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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

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Despite many predictions that the CEO pay ratio rule would be repealed, or at least delayed, there is no indication that any such relief will be provided to reporting companies.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

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

Auditor Reports to Require Additional Information

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has approved a new standard (though still subject to SEC approval) designed to enhance the relevance and usefulness of the Auditor's Report with additional information for...more

Whistleblower Hotlines: Still a Vital Tool

by NAVEX Global on

Recently the chief compliance officer of a global company asked me: does a company need a telephone-based whistleblower hotline anymore? In our all-technology, all-the-time world, could a company phase out telephone hotlines...more

SEC Disclosure Trends Related to Brexit and the Trump Administration

The Brexit vote and President Donald Trump’s election and proposed regulatory and other reforms have led to worldwide geopolitical uncertainty. We expect reporting companies will continue to disclose risk factors relating to...more

The Northern District of New York Applies the “Reasonable Belief” Standard

On May 11, 2017, the Northern District of New York applied the Second Circuit’s standard for evaluating a Dodd-Frank retaliation claim in response to a motion to dismiss under F.R.C.P. Rule 12(b)(6). The court denied the...more

SEC Hints that Enforcement Actions on Lax Cybersecurity Might Be Coming

by Nossaman LLP on

With the confirmation of Jay Clayton as the Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, comments made last month by the Acting Enforcement Director, Stephanie Avakian, regarding the importance of accurate reporting in...more

If The Market Makes You Do It, Why Should The SEC?

by Allen Matkins on

The basic premise underlying most disclosure requirements seems to be that issuers won’t disclosures to investors unless legally required to do so. Yet, there is ample evidence of issuers making disclosures in the absence of...more

Cybersecurity Disclosures: A How-To Guide

by Bryan Cave on

In October of 2011, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued guidance regarding a public company’s obligations to disclose cybersecurity risks and cyber incidents (the “Cybersecurity Disclosure Guidance”)....more

GAO Reports on 2015 Conflict Minerals Form SDs

GAO released an analysis of a generalizable sample of conflict minerals disclosures filed with SEC in 2015. The analysis found that an estimated 49 percent of companies in 2015 reported having determined whether the conflict...more

SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee Airs Concerns Over Multi-Tiered Offerings Following Snap’s IPO

Snap Inc., which debuted on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 2nd, was the largest tech IPO since Alibaba went public in 2014. Initially priced at $17 per share, the share price jumped to more than $24 by the end of...more

Securities Act and Exchange Act Form Revisions

In 2012, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act created a new category of companies known as “emerging growth companies (EGCs).” The JOBS Act also requires that, once every five years, the SEC indexes various EGC...more

SEC Staff Relaxes Conflict Minerals Reporting

Effective immediately, the SEC staff has relaxed conflict minerals reporting requirements by public companies. The change was triggered by the entry of a final judgment in the conflict minerals case. ...more

SEC Requires Public Companies to Hyperlink Exhibits Beginning September 1, 2017

Public companies will soon be required to include an active hyperlink to each exhibit to all registration statements filed under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and all periodic and current reports filed under the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The feud between Big Billy Gross and his former firm, Pimco, over BBG’s 2014 ouster is officially finished. The terms weren’t officially disclosed, but both sides noted that “any proceeds from the suit will be donated to...more

"SEC Adopts Rules Requiring Hyperlinks to Exhibits"

On March 1, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules requiring issuers to include hyperlinks to exhibits listed in the exhibit index. The rules apply to most registration statements and...more

Regulation A+ Issuer Aims for NYSE MKT Listing

Myomo, Inc. has had an offering statement qualified by the SEC in which it discloses an intent to apply to list its common stock on the NYSE MKT LLC. The offering seeks to raise $15 million on a “best efforts” basis without...more

SEC Adopts Rule Requiring Hyperlinks to Exhibits and HTML Formatting

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced the adoption of amendments that will require registrants that file certain registration statements and reports subject to the exhibit requirements of...more

Junior Associates Rejoice: SEC Adopts Rule and Form Amendments to Require Registrants to Hyperlink Exhibits Listed in Filings and...

One of the typical activities for junior associates in performing due diligence for M&A and securities transactions involving public companies is going through the “exhibit list” filed by the public company on its recent...more

Maryland District Court Dismisses SOX and Dodd Frank Whistleblower Claims

On March 1, 2017, the District of Maryland dismissed a Dodd Frank whistleblower retaliation claim because the plaintiff failed to allege that he had complained directly to the SEC about a violation of securities laws, and...more

Recent Regulatory Developments and the New US Presidential Administration's Actions Affecting Public Companies

by White & Case LLP on

There have been several recent developments and proposed initiatives related to deregulation impacting US public companies and foreign private issuers ("FPIs"). Below is a brief summary of regulatory changes that have been...more

SEC and Activist Investors Reach Settlement over Disclosure Violations

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a group of activist investors settled claims that the group failed to adequately disclose information during campaigns to exert influence over public companies....more

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