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SEC Rules Requiring Exhibit Hyperlinks to Take Effect

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) new rules requiring hyperlinked exhibits in SEC filings will be effective for most public companies on September 1, 2017....more

Corporate Finance Alert: SEC Issues New Guidance on Draft Registration Statements, Including Omission of Interim Financial...

On August 17, 2017, the staff (Staff) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued new guidance that will streamline significantly the confidential submission process for emerging growth companies (EGCs) and...more

Corporate Finance Alert: Global Index Providers Announce Decision to Exclude Companies with Multi-class Capital Structures or...

In July 2017, global index providers S&P Dow Jones (S&P DJI) and FTSE Russell (FTSE) announced changes to their index eligibility rules, with S&P DJI excluding from certain of its indices companies with multi-class capital...more

SEC to Permit All Issuers to Submit Confidential Draft Registration Statements

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on June 29, 2017, that the staff (staff) of the Division of Corporation Finance will accept draft registration statement submissions from all companies for nonpublic...more

Potential Impact of Financial CHOICE Act on Corporate Governance and SEC Reporting and Disclosure Requirements

On June 8, 2017, the House of Representatives passed, by a 233-186 vote (with all Democrats and one Republican voting against), the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017, a bill principally designed to reverse many features of the...more

Accounting Oversight Board Adopts New Model for Auditor Reports

On June 1, 2017, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) adopted changes to its rules governing the content and organization of auditor reports required to accompany audited financial statements in filings made...more

"SEC EGC Inflation Adjustments, Other Technical Amendments Now Effective"

As we previously reported, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted several new rules on March 31, 2017, to effectuate inflation adjustments mandated under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. It...more

"SEC Staff Provides Relief From Conflict Minerals Rule"

In statements released on April 7, 2017, the acting chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Michael S. Piwowar, and the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance provided welcome news to companies concerning the...more

Corporate Finance Alert: SEC Adopts T+2 Settlement Cycle for Securities Transactions

On March 22, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted an amendment to Securities Exchange Act Rule 15c6-1(a) to shorten the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer securities transactions from three...more

"SEC Adopts Rules Requiring Hyperlinks to Exhibits"

On March 1, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules requiring issuers to include hyperlinks to exhibits listed in the exhibit index. The rules apply to most registration statements and...more

"Annual Meeting Proxy Statement Reminders"

As companies finalize their proxy materials for annual shareholder meetings, they should consider the following U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing and disclosure requirements. Ensure clarity on the proxy...more

Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: Nuisance Plaintiffs Pursue Novel Theories to Exact Section 16 Settlements

The so-called “short-swing profit rule” under Securities Exchange Act Section 16(b) generally prohibits officers and directors as well as 10 percent shareholders of a U.S. public company from profiting from any purchase or...more

"SEC Acting Chairman Directs Reconsideration of Conflict Minerals Rule"

The acting chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Michael S. Piwowar, recently released two public statements concerning the conflict minerals rule applicable to companies that file Exchange Act...more

"Trump's Focus on Deregulation Could Shape SEC Priorities in 2017"

In his statement announcing the appointment of Jay Clayton to run the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), President Donald Trump said that “we need to undo many regulations which have stifled investment in American...more

"Matters to Consider for the 2017 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season"

Each company faces important decisions in preparing for its 2017 annual meeting and reporting season. Once again, we have prepared a checklist of essential areas on which we believe companies should focus as they plan for the...more

Corporate Finance Alert: Second Circuit Upholds District Court’s Facebook Lock-Up Ruling: Underwriters Not Subject to Group...

On November 3, 2016, in Lowinger v. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit upheld a district court finding that customary initial public offering (IPO) lock-up agreements do not render parties...more

"SEC Proposes Rule Amendments to Require Universal Proxy Cards"

On October 26, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted 2-to-1 to propose amendments to the proxy rules that would require the use of universal proxy cards in contested elections. The proposed changes, if...more

"SEC Staff Issues Interpretive Guidance on Pay Ratio Rules"

On October 18, 2016, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued interpretive guidance on the pay ratio disclosure requirements in Item 402(u) of...more

"Corporate Finance Alert: 2017 SEC Filing Deadlines for Companies With December 31, 2016 Fiscal Year-End"

As the end of the year approaches, reporting companies should be aware of the various SEC filing deadlines for 2017. Companies also should be mindful of the 2017 financial statement “staleness” dates (when financial...more

Corporate Finance Alert: SEC Staff Continues to Focus on Non-GAAP Financial Disclosures

In recent months, companies have experienced greater scrutiny of their use of non-GAAP financial measures by the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This greater scrutiny follows the release earlier...more

'Tandy' Representations No Longer Required in Responses to SEC Staff Comments

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance announced that the staff will no longer require companies to provide the so-called “Tandy” representations in response to staff comments on a...more

Corporate Finance Alert: Court Ruling May Broaden Noteholders' Ability to Receive Redemption Premiums Following Indenture Defaults

On September 19, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted summary judgment to Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB, with respect to claims brought against Cash America International, Inc. in...more

"SEC Disclosure Brexit Trends"

Three months after the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union, the timing and scope of Brexit remain unclear. Until such details are determined with specificity, there is and will continue to be increased economic...more

"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

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