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The SEC (Sort of) Extends EGC Benefits to All Issuers

by White & Case LLP on

On June 29, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") extended to all issuers some of the benefits that Congress granted to emerging growth companies ("EGCs") in 2012 under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act...more

Mid-Year IPO Trends - July 2017

Practical Law Company recently reviewed trends in the U.S. IPO market for the first half of 2017. In the first five months of 2017, 46 IPO issuers identified themselves as emerging growth companies (EGCs). Under the JOBS...more

PCAOB Adopts New Auditor Reporting Standard

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

After more than six years of outreach and public comment, on June 1, 2017, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) adopted a new auditor reporting standard1 that, if approved by the SEC, would significantly...more

The Case Of The Wholly Owned, But Not Totally Held, Subsidiary That May Or May Not Be 100% Owned

by Allen Matkins on

When someone says that a subsidiary is “wholly owned”, I believe that the common understanding is that the parent company owns all of the issued and outstanding equity of the subsidiary. What if the statement is that the...more

Confidential IPO Filing System to be Expanded

by Sullivan & Worcester on

As of July 10th, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance will permit all companies to submit draft registration statements relating to initial public offerings for review on a non-public basis...more

SEC Chief Accountant Gives Speech on Credible Financial Reporting in the Capital Markets

On June 8, 2017, SEC Chief Accountant Wesley Bricker gave a speech titled “Advancing the Role of Credible Financial Reporting in the Capital Markets” at the 36th Annual SEC and Financial Reporting Institute Conference. Mr....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

Spinning Debt Into Profits Yields SEC Fraud Charges

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A miller claimed his daughter could spin straw into gold, according to the fable by the Brothers Grimm. And so she did – with a little help from a secret deal with Rumpelstiltskin. ...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

The First MD&A Following Adoption of the New Revenue Recognition Standard

The SEC has made clear its expectations regarding MD&A disclosure for periods prior to the adoption of the new revenue recognition standard. What has received less attention is the content of MD&A after the new revenue...more

Blog: New Revenue Recognition Standard—Are Companies Overlooking The Disclosures?

by Cooley LLP on

The warnings are everywhere—it’s time to get serious about revenue recognition. The new standard is expected to result in significant changes to measuring, recognizing and reporting of revenue—regarded as the key line item in...more

SEC Accountant Speaks to Revenue Recognition

Sylvia E. Alicea, Professional Accounting Fellow, Office of the Chief Accountant, gave her views on implementation of the new revenue recognition standard at a conference dedicated to the topic....more

Proskauer’s 2017 IPO Study

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Proskauer’s Global Capital Markets Group has released its fourth annual IPO Study, a comprehensive analysis of U.S.-listed initial public offerings that priced in 2016, including an identification of IPO trends over a...more

SEC Staff Guidance on Regulation A Offerings

On March 31, 2017, the SEC Staff published five Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) relating to Regulation A. ...more

Stockholder Vote Fails Corwin Test

In Re Saba Software, Inc. Stockholder Litigation considered whether the stockholder vote satisfied the Corwin test for a full informed, uncoerced vote to determine if the shift to the business judgement rule was warranted. ...more

SEC Proposes Inline XBRL Filing of Tagged Data

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published for comment a proposed rule requiring the use of the Inline eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) format for the submission of operating company...more

Foreign Private Issuers May Begin Submitting Their Financial Statements in XBRL

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) provided notice that the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) taxonomy has been published on the SEC’s website as provided for by the EDGAR Filer...more

SEC Disclosure Updates — Exhibit Hyperlinks, Industry Guide 3, and Inline XBRL

by Cozen O'Connor on

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to adopt final rule and form amendments to require issuers to include hyperlinks to each exhibit included in SEC filings. The same day, the SEC also issued...more

The SEC’s Proposed Changes to Rule 15c2-12 Could Have Far-Reaching Impact on Issuers and Obligors of Municipal Securities

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued Release No. 34-80130 (the “Release”) proposing several amendments to its Rule 15c2-12 (the “Rule”) that would add two new events to the list of events...more

Inline XBRL Proposed Rule and IFRS Taxonomy

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) proposed the use of the Inline XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) format for the submission of operating company financial statement...more

SEC Proposes to Require Use of Inline XBRL

In 2009 the SEC adopted rules requiring operating companies to provide the information from the financial statements accompanying their registration statements and periodic and current reports in machine-readable format using...more

XBRL for Foreign Private Issuers: Coming Next Year

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The SEC will require foreign private issuers that report in IFRS to submit XBRL financial statements for annual reports filed during 2018. On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a...more

Blog: SEC Votes to Propose Inline XBRL (updated)

by Cooley LLP on

At an open meeting yesterday morning, the SEC voted to propose the mandatory use of Inline XBRL for financial statement information. In June 2016, the SEC began a voluntary program allowing companies to file structured...more

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