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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

SEC Chair Wants Unicorns to Behave (More Like Public Companies)

On March 31, 2016, US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White delivered a keynote address at the SEC-Rock Center for Corporate Governance indicating that the SEC is increasing its focus on large private...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2016

Regulatory Developments - DOL Issues Final Fiduciary Rule - On April 6, the Department of Labor (DOL) unveiled its pre-publication final version of the long-awaited fiduciary rule (the Final Rule). Some of the more...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Supreme Court declined to hear Bebo v. SEC, 799 F. 3d 765 (7th Cir. 2015), a suit challenging the SEC’s venue selection. The Court’s order left standing the decision of the circuit court affirming the dismissal of the...more

Chair White Addresses Pre-IPO Private Placements and Staying Private Longer

Speaking at Stanford, Chair White addressed a broad range of issues affecting the technology sector, including the decision on the part of many privately held companies to defer their IPOs, to rely on exempt offerings to...more

Securities Litigation and Enforcement Newsletter

SEC Enforcement Trends for 2016 - Welcome to the latest edition of Fenwick and West’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement Newsletter. In this newsletter, we look at SEC enforcement trends for 2016, starting with a...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

Blog: Is It Just A Brush-Back Pitch Or Will The SEC Take Steps To Rein In The Use Of Non-GAAP Financial Measures?

Reporting on an industry conference sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the WSJ advises that SEC Chair Mary Jo White is considering whether to restrict the use of non-GAAP financial measures. In a speech to the...more

2015 Year in Review: Select SEC and FINRA Developments and Enforcement Cases

The SEC brought a record number of cases in 2015, many of which the Commission touted as “high impact” and “first-of-their-kind,” and FINRA increased its enforcement total, tripling the amount of restitution to be paid to...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - February 2016

Eye on the Courts—Recent Opinions and Rulings of Note - Why it matters: From a white collar and securities fraud standpoint, there has been a lot of noteworthy activity in the courts of late. The Supreme Court granted...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

At SEC Speaks Chair White noted that the SEC is more than a disclosure agency. In areas like exchange regulation financial standards and investment advisers the Commission engages in substantive regulation, suggesting perhaps...more

SEC’s Advisory Committee Meeting

In connection with today’s meeting of the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Smaller and Emerging Companies, Chair White made introductory remarks.  Chair White touched on a number of the initiatives that the Advisory Committee had...more

US Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman's Speech Notes Risk-Taking Essential to Macroeconomic Growth

US Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White addressed the annual “SEC Speaks” program, noting the critical role capital markets play in the US economy and the importance of risk-taking as part this process....more

SEC Speaks Commentary

Chair White delivered opening remarks at today’s Practising Law Institute SEC Speaks program. During Chair White’s remarks, she commented on the Commission’s rulemakings in 2015 and provided some insight on the Commission’s...more

A Conversation with Chair White

Chair White spoke at the Annual Securities Regulation Institute in San Diego last week and participated in a Q&A session. We have highlighted below commentary on topics of interest to our readers....more

Defining Diversity

In 1970, Helen Reddy secured a record contract. Then, she changed music and helped to shape and define the women’s movement in the ’70s by recording 10 new songs, one of which was the iconic and enduring “I Am Woman,” which...more

SEC Officials Question Increased Demands on Audit Committee Members

In a December 9 address at the 2015 AICPA National Conference on SEC and PCAOB Developments, SEC Chair Mary Jo White discussed the “heavy demands” placed on audit committees. In particular, she suggested that new,...more

Chair White Testimony and Capital Formation Related Initiatives

In the November 19, 2015 Congressional testimony, Chair White discussed a number of capital formation related initiatives. She mentioned the Commission’s...more

SEC Agenda for 2016: Tighten Rules on Leverage for Funds; Stress Testing and Third-Party Compliance Reviews for Advisers

In testimony before the House Committee on Financial Services on November 18, 2015, SEC Chair Mary Jo White described what the SEC has in store for the investment management industry....more

Summary and Discussion of Chair White's Speech Regarding SEC Regulation

Highlights: - The SEC plans to develop a proactive and agile regulatory framework through which it can anticipate issues and address them proactively, even as the capital markets continue to undergo rapid change. -...more

Access Fees and Regulatory Structure of Trading Venues

On October 27, 2015, the Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee (EMSAC or Committee) held its second meeting at the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission or SEC) in Washington DC. The Committee is considering...more

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