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This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending April 4, 2014)

High speed trading and insider trading were key topics this week. Author Michael Lewis released a new book on high speed trading and, in an interview claimed the markets are “rigged.” The Commission focused on insider...more

Financial Reporting & Accounting Enforcement Annual Review - 2013

In This Issue: Introduction; Redesigning the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, Again; Focus Areas: What’s Next; Overview of 2013 Cases; Public Company, Officer, and Director Trends; Audit Firm and Auditor Trends; Rule...more

SEC Issues Rule Proposals to Amend Regulation A

On December 18, 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued rule proposals to amend Regulation A, implementing an important part of Title IV of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (the “JOBS...more

Enhanced Auditor’s Report – Latest Developments

You may recall that last August the PCAOB proposed a new standard designed to enhance the independent auditor’s report. •the communication of “critical audit matters” as determined by the auditor, •enhanced...more

The SEC: The Future Path of Enforcement (Part II)

PRC based issuers, and the reliability of the financial information for these companies, continued to be a key issue for the Commission as well as the PCAOB in 2013. An action brought by the Commission against Subaye, Inc....more

Planning for the 2014 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season

In This Issue: - Incorporate lessons from 2013 say-on-pay results - Prepare for new Form SD (Specialized Disclosure) filing requirements - Ensure compliance with revised listing standards related to compensation...more

SEC CustodyFest Vol. 3: Jason Returns

In this last chapter of SEC CustodyFest, we visit Knelman Asset Management Group. For this case, I’m mostly interested in discussing a change to the SEC’s custody rule, Rule 206(4)-2, from 2010....more

PCAOB Reproposes Rule Requiring Engagement Partner To Be Named In Audit Report

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has reproposed for public comment amendments to PCAOB auditing standards that would provide greater transparency into audits of public companies, brokers, and dealers about the...more

Proposed Changes in Public Company Auditing Standards

On December 11, 2013, the public comment period will close on two new auditing standards proposed by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) to improve the informational value of the auditor’s report. These...more

New Rules Proposed by PCAOB Include Sweeping Changes for Audit Reports

After several years of proposals and feedback from stakeholders, on August 13, 2013, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) proposed sweeping changes to the standard audit report in two new auditing...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- October 2013

- Regulatory Updates: CFTC Adopts “Substituted Compliance” Approach for Registered Investment Companies that are Commodity Pools; SEC’s Final Rules on General Solicitation and Bad Actor Disqualification for Investment...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus - October 2013

In this issue: - ASIAN DEVELOPMENTS - HKEx publishes Amended Listing Rules to Complement the New IPO Sponsor Regime - US DEVELOPMENTS - SEC Developments - Noteworthy US Securities Law...more

PCAOB Adopts Standards for Broker-Dealer Audits and for Auditing Supplemental Information

On October 10, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board adopted two attestation standards pertaining to audits of brokers and dealers intended to help protect customer funds by enhancing the quality of compliance...more

PCAOB Adopts Standards For Broker-Dealer Audits

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, or PCAOB, adopted two attestation standards pertaining to audits of brokers and dealers. The PCAOB also adopted an auditing standard applicable when auditors are engaged to...more

US China Trade War–Developments In Trade, Customs, Patents, Antitrust And Securities

There have been some major developments in the trade, solar cells, Customs, 337/patents, antitrust and securities areas. On September 26th there were reports that the United States and China have been negotiating for the past...more

PCAOB Offers Guidance for Accounting Firms and Accountants Preparing Written Statements of Position

On September 19 and 20, 2013, the American Law Institute presented its annual course, Accountants’ Liability: Managing Risks in a Changing Environment. One highlight of the conference was a Public Company Accounting...more

The Auditor’s Report: Is “Pass/Fail’” Enough?

In August, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) issued a proposal that calls for enhanced communication from Auditors—in addition to the traditional Pass/Fail opinion—in Audit Reports (PCAOB Release No....more

PCAOB’s Report on Broker-Dealer Audit Deficiencies Points the Way for BDs to Improve Their Financial Reporting and Compliance

PCAOB’S MISSION - For two years, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) has been reviewing the work of auditors of broker-dealers, with a view to assessing their work and enabling the PCAOB to develop a...more

PCAOB Proposes Significant Changes To Auditor’s Report And Responsibilities For Annual Reports Filed With The SEC

As a result of ongoing efforts to improve the informational value of the auditor’s reporting model, on August 13, 2013, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) proposed two new auditing standards for public...more

PCAOB Fixes What Isn’t Broken In New Proposals

The PCAOB has issued two new proposed auditing standards addressing the auditor’s opinion and information included in annual reports. ...more

Amendments to SEC Rules Regarding Broker Dealer Financial Responsibility and Reporting Requirements

The Securities and Exchange Commission adopted amendments to the financial responsibility requirements for broker dealers under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) designed to safeguard customer securities and...more

SEC Adopts New Broker-Dealer Requirements, Amends Others

On July 31, the SEC approved a final rule that amends certain broker-dealer annual reporting, audit, and notification requirements....more

Broker-Dealers: The New Frontier For SEC Enforcement

In a split vote last week, the SEC adopted new rules designed to increase protections for customers who invest money and securities with broker-dealers....more

SEC to Broker-Dealers: More Oversight, Fewer Madoffs?

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a Final Rule last week amending certain annual reporting, audit, and notification requirements for broker-dealers in the broker-dealer reporting rule (Rule 17a-5) and the...more

JOBS Act 2? A Kickstart to the Jumpstart?

Momentum seems to be building for additional measures that may address issues that the JOBS Act did not tackle. As we have written in this blog, there have been a number of bills introduced in both the House of...more

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