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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

Court Finds Fraud Carve Out Ambiguous in Stock Purchase Agreement

In EMSI Acquisition, Inc., v. Contrarian Funds, LLC et al, the Delaware Court of Chancery examined a fraud carve out from an indemnification cap and an action for confirmation of an auditors award on a purchase price...more

Defendants in Stock Purchase Indemnification Action Entitled to Advancement under Bylaws

In Davis et al v. EMSI Holding Co., the Delaware Court of Chancery held that officers and directors of an acquired company were entitled to advancement under the acquired Company’s by-laws for expenses incurred in defending...more

CFTC Requests Public Input on Simplifying Rules

The CFTC voted to seek public input on simplifying and modernizing the Commission’s rules. The action is part of an initiative which has been dubbed “Project KISS.”...more

Understanding the New Lease Accounting Rules

The new lease accounting rules (Accounting Standards Update N0. 2016-02; Topic 842) will require the recognition of lease assets and lease liabilities for those leases classified as operating leases under existing GAAP. For...more

CFTC Proposes Amendments to Chief Compliance Officer Duties and Annual Reports

The CFTC is proposing to amend its regulations regarding certain duties of chief compliance officers, or CCOs, of swap dealers, major swap participants and futures commission merchants, which are referred to as registrants....more

GAO Reports on 2015 Conflict Minerals Form SDs

GAO released an analysis of a generalizable sample of conflict minerals disclosures filed with SEC in 2015. The analysis found that an estimated 49 percent of companies in 2015 reported having determined whether the conflict...more

Drafting Contracts under the New Revenue Recognition Standard

The new revenue recognition standards under GAAP (Accounting Standards Update 2014-09; Topic 606) will be applicable to public companies for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017. While much time and...more

Fed Assesses First Penalty for Volcker Rule Violation

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System has assessed its first penalty for violation of the Volcker Rule against Deutsche Bank AG. The Volker Rule required Deutsche Bank’s Chief Executive Officer to annually...more

Shareholder Seeks to Block Amendment to Intel Stock Plan

A shareholder of Intel Corporation has filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The shareholder seeks a preliminary and permanent injunction and any other appropriate relief...more

4/27/2017  /  Incentives , Intel , Shareholder Votes , Stocks
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