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Blog: T+2?

At an open meeting this morning, the SEC voted to propose shortening the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer transactions from three business days after the trade date to two business days after the trade date,...more

SEC Chair Mary Jo White – FCPA Enforcement Remains a Top Priority in the Increasingly Interconnected Global Marketplace

On September 21, 2016, Mary Jo White, Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) spoke at a Legal Practice Division Luncheon at the International Bar Association Annual Conference. She discussed the...more

Non-GAAP Disclosure Controls and Procedures

It seems that everyone is focused on non-GAAP financial measures these days, including the SEC. As has been exhaustively reported, SEC Chair Mary Jo White fired the first shot across public company bows back in December 2015,...more

Practice Pointers on Non-GAAP Financial Measures

On June 27, 2016, Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Chair Mary Jo White, speaking at the International Corporate Governance Network’s Annual Conference in San Francisco, reiterated the SEC’s growing concern regarding...more

SEC Proposes Rule Requiring Investment Advisers to Adopt Business Continuity and Transition Plans; Division of Investment...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on June 28, 2016, proposed new Rule 206(4)-4 (Proposed Rule) under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act). The Proposed Rule would require every SEC-registered...more

Sustainability Reporting Gains Momentum

A couple of years ago I suggested that companies should consider adding new, or enhancing their existing, sustainability disclosures. The trend toward sustainability (frequently known as “ESG” for environmental, social and...more

SEC To Tighten Enforcement On Companies’ Accountability For The Glass Ceiling

Seyfarth Synopsis: SEC announced they are proposing a new rule to elicit more information about the diversity of corporate board members, maintaining that the amount of minority directors at the largest public companies has...more

CAQ Issues Non-GAAP Tool for Audit Committees

As has been widely reported, in recent months the Securities and Exchange Commission has raised concerns about the use of non-GAAP measures by public reporting companies, through public speeches, revised compliance guidance...more

SEC to Address Board Diversity

In a recent speech, SEC Chair Mary Jo White addressed board diversity. Chair White cited some important statistics in her remarks. She noted that minority directors on boards of the top 200 companies on the S&P 500 have...more

SEC Disclosure Initiative Encounters Resistance on Capitol Hill

Since 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission, under the direction of Chair Mary Jo White, has undertaken a “Disclosure Effectiveness Initiative” aimed at improving the content and presentation of disclosures by...more

Non-GAAP Financial Measures – Agenda Item for Upcoming Audit Committee Meetings

On June 27, 2016, SEC Chair Mary Jo White delivered a speech, which focused, in part, on non-GAAP financial measures, which have become the new old “hot button” issue for the SEC. Chair White strongly urged companies to...more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 12 - June, 2016 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis In our last edition, we discussed a recent SEC enforcement action against a private equity fund advisory firm and its owner, who agreed to pay more than $3 million to settle charges that...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 11 • June 2016 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - A few years ago, David Blass, then Chief Counsel of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets, created a stir when he said in a speech that private fund advisers should be concerned about some...more

MJW to FSOC:  We’re On It

In a keynote address before the Investment Company Institute on May 20, 2016, SEC Chair Mary Jo White signaled to the Financial Stability Oversight Counsel (FSOC) that the SEC is “working hard” to finalize rules that address...more

Non-GAAP measures - expecting an SEC crackdown

During the past few months, members of the SEC staff have been foreshadowing a renewed focus on enforcement of reporting of financial metrics and the use of “non-GAAP” financial measures by companies in the capital raising...more

The Silicon Valley Initiative – unicorns in SEC’s line of sight: action items

SEC Chair Mary Jo White and a delegation of officials from the SEC traveled to Silicon Valley early this spring to deliver a shot across the bow to technology and healthcare businesses, entrepreneurs, investors and their...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 20

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues 12 New and Revised C&DIs Regarding Non-GAAP Measures - As noted in the May 13 edition of Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest, SEC Chair Mary Joe White,...more

Are You Secure?

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Chair Mary Jo White confirmed Tuesday that cyber security is the biggest risk currently facing the financial system. Her strong warning of the threat posed by hackers follows...more

Theranos, the SEC’s Pursuit of Unicorns, and Taking the Reins of Internal Controls

In the wake of a host of negative developments, Theranos Inc. is reportedly under investigation by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC and DOJ inquiries are likely to focus on...more

Unicorns Under Scrutiny: The SEC Previews Its “Long Arm” Of The Law

As we previously discussed, SEC Chair Mary Jo White recently delivered the keynote address at the Silicon Valley Initiative hosted by the SEC-Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University. While the speech and...more

Reinventing Public Company Disclosure: SEC Requests Public Comment on Regulation S-K

On April 13, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a concept release discussing and requesting public comment on the business and financial disclosure required by Regulation S-K. The concept release...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

Blog: Taking On “Management Review Controls”

In a speech at the end of 2015 to the AICPA National Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments, SEC Chair Mary Jo White emphasized that “it is hard to think of an area more important than ICFR [internal control over...more

The SEC’s Non-GAAP Drumbeat Grows Louder

Last year I wrote about the hazards of “non-GAAP disclosure creep,” which can occur as companies become increasingly aggressive with their use of non-GAAP financial measures or simply become bogged down as more and more...more

Blog: With A 341-Page Concept Release, The SEC Seeks To Simplify And Modernize The Business And Financial Disclosure Requirements...

The SEC has issued a new concept release, as part of its Disclosure Effectiveness Initiative, seeking comment on modernizing certain business and financial disclosure requirements in Reg S-K. The release, which weighs in at a...more

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