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SEC Emphasizes Need for Documentation of Why Significant Deficiency is not a Material Weakness

The SEC recently announced settled administrative proceedings against Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation (MHR), the former chief financial officer and chief accounting officer of MHR, the engagement partner on MHR’s external...more

4/8/2016 - Audits ICFR Internal Controls SEC

Auditing Standard 18 Ramifications for Management’s Related Party Representations

Companies’ management should consider whether to add a materiality carve-out to the related party representations now being included in management representation letters as a result of the PCAOB’s Auditing Standard No. 18 (AS...more

2/25/2016 - Auditors Audits Carve Out Provisions Financial Reporting Management Proposals PCAOB Registered Representatives

SEC Adopts Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule

Overview of the Pay Ratio Rule: The Basic Rule - Reporting companies subject to the rule (Subject Companies) must disclose the ratio (pay ratio) for the most recent fiscal year of (a) the median of total...more

8/20/2015 - CEOs Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Item 402 Median Employee Pay Ratio Publicly-Traded Companies Regulation S-K SEC

New SEC And PCAOB Proposals Related To Audit Committee Disclosure And Audit Quality

OVERVIEW - On July 1, 2015, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a concept release relating to its audit committee reporting requirements. This release references two Public Company Accounting Oversight...more

8/4/2015 - Audit Committee Audit Policies Auditors Board of Directors Comment Period Disclosure Requirements Emerging Growth Companies Financial Statements Form 10-K Investors PCAOB Prospectus Proxy Statements Reporting Requirements SEC Shareholders

FASB Eliminates Extraordinary Items Reporting

In January, the FASB adopted a final Accounting Standards Update that eliminates the requirement that preparers report events that meet the criteria for extraordinary classification separately in an income statement, net of...more

2/20/2015 - Accountants Accounting Accounting Standards FASB Financial Accounting Standards Board

SEC Will No Longer Require an Acquired Entity to Use “Pushdown” Accounting upon a Change in Control

On November 18, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance and the Office of the Chief Accountant (the Staff) rescinded Topic 5.J. of the Staff Accounting Bulletin Series.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

12/1/2014 - Financial Accounting Financial Statements SEC Subsidiaries

Disclosure Effectiveness: ABA Business Law Section Committees Suggest Financial Reporting Revisions

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

11/20/2014 - American Bar Association (ABA) Disclosure Requirements Financial Reporting Publicly-Traded Companies Regulation S-X SEC

SEC Targets Corporate Insiders for Failing to Promptly Disclose Stock Transactions

The Commission has announced an unprecedented enforcement initiative against officers, directors, and major stockholders for violating beneficial ownership reporting requirements and against public companies for their roles...more

9/19/2014 - Beneficial Owner Corporate Officers Directors Disclosure Requirements Publicly-Traded Companies Reporting Requirements SEC Securities Exchange Act Shareholders Strategic Enforcement Plan

Recent SEC Enforcement Action on Internal Control Despite No Other Alleged Violations

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

8/6/2014 - COSO Enforcement Actions FCPA Form 10-K ICFR Internal Controls SEC Securities Exchange Act

Public Company Boards and Management will be Affected by PCAOB’s New and Amended Auditing Standards Regarding Related Party...

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

6/17/2014 - Audits Compliance Corporate Officers Enforcement PCAOB SEC

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