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New SEC C&DIs on Non-GAAP Financial Measures for Business Combinations

The SEC staff has issued two new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations, or CD&Is, on non-GAAP financial measures in the context of business combinations....more

SEC Issues Proposed Rules to Modernize and Simplify Regulation S-K

The SEC has proposed amendments to Regulation S-K and related rules and forms. The proposed amendments are based on SEC staff recommendations in a report that was required by Section 72003 of the Fixing America’s Surface...more

SEC Fines Director $25,000 for Two Missed Section 16 Filings

In a settled enforcement action, the SEC assessed a civil money penalty against a director of Medient Studios, Inc. for two missed Section 16 filings. But there was really only one transaction that was missed. One was a...more

SEC Issues Proposed Rules to Modernize and Simplify Regulation S-K

The SEC has proposed amendments to Regulation S-K and related rules and forms. The proposed amendments are based on SEC staff recommendations in a report that was required by Section 72003 of the Fixing America’s Surface...more

SEC Busts Fraudulent Initial Coin Offerings

The SEC charged a businessman and two companies with defrauding investors in a pair of so-called initial coin offerings, or ICOs, purportedly backed by investments in real estate and diamonds....more

SEC Eases Pay Ratio Rule

Two pieces of guidance emerged from the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 21, 2017, with respect to the pay ratio rule. The guidance was issued by the Commission and the Commission's Division of Corporation...more

SEC Comments Begin for Early Adopters of Revenue Recognition

Some people don’t believe in blazing trails and adopting public reporting standards before you have to. They think you’re sticking your neck out, and will become a Guinea pig for SEC comments or fodder for plaintiff’s lawyers...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Pay Ratio Rule

Two pieces of guidance emerged from the SEC on September 21, 2017, with respect to the pay ratio rule. First, the Commission issued interpretive guidance on the rule. Second, the Division of Corporation Finance also issued...more

SEC Chair Clayton’s Statement on Cybersecurity: EDGAR was Hacked

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton today issued an unusual statement highlighting the importance of cybersecurity to the agency and market participants, and detailing the agency’s approach to cybersecurity as an organization and as a...more

Effect of the New Revenue Recognition Standard on M&A

FASB’s new revenue recognition standard is expected to have wide ranging effects on M&A transactions. The new revenue recognition standard under GAAP (Accounting Standards Update 2014-09; Topic 606) will be applicable to...more

SEC Identifies Most Frequent Compliance Issues Associated with Advertising by Investment Advisers

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations has provided a list of compliance issues relating to Rule 206(4)-1, which is referred to as the Advertising Rule, under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. In...more

SEC Chief Accountant Speaks to Financial Statement Requirements for Initial Coin Offerings

SEC Chief Accountant Wesley R. Bricker recently gave remarks at the AICPA National Conference on Banks & Savings Institutions. Mr. Bricker spoke to the adoption of FASB’s new credit loss standard and related implementation...more

Duka Beats Fraud Charge in SEC Administrative Court

Barbara Duka was an employee of Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. The SEC contended that Duka loosened S&P’s methodology for rating commercial mortgage-backed securities to help the company generate ratings business from...more

Preliminary Planning for the 2018 Proxy Season

Rule 14a-21(b) requires a say-on-pay frequency vote every six years. Many issuers included a frequency vote in their 2017 proxy because they were subject to the initial rules when they became effective for shareholders’...more

SEC Inspector General Concludes Acting Chairman Piwowar’s Actions Were Lawful

In an investigation conducted at the request of four Senators, the SEC Inspector General concluded “we do not find that Commissioner Piwowar’s actions as Acting Chairman violated any of the laws currently governing the SEC...more

T+2 Settlement for Securities Transactions Takes Effect September 5, 2017

On September 5, 2017, a new SEC rule will take effect that shortens the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer transactions from three business days after the trade date, known as T+3, to two business days after the...more

Beginning September 1, SEC Requires Hyperlinking of Exhibits

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted rules which will require public companies to include a hyperlink to each exhibit identified in an exhibit index in certain SEC filings, subject to limited...more

SEC Staff Updates Revenue Recognition Guidance for New Standard

The SEC’s Office of the Chief Accountant and Division of Corporation Finance released Staff Accounting Bulletin (SAB) No. 116 that brings existing SEC staff guidance into conformity with the Financial Accounting Standard...more

SEC Approves NYSE Rule Change Regarding Dividend Notification Requirements

The SEC has approved a change to the NYSE’s rules which requires listed companies to provide dividend notifications to the Exchange at least 10 minutes prior to disseminating them publicly when the notification is made...more

SEC Charges Chief Compliance Officer for Failure to Verify Information

David I. Osunkwo was a principal at Strategic Consulting Advisors, LLC, or SC Consulting. SC Consulting offered compliance consulting and CCO services to two SEC registered investment adviser firms under common control, Aegis...more

Court Decision May Slow SEC Approval of SRO Rules

The SEC must generally approve rules and rule changes by self-regulatory organizations, which are referred to as SROs. According to this SEC web page, there are 37 active SROs. The volume of rule filings submitted for...more

Survey of 2016 Conflict Minerals Filings Released

Development International has released its annual survey of conflict minerals reports for the 2016 reporting period which were filed in 2017. Despite the SEC’s no action position which relaxed conflict minerals reporting...more

A Review of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)

Given the SEC’s investigative report on initial coin offerings, I thought it would be interesting to review a small sample to see what else is really out there. I turned to coinmarketcap.com for information. In many cases the...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

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