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Blog: Will Clawbacks Have An Unintended Consequence?

A recent study, “Why Do Restatements Decrease in a Clawback Environment? An Investigation into Financial Reporting Executives’ Decision-Making during the Restatement Process,” shows that clawbacks may have unintended...more

Massachusetts Joint Committee Hears Testimony Yesterday on Bill to Ban Use of Contingent Fee Auditors

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight heard testimony on Senate Bill 1710, a bill that would prohibit the use of contingent fee auditors by state agencies,...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - SEC Decides Against Mounting an Appeal in Koch Ruling - The July 2015 ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court in Koch v. SEC will apparently not be challenged by the SEC. The Court ruled in that...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The PCAOB filed a settled action involving an auditing firm in which the consent order of settlement was based on admissions of facts. The approach is similar to the one adopted by the SEC in which the Commission requires...more

Capturing The SEC

Suppose you are selling a service with some success.  You want to increase sales, but how?  You could promote the value of your services, but some may disagree and others may be indifferent.  A more certain solution would be...more

Blog: Big Companies Voluntarily Enhance Audit Committee Disclosures

While the SEC and PCAOB ponder what to do with auditor and audit committee reports, an increasing number of large companies have begun to include more audit committee disclosures on a voluntary basis, according to an analysis...more

SEC Settles Microcap Fraud Scheme With Attorney, Two Audit Firms, Seven Auditors

Microcap fraud is a key part of the broken windows enforcement approach. One of the more significant actions brought in this regard is In the Matter of John Briner, Esq., Adm. Proc. File No. 3-16339 (Jan. 15, 2015). There the...more

Securities Litigation and Enforcement Newsletter

A CD or not a CD, That is the Question… That the Auditors Should Have Answered - A headline-grabbing SEC enforcement action last week against BDO USA and several of its national partners may lead audit firms to insist on...more

TSX Provides Guidance to Emerging Market Issuers

In recent years, emerging market issuers have faced greater scrutiny by Canadian regulators as a result of questions and concerns about issuers with significant business operations in emerging markets (emerging market...more

New SEC And PCAOB Proposals Related To Audit Committee Disclosure And Audit Quality

OVERVIEW - On July 1, 2015, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a concept release relating to its audit committee reporting requirements. This release references two Public Company Accounting Oversight...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - States are Accommodating Crowdfunding Offerings While the SEC Continues to Ponder Crowdfunding Rules - The SEC first proposed rules in October 2013 for the crowdfunding exemption which was included in...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC filed three actions following-up on its settled proceeding against Oppenheimer for selling millions of shares of unregistered penny stocks. Each individual settled with the agency. In addition, the Commission brought...more

IRS Determination Letter Program for Qualified Retirement Plans to Be Significantly Curtailed

In Announcement 2015-19 (Announcement), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has indicated that it is eliminating the staggered five-year determination letter (DL) remedial amendment cycles for individually designed...more

Blog: Does Auditor Rotation Impair Professional Skepticism? is reporting on a study published in a leading accounting journal The Accounting Review (payment required) that reaches the counter-intuitive conclusion that auditor rotation actually impairs professional skepticism....more

PCAOB Requests Supplemental Comment on Rules to Require Disclosure of Engagement Partners and Audit Participants

At an open meeting on June 30, 2015, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board unanimously voted to publish a supplemental request for comment on potential rules to require the disclosure of certain audit participants on...more

SEC Seeks Comment on Possible Enhancement of Audit Committee Disclosures

On July 1, the Securities and Exchange Commission published a concept release to seek public comment regarding the potential enhancement of audit committee disclosure requirements, particularly as such disclosure relates to...more

The SEC Considers Updating Audit Committee Disclosures

The SEC recently published a concept release seeking comment on the need for new audit committee disclosures. This follows on the heels of recent PCAOB pronouncements and proposals regarding audit engagement partner...more

SEC Issues Concept Release Requesting Input on Potential Audit Committee Disclosure Requirements

At an open meeting held on July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a concept release seeking input on whether it should adopt rules requiring additional disclosures for audit committees, with a focus...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Ninth Circuit upheld a conviction for illegal tipping, following Dirks but raising doubt regarding its adherence to Newman in an opinion authored by Judge Rakoff, sitting by designation. The Commission filed settled...more

"SEC Considers Possible Revisions to Audit Committee Disclosures"

On July 1, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a concept release soliciting public comment on possible revisions to its existing disclosure requirements related to audit committees. The release...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - July 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments - Agencies Post Public Sections of Resolution Plans: In a July 6 joint press release, the Federal Reserve Board and FDIC announced that they have posted the public portions of annual...more

Federal Court Retains Jurisdiction in Case Involving Delaware’s Unclaimed Property Estimation Methodology

Delaware has developed a reputation for being very aggressive in its unclaimed property auditing procedures through the use of third-party contract auditors. Several appeals filed in federal court challenging Delaware’s...more

SEC Sanctions Hedge Fund Advisory Firm For Improper Valuations of Illiquid Securities

Returning to an enforcement priority repeatedly articulated over the years, the SEC recently imposed sanctions on a registered investment advisory firm and two principals arising out of an alleged scheme to inflate the...more

Bridging the Week - July 2015

China Regulator Issues Final Interim Measures Governing Overseas Access to Its Futures Markets - The China Securities Regulatory Commission issued final interim measures to permit trading by overseas investors on...more

Blog: SEC Issues Concept Release Regarding Potential Additional Audit Committee Disclosures

The concept release seeks public comment on possible new reporting requirements focused on the audit committee’s responsibilities with respect to its oversight of the independent auditor. As the release notes, SOX mandated...more

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