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This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC brought another custody rule action this week – against the outside auditors alleging that one examination was insufficient and the others incomplete thereby causing the client to violate the surprise audit...more

Blog: Tools for Audit Committee Members

The Audit Committee Collaboration (ACC) has announced the release of new tools, the External Auditor Assessment Tool: A Reference for Audit Committees Worldwide and an updated U.S. version of the External Auditor Assessment...more

Blog: SEC To Consider Requiring Disclosure Of Audit Firm Tenure And Name Of Engagement Partner

The SEC is expected to issue its concept release on improving audit committee reports “soon” (whatever that means) according to Compliance Week, and among the topics the SEC will examine is whether those “reports should...more

Inside the Courts - An Update From Skadden Securities Litigators - May 2015 / Volume 7 / Issue 2

In This Issue: - U.S. Supreme Court: ..Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers Dist. Council Constr. Indus. Pension Fund, 135 S. Ct. 1318 (4th Cir. Mar. 16, 2015) - Auditor Liability: ..In re Advanced Battery Techs.,...more

"Conflict Minerals Disclosures Due June 1, 2015"

Conflict minerals disclosures on Forms SD for calendar year 2014, if required, must be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by June 1, 2015 — the Monday after the annual May 31 due date. As companies...more

Risk Assessment: A Natural Partnership for Internal Auditors and CCOs

In the corporate compliance world, chief compliance officers and internal auditors are natural allies. They often report to the same board committee, share a common perspective on corporate operations, and are aimed at...more

Settlement with Large Firm Audit Partner Reaffirms SEC’s Emphasis on Related Party Disclosures

The SEC’s Division of Enforcement has made a concerted effort in recent months to warn auditors and other corporate “gatekeepers” that it intends to scrutinize the adequacy of related party disclosures in financial filings. ...more

SCC Rules on Impartiality and Independence of Expert Witnesses

On April 30, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released its decision in White Burgess Langille Inman v. Abbott and Haliburton Co. (White Burgess), relating to courts’ assessment of the impartiality and independence of...more

Episode 155-Mara Senn on FCPA Investigations and the Decision to Self-Disclose [Video]

In this episode I visit with Mara Senn, a partner at Arnold & Porter on how to think through a FCPA investigation and she provides a decision making calculus on how to make a decision...more

SEC Sanctions Adviser, and its CEO, GC and Auditor Based on Conflicts

Conflicts of interest are a central focus for the SEC. Indeed, conflicts are at the core of many of the actions brought against regulated entities. And, an undisclosed conflict was at the center of actions brought against a...more

FCA Fines Bank, Compliance Officer And Internal Auditor For Providing Misleading Information To The FCA

A decision report and comment on the FCA's decision in March 2015 to fine and publicly censure a bank, its compliance officer and its internal auditor for providing misleading information to the FCA. Originally...more

Tracy and Hepburn: CCOs and Internal Auditors

If you enjoy Spencer Tracy and Kate Hepburn movies like I do, you know the value of a great partnership. Tracy and Hepburn movies are classics, and their chemistry was powerful (on the screen and off)....more

Let the Training Begin: MTC Transfer Pricing Audits Draw Near

Deputy Executive Director Greg Matson (a nice guy at heart) announced this week that the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) has hired its first transfer pricing training consultant and is scheduled to begin training state...more

China Update February 2015: Settlement of the SEC Action Against Chinese Auditors Regarding Production of Workpapers, and EB-5...

Settlement of the SEC Action Against Chinese Auditors Regarding Production of Workpapers - Earlier this month the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) agreed to “stay” the administrative action (meaning the SEC...more

Homebuilder Series Webinar: Fiduciary Duties & Auditor Liability [Video]

Watch an in-depth Homebuilder Series webinar that discusses auditor liability and fiduciary duties. Two issues of recurring interest to company officers and directors are the potential liabilities of outside...more

China Auditor Update: SEC and Chinese Audit Firms "Settle" for the Status Quo

In an Order of Settlement released February 6, 2015, the SEC agreed to stay the administrative action against the Chinese affiliates of the “Big Four” accounting firms for refusing to turn over their audit work papers...more

"Recent Regulatory and FASB Actions Impacting Auditors"

In one of several recent actions impacting auditors, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) have devoted heightened attention to related-party transactions,...more

Blog: AICPA Suggests Management Representations For Auditors To Seek In Connection With Conflict Minerals Reporting

The AICPA has issued an FAQ that identifies, for auditors conducting Independent Private Sector Audits for inclusion in Conflict Mineral Reports, the types of management representations that auditors should consider seeking...more

PCAOB Alerts on Deficiencies in Broker-Deal Audits

The first five inspections of broker-dealer audit and new attestation engagements subject to PCAOB standards show deficiencies in the auditors’ application of these standards according to the PCAOB. The requirement to...more

2014 Top 10 SEC Enforcement Highlights

Mary Jo White was confirmed in April 2013 as Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), becoming the first former United States Attorney to serve in that role. Given her background, and despite criticism...more

Children’s Hospitals Obtain Temporary Injunction Against CMS

Challenging actions by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) under the Administrative Procedures Act (APA), Texas Children’s Hospital and Seattle Children’s Hospital obtained a preliminary injunction that enjoins...more

Investment Management Update

In This Issue: - SEC Announces First-of-Its-Kind Whistleblower Award To an Audit and Compliance Professional - SEC Issues No-Action Letter To Allow for Amendment of a Sub-Advisory Agreement without Shareholder...more

SEC and PCAOB Combine Their Focusses on Broker-Dealer Audits and Independence in Settlements with Fifteen Audit Firms

On December 8, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) announced settlements with fifteen audit firms for violating independence rules applicable to auditors of...more

SEC Sanctions 8 Auditors in “Broken Gate” Enforcement Sweep

The SEC this week issued cease-and-desist orders against eight auditors, fining them $140,000 collectively, for violating auditor independence rules by preparing the very broker-dealer financials they were to audit....more

Legal Alert: SEC and PCAOB Address Independence Requirements in Audits Related to Broker-Dealers’ Financial Statements

Confirming that auditor independence continues to be a regulatory priority, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) issued orders on December 8,...more

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