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This Week In Securities Litigation

NERA issued a report this week on Canadian class actions. Although the number of those actions filed last year increased compared to the year before, over the last several years the number of securities class actions filed in...more

Important Reminders for the 2017 Proxy Season

The following are some important reminders and updates for the 2017 proxy season. Say-When-on-Pay - Required Vote in 2017 - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires companies to conduct a...more

First Form AP Filed with the PCAOB

Grant Thornton LLP became the first registered public accounting firm to file a Form AP with the PCAOB. Form AP currently requires identification of the engagement audit partner associated with certain SEC filings and the...more

Blog: It Didn’t Take Long — House Passes Bills To “Regulate” The Regulators

Welcome to the future! On Wednesday, the House Republicans (with five Democratic votes) passed H.R. 5, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017, a bill that would change the way federal agencies issue regulations and...more

Regulators Discuss Accounting and Auditing Developments at 2016 AICPA Conference

This year’s American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Conference on SEC and PCAOB Developments, held on December 5-7, echoed several themes from prior AICPA conferences regarding regulatory priorities of interest to...more

Investment Management Update

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Providing Guidance On The Tax Qualification Of Mutual Funds - On September 27, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations (Proposed Regulations) that provide...more

Godspeed to John Glenn and Failures at Deloitte

Last week, I paid tribute to Greg Lake. It turned out that the first full week of December was the final week for several important, if not seminal, figures. So this week I will pay homage to those who have left us, today I...more

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

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