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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Securities Class Action Suits Increased in 2015

Last year there were more class action suits filed compared to the prior year. The actions were brought largely against companies traded on the two major exchanges in the biotech and healthcare sectors, according to a recent...more

SEC Announces Settlement with Loan Servicer for Misstating Financial Results

On January 20, the SEC announced a settlement with a residential and commercial loan servicer for allegedly misstating its financial results for the last three quarters of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014, the consequence...more

Financial Statement Triggers - Requirements for New or Updated Financial Statements Can Affect Access to Capital Markets and M&A

Financial statement requirements can surprise US public companies seeking to access the capital markets or to register shares in connection with acquisitions. Fully compliant 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K reporting can be inadequate....more

A Not So Frequently Asked Question – When Is An Event Infrequent?

Last January, the Financial Accounting Standards Board, which is better known as the FASB, issued Accounting Standards Update 2015-01. The update eliminates the concept (and definition) of “extraordinary item”. According to...more

Financial Statement Requirements in US Securities Offerings: What Non-US Issuers Need to Know

Introduction - 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...more

Financial Statement Requirements in US Securities Offerings: What Non-US Issuers Need to Know

Introduction - 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...more

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

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

"SEC Rulemaking Update: A Year of Changes, With More to Come"

Last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) made major progress in completing its rulemaking mandates under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) and the Dodd-Frank Act. Additionally, Congress enacted...more

Net Working Capital Adjustments in M&A Deals: The Buyer’s Perspective

Working capital is an important measure of a company’s liquidity. Without sufficient working capital, a business will not be able to pay suppliers, employees, landlords and other providers whose goods and services are...more

FASB Issues New Guidance on the Recognition and Measurement of Financial Instruments

On January 5, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a new accounting standard which “‘is intended to provide users of financial statements with more useful information on the recognition, measurement,...more

Swisscanto v. Blackberry: What constitutes a “public correction” for the purpose of secondary market misrepresentation class...

In Swisscanto v. Blackberry(“Swisscanto”), the Ontario Superior Court of Justice considered, for the first time, what constitutes a “public correction” of an alleged misrepresentation in a secondary market securities class...more

Report on Impact of IFRS 16 Leases on Financial Covenants in Loan Agreements

On December 9, 2015, the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) published a feedback report relating to a public survey undertaken by EFRAG and others in July 2015 aiming to understand the effects of the...more

Earnings Release Pitfalls and Reminders

It’s the time of year when calendar-year-end public companies gear up to release their annual earnings. Therefore, as you dust off last year’s earnings release, it may be helpful to consider some pitfalls experienced by even...more

Mind the GAAP: Financial Reporting Impact of New Accounting Standards for Not-for-Profits

In April of this year, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) circulated a series of proposed changes to generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) applicable to certain not-for-profits....more

A Guide to Regulation A+

Significant changes to Regulation A, generally referred to as Regulation A+, went into effect on June 19, 2015. Old Regulation A - Regulation A is a previously existing exemption from the registration requirements...more

Sellers May Find The FAST Act To Be Not So Fast

I’ve devoted several recent posts to the new secondary trading exemption that Congress tacked on to Section 4 of the Securities Act of 1933. The exemption is poorly drafted and in many cases may prove unusable. Perhaps this...more

FAST Act Includes Enhancements to Capital Raising and Securities Laws

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the “FAST Act”) which included a host of provisions related to capital raising and securities law matters. Provisions of particular...more

SEC Commissioner Endorses Consideration of Supplemental IFRS Reporting by US Issuers

In recent remarks at the 34th Annual Current Financial Reporting Issues Conference hosted by Financial Executives International, SEC Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar discussed the status of International Financial Reporting...more

Quadrant Structured Prods. Co. v. Vertin, C.A. No. 6990-VCL (Del. Ch. Oct. 20, 2015) (Laster, V.C.)

In this post-trial decision, the Court of Chancery held that a company’s repurchase of senior notes from an insider approximately six months after returning to solvency did not violate the express or implied terms of the...more

House Passes Act to Codify Section 4(a)(1½) Exemption for Resales of Restricted Securities

On October 6, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved the Reforming Access for Investments in Startup Enterprises Act of 2015 (H.R. 1839), also known as the RAISE Act of 2015. The RAISE Act has been...more

Following the Wisdom of the Crowd? A Look at the SEC’s Final Crowdfunding Rules

In this alert, we provide a detailed overview of the final rules, Regulation Crowdfunding, which will be applicable to crowdfunding offerings conducted in reliance on Section 4(a)(6) of the Securities Act of 1933 as amended...more

Regulation Crowdfunding

On October 30, 2015, the SEC voted to adopt final rules permitting crowdfunding. Regulation Crowdfunding allows issuers to engage in securities-based crowdfunding through the internet pursuant to Section 4(a)(6) of the...more

Blog: Corp Fin Director Highlights Recent Issues In Public Offerings

At PLI’s Securities Regulation Institute this morning, Corp Fin Director Keith Higgins highlighted* some recent issues the staff has identified in the context of public offerings....more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - October 2015

"Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" Part III - Why it matters: It is time for another installment in our continuing "Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" coverage into the ongoing constitutional challenges to the SEC's...more

Risk Retention and RMBS

Effective December 24, 2015, all securitizations of residential mortgage loans (RMBS), both public and private, will be subject to the Credit Risk Retention Rule (the “Rule”).[1] The Rule was promulgated on December 24, 2014,...more

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