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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

FINRA’s 2014 Regulatory And Examination Priorities Address Existing And Emerging Investor Protection And Market Integrity Issues

On January 2, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) published its annual regulatory and examination priorities letter. The letter identifies and sets forth how FINRA intends to address significant risks and...more

FINRA Settles Administrative Proceedings Against Clearing Broker-Dealer For Failures to Comply with Anti-Money Laundering,...

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) issued an order (the “Order”) settling administrative proceedings against a clearing broker-dealer (the “Broker”), regarding various failures to comply with...more

SEC Update

PROXY SEASON PREVIEW - Say-on-Pay and Equity Compensation Plans - Although say-on-pay votes are only advisory in the United States, they will likely continue to be a focus for many companies in the upcoming 2014...more

SEC Settles Administrative Proceedings Against London-Based Hedge Fund Adviser and its Parent over Internal Control Failures and...

The SEC settled public administrative proceeding against a London-based hedge fund adviser that is not registered with the SEC (the “Adviser”) and its U.S. based, publicly-traded parent (the “Parent”) with respect to internal...more

New York’s Nonprofit Revitalization Act Becomes Law

On December 18, 2013, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 (the Act) into law, triggering the first overhaul of the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (N-PCL) in more than...more

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