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The PCAOB, Audits, and Compliance - Considerations for the Chief Compliance Officer

by Thomas Fox on

I recently had the chance to visit with Joe Howell, the Executive Vice President of Workiva LLC, to discuss, among other things, the function of the Public Companies Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and what role it might...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A jury in Connecticut largely acquitted three former Nomura Securities RMBS trades charged with conspiracy, securities and wire fraud tied to allegations that the securities were mismarked. This is the second criminal case...more

PCAOB Adoption of Enhanced Auditor’s Reporting Model

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On June 1, 2017, the Public Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) adopted Auditing Standard No. 3101, The Auditor’s Report on an Audit of Financial Statements When the Auditor Expresses an Unqualified Opinion, which the PCAOB...more

PCAOB's New Auditor Report Standard for US Public Companies: Increasing Transparency or Chilling Productive Discussion?

by Dechert LLP on

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) adopted a new auditor reporting standard on June 1, 2017. If approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the new standard would impose additional...more

Accounting Oversight Board Adopts New Model for Auditor Reports

On June 1, 2017, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) adopted changes to its rules governing the content and organization of auditor reports required to accompany audited financial statements in filings made...more

Blog: The Cams Are Coming: PCAOB Adopts New Standard To Enhance Audit Reports

by Cooley LLP on

On June 1, 2017, as anticipated, the PCAOB adopted, subject to SEC approval, a new auditing standard for the auditor’s report that, while retaining the usual pass/fail opinion, will require auditors to include a discussion of...more

Auditor Reports to Require Additional Information

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has approved a new standard (though still subject to SEC approval) designed to enhance the relevance and usefulness of the Auditor's Report with additional information for...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

Blog: Does It Pay To Challenge The SEC Over Non-GAAP Financial Measures?

by Cooley LLP on

As discussed in this article, the WSJ engaged Audit Analytics to perform an analysis of SEC comment letters and company responses regarding the use of non-GAAP financial measures. What did they find? Companies are winning...more

News Round Up - April 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Momentum Builds in the U.S. IPO Market - Renaissance Capital reported a strong start to the year in its U.S. IPO Market 1Q 2017 Quarterly Review. The first quarter of 2017 saw 25 IPOs, which raised $9.9 billion, a jump...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Late last week, financial services company Raymond James agreed to resolve allegations of conspiring with the owner of several VT ski resorts (and others) in a Ponzi scheme targeting foreign investors through the EB-5...more

IRS Updates Golden Parachute Audit Guide

This is our first of many alerts during 2017 as the new administration signals the rollback of many regulations (e.g., fiduciary rules and pay ratio). We will keep you posted. In January 2017, the Internal Revenue...more

First Form AP Filed with the PCAOB

Grant Thornton LLP became the first registered public accounting firm to file a Form AP with the PCAOB. Form AP currently requires identification of the engagement audit partner associated with certain SEC filings and the...more

Compliance Expertise Needed on the Board

by Thomas Fox on

This week I have been exploring the different types compliance committee’s which an organization can utilize to help effect a best practices compliance program. I have written about compliance committee’s at the Board of...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In a holiday shortened week, the SEC brought actions involving: a financial fraud naming against the president of the firm who, assisted by two other officers named as defendants in an earlier Commission enforcement action,...more

Bridging the Week - November 2016 #3

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

Federal District Court Approves Flash Crash Spoofer’s US $38 Million Settlement; Federal Appeals Court Appears Sympathetic to Michael Coscia’s Claim That Spoofing Prohibition Is Too Vague - The US federal court handling...more

SEC Charges Audit Firms With Unprofessional Conduct

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

When Congress created the PCAOB many commentators thought that actions against accounting firms and their professionals would be handled by the Board rather than the SEC. While the Board does conduct investigations and bring...more

Blog: Should Non-GAAP Financial Measures Be Audited?

by Cooley LLP on

At a meeting yesterday of the PCAOB’s Investor Advisory Group, two working groups reported on topics that might be of particular interest: non-GAAP financial measures and enhanced audit reports. Non-GAAP Financial...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - October 2016

by Stoel Rives LLP on

After a one-month hiatus, we find ourselves with much to catch up on. Brace yourself. The SEC . . . - announced, that it no longer requires Tandy language, generally an acknowledgment in SEC comment...more

Audit Partner Violates Independence Rule in Way He Probably Never Expected

by Brooks Pierce on

I’ve been thinking about these auditor independence cases since the administrative orders were issued a few weeks ago. They’re very interesting to me for a couple of reasons, but let’s start with the rules...more

Issuer Reporting and Disclosure Remains Focus of SEC and Other Regulators

by Perkins Coie on

In a recent speech, SEC Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney confirmed the SEC’s continued pursuit of investigations and enforcement actions relating to issuer reporting and disclosure, an area that remains a high priority...more

Recurring Issues in Accounting for Litigation Contingencies

Certain questions seem to recur when it comes to outside counsel’s communications with a company’s auditors about potential exposures as a result of litigation or regulatory/enforcement matters and the underlying accounting...more

Blog: Consultants Report On Conflict Minerals Due Diligence And Disclosure For 2015. But Has It Made A Difference For The DRC?

by Cooley LLP on

Two consulting firms, Assent Compliance and Source Intelligence, have published their studies on conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold) reporting for 2015, the third year of required SEC reporting. For 2015,...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution and Crisis Management Newsletter - July 2016

by King & Spalding on

FCPA Best Practices - The Risks Posed by Third Parties and the Importance of Third-Party Audits - Introduction - Since 2010, the United States government has extracted just shy of $5 billion in corporate...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission settled another FCPA action centered on the efforts of a Chilean airline to resolve its labor issues. The agency also filed four offering fraud actions: one based on an internet fraud; a second centered on the...more

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