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Preparing for the 2017 Public Company Reporting Season

Reevaluate Non-GAAP Disclosures in Light of Updated C&DIs and Other SEC Actions. As the reporting season gets underway, reviewing non-GAAP disclosure practices should remain a top priority in light of the new and updated...more

SEC Charges Audit Firms With Unprofessional Conduct

When Congress created the PCAOB many commentators thought that actions against accounting firms and their professionals would be handled by the Board rather than the SEC. While the Board does conduct investigations and bring...more

Blog: Undo Dodd-Frank?

With Congress and the Presidency soon in Republican control, look for the Financial CHOICE Act (or perhaps an enhanced version) to be re-introduced in the next Congress. The bill, sponsored by Jeb Hensarling, Chair of the...more

Enforcement at the Gates: SEC Action against Big Four Firm and New International Standards Highlight the Role of Accountants as...

In late September 2016, Andrew Ceresney, Director of Enforcement of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), signaled the SEC’s renewed focus on the key role played by audit committee members and external auditors as...more

SEC Brings Two Proceedings Naming Auditors

The Commission initiated two proceedings involving auditors who improperly and repeatedly signed off on unqualified audit opinions. One action involved audits for a municipality and settled. In the Matter of Domenick F....more

Blog: Should Non-GAAP Financial Measures Be Audited?

At a meeting yesterday of the PCAOB’s Investor Advisory Group, two working groups reported on topics that might be of particular interest: non-GAAP financial measures and enhanced audit reports. Non-GAAP Financial...more

Audit Partner Violates Independence Rule in Way He Probably Never Expected

I’ve been thinking about these auditor independence cases since the administrative orders were issued a few weeks ago. They’re very interesting to me for a couple of reasons, but let’s start with the rules...more

Blog: Large Companies Continue To Enhance Audit Committee Disclosures Voluntarily, But Pass On More Delicate Disclosures

With the PCAOB likely to adopt some form of enhanced disclosure requirement for the auditor’s report, and the SEC contemplating the addition of a number of disclosure mandates for audit committees, there seems to be a slow...more

Issuer Reporting and Disclosure Remains Focus of SEC and Other Regulators

In a recent speech, SEC Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney confirmed the SEC’s continued pursuit of investigations and enforcement actions relating to issuer reporting and disclosure, an area that remains a high priority...more

U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness Publishes Report on Reforming the Capital Markets

On September 12, 2016, the United States Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness hosted a webinar to discuss the policy recommendations outlined in its report titled “A Plan to Reform America’s...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe - Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

CSSF Newsletter – August 2016 - The CSSF published its August 2016 newsletter (number 187), which provides updates in relation to recent national regulation and statistics....more

Blog: Study Finds Disclosure Of “Critical Audit Matters” May Reduce Legal Exposure For Auditors

When the PCAOB originally floated the idea of an expanded audit report in 2011, the proposal fueled quite a controversy. Supporters of the concept contended that the current form of the auditor’s report was just boilerplate...more

Preliminary Planning for the 2017 Proxy Season

For those who want to start preparing for the 2017 proxy season, our preliminary list of important considerations is set forth below: Directors’ and Officer’s Questionnaire - Nasdaq has adopted a rule requiring...more

New Corporate Governance Principles Include Novel Audit Committee Provision

Recently, a group of prominent corporate executives, including Warren Buffett and Jamie Dimon, as well as investment managers and institutional investors, issued a set of “Commonsense Principles of Corporate Governance.”...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

Blog: New study examines benefits of enhanced audit report in the UK

In light of the closing of the comment period for the PCAOB reproposal of an expanded audit report standard (see this PubCo post and this PubCo post), including a requirement to disclose critical audit matters, it may be...more

Blog: Comments On PCAOB Reproposal Of Expanded Audit Report Reflect Predictable Split

In May of this year, after five years of outreach, the PCAOB once again attempted to make the auditor’s report more relevant and informative to investors by reproposing the auditor reporting standard, The Auditor’s Report on...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC filed a settled FCPA action in which the employees in the China subsidiary of the firm designed and adopted a bribery scheme to circumvent the compliance procedures the company had installed as a result of an earlier...more

PCAOB Expands Outreach Efforts with Form AP Resources

In a further expansion of its outreach efforts, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has established a Form AP webpage with resources for investors, auditors, and others interested in the information to be collected...more

SEC Staff Addresses Funds’ Auditor Independence Problem

On June 20, 2016, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management provided a temporary no-action letter (the “Letter”) to a fund group (the “Fund Group”) applicable to registered investment companies (each, a “Fund”) and other...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

In the week leading up to the July 4th holiday weekend the SEC filed an action alleging insider trading centered on the acquisition of a firm by Apple based largely on circumstantial evidence and outsized trading. Another...more

Blog: Discussion Draft of the Financial CHOICE Act

A discussion draft for the Financial CHOICE Act is now publicly available. Many of the provisions of interest from a corporate standpoint are in Title IV—Capital Markets Improvements and Title X—Unleashing Opportunities for...more

SEC Staff Throws Funds a Lifeline on Auditor Independence (For Now)

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management provided temporary relief from the headache created for funds when the failure to meet the provisions of the so-called “loan rule” may disqualify fund auditors from being...more

Republicans Announce Plans to Replace Dodd-Frank

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) unveiled details of the Financial CHOICE Act – the Republican plan to replace the Dodd-Frank Act and promote economic growth. CHOICE stands for Creating Hope...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Second Circuit rejected a challenge to the SEC’s venue selection decisions, concluding that the district court did not have jurisdiction to hear an issue regarding the Appointments Clause. This is the third circuit court...more

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