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Preparing for the 2017 Public Company Reporting Season

Reevaluate Non-GAAP Disclosures in Light of Updated C&DIs and Other SEC Actions. As the reporting season gets underway, reviewing non-GAAP disclosure practices should remain a top priority in light of the new and updated...more

Blog: SEC posts report to Congress on Modernization and Simplification of Regulation S-K

The SEC has posted the staff’s Report on Modernization and Simplification of Regulation S-K, a report to Congress required by the FAST Act. Although required by the FAST Act, this report builds on and reflects the review that...more

SEC Staff Emphasizes Disclosure Requirements Regarding New Accounting Standards; FASB Standard-Setting Update

At a conference last week, the Chief Accountant of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance emphasized that the SEC staff will scrutinize companies’ financial reports in their upcoming reports on Form 10-K to see if they...more

Overdue Relief from Sending Glossy Annual Reports to the SEC

It is well known that Securities Exchange Act Rule 14a-3 requires a public company to send an annual report to its shareholders (or provide access to an annual report) when it holds a meeting to elect directors. Less well...more

SEC Staff Issues Guidance Regarding Requirement to Submit Annual Reports to SEC Under Exchange Act Rules 14a-3(c) and 14c-3(b),...

On November 2, 2016, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued guidance regarding the submission of annual reports by registrants to the SEC under Exchange...more

SEC Charges Issuer with Inadequate Segment Reporting

The SEC charged PowerSecure International, Inc. with matters related to inadequate segment reporting in a settled enforcement action. PowerSecure did not admit or deny the SEC’s findings. According to the SEC,...more

Blog: Mail Seven Copies Of Your Glossy Annual Report To The SEC? Not Anymore, So Long As….

Corp Fin has just issued a welcome new CDI under the Proxy Rules and Schedule 14A. As you know, under Exchange Act Rule 14a-3(c) and Rule 14c-3(b), companies must mail to the SEC, “solely for its information,” seven copies of...more

No Need to Mail Annual Reports to SEC if . . .

As many know, Exchange Act Rule 14a-3(c) and Rule 14c-3(b) require registrants to mail seven copies of the annual report sent to security holders to the Commission “solely for its information.” A similar provision in Form...more

Blog: Auditor independence follow-up

As discussed in this PubCo post, last week, the SEC announced settled charges against EY and individual EY auditors (and certain officers at the audit clients involved) with regard to alleged violations of the auditor...more

SDNY Refuses to Dismiss Executive’s Dodd-Frank Retaliation Claim

On August 24, 2016, the Southern District of New York denied Defendants’ motion to dismiss a Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation claim brought by its former co-CEO and Executive Chairman of its Board of Directors, finding...more

Blog: First SEC Enforcement Actions For Violations Of Auditor Independence Rules Resulting From Personal Relationships

In two orders made public today, the SEC announced settled charges against EY and individual EY auditors with regard to alleged violations of the auditor independence rules as a result of “close personal relationships” with...more

Blog: BDO Analysis Of Tech Industry Risk Factors Shows Increased Impact Of Cybersecurity And M&A Concerns

An analysis by audit firm BDO of the incidence of disclosure of various risk factors among tech companies over five years reflects increased emphasis on security breaches, the impact of M&A (including goodwill impairment) and...more

SEC Proposes to Require Hyperlinks to all Exhibits in Periodic Reports and Registration Statements

On August 31, the SEC issued proposed amendments to Regulation S-K and Regulation S-T that would require public companies and companies filing registration statements to include in the exhibit index to periodic and current...more

Preliminary Planning for the 2017 Proxy Season

For those who want to start preparing for the 2017 proxy season, our preliminary list of important considerations is set forth below: Directors’ and Officer’s Questionnaire - Nasdaq has adopted a rule requiring...more

California, Delaware And Nevada Differ On Committee Composition

In a prior post, I compared the differing limitations on committee authority under California and Delaware law. Today’s post focuses on differences in committee composition among California, Delaware and Nevada. These are...more

SEC Approves Nasdaq Rule Requiring Disclosure of Third-Party Payments to Directors

New Nasdaq Rule 5250(b)(3) is a result of increased activist shareholder efforts to place representatives on public company boards of directors. During the past several years, activist shareholders have sought to nominate...more

SEC Approves NASDAQ “Golden Leash” Rules

Recently, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) approved NASDAQ’s new Rule 5250(b)(3), which requires NASDAQ-listed companies to publicly disclose any cash or non-cash payments made by third parties to any...more

SEC Proposes Change to Definition of Smaller Reporting Company

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently proposed changes to expand the number of U.S. public companies that would qualify as a “smaller reporting company” (a “SRC”) and who therefore would be eligible...more

SEC Approves Nasdaq “Golden Leash” Disclosure Rule

On July 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved Nasdaq’s proposal for a “golden leash” disclosure rule (Rule 5250(b)(3)) requiring listed companies to publicly disclose benefits given by investors or other...more

“Interim Final Temporary Rules”, Say What?

Visitors to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website will find a pull-down menu entitled “Regulation”. One of the items on that menu has the oxymoronic title of “Interim Final Temporary Rules”. How can a rule be...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

Nasdaq Adopts “Golden Leash” Director Compensation Disclosure Requirement

The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (Nasdaq) has adopted a new rule that will require each Nasdaq-listed company to publicly disclose compensation or other payments by third parties to any current director or nominee for director in...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - June 2016

The SEC adopted a rule required by the FAST Act, here, that, we guess, confirms that an Annual Report on Form 10-K may include a summary. The SEC prescribes no rules about where a summary might appear or what it may look...more

Capital Markets & Public Companies Quarterly: Catching up on the SEC's Active Second Quarter

In Depth - New SEC C&DIs Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures - On May 17, 2016, the SEC issued several new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) and modified existing C&DIs to provide additional...more

What is non-GAAP? [Video]

What is non-GAAP?...more

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