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SEC Chairman Clayton Outlines Priorities, Signals Focus on Disclosure Requirements

by WilmerHale on

In remarks at the New York Economic Club on July 12, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton set forth what he considers the guiding principles for his tenure at the agency. In particular, Mr. Clayton stressed...more

The New Prospectus Regulation

by White & Case LLP on

Changes to Disclosure Requirements for Debt Capital Markets Transactions - On 20 July 2017 after its publication in the Official Journal on 30 June 2017, the new Prospectus Regulation ("PR3") entered into force. PR3...more

Delaware Code Amendments Increase Franchise Taxes for Corporations

Delaware Gov. John Carney recently signed into law amendments to the Delaware Code altering certain fees and franchise taxes charged by the Delaware secretary of state. The most significant of these amendments raises the...more

SEC Commissioner Supports Mandatory Shareholder Arbitration

Reuters is reporting that SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar urged IPO companies to request relief from the SEC to include mandatory arbitration provisions for shareholder disputes. Commissioner Piwowar apparently made the...more

Public Company Summer/Fall To-Do List: 5 Steps Toward CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

US public companies should be preparing now to disclose their CEO pay ratios in 2018. For the 2018 proxy season, most public companies will be required to disclose the pay ratio between their CEO and the median compensated...more

NASDAQ Proposes Revisions to Shareholder Approval Rules

by Dechert LLP on

Nasdaq, Inc. recently requested comments regarding possible updates to its “20% voting rule.” That rule, adopted in 1990, requires Nasdaq listed companies to obtain shareholder approval when issuing 20% or more of its stock...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - July 2017 - Issue 1

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. In this issue we look at the extension of the PSC regime to Scottish limited partnerships and AIM listed companies,...more

U.S. Public Companies: Calculating Your Public Float – What You Need to Know

If you are a year-end U.S. public company, your second fiscal quarter has recently come to an end, which means that it’s time to calculate your public float to see if your reporting status has changed. Here are a few things...more

E.D. Pennsylvania Dismisses Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim After Plaintiff Fails to Qualify as a Whistleblower

On July 6, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania dismissed a whistleblower claim after determining that the plaintiff did not qualify as a whistleblower under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform...more

Reminder on CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure for 2018

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Beginning in 2018, most public companies will be required to include CEO pay ratio disclosure in their proxy statements. Despite efforts to repeal, delay or limit the implementation of the SEC’s pay ratio rule, it appears...more

What Will the New EU Prospectus Regulation Mean for Issuers?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

A new prospectus regulation (Regulation (EU) 2017/1129) (the Regulation) will come into direct effect on 20 July 2017, with a small number of provisions applying immediately and the remainder applying from 21 July 2019. The...more

New SEC Chair Announces Guiding Principles

In remarks before the Economic Club of New York, new SEC Chairman Jay Clayton discussed eight guiding principles: Principle #1: The SEC’s mission is our touchstone. Investors and capital markets will suffer if the SEC...more

AIM companies and Scottish partnerships to be brought within the scope of the PSC register regime

by Dechert LLP on

From 24 July 2017, UK companies whose shares are admitted to trade on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market, and other companies listed on prescribed markets, will no longer be exempt from the requirements to keep and...more

Deferring Taxes but Keeping the Cash

by Slim Ventures LLC on

In recent years, many public and private companies have been able to defer capital gains tax on appreciated assets while keeping up to 95% of the proceeds (versus 65%-75% in paying taxes). ...more

CAQ Provides Guidance for Audit Committees About Audit Participant Reporting

by WilmerHale on

In December 2015, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) adopted a rule requiring audit firms to file information on Form AP for each public company audit report. The disclosures include the name of the...more

Companies Should Continue to Prepare for Pay Ratio Disclosure

The pay ratio disclosure rules adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in August 2015 require proxy disclosure in 2018 for most registrants. These rules require the disclosure of the ratio of the median...more

Uber’s Troubles: A Compliance Wake-Up Call No Matter How Regulated You Are

I can’t help myself; when I read some of the troubling reports about Uber’s workplace culture, which has contributed to executive ousters and the need to hire one of the highest-profile lawyers in the country, I think, “If...more

Cannabis companies: Think twice about ‘Alternative Public Offerings’

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As many cannabis industry watchers know, one of the primary challenges still facing cannabis businesses is access to capital, as we have discussed previously on Tracking Cannabis. Heavy regulation in the industry and...more

Proxy Access: Highlights of the 2017 Proxy Season

As we approach the end of the 2017 proxy season, the third since the New York City comptroller launched the Boardroom Accountability Project to enact proxy access across the U.S. market, proxy access has begun to transition...more

The Financial CHOICE Act and Shareholder Engagement

by Bryan Cave on

The Financial CHOICE Act introduced in the House this spring has largely garnered attention because of its rollback of Dodd-Frank, but the bill would also significantly change the rules governing shareholder resolutions for...more

What Are The Reporting Obligations Under Section 16?

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Most in-house counsel of public companies are very familiar with the reporting obligations required by the trifecta – Form 8-Ks, Form 10-Qs and Form 10-Ks – but they oftentimes rely on outside counsel to help determine...more

CEO Pay Ratio Rule – Start Preparing Now - Little Likelihood of Repeal or Delay of the CEO Pay Ratio Rule

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Despite many predictions that the CEO pay ratio rule would be repealed, or at least delayed, there is no indication that any such relief will be provided to reporting companies. It appears, at least for now, that the CEO pay...more

Public officials – Supreme Court decision provides guidelines for D&O insurers

by DLA Piper on

On May 15 2017 the Joint Divisions of the Supreme Court issued a decision (119831/17) that further clarified the Court of Auditors' jurisdiction compared with that of the civil courts regarding the liability of directors and...more

PCAOB's New Auditor Report Standard for US Public Companies: Increasing Transparency or Chilling Productive Discussion?

by Dechert LLP on

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) adopted a new auditor reporting standard on June 1, 2017. If approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the new standard would impose additional...more

Accounting Oversight Board Adopts New Model for Auditor Reports

On June 1, 2017, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) adopted changes to its rules governing the content and organization of auditor reports required to accompany audited financial statements in filings made...more

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