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 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

Complaint Fails To Overcome Heightened Pleading Standard For Fraud Relating To Reporting Of Reinsurer’s Losses

The Southern District of New York granted Amtrust Financial Services’ motion to dismiss after finding that the plaintiff failed to specifically allege misstatements or omissions necessary to prove scienter in claims related...more

OCC Announces Update to Accounting Interpretations On TDRs, OREO and Pushdown Accounting

On September 29, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released an update to the Bank Accounting Advisory Series (BAAS). The BAAS covers a variety of topics and promotes consistent application of accounting...more

SEC Files Settled Action Tied To Restatement

The SEC filed another action centered on a restatement resulting from improper accounting and internal controls. In this instance the firm lacked procedures for dealing with related party transactions despite contrary...more

ISS Publishes Results of 2015–2016 Annual Global Policy Survey

On September 28, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, published the results of its 2015–2016 global voting policy survey. The survey, which received 421 responses from a combination of...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 38

SEC/CORPORATE - ISS Publishes Results of 2015–2016 Annual Global Policy Survey - On September 28, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, published the results of its 2015–2016...more

Business Incentive Changes in Recent North Carolina Legislation

The North Carolina General Assembly passed two significant pieces of legislation affecting corporate activity, expansion and new investment in North Carolina. First, the General Assembly passed the state budget...more

Blog: FASB Proposes Amendments Regarding The Concept Of “Materiality” In The Context Of Disclosure Requirements

FASB has issued two exposure drafts as part of its disclosure framework project, which is intended facilitate clearer communication of GAAP information required in notes to financial statements. The two proposals are intended...more

Considering Selling Your Company? Tip #2: Stage Your Company

Nearly every founder or executive considers selling their company at one point or another. Before embarking on the complex process, it is crucial for the company leaders – especially within the ever-evolving tech community –...more

Five Tips for a Successful Exit

Any number of factors can trigger a tech company’s exit: worn-out founders, anxious investors, industry consolidation, or wild, Instagram-like success. As tech founders and executives contemplate the possibility and timing of...more

SEC Sanctions Senior Executives Of Failed Clearing Broker

On September 17, 2015, the SEC announced charges against several senior executives of Penson Financial Services Inc., once the second-largest clearing broker-dealer in the country, and its parent corporation, Penson...more

Corruption Risks in Brazil: Ensuring Compliance with the FCPA & BCCA

Brazil is one of the hardest places in the world to do business – the World Bank Doing Business Report 2014 ranked Brazil 116 out of 183 for overall “ease of doing business.” In this on-demand webinar, Matteson Ellis of...more

Second Circuit Expands Scope of Dodd-Frank Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Sets up Chance for Supreme Court Review

Once upon a time, Daniel Berman was the finance director of Neo@Ogilvy LLC, a subsidiary of the publicly-traded WPP Group USA, Inc. He did not find a handsome prince or princess there. According to the allegations of a...more

PRA publishes Solvency 2 consultations and statement

PRA has published two consultation papers and a supervisory statement for all UK firms within the scope of Solvency 2: - one consultation seeks feedback on a draft supervisory statement setting out PRA expectations of...more

Watch Out for Non-GAAP Disclosure Creep

Creative use of non-GAAP financial measures has become standard practice in public company disclosures. Management, quite correctly in most cases, often believes that the company’s dry GAAP financial statements fail to fully...more

California Dreams Becoming Reality for Franchisees; Amended Franchise Relationship Law Nears Passage

The California State Assembly saw the seventh amended version of proposed changes to the California Franchise Relationship Act (CFRA) introduced August 17, 2015. This amendment is the product of industry negotiations that...more

Glossary of Important Securities Regulation Terms and Definitions

This Glossary is designed to provide law students taking Securities Regulation with a tool that will assist them in learning the basic language of securities law and achieve a working knowledge of the fundamental principles...more

Fifth Circuit Revives SOX Whistleblower Claim But Rejects Allegations Not Exhausted Before OSHA

In Wallace v. Tesoro Corp., the Fifth Circuit revived a SOX whistleblower complaint that was dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, finding that the plaintiff’s alleged belief that the company...more

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