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Fall into the GAAP: New Not-for-Profit Financial Reporting Standards Issued

As we previously reported, in April 2015 the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) circulated a series of proposed changes to generally accepted accounting principles applicable to certain not-for-profit entities in...more

SEC Wins Jury Verdicts Against City of Miami, Budget Director

The SEC prevailed at trial in an action against the City of Miami and its former budget director, Michael Boudreaux centered on three bond offerings. Specifically, the jury returned verdicts in favor of the Commission as to...more

U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness Publishes Report on Reforming the Capital Markets

On September 12, 2016, the United States Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness hosted a webinar to discuss the policy recommendations outlined in its report titled “A Plan to Reform America’s...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.1.16

Canada’s signaled an interest in joining the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank—often seen as China’s answer to the World Bank.  The bid is controversial at home for new PM Justin Trudeau, but it reflects the...more

Blog: When The SEC Speaks About Non-GAAP Measures, It Turns Out That Most Companies Listen

The WSJ reports on new data, prepared for the WSJ by Audit Analytics, showing how faithfully companies have conformed their disclosures to the recent guidance from the Corp Fin staff on non-GAAP financial measures. As more...more

Shareholders Will Get to Trial in Petrobras Corruption Scandal Action

Yesterday I wrote about what may well be the next great bribery and corruption scandal across the globe involving the Venezuelan state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA). However, the current largest corruption...more

A Baker's Dozen of Blue Chip CEO's and Leading Investors Speak Out on Corporate Governance: What Else Can be Offered to the...

A most curious press release sprouted up amidst summer's hot growing season: 13 leaders of public companies and investing firms have put forth self-professed governance principles for public companies. (See...more

Listing Indian Companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange

India is now included as an “acceptable jurisdiction” by The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “HKEx”). The HKEx also published a new “Country Guide – India” (the “India Guide”) relating to India-incorporated issuers....more

SEC – Phoenix Settle Accounting Errors Action

Financial reporting cases are a key focus of SEC enforcement. In some instances the actions result from fraudulent schemes such as those where executives falsify the numbers to obtain a bonus. In other instances the actions...more

Sustainability Reporting Gains Momentum

A couple of years ago I suggested that companies should consider adding new, or enhancing their existing, sustainability disclosures. The trend toward sustainability (frequently known as “ESG” for environmental, social and...more

"Corporate Finance Alert: The Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures — A Disclosure Guide"

Companies commonly supplement their reported earnings under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) with non-GAAP financial measures that they believe more accurately reflect their results or financial position...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

Update of the Luxembourg transparency rules

Luxembourg finally implements the Transparency Amending Directive. In line with the Directive, the Transparency Act 2008, amongst others: - reinforces rules on the disclosure of major shareholdings, including a new...more

Government Investigations: Use of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and Virtual Currency

Since 2009, the US Department of Justice has implemented an aggressive anti-tax evasion strategy that has changed by targeting tax havens that host financial intermediaries (i.e., banks) to the financial intermediaries...more

Re-evaluating Your Company’s Use and Presentation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

At a Glance: In May, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) added twelve new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) on the use of non-GAAP (“Generally Accepted Accounting Principles”) financial...more

Legislative Update

With negotiations on the budget bill (HB 1030) still continuing outside the public view, this week the General Assembly focused on other issues. Tax Proposals; Services Tax Clarifications and New Market Jobs Act - ...more

The SEC’s Return to Accounting Fraud Enforcement

Just like the ups and downs of the business cycle, SEC enforcement of accounting fraud cases follow an up and down trend as well. For example, during the financial crisis, SEC enforcement of accounting fraud cases took a back...more

SEC Guidance on Reg G: Q&A with Howard Berkenblit

On May 17, 2016, the SEC issued new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations related to Regulation G. The Podium discussed the new guidance on the reporting of non-GAAP financial measures with Sullivan & Worcester Partner...more

SEC Provides Additional Guidance Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently provided additional guidance regarding the kinds of non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) financial measures that may be used by SEC registrants in financial...more

Non-GAAP Financial Disclosures – Redux

Prefaced by public statements of SEC officials about improper use of non-GAAP financial measures, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance issued new and revised Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) on...more

SEC Updates Guidance on the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released several new and revised Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) related to the use of non-GAAP financial measures under Regulation G and Item 10(e) of...more

Applying the New SEC Staff Guidance on Non-GAAP Measures to Your Next Earnings Announcement

On May 17, 2016, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance escalated the SEC’s efforts to curb perceived misuse of non-GAAP financial measures with the issuance of a revised set of Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations...more

Corporate and Securities Alert: SEC Releases Additional Guidance Relating to the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

On May 17, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance published additional Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (CDIs) relating to the use of Non-GAAP financial measures in documents filed with or furnished to (for...more

Blog: House Passes Bill For Five-Year Extension Of JOBS Act Exemption From Auditor Attestation Requirement

On Monday, the House passed the Fostering Innovation Act of 2015, notwithstanding this letter to Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi from the SEC’s Investor Advocate urging a vote against it. The bill, which presumably now moves to...more

SEC Releases New and Updated Non-GAAP C&DIs

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance (“Staff”) recently released 12 new and updated Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations ("C&DIs") addressing the use of non-GAAP financial...more

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