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New Disclosure Rules for Extractive Companies Coming Into Force Soon

UK companies, including UK subsidiaries of EU companies, face tougher anti-corruption rules from next year. Under chapter 10 of the EU Accounting Directive (2013/34/EU) (“the Accounting Directive”) and the EU...more

FINRA Board to Consider Rule Proposals Regarding Private Trading Platforms

The Board of Governors (the Board) of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is scheduled to meet on September 19 to consider rule proposals requiring heightened oversight of computerized trading strategies and greater...more

Good News For Companies Adopting Retrospective Approach To New FASB Revenue Recognition Standard

One of the critical questions that companies are facing under FASB’s new revenue recognition standard is whether companies that elect to follow a retrospective approach (applying the standard to both current and prior years —...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC continued with its “broken windows” approach to enforcement this week, filing a group of 34 actions based on the failure to file either a Form 4, Schedule 13D or Schedule 13G. The agency also filed an action alleging...more

Whether 1992 Or 2013 Version Of COSO Framework — Disclose In Management’s And Auditor’s Internal Control Reports

Last week, I posted a piece regarding the “squishy” deadline (to borrow the term of art coined by the COSO Chair) for implementation of the new 2013 COSO internal control framework. As you may recall, the original 1992 COSO...more

California Energy Commission Delays Compliance With Energy Disclosure Program for Smaller Nonresidential Buildings

The California Energy Commission (CEC) implemented the Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program in two phases. The first phase took effect on January 1, 2014 and applies to nonresidential buildings of at least...more

President's Executive Order Requires Prospective Federal Contractors To Disclose Violations Of Fourteen Federal Laws

An Executive Order (E.O.) signed by President Obama on July 31 requires prospective federal contractors to disclose to agencies violations of 14 federal laws: the Fair Labor Standards Act; the Occupational Safety and Health...more

Lead Director Network: Viewpoints: A dialogue with Keith Higgins, Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance

On July 16, 2014, as part of a joint meeting between the Lead Director Network (LDN) and the Compensation Committee Leadership Network (CCLN), members of both networks met with Keith Higgins, director of the Division of...more

Court Broadens Confidentiality of Investigations - D.C. Circuit extends privilege in internal corporate probes, but inconsistent...

You are counsel to a government contractor that is conducting an internal investigation into possible fraud. Federal mandatory disclosure obligations require an investigation, as does the need to gather facts to seek legal...more

Disclosure At The Mobile Check-Out: The FTC's View On Mobile Shopping Apps

In its August 1st report entitled "What's the Deal — An FTC Study on Mobile Shopping Apps," the FTC provides guidance on various disclosures that should be made by mobile apps along with reinforcing a number of prior...more

FinCEN Seeks to Turn Beneficial Ownership Disclosure of Private Entities on its Head

My colleagues over at our banking blog have highlighted proposed regulations by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, under the Bank Secrecy Act which are meant to combat illicit financial activity, including...more

Sunshine Ordinance Preempted by City Charter Provision Creating Attorney-Client Privilege

The First District Court of Appeal determined that City of San Francisco (“City”) resident Allen Grossman (“Grossman”) was not entitled to documents related to the development of certain San Francisco Ethics Commission...more

Reg A+ Challenged Again

Another letter to the SEC from the Hill challenges the Regulation A+ proposal. This time, the authors question the authority of the SEC in defining “qualified purchaser” as an offeree or purchaser in a Tier 2 Reg A+...more

Executive Order Adds New Compliance Requirements for Federal Contractors

On July 31, 2014, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order in an effort to crack down on federal contractors with a history of violating employee rights. Beginning in 2016, both the government’s...more

CRA3: ESMA publishes final draft Regulatory Technical Standards on disclosure requirements for Structured Finance Instruments

Executive Summary - Following the consultation paper published by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) in February 2014, on 24 June 2014 ESMA published its final draft of the Regulatory Technical...more

Court Limits Scope of SEC Disgorgement In Case Involving Failure to Disclose Beneficial Interests

Just last week, Judge Scheindlin from the Southern District of New York precluded the SEC from seeking wide-ranging disgorgement in an order issued in the SEC v. Wyly, 10-cv-5760 (S.D.N.Y.) case....more

Action Required for Covered Entities, Business Associates and Their Subcontractors

Early last year, the Department of Health and Human Services issued final privacy and security regulations (Final Rule) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The Final Rule, effective...more

MSRB Proposes Revised Duties for Municipal Advisors

The MSRB proposed a Revised Draft of Rule G-42 (“Duties of Non-Solicitor Municipal Advisors”) by Reg. Not. 2014-12 issued July 23, 2014. We addressed the original proposal in our January 23 blog post. The Revised Draft...more

SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Accredited Investor Tests and Verification of Accredited Investors for Rule 506(c) Offerings

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance added to its Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations posted on the SEC website new Questions 255.48-255.49 and 260.35-260.38 which address (1) elements of the...more

Disclosure Reform

Yesterday, the US Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness hosted a half-day session on “Corporate Disclosure Reform: Ensuring a Balanced System that Informs and Protects Investors and Capital...more

Hearing on Oversight of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance

As we previously reported, the Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, Keith Higgins, testified before the House Financial Services Committee on a broad range of matters, including the SEC’s progress in...more

Failure of Mandated Disclosures

PLA often posts links to scholarly articles assessing or speculating about the effectiveness, from a consumer-protection standpoint, of disclosure and other regulatory regimes. Past such posts include, for example,...more

The Clock is Ticking on the SEC’s MCDC Initiative - Limited Self Reporting Window Closes September 9, 2014

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has announced its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (the “MCDC Initiative”) for municipal issuers, conduit borrowers, other obligated persons...more

SEC Resolves First Case Under New Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative

On July 8, 2014, the SEC announced that it had settled charges that a school district in California misled bond investors about its failure to comply with its continuing disclosure obligations under Rule 15c2-12 of the...more

When Should You Disclose an SEC Investigation?

SEC investigations have become more common in recent years as the still relatively new Chair, Mary Jo White, and others have focused resources and attention on enforcement. It is now well established that there is no...more

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