District Court opinion and vacated a permanent injunction that would have required Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to include a...more

4/16/2015 - Appeals Board of Directors Corporate Governance Ordinary Business Exception Permanent Injunctions Proxy Statements Reversal SEC Securities Exchange Act Shareholder Proposals Wal-Mart

"SEC Enforces Whistleblower Protection Rule Against Restrictive Confidentiality Agreement"

On April 1, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its first enforcement action against a company for a restrictive provision in confidentiality agreements that could deter employees from using the...more

4/7/2015 - Cease and Desist Orders Confidentiality Agreements Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions Internal Investigations KBR (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root) SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies

"Annual Meeting Proxy Statement Filing Reminders"

Following are a few points to consider when preparing proxy statement materials for filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in connection with annual shareholder meetings....more

4/1/2015 - Annual Meeting Annual Reports EDGAR Filing Requirements Form 10-K Form 8-K Proxy Materials Proxy Solicitations Proxy Statements SEC Shareholder Meetings

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