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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 -

New Revenue Recognition Standards Reinforce Need for Precise Accounting Definitions in Transaction Documents

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Revenue recognition standards adopted by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) will become effective over the next two years. In light of the changes, it is a good time to remind ourselves that accounting terms in...more

Revenue Recognition Representations for M&A and Underwriting Agreements

Some have suggested that the FASB’s new revenue recognition standard will result in particularized representations in M&A, underwriting and loan documents. It’s easy to argue it’s not necessary and is covered by the standard...more

SEC Resolves Financial Fraud Action

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Financial fraud has long been a key SEC enforcement priority. The Commission’s most recent case in the area centered incorrect financial statements tied to the premature recognition of revenue reflecting errors and a failure...more

Reported Criminal Probes Regarding Bond Valuations Highlight the Importance of Valuation Procedures

According to recent news reports, the DOJ and the SEC are investigating the possible improper use of third-party broker quotes by hedge fund managers to value illiquid debt securities in their portfolios. Prosecutors are...more

Let’s Just Fess Up and Agree, Loans are Dodgy Things:  FASB’s New Growth Killing Rule on Loan Losses

by Dechert LLP on

Just when you thought it was safe to go out at night again, another reason not to deploy capital is slouching into Bethlehem. We’ve written a lot here at CrunchedCredit about the Damian-like progeny of Dodd-Frank and Basel,...more

Ninth Circuit Confirms Pleading Standard for Securities Fraud Claims Involving Statements of Opinion

On May 5, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an important decision in City of Dearborn Heights Act 345 Police & Fire Retirement System v. Align Technology, Inc., et al., affirming the dismissal of a...more

Understanding the New Lease Accounting Rules

The new lease accounting rules (Accounting Standards Update N0. 2016-02; Topic 842) will require the recognition of lease assets and lease liabilities for those leases classified as operating leases under existing GAAP. For...more

Drafting Contracts under the New Revenue Recognition Standard

The new revenue recognition standards under GAAP (Accounting Standards Update 2014-09; Topic 606) will be applicable to public companies for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017. While much time and...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Spring 2017 Edition: Purchase Price Adjustment Disputes: Drafters Beware

by Dechert LLP on

It is common practice for purchase agreements in private company M&A transactions to contain one set of rules to determine and resolve disputes regarding a post-closing purchase price adjustment and a separate, often vastly...more

Blog: SEC Chief Accountant Addresses Audit Committee Effectiveness

by Cooley LLP on

In a recent speech at the University of Tennessee, “Advancing the Role and Effectiveness of Audit Committees,” SEC Chief Accountant Wes Bricker discusses his recommendations for — wait for it — improving the effectiveness of...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

Sears and the Going Concern Footnote

Traditionally, there has been no guidance in US GAAP about management’s responsibility to evaluate whether there is substantial doubt about an entity’s ability to continue as a going concern or to provide related footnote...more

"Key Takeaways: Corporate Governance Series — Key Trends in Executive Compensation, Employment Law and Compensation Committee...

On February 28, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Key Trends in Executive Compensation, Employment Law and Compensation Committee Practices.” The Skadden panelists were labor and employment law partner David Schwartz,...more

The SEC Issues a Request for Comment on Possible Changes to Industry Guide 3

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On March 1st, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) issued a request for comment (“RFC”) seeking comment on Industry Guide 3, “Statistical Disclosure by Bank Holding Companies” (“Guide 3”). Guide 3,...more

Recent Regulatory Developments and the New US Presidential Administration's Actions Affecting Public Companies

by White & Case LLP on

There have been several recent developments and proposed initiatives related to deregulation impacting US public companies and foreign private issuers ("FPIs"). Below is a brief summary of regulatory changes that have been...more

Blog: $2 Billion Purchase Price Dispute Over GAAP Compliance Highlights Need for Careful Drafting

by Cooley LLP on

Purchase price adjustments are common features (2015 SRS study: 77% of deals) of private merger agreements that are generally intended to ensure that the acquired company will have the same level of cash or working capital to...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

FCC Approves ILEC Shift to GAAP Accounting, Mitigates Pole Rate Impact

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

At today’s open meeting the FCC adopted a Report and Order that streamlines and eliminates Part 32 accounting requirements governing price-cap carriers, allowing them instead to rely on GAAP accounting methods and thus...more

"Key Takeaways: Corporate Governance Series — Key SEC Financial Reporting, Accounting and Enforcement Matters"

On February 2, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Key SEC Financial Reporting, Accounting and Enforcement Matters,” the third installment of our four-part Corporate Governance Series focused on trends in corporate...more

Avoiding Disputes Over How to Resolve Disputes

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. v. Westinghouse Electric Company LLC and WSW Acquisition Co., LLC, C.A. No. 12585-VCL (decided Dec. 5, 2016), the Delaware Chancery Court was required to interpret purchase price dispute...more

U.S. - EU Covered Agreement: The Road Ahead

On Thursday, February 16, the Housing and Insurance subcommittee of the Financial Services Committee of the United States House of Representatives will hold a public hearing entitled, “Assessing the U.S.-EU Covered...more

Not Correctly Reporting Losses: An Internal Controls Failure

by Thomas Fox on

A recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) internal controls enforcement action drew my attention. It was not a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action but it certainly does have implications for a...more

SEC Chair Urges Continued Efforts on Global Accounting Standards

by WilmerHale on

Outgoing Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White has urged her successor and the SEC to continue to pursue high-quality, globally accepted accounting standards “as one of its highest priorities.” In a...more

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

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

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

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