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SEC Issues Report on Modernization and Simplification of Regulation S-K Required by FAST Act

Section 72003 of the FAST Act directs the SEC to carry out a study of Regulation S-K’s requirements and to consult with the Commission’s Investor AdvisoryCommittee (the “IAC”) and Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging...more

Accounting Standard Transition Disclosures under Scrutiny by the SEC

Several significant new accounting standards have refocused the SEC staff’s attention on public company “transition disclosures.” In remarks earlier this year, Wesley R. Bricker, then Deputy Chief Accountant of the SEC,...more

SEC Announces Proposal to Require Universal Proxy Cards in Contested Elections

The SEC (by a 2-1 vote) has proposed amendments to the proxy rules that would mandate the use of a system of universal proxy cards in contested director elections. Universal proxy cards would include the names of both company...more

A Trump Presidency: Potential Impact on Employee Benefits Law and Policy

For many months, we have been speculating about how the results of the 2016 presidential election would impact employee benefits policy going forward. Now that Donald Trump has won the election and Republicans have secured a...more

(Proxy) Voting Made Easy?

The SEC recently proposed amendments to the proxy voting rules to require parties in a contested election to use universal proxy cards that would include the names of all board of director nominees. This proposed change would...more

SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules

The staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance (the staff) issued new compliance and disclosure interpretations (C&DIs) on October 18, 2016, providing guidance to companies preparing to...more

Overdue Relief from Sending Glossy Annual Reports to the SEC

It is well known that Securities Exchange Act Rule 14a-3 requires a public company to send an annual report to its shareholders (or provide access to an annual report) when it holds a meeting to elect directors. Less well...more

SEC Staff Issues C&DI on Form S-3 Transaction Requirements

On November 2, 2016, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued new guidance in the form of Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation Question 116.25 (C&DI...more

SEC Adopts Changes to Regulation D and Intrastate Offerings and Proposes Use of “Universal Proxy Cards” in Contested Director...

On Oct. 26, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted final rules increasing the threshold for offerings made under Rule 504 of Regulation D and broadening the intrastate offering exemption afforded by Rule 147. These...more

SEC Charges Issuer with Inadequate Segment Reporting

The SEC charged PowerSecure International, Inc. with matters related to inadequate segment reporting in a settled enforcement action. PowerSecure did not admit or deny the SEC’s findings. According to the SEC,...more

Changing Proxy Rules: SEC Proposes to Require Universal Proxy Cards

The SEC, by a two-to-one vote on October 26, 2016, proposed amendments to its proxy rules to require universal proxy cards in contested director elections at annual meetings of listed U.S. public companies. If adopted, the...more

The SEC's Proposed Universal Proxy Rule: Beneficial to Shareholders or Tilting the Result toward Activist Investors?

Under current law and practice, a shareholder of a public company that is asked to vote in a contested election of directors where a slate of directors had been proposed by the company and an activist investor would likely...more

The SEC’s Proposed Universal Proxy Rule: Beneficial to Shareholders or Tilting the Result toward Activist Investors?

Under current law and practice, a shareholder of a public company that is asked to vote in a contested election of directors where a slate of directors had been proposed by the company and an activist investor would likely...more

Cyber in the Board Room: Balancing Risk and Oversight

Boards of directors remain increasingly exposed to the threat of liability arising from data breaches and other cyber-incidents. Nearly a year ago, Senators Jack Reed and Susan Collins introduced the Cybersecurity...more

"Corporate Finance Alert: 2017 SEC Filing Deadlines for Companies With December 31, 2016 Fiscal Year-End"

As the end of the year approaches, reporting companies should be aware of the various SEC filing deadlines for 2017. Companies also should be mindful of the 2017 financial statement “staleness” dates (when financial...more

SEC Staff No Longer Requires “Tandy” Representations in Filing Reviews

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on October 5, 2016 that, with immediate effect, it will no longer require companies to include “Tandy” representations in their disclosure filing review...more

Clawbacks – Putting Fear into Executives' Hearts?

We are in October and I am looking forward to my annual exploration of classic monster movies beginning this coming Friday. This year I decided to go back to the roots by watching the 30s and 40s classic Universal monster...more

"SEC Disclosure Brexit Trends"

Three months after the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union, the timing and scope of Brexit remain unclear. Until such details are determined with specificity, there is and will continue to be increased economic...more

Investigators Continue to Scrutinize Climate Change Disclosures

Critics Claim “Intimidation” - Earlier this month, on September 14, 2016, feuding parties gathered before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology to address the legitimacy of subpoenas sent to the New York...more

SEC Suspends Regulation A+ Offering

In the first action of its kind, the SEC has temporarily suspended the Tier 2 Regulation A+ offering of Med-X, Inc. The $15 million continuous offering of common stock was qualified by the SEC on November 3, 2015. ...more

SEC's Filing Fees Increase 15 Percent Effective October 1, 2016

On August 31, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that in fiscal year 2017, the fees that public companies and other issuers pay to register their securities with the SEC will be increased from...more

SEC Proposes to Require Hyperlinks to all Exhibits in Periodic Reports and Registration Statements

On August 31, the SEC issued proposed amendments to Regulation S-K and Regulation S-T that would require public companies and companies filing registration statements to include in the exhibit index to periodic and current...more

Blog: GAO Issues Second Annual Conflict Minerals Report

The GAO has issued its annual conflict minerals report to Congress, entitled “Companies Face Continuing Challenges in Determining Whether Their Conflict Minerals Benefit Armed Groups.” The GAO is required to report annually...more

Update: Another SEC Enforcement Action on Whistleblower Waivers and Releases

Summary - Earlier this month, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its second significant enforcement action against an employer based on confidentiality and release provisions that the SEC asserts...more

SEC Targets Employment Agreements Requiring Waiver of Whistleblower Awards

The SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower continues to examine employee severance, settlement and confidentiality agreements for language that might chill reporting of securities violations to the SEC and other regulators. The...more

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