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Blog: Center for Audit Quality provides tool to help audit committees assess non-GAAP financial measures

The Center for Audit Quality has released a new tool, Questions on Non-GAAP Measures: A Tool for Audit Committees, to help audit committees cope with non-GAAP financial measures (NGFMs). Rather than provide a checklist, the...more

PCAOB Expands Outreach Efforts with Form AP Resources

In a further expansion of its outreach efforts, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has established a Form AP webpage with resources for investors, auditors, and others interested in the information to be collected...more

CAQ Issues Non-GAAP Tool for Audit Committees

As has been widely reported, in recent months the Securities and Exchange Commission has raised concerns about the use of non-GAAP measures by public reporting companies, through public speeches, revised compliance guidance...more

SEC Staff Addresses Funds’ Auditor Independence Problem

On June 20, 2016, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management provided a temporary no-action letter (the “Letter”) to a fund group (the “Fund Group”) applicable to registered investment companies (each, a “Fund”) and other...more

SEC Staff Issues No-Action Relief on Auditor Independence and the “Loan Provision”

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management (the “SEC Staff”) last night issued a no-action letter (the “Relief”) to Fidelity Management and Research Company that provides guidance to...more

Ban on 'big four' auditors clauses comes into effect

As of 17 June 2016, any term in a contract which has the effect of restricting any audited person's choice of statutory auditor to certain categories or lists of statutory auditors will have no effect. This change, as...more

PCAOB Reproposes Enhanced Auditor Reporting Standard

On May 11, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board unanimously agreed to repropose a revised auditing standard governing the contents and form of the audit report delivered by registered public accounting firms in their...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 20

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues 12 New and Revised C&DIs Regarding Non-GAAP Measures - As noted in the May 13 edition of Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest, SEC Chair Mary Joe White,...more

Blog: They’re Baaack! PCAOB Reproposes Disclosure Of “Critical Audit Matters”

Last week, after five years of outreach, the PCAOB once again attempted to make the auditor’s report more relevant and informative to investors by reproposing the auditor reporting standard, The Auditor’s Report on an Audit...more

New Auditor Disclosures and Filing Requirements

As expected, the SEC last week approved rules proposed by the PCAOB last December that further the PCAOB’s ongoing efforts to enhance audit disclosure practices. The rules require auditors to file with the PCAOB a new Form...more

Former Medicaid Auditor for D.C. Government Permitted to Proceed with FCA Retaliation Claim

The Federal District Court for the District of Columbia recently ruled that a former director of Medicaid audits in Washington D.C. can proceed with retaliation claims alleging he was fired for trying to stop his former...more

SEC Approves PCAOB Transparency Rules

On May 9, the Securities and Exchange Commission, as expected, issued an order approving the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s rules requiring that accounting firms disclose in a new PCAOB form the names of audit...more

Blog: SEC Approves PCAOB Rule Requiring Identification Of Audit Engagement Partner On Form AP

On Monday, the SEC approved PCAOB rules requiring that, for each audit report, audit engagement partners be named on a new Form AP. The form will also disclose the names and Firm IDs, locations and extent of participation of...more

PCAOB Evaluates Audit Firm Communications with Audit Committees

On April 5, the PCAOB issued a report regarding compliance with Auditing Standard No. 16, Communications with Audit Committees (AS No. 16), based on its inspections of issuer audits during its 2014 inspection cycle. AS No. 16...more

The Boomerang Effect and Tax Exempt Organizations

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (“PATH”) Act of 2015, contained a provision by which tax-exempt organizations (a “TO”) could challenge revocation of exempt status by virtue of the filing of a declaratory judgment in...more

Securities Litigation and Enforcement Newsletter

SEC Enforcement Trends for 2016 - Welcome to the latest edition of Fenwick and West’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement Newsletter. In this newsletter, we look at SEC enforcement trends for 2016, starting with a...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC filed its first action against a municipal adviser for breach of fiduciary duty based on a provision amended by Dodd-Frank. The agency also continued to file insider trading actions in an administrative forum....more

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

Ninth Circuit Finds No Reliance On Auditor’s Qualified Opinions

In 2009, the Securities and Exchange Commission sued Danny Pang and his two companies for allegedly defrauding investors of hundreds of millions of dollars by misrepresenting investments in the life insurance policies of...more

SEC Enforcement Chief Highlights Focus on Reporting and Disclosure, Gatekeepers

Speaking at the Directors Forum in San Diego recently, SEC Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney reviewed the SEC’s historical and current enforcement activity in the area of issuer reporting and disclosure, as well as the...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - February 2016 #4

ESRB approves expansion of macroprudential policy framework - ESRB has published two recommendations relating to expanding the European macroprudential policy framework. The first concerns the counter-cyclical buffer...more

The SEC is focusing its enforcement and investigation efforts on preparers and auditors of financial statements, Mary Jo White...

In a recent address, SEC Chair Mary Jo White stated that the SEC had focused its reinvigorated investigation and enforcement efforts on holding preparers and auditors accountable for their work on financial statements. She...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #12

PRA has published a policy statement setting out: - feedback and links to final rules on engagement between external auditors and supervisors and giving PRA disciplinary powers over external auditors and actuaries...more

"Auditors Must Beware the Consequences of Settling SEC Enforcement Actions"

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) launched “Operation Broken Gate” in October 2013 to hold accountable those auditors who have intentionally or negligently violated professional auditing or accounting standards....more

PCAOB Adopts New Rules Requiring Disclosure of Participants in an Audit

On December 15, 2015, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) adopted new rules and related amendments to auditing standards (Rules) to provide investors with more information about who participates in public...more

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