Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures

Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) are accounting standards and procedures that are used by companies within a particular jurisdiction to prepare financial records and statements. These principles... more +
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) are accounting standards and procedures that are used by companies within a particular jurisdiction to prepare financial records and statements. These principles are intended to create consistency in documentation across companies and industries. Consistent documentation assists investors to better analyze potential investments and assists regulators to detect potential fraud and/or wrongdoing. less -
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The SEC Continues to Turn Up the Heat on Private Equity’s Fees, Expenses and Valuation Practices

On April 3, 2015, The Wall Street Journal reported that private equity adviser Fenway Partners LLC (Fenway) received a Wells Notice from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in March 2015 regarding Fenway’s...more

The New Revenue Recognition Standards–What Lawyers Should Know

Last year, the FASB issued ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, which outlines a single comprehensive model for accounting for revenue arising from customer contracts. When it becomes effective (for fiscal...more

More Class Actions Claim GAAP Violations, Less Paralleled by SEC Case

Last year the number of securities class action cases settled remained largely constant compared to the prior year, according to a report by Cornerstone Research. At the same time the number of cases alleging GAAP violations...more

3 Developments Real Estate Fund Sponsors Should Know for 2015

Changes in fee terms as well as new guidance regarding GAAP consolidation and potential future tax developments can impact how fund sponsors structure and negotiate their investment vehicles. Despite a slight downturn in...more

OSC Expects REIT Distributions Disclosure to Yield More Information

In the current low interest rate environment, yield-hungry investors have been particularly attracted to real estate investment trusts (REITs), which, as tax-efficient, flow-through investment vehicles, aim to pay regular...more

IRS private letter ruling on non-conventional real estate assets enables taxpayer to convert to REIT: key points

The Internal Revenue Service recently released a private letter ruling regarding the treatment of certain assets as qualifying “real estate” for real estate investment trust (REIT) purposes. That ruling effectively enabled...more

CFTC Issues No-Action Relief to Certain Introducing Brokers

On January 23, 2015 the CFTC Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight issued no-action relief to certain introducing brokers (IBs) with respect to net capital and financial reporting requirements under Commission...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

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

Posting Non-GAAP Financial Measures on Social Media

It is well documented that companies now use social media for all kinds of communications, including “traditional” SEC disclosures. As the scope of the social media disclosures continues to expand, some companies are starting...more

MIND THE GAAP—Use of Non-GAAP Measures in IPOs

A new report released last week by PwC US analyzed the use of non-GAAP measures (NGMs) in IPOs and found that nearly 60% of the IPOs surveyed included at least one NGM, and approximately 95% of IPOs with NGMs included between...more

When the Whistle Blows, What Follows?

Real estate investment trust American Realty Capital Properties (“ARCP”) recently announced the preliminary findings of an Audit Committee investigation into accounting irregularities and the resulting resignation of its...more

Following FASB: Leases, Revenue Recognition Proposals On the Horizon

There are two proposals making their way through FASB that will have far-reaching implications for most financial statements—including those of private companies. Even though neither of these proposals has been finalized,...more

FIO Focus, No. 63: Federal Reserve Requests Financial Data to Study Effects of Capital Framework on Nonbank Financial Companies...

On September 30, 2014, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the Board) invited firms substantially engaged in insurance underwriting activities to participate in a voluntary data collection exercise known as...more

FASB Defines Management’s Going Concern Assessment and Disclosure Responsibilities

A new FASB standard should diminish the current diversity in disclosures regarding substantial doubt about an entity’s ability to continue as a going concern, which has been caused, in part, by the absence of any GAAP in this...more

FASB Revises Going Concern Evaluations and Disclosure

Generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, presumes continuation of a reporting entity as a going concern as the basis for preparing financial statements unless and until the entity’s liquidation becomes imminent....more

This Court’s Ruling Puts The Opinion In Auditor’s Internal Control Opinion

A brief ruling issued this week by U.S. District Court Judge James C. Mahan makes it clear that an auditor isn’t always liable even when a subsequent auditor uncovers fraud. In Oaktree Capital Mgmt., L.P. v. KPMG, 2014 U.S....more

Pre-Filing Consultation of SEC Staff Regarding Venezuela Operations May Be Appropriate in Certain Circumstances

In a recent meeting, a representative of the SEC accounting staff noted that the SEC staff is focusing on how companies with operations in Venezuela are affected by the various foreign currency exchange mechanisms in...more

New Revenue Recognition Standard Adopted

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) issued jointly written revenue recognition standards on May 28, 2014. The new guidance standardizes how companies...more

Revenue Recognition - Are You Ready for New Principles-based Rules?

As you read this, the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Board were expected to issue final rules on revenue recognition. The new rules are principles-based, providing a framework...more

FIO Focus, Issue No. 51: Legislation Introduced to Clarify Collins Amendment

Concerns that minimum leverage and risk-based capital requirements required under section 171 of the Dodd-Frank Act would be applied to insurance companies have been addressed in S. 2270, sponsored by Susan Collins (R-ME),...more

FASB to Eliminate Special Accounting Rules for Development Stage Entities

The FASB decided in February to direct the FASB staff to draft a final Accounting Standards Update that will eliminate the special accounting treatment for development stage entities. The final update is scheduled to be...more

FASB Revised Guidance Will Decrease Discontinued Operations Treatment

The FASB recently issued an Accounting Standards Update that should reduce reporting of discontinued operations (disc ops) in some circumstances. The revised standard provides that only the disposal of a part of an entity...more

SEC Files Settled Financial Fraud Actions

The SEC filed financial fraud actions against drug store giant CVS Caremark Corporation and its Retail Controller, Laird Daniels, CPA. CVS was charged with “intentional misconduct” based on alleged violations of Exchange Act...more

Top Disclosure and Governance Tips for 2014

The proxy and annual reporting season is upon us and, as with other things, it is best to be prepared. Here are some thoughts for publicly traded companies to carry through the season and help plan for the remainder of the...more

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