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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SEC Updates Guidance on Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

On May 17, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission released updated guidance regarding the disclosure of non-GAAP financial information by public companies. This updated guidance comes in the wake of several public...more

SEC Issues Important Non-GAAP Interpretations

Background - In recent months, senior SEC officials have repeatedly cautioned public companies about the use of non-GAAP financial measures. These include statements by SEC Chair Mary Jo White, SEC Chief Accountant James...more

SEC Issues Guidance to Tighten Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

On May 17, 2016, the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance issued new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) regarding the use of non-GAAP financial information by public companies. This attempt to reset the...more

Joe Howell on the PCAOB, Audits and Compliance – Part I

I recently had the chance to visit with Joe Howell, the Executive Vice President (EVP) of Workiva LLC. Howell has been the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a number of public companies, mostly in the technology space, and...more

SEC’s Continued Concern with the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

On May 5, 2016, SEC Deputy Chief Accountant Wesley Bricker and the SEC Division of Corporation Finance’s Chief Accountant Mark Kronforst spoke at the 2016 Baruch College Financial Reporting Conference. Deputy Chief Accountant...more

US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Vice Chairman Hoenig Discusses a Framework for Tailored Supervision

US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Vice Chairman Thomas M. Hoenig discussed the decline of traditional community banks over the last thirty years and the resulting concentration of the US financial system in a few large...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC requested comment on the development of a consolidated audit trail this week, a concept long discussed. The audit trail would enable regulators to track trading activity in the U.S. markets. Enforcement initiated...more

"SEC to Focus on Non-GAAP Financial Measures in 2016"

On March 16, 2016, Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White cautioned an audience of industry professionals at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that the SEC continues to focus on companies’ use of financial measures...more

Recent Arizona Case Law and Other Developments Affecting Real Estate Lending

Recent Arizona Case Law - Dobson Bay Club II DD, LLC v. La Sonrisa De Siena, LLC (AZ Court of Appeals 2016). The borrowers signed a $28.6 million note and DOT to CIBC. The note required interest-only payments with a...more

Lease Accounting Changes Are Around the Corner: How Will This Affect Borrowers Under Credit Facilities?

Off-balance sheet operating leases are an important part of many companies’ financing strategies. A key attraction of operating leases is that neither leased assets nor lease payments are recorded on a company’s balance...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #5

ESMA consults on EU MAR commodity and spot markets disclosures - ESMA is consulting on draft guidelines under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU MAR) setting out a non-exhaustive indicative list of information expected or...more

Blog: SEC Chief Accountant Addresses The New Revenue Recognition Standard In The Context Of The Life Sciences Industry

In late March, SEC Chief Accountant, James Schnurr, delivered remarks before the 12th Annual Life Sciences Accounting and Reporting Congress. The remarks addressed the new revenue recognition standard and internal control...more

Class Action Settlements, Cases Paralleled by SEC Up in 2015

Cornerstone Research released a report on Securities Class Action Settlements, “Securities Class Action Settlements, 2015 Review and Analysis”. It records an increased number of settled securities class actions last year....more

European Banking Authority Consultation on Reporting Financial Information Using GAAP

The European Banking Authority launched a consultation on reporting financial information across EU jurisdictions using national Financial Supervisory Reporting Generally Accepted Accounting Practices (GAAP). The EBA reported...more

It’s Time Again for Audit Committees to Mind the Non-GAAP

Judging by the frequency of recent news reports and SEC staff speeches focused on non-GAAP financial measures, audit committees may be well served to take a fresh look at the non-GAAP measures reported by their companies and...more

Recent SEC Warnings Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In recent speeches, SEC Chair Mary Jo White and Chief Accountant James Schnurr have addressed the SEC’s growing concern regarding the use of non-GAAP measures in financial reporting. The SEC initially adopted Regulation G in...more

FASB’s Current Expected Credit Loss Proposal - Capital Recapture Considerations for Loan Documents

This eUpdate addresses a concern regarding the impact on bank capital of the FASB’s “Proposed Accounting Standards Update, Financial Instruments—Credit Losses (Subtopic 825-15)” (the “Proposal”), should it be adopted. ...more

New Lease Accounting Rules and Their Effect on Lessee Balance Sheets

Last month, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a new lease accounting standard that fundamentally alters how leases are recorded on a lessee’s financial statements. These changes to lease accounting could...more

News & info from Burnie Maybank about economic development as well as state and local taxation in S.C.

Economic Development | State and Local Taxation - “Current GAAP has no explicit guidance on the accounting for, or the disclosure of, government assistance received by business entities. The amendments in this proposed...more

NYSE Listed Foreign Private Issuers Now Required to Submit Unaudited Semiannual Financial Information

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) recently proposed to amend the NYSE Listed Company Manual to require foreign private issuers listed on the NYSE to furnish with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) semiannual...more

Court Allows 'Retroactive' Application of 2005 Wage Index Rule Limiting Reimbursement for Pension Plan Costs

On February 22, 2016, in Regents of the University of California v. Burwell, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted summary judgment in favor of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary)...more

FASB Lease Accounting Changes

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) is expected to finalize new lease accounting standards (“Standards”) within the coming months which will have very real consequences for owners and lessees alike. Under current...more

The New Lease Accounting Standard–What Lawyers Need to Know Now

With calendar year-end Form 10-K filings almost completed, you may have noticed the addition of Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02 “Leases (Subtopic 842)” to the MD&A subsection addressing new accounting standards. In...more

New Lease Accounting Rules Are Final: Retailers and, Ultimately, Landlords Can Expect Changes

We recently wrote about expected changes to the rules governing the way leases are accounted for on balance sheets and suggested the changes would have major implications for retailer tenants and longer term implications for...more

The New Lease Accounting Rules - Implications for Financing Agreements

New updates to accounting standards issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) on February 25, 2016 and by the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) on January 13, 2016 will dramatically change...more

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