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Securities and Governance Update

With a single statement the SEC upended the private ordering of how shareholder proposals are often dealt with in the height of proxy season. Historically, it has been well settled that companies may exclude shareholder...more

U.S. SEC Approves Proposals to Modernize Reporting Requirements for Registered Investment Companies and Registered Investment...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today unanimously approved proposals (Proposals) to modernize the reporting of information provided by registered investment companies (funds) and registered investment...more

SEC Files Fraud Action Centered on Student Loans

Student loans, and the debt burdening many students at graduation, is an important political topic. It is not generally a subject for the Securities and Exchange Commission. Nevertheless, at the center of is most recent...more

Settlement with Large Firm Audit Partner Reaffirms SEC’s Emphasis on Related Party Disclosures

The SEC’s Division of Enforcement has made a concerted effort in recent months to warn auditors and other corporate “gatekeepers” that it intends to scrutinize the adequacy of related party disclosures in financial filings. ...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 7

In this issue: - CFTC’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee To Hold Meeting - CFTC Announces Members of Market Risk Advisory Committee - NFA Notifies SDs and MSPs of Annual Questionnaire...more

CFOs Agree to Sarb-Ox Clawback

Two former CFOs have agreed to return nearly a half-million dollars in bonuses and stock sale profits they received while their Silicon Valley software company, Saba Software, was committing accounting fraud. While...more

SEC Files SOX Claw-back Action

The Commission filed a settled administrative proceeding against two former CEOs of Saba Software, Inc. under the Sarbanes-Oxley claw back provisions. The action is based on the fact that the company has announced it will be...more

Study Finds Executive Compensation Clawback Provisions Do Not Eliminate Possible Earnings Manipulation

Academics in Hong Kong have found that companies that have adopted executive compensation clawback provisions tend to substitute one type of earnings manipulation for another, and that this trend is more pronounced in...more

SEC Settles Financial Fraud Action

Financial fraud is an enforcement priority of the SEC. A financial fraud task force was formed in July 2013 to focus on this traditional staple of enforcement. A data analysis group was formed at the same time to give the...more

Important Deadlines and Reminders for Investment Advisers, Exempt Reporting Advisers, Commodity Trading Advisors and Commodity...

Investment Advisers - Annual Compliance Reviews: All investment advisers registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) are required to review their compliance policies and procedures at least...more

SEC Seeks Serious Penalties Against Sands Brothers and its Senior Officers for Alleged Repeated Custody Rule Violations - Former...

On October 29, 2014, the SEC announced that it had instituted administrative proceedings under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 against Sands Brothers Asset Management LLC (Sands Brothers), its two co-founders and the...more

SEC Sanctions 8 Auditors in “Broken Gate” Enforcement Sweep

The SEC this week issued cease-and-desist orders against eight auditors, fining them $140,000 collectively, for violating auditor independence rules by preparing the very broker-dealer financials they were to audit....more

Legal Alert: SEC and PCAOB Address Independence Requirements in Audits Related to Broker-Dealers’ Financial Statements

Confirming that auditor independence continues to be a regulatory priority, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) issued orders on December 8,...more

SEC and PCAOB Collar 15 For Independence Violations in Audits of Broker-Dealers

The SEC and PCAOB collectively charged 15 audit firms for violating independence requirements in connection with audits of broker dealers. Under SEC independence rules, which apply to audits of broker-dealers whether or not...more

SEC Will No Longer Require an Acquired Entity to Use “Pushdown” Accounting upon a Change in Control

On November 18, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance and the Office of the Chief Accountant (the Staff) rescinded Topic 5.J. of the Staff Accounting Bulletin Series. Topic 5.J. required an SEC registrant that became...more

SEC Issues Guidance to BDCs Regarding Consolidated Financials

On October 31, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission, through the Chief Accountant's Office of its Investment Management Division, issued a Guidance Update regarding whether wholly owned subsidiaries should be...more

Providing Audited Financial Statements Late Leads to Charges of Custody Rule Violations

The SEC announced charges against an investment advisory firm and three of its top officials for violating the “custody rule” that requires firms to follow certain procedures when they control or have access to client money...more

Bridging the Week - October 2014 #4

Senior Fed Officials Encourage Financial Industry Firms to Improve Compliance Culture - Enhancing culture was the theme at a workshop on “Reforming Culture and Behavior in the Financial Services Industry” held at the...more

Commissioner’s Dissent May Signal Harsher Sanctions Against Accountants

Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar provided the most recent illustration of the SEC’s renewed emphasis on enforcement actions involving accounting and financial statement fraud when, on August 28, 2014, he issued a rare written...more

EY Sanctioned For Acting As An Advocate For Audit Clients

Auditor independence is critical. The opinion issued by the audit firm regarding the financial statements of an audit client represents in part that the firm is independent. That judgment is based on an assessment of all the...more

Separate Financial Statements and the SEC’s Disclosure Effectiveness Project

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Director Keith Higgins recently suggested that the SEC will review the rules requiring separate financial statements or separate financial information under certain circumstances for...more

"SEC Judge Issues Initial Decision Regarding Chinese Affiliates of the Big Four Accounting Firms"

On January 22, 2014, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Administrative Law Judge Cameron Elliot (the ALJ) issued an initial decision censuring the Chinese accounting firms affiliated with Ernst & Young LLP, KPMG LLP...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (The week ending January 10, 2014)

The insider trading trial of former SAC Capital official Matthew Martoma opened this week in Manhattan with jury selection. The SEC announced the resignation of George Canellos, Co-director of the Division of Enforcement....more

Financial Statement Requirements in US Securities Offerings: What You Need to Know 2013 Edition

The most frequently asked question at all-hands meetings for a securities offering is “What financial statements will be needed?” The question seems simple enough. But the answer is rarely straightforward. This User’s...more

Two More Municipal Fraud Cases From the SEC

July 2013 was a big month for the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") in its quest to increase enforcement in the municipal market. On July 19, 2013, the SEC charged the City of Miami, Florida ("Miami"), and its...more

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