On December 8 and 9, staff members of the SEC’s Office of the Chief Accountant, including the SEC chief accountant in his first published speech since he arrived at the SEC, discussed various accounting and financial...more
On November 18, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance and the Office of the Chief Accountant (the Staff) rescinded Topic 5.J. of the Staff Accounting Bulletin Series. Topic 5.J. required an SEC registrant that became...more
In response to the SEC’s request for input on how to improve the effectiveness of public company disclosure, the American Bar Association’s (ABA’s) Business Law Section’s Federal Regulation of Securities and Law and...more
The PCAOB recently issued Staff Audit Practice Alert No. 12, which outlines significant audit deficiencies relating to revenue that PCAOB inspections have identified. ...more
The SEC has adopted credit rating agency rules for Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations (NRSROs), which include requirements relating to NRSROs’ internal controls. The Dodd-Frank Act requires NRSROs to...more
In United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 880 Pension Fund v. Chesapeake Energy Corporation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of the complaint on a motion for summary...more
A recent SEC-settled administrative action is another reminder of the SEC’s focus on internal control over financial reporting (ICFR). Although prior SEC ICFR charges have been accompanied with allegations of false financial...more
In a recent speech at the Stanford Directors’ College, SEC Chair Mary Jo White discussed several “things that directors should know about the SEC.” Her speech focused on directors as gatekeepers, self-reporting of wrongdoing,...more
In a recent meeting, a representative of the SEC accounting staff noted that the SEC staff is focusing on how companies with operations in Venezuela are affected by the various foreign currency exchange mechanisms in...more
The PCAOB’s new and amended auditing standards, adopted on June 10 and subject to SEC approval, require that auditors, among other things, discuss related party transactions and executive officers’ financial arrangements with...more
U.S. companies will need to comply with a new converged revenue recognition standard that the FASB and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) issued on May 28. The converged standard—which applies to fiscal years...more
The SEC recently announced the settlement of charges against DGSE Companies Inc. and its former CFO for accounting fraud resulting primarily from his manipulation of the company’s accounting for inventory. DGSE disclosed in...more
In a recent speech, SEC Chair Mary Jo White highlighted the Commission’s accounting priorities, indicating, among other things, that the Commission plans to issue a statement regarding International Financial Reporting...more
SEC Division of Corporation Finance Director Keith Higgins recently suggested that the SEC will review the rules requiring separate financial statements or separate financial information under certain circumstances for...more
Court denies emergency motion for a stay.
By order issued on May 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied the appellants’ emergency motion for a stay of the Securities and Exchange...more
Stay of conflict minerals disclosure may be decided by May 26, 2014.
On May 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered the briefing schedule that was requested by the National Association...more
The FASB recently issued an Accounting Standards Update that should reduce reporting of discontinued operations (disc ops) in some circumstances. The revised standard provides that only the disposal of a part of an entity...more
Participants recognize the importance of board oversight and risk disclosures.
On March 26, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) hosted a roundtable to discuss cybersecurity and the issues and challenges...more
Organizations affected by the proposed rule, which may take effect for the 2016 proxy season, should consider submitting comments to the SEC.
On September 18, in order to implement the mandated disclosures under...more
On July 10, 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a series of three releases — referred to in this White Paper as the General Solicitation Release, the Bad Actors Release, and the Proposing...more
FAQs address issues pertaining to the scope and application of the conflict minerals reporting requirement.
On May 30, the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued interpretive guidance on the...more
Public companies are encouraged to rigorously analyze SEC guidance prior to disseminating material information via social media....more
Companies are required to comply with certain of the new listing standards relating to compensation adviser independence by July 1, 2013.
On January 11, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved...more
Mandatory requirements cover actions of issuers' foreign subsidiaries and affiliates.
On August 10, 2012, section 219 of the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (the Act), 112 P.L. 158, added new...more