Lisa Jacobs

Lisa Jacobs

Shearman & Sterling LLP

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Updated Non-GAAP Guidance: The First 150 Comment Letters

In May of this year, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance updated its C&DIs regarding the use of non-GAAP financial measures. We summarized the May 2016 update in an earlier client publication. Since the...more

10/20/2016 - C&DIs GAAP Non-GAAP Financial Measures SEC SEC Comment Letter Process

Brexit: Key Issues for General Counsel

On June 23rd, the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union in an advisory referendum. We expect the UK Government to commence negotiations to withdraw and to establish a framework for the UK’s new relationship with the...more

7/15/2016 - Attorney-Client Privilege Commercial Contracts Corporate Counsel Corporate Governance EEA EFTA English Common Law EU Member State UK UK Brexit

SEC Proposes Streamlining Disclosure Requirements - Proposal Contains Mostly Technical Changes with Limited Impact on the...

In a 318-page release published on July 13, 2016, the SEC is proposing a number of technical amendments to disclosure requirements for SEC filers that it believes have become outdated or are identical or similar to...more

7/15/2016 - Disclosure Requirements GAAP IFRS Regulation S-K Regulation S-X SEC

Brexit and Other Key Issues for CFOs and Corporate Treasurers

On June 23, 2016, the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union in an advisory Referendum. We expect the UK Government to commence negotiations to withdraw and to establish a framework for the UK’s new relationship with...more

7/14/2016 - CFOs Corporate Counsel Corporate Financing Corporate Governance Corporate Taxes Currency Exchange ISDA Multinationals U.S. Treasury UK Brexit

Connected Cars and Self-Driving Cars: Not on Auto Pilot in Terms of Legal Risks

The next car you buy may not need you in the driver’s seat. While the self-driving car may be rolling up to your driveway soon, there are still many issues related to legal risks that do not seem to be on auto pilot. Whether...more

7/12/2016 - Automotive Industry Connected Cars Driverless Cars Personal Liability Privacy Concerns

EU Market Abuse Regulation—Implications for Non-EU Issuers with Securities Traded on an EU Market

The EU’s revamped market abuse rules—the Market Abuse Regulation (“MAR”)—come into direct effect in all EU Member States on July 3, 2016. MAR expands the scope of certain EU rules to EU markets that were previously not...more

6/23/2016 - Corporate Issuers EU EU Market Abuse Regulation (EU MAR) Multilateral Agreement Trading Platforms

SEC Staff Updates Guidance on Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

On Tuesday May 17, 2016, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued new C&DIs relating to Regulation G (which governs use of non-GAAP financial measures in public disclosures generally) and Item 10(e) of...more

5/24/2016 - Financial Reporting Guidance Update Non-GAAP Financial Measures Regulation S-K SEC

Financial Statements Triggered by Acquisitions – When Do You Need Them? - A Practical Guide for US Public Companies, Part II

Significant acquisitions trigger specific financial statement requirements for the acquiring company. Part I of this publication covered when an acquisition is considered significant and what target and pro forma financial...more

3/2/2016 - Acquisition Agreements Disclosure Requirements Financial Statements Form 8-K Publicly-Traded Companies SEC

Financial Statements Triggered by Acquisitions – What Do You Need? - A Practical Guide for US Public Companies, Part I

Significant acquisitions trigger specific financial statement requirements for the acquiring company. Part I covers key concepts for determining the significance of an acquisition and what target and pro forma financial...more

3/2/2016 - Acquisitions Financial Statements IPO Publicly-Traded Companies SEC

It’s Annual Report Time—Helpful Tips for the Preparation of 2015 Form 20-F

It is that time of the year for a large number of non-US companies to prepare their annual reports on Form 20-F. For companies with a calendar year-end, the Form 20-Fs must be filed with the US Securities and Exchange...more

1/28/2016 - Annual Reports FASB Foreign Corporations IASB SEC

A Financial Statement Guide Through the Seasons - Registering and Offering Securities of US Public Companies at Different Times...

Financial statement considerations can pose challenges for registering or offering securities at certain times of the company’s fiscal year. Companies often observe quarterly earnings blackouts starting around the end of a...more

1/25/2016 - Filing Deadlines Financial Statements Form 10-K Offerings Registration Requirement

Financial Statement Triggers - Requirements for New or Updated Financial Statements Can Affect Access to Capital Markets and M&A

Financial statement requirements can surprise US public companies seeking to access the capital markets or to register shares in connection with acquisitions. Fully compliant 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K reporting can be inadequate....more

1/25/2016 - Financial Statements GAAP Offerings Registration Requirement SEC

Changes to the JOBS Act and SEC Disclosure Requirements

Last Friday, President Obama signed into law the Highway Transportation Bill, otherwise known as the FAST Act. Among its many provisions, the Act includes changes to the JOBS Act, changes to SEC disclosure requirements and a...more

12/8/2015 - Disclosure Requirements Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) IPO JOBS Act SEC

Court Upholds Partial Invalidation of SEC Conflict Minerals Rule

On August 18, 2015, a divided panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in National Association of Manufacturers v. Securities and Exchange Commission (“NAM”), upheld its earlier ruling that held...more

8/20/2015 - American Meat Institute Appeals Conflict Mineral Rules First Amendment Food Labeling National Association of Manufacturers Publicly-Traded Companies Reporting Requirements SEC USDA

New Capital Raising Alternatives for Non-SEC Reporting Companies: Regulation A+

Non-SEC Reporting US and Canadian companies may now raise up to $50 million in a 12-month period under an expanded exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) under...more

4/27/2015 - Capital Formation Public Offerings Registration Requirement Regulation A SEC Small Offering Exemptions

NGO Study Outlines Best Practices for SEC Conflict Minerals Rule Compliance

On April 22, 2015, two human rights non-governmental organizations, Amnesty International and Global Witness, published a report, Digging for Transparency (the “Report”), analyzing compliance by US reporting companies with...more

4/25/2015 - Amnesty International Conflict Mineral Rules Dodd-Frank Form SD NGOs OECD Popular SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies

Flexibility for Debt Refinancings – New SEC No-Action Letter

The SEC staff issued a no-action letter recently that will allow some companies to refinance their debt using tender and exchange offers shorter than the 20 business days required in the tender offer rules. The letter extends...more

2/6/2015 - Exchange Offer No-Action Letters Non-Convertible Debt Securities SEC Tender Offers

Broken Windows: SEC Enforcement Reminds Officers, Directors and 5% Shareholders to Comply with Reporting Requirements

On September 10, 2014, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced enforcement proceedings against officers, directors and major shareholders and publicly-traded companies for violations related...more

9/29/2014 - Broken Windows Corporate Officers Directors Enforcement Actions Publicly-Traded Companies Reporting Requirements SEC Shareholders Strategic Enforcement Plan

SEC Adopts Credit Rating Agency Reform Rules

On August 27, 2014, the SEC adopted new rules for credit rating agencies implementing 14 rulemaking requirements under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”). The new rules are designed...more

9/9/2014 - Credit Rating Agencies Dodd-Frank New Regulations NRSRO Rulemaking Process SEC

SEC Staff Issues Statement on Effect of Court Decision on Conflict Minerals Rule

On April 29, 2014, the SEC Division of Corporation Finance (the “Division”) issued a statement on the effect of a recent decision by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (the “Court”) on the SEC’s...more

4/30/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules Minerals SEC Securities Exchange Act

SEC Staff Issues Additional Guidance on Conflict Minerals

On April 7, 2014, the SEC Division of Corporation Finance (the Division) issued responses to nine frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the reporting requirements regarding conflict minerals originating in the Democratic...more

4/14/2014 - Audits Conflict Mineral Rules SEC

Iran Notices Update: SEC-Registered Issuers Continue to Adapt to Their New Normal

It has been over eight months since SEC-registered issuers began making mandatory disclosures of business activities in or with Iran. During that period, issuers have filed over 400 Iran Notices with the SEC, including...more

11/5/2013 - Iran Iran Sanctions OFAC SEC

Court Upholds SEC Rule on Conflicts Minerals

On July 23, 2013, the US District Court for the District of Columbia found “no problems with the SEC’s rulemaking” by its adoption of the Conflict Minerals Rule pursuant to Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform...more

7/25/2013 - Conflict Mineral Rules Dodd-Frank First Amendment Free Speech Minerals Natural Resources Resource Extraction SEC

SEC Adopts Rule Changes Allowing General Solicitation in Private Placements Under Rule 506 of Regulation D and Rule 144A

On July 10, 2013, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted rule changes that will permit general solicitation and general advertising in securities offerings under Rule 506 of Regulation D and Rule 144A....more

7/15/2013 - Advertising Dodd-Frank General Solicitation JOBS Act Marketing Private Placements Rule 144A Rule 506 Offerings SEC

What’s Going On – Over A Month Of Section 219 Disclosures Under The Iran Threat Reduction And Syria Human Rights Act Of 2012

Section 219 (codified as Section 13(r) of the Securities Exchange Act) has been in effect for six weeks. During this time, more than 100 SEC-registered reporting issuers have made required disclosures regarding their Iran or...more

3/20/2013 - Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act Reporting Requirements

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