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Australia's Financial System Inquiry - “Unquestionably strong” Capital

The final report of Australia’s Financial System Inquiry (Inquiry) was released on 7 December 2014 (Final Report). According to the Treasurer, The Hon Joe Hockey MP, it lays out a blueprint for Australia’s financial system...more

SEC Accounting Staff Speeches at Annual AICPA Conference

On December 8 and 9, staff members of the SEC’s Office of the Chief Accountant, including the SEC chief accountant in his first published speech since he arrived at the SEC, discussed various accounting and financial...more

New COSO Internal Control – Integrated Framework Implementation Date Approaches

The framework used by many public companies to measure internal controls over financial reporting is sunsetting. As of December 15, 2014, the Internal Control – Integrated Framework originally published by the Committee of...more

Blog: Some Ways To Shorten 10-Ks And 10-Qs

I loved this column from Compliance Week by Scott Taub, former deputy chief accountant and former acting chief accountant at the SEC. It’s full of common sense ideas about how to shorten 10-Ks and 10-Qs, both of which seem to...more

CFPB issues FY 2014 financial report; GAO finds material weakness in CFPB reporting controls

The CFPB has issued its financial report for its 2014 fiscal year, which ended on September 30, 2014. Perhaps most illustrative of the CFPB’s growth are the report’s statistics on the CFPB’s employees and funding. The report...more

Disclosure Effectiveness: ABA Business Law Section Committees Suggest Financial Reporting Revisions

In response to the SEC’s request for input on how to improve the effectiveness of public company disclosure, the American Bar Association’s (ABA’s) Business Law Section’s Federal Regulation of Securities and Law and...more

Securities Enforcement Forum 2014 — Financial Reporting and Accounting Fraud

Today I’m blogging from Securities Enforcement Forum 2014, Bruce Carton’s excellent one-day conference, this year being held at the Four Seasons hotel in Washington, D.C. The posts will be fairly raw, and certainly not...more

Finance Releases Annual Financial Report for 2013-14

The Department of Finance has released the “Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada Fiscal Year 2013–2014?. Highlights include: - The Government posted a budgetary deficit of $5.2 billion for the fiscal...more

New Hospice Cost Report Released: Effective for Cost-Reporting Periods Beginning Next Week

On August 29, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released the final version of the new Medicare cost report, Form CMS 1984-14, applicable to freestanding hospice providers. Freestanding hospice...more

Lawful but Awful: Red Cross Says Hurricane Sandy Distributions Are Trade Secrets

While the term “trade secret” generally makes people think of Coca-Cola’s secret formula, software source codes, or company client lists, trade secret law has evolved to include everything from proprietary formulae to...more

PCAOB Focuses on Cybersecurity at Standing Advisory Group Meeting

Panelists at the PCAOB’s June 25 Standing Advisory Group Meeting discussed cybersecurity and the potential implications for financial reporting and auditing. Some of the highlights from the panel include the following...more

The Countdown is On for the Delaware Voluntary Disclosure Program

The deadline is quickly approaching for participation in the Delaware Secretary of State’s Unclaimed Property Voluntary Disclosure Program. Businesses have until June 30, 2014, to enroll in the program, and another year to...more

PCAOB Member Disputes Audit Firms’ Tales

Jeanette M. Franzel, PCAOB Board Member, recently gave her views on the PCAOB’s requirements. Ms. Franzel noted the PCAOB has heard that in response to some recent changes, some issuers have expressed concerns about the...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 10

In this issue: - FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed Rule Set for Limited Corporate Financing Brokers - SEC Issues No-Action Relief to Broker Dealers from Financial Responsibility Rule 15c3-3 Amendments -...more

SEC Enforcement Update - The SEC Speaks in 2014: Beware the Data Crunchers

Even more notable to securities practitioners than the attendance of Mark Cuban at this year’s SEC Speaks event (held in Washington, D.C. on February 21 22, 2014) was the start-to-finish focus of the Enforcement Division on...more

The SEC’s Financial Fraud And Accounting Task Force

The SEC likes to reorganize, refocus and reenergize. In the last ten years, the SEC has continued to reinvent itself. Whether it has been effective or not, is still up for questioning....more

SEC Chairman Sets 2014 Agenda, Promises Vigorous Enforcement

On January 27, SEC Chairman Mary Jo White outlined in remarks to the 41st Annual Securities Regulation Institute her agency’s 2014 agenda, promising “incredibly active enforcement” across “the entire industry spectrum.”...more

Gentleman’s Club Owner Hit With Fraud Penalty

A new Tax Court decision just came out – Potter v. Commissioner, TC Memo 2014-18. The case involved a “gentleman’s club” owner in Michigan. In December 2006 IRS special agents engaged in an undercover investigation of...more

California’s New Rule for Private Fund Advisers Will Result in Significant New Requirements and Restrictions for Many Real Estate...

On August 27, 2012, the California Department of Corporations adopted a new Rule 206.204.9, which was intended to encourage capital investment in private investment funds by providing an exemption from investment adviser...more

Enhanced Auditor’s Report – Latest Developments

You may recall that last August the PCAOB proposed a new standard designed to enhance the independent auditor’s report. •the communication of “critical audit matters” as determined by the auditor, •enhanced...more

The Relationship Between Sarbanes-Oxley And FCPA Compliance

Ten years ago, Sarbanes-Oxley was the focus of compliance and corporate governance reform. Sarbanes-Oxley was enacted in response to major corporate scandals involving financial reporting fraud and accounting...more

Tax-Exempt Hospitals: IRS Issues Proposed Revenue Procedure to Correct and Disclose Failure to Meet 501(r) Requirements

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) on December 30, 2013 issued a proposed revenue procedure that outlines steps to correct and disclose failures to meet the requirements of new section 501(r) of the Internal Revenue Code...more

SEC Amends Rule 5b-3 and Fund Registration Forms to Eliminate References to NRSRO Ratings

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted final amendments to certain rules and forms under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (1940 Act) and the Securities Act of 1933 (1933 Act) to implement a...more

Commissioner Adopts Rewrite Of Investment Adviser Custody Rule

To many, the words “custody” and “hide” would seem to have absolutely nothing in common. Etymologically speaking, however, they are cognates (blood relatives). Their common ancestor is the Proto-Indo-European etymon –...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - January 6, 2014

CFTC Issues Time-Limited No-Action Letter Relating to Certain CDS Clearing-Related Swaps Executed Pursuant to a CDS Settlement Price Process - On December 31, CFTC issued a no-action letter providing time-limited...more

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