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Treasury’s Recommendations for the Volcker Rule

The U.S. Department of the Treasury previously issued its first in a series of reports to President Donald J. Trump examining the United States’ financial regulatory system. The report included detailed recommendations...more

SEC Commissioner Supports Mandatory Shareholder Arbitration

Reuters is reporting that SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar urged IPO companies to request relief from the SEC to include mandatory arbitration provisions for shareholder disputes. Commissioner Piwowar apparently made the...more

New SEC Chair Announces Guiding Principles

In remarks before the Economic Club of New York, new SEC Chairman Jay Clayton discussed eight guiding principles: Principle #1: The SEC’s mission is our touchstone. Investors and capital markets will suffer if the SEC...more

CPA Can’t be a Whistleblower for Non-Public Entities

Reyher v. Grant Thornton, LLP analyzed whether an employee of a CPA firm is protected by the anti-retaliation provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act for lodging complaints with an employer about suspected illegal activity regarding...more

NYSE Proposes to Revise Notifications Prior to Dividend Announcements

The NYSE has filed a proposed rule with the SEC which will require listed companies to provide notice to the Exchange at least 10 minutes before making any public announcement with respect to a dividend or stock distribution...more

SEC Permits All Companies to File Confidential Registration Statements

The SEC announced that beginning on July 10, 2017 it will accept voluntary draft registration statement submissions from all issuers for nonpublic review. The SEC believes this will facilitate capital formation....more

Director Equity Grants and Vote Buying Subject to Entire Fairness Review

In Williams v. Ji et al, the Delaware Court of Chancery examined an alleged scheme in which the Directors of Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. granted themselves options and warrants for the stock of five subsidiaries over which...more

A Working Capital True Up is not an End Run on a Liability Bar

In Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. N.V. v. Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC, the Delaware Supreme Court examined the interaction between a working capital true up and alleged breaches of financial statement representations and...more

Supreme Court to Determine Scope of Whistleblower Protection

A percolating issue with respect to the SEC’s whistleblower regulations is whether the anti-retaliation protections apply only when suspected misconduct is reported to the SEC, or whether the protections also apply when the...more

Revenue Recognition Representations for M&A and Underwriting Agreements

Some have suggested that the FASB’s new revenue recognition standard will result in particularized representations in M&A, underwriting and loan documents. It’s easy to argue it’s not necessary and is covered by the standard...more

Delaware Supreme Court Scolds Special Committee Member that Joins Law Firm

The Delaware Supreme Court upheld the Chancery Court decision in Chester County Retirement Systems v. Collins et al. In so doing, it noted one troubling aspect of the record as follows: The plaintiff’s complaint pointed...more

Faulty New Computer System Results in SEC Bringing MD&A Related Charges

The SEC recently brought charges against the CEO and CFO of UTi Worldwide Inc. in a settled enforcement proceeding. The Company was engaged in multinational freight forwarding and logistics operations. In connection with its...more

SEC Charges Chief Compliance Officer with AML Violations

The SEC announced that John David Telfer, the former chief compliance officer and anti-money laundering (AML) officer of a registered broker-dealer, agreed to a securities industry bar to settle charges in a pending...more

Trump Administration Plan for Financial Regulation Includes Reducing Regulatory Compliance Activities for Bank Boards

The U.S. Department of the Treasury yesterday issued its first in a series of reports to President Donald J. Trump examining the United States’ financial regulatory system. Appendix B to the report includes 16 pages of...more

Separate Shareholder Vote to Approve Insider Transaction Found Coercive Under Corwin

Sciabacucchi v. Liberty Broadband Corporation (Del. Ch. 2017) involved Charter Communications, Inc.’s (“Charter” or the “Company”) acquisition of Bright House Networks, LLC (“Bright House”) and the merger with Time Warner...more

Early Revenue Recognition Adopters Provide Some Guidance on MD&A Disclosures

I recently wrote a blog on considerations for MD&A disclosures on adoption of the new revenue recognition standard. After learning a few Form 10-Qs had been filed by early adopters, I took a look to see if they lined up with...more

PCAOB Approves Expanded Auditor’s Report to Require Communication of Critical Audit Matters

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board adopted a new auditor reporting standard that will require more information about the audit. The new standard is subject to SEC approval....more

The First MD&A Following Adoption of the New Revenue Recognition Standard

The SEC has made clear its expectations regarding MD&A disclosure for periods prior to the adoption of the new revenue recognition standard. What has received less attention is the content of MD&A after the new revenue...more

CFTC Revises Record Keeping Requirements

The CFTC has issued final amendments to Regulation 1.31 which sets forth the form and manner in which all regulatory records must be kept by records entities. “Records entities” are persons required to keep records pursuant...more

CFTC Revises Whistleblower Rule to Enhance Anti-Retaliation Protection

The CFTC has adopted final amendments to its whistleblower rules that will, among other things, strengthen the CFTC’s anti-retaliation protections for whistleblowers and enhance the process for reviewing whistleblower claims....more

Shareholder Dismisses Case with Prejudice that Sought to Block Amendment to Intel Stock Plan

As we noted here, a shareholder of Intel sought a preliminary and permanent injunction and any other appropriate relief with respect to a stockholder vote to approve the amendment and restatement of Intel’s 2006 equity...more

FASB Clarifies Accounting for Modifications of Equity Awards

The Financial Accounting Standards Board has issued an Accounting Standards Update (ASU 2017-09; Topic 718) to clarify the accounting for modifications to outstanding share-based payment awards such as stock options and...more

SEC Commissioner Wonders if SAFEs are Safe for Crowdfunding

In remarks at the Annual SEC/NASAA Conference, SEC Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar focused on the suitability and adequacy of disclosure of a security known as a “SAFE” that has been used in crowdfunding transactions. SAFE is...more

5/11/2017  /  Capital Raising , Crowdfunding , SAFE , SEC

SEC Accountant Speaks to Revenue Recognition

Sylvia E. Alicea, Professional Accounting Fellow, Office of the Chief Accountant, gave her views on implementation of the new revenue recognition standard at a conference dedicated to the topic....more

SEC ALJ Lifts Reg A+ Suspension of Issuer

As we noted here, the SEC temporarily suspended the Tier 2 Regulation A+ offering of Med-X, Inc. The SEC stated it temporarily suspended the offering because Med-X has not filed its annual report on Form 1-K as required by...more

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