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SEC Approves Nasdaq “Golden Leash” Disclosure Rule

On July 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved Nasdaq’s proposal for a “golden leash” disclosure rule (Rule 5250(b)(3)) requiring listed companies to publicly disclose benefits given by investors or other...more

SEC Approves Nasdaq Rule Requiring Public Disclosure of Payments to Directors by Third Parties

In March 2016, the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) proposed new rules regarding disclosure of third-party compensation of directors. This third-party compensation, which may not be publicly disclosed, arises when a party...more

Challenges for Investors in Dealing with Section 13(d) Filing Requirements

A significant challenge for institutional investors, such as private equity firms, investing in public companies is managing the disclosure hurdles of Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. That section was...more

Acquisitions of Publicly Traded Corporations: A Cure for the Two Step in Texas

The State of Delaware recently adopted amendments, which will be effective on August 1, 2016, to an oft-used statute that streamlines the acquisition of a public Delaware corporation (the “Target”) structured as a tender...more

Yet Another Congressional Proposed Corporate Reform: Proxy Advisory Firms in the Crosshairs.

Over the past six months, U.S. legislators have engaged in an unusual burst of energy to introduce three separate bills regulating various areas affecting U.S. public company corporate governance: - The Cybersecurity...more

SEC Approves NASDAQ’s Proposed Rule on Golden Leash Arrangements

On July 1, 2016, the SEC approved NASDAQ’s proposed Rule 5250(b)(3), as amended by Amendment No. 2 filed on June 30, 2016 (the “Final Rule”), requiring NASDAQ-listed companies to publicly disclose third-party compensation...more

SEC Clarifies Relationship between HSR Investment Intent and 13D/G Status

The SEC has issued a new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation (8-K 103.11) that clarifies the interaction between the investment intent exemption in the HSR rules and the ability to file a Schedule 13G. The CDI poses...more

SEC Approves New Nasdaq Rule 5250(b): Disclosure of “Golden Leash” Arrangements

The SEC recently released an order approving new Nasdaq listing standard 5250(b)(3), which will require a public issuer to disclose cash and non-cash remuneration (e.g., health insurance, indemnification) that a third party...more

The SEC’s Customer Protection Rule Initiative and Whistleblower Protection Efforts – What Broker-Dealers Need to Know

On June 23, 2016, the SEC instituted a settled enforcement action against Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. and Merrill Lynch Professional Clearing Corp. (collectively, “Merrill”), in which Merrill agreed to pay $415...more

First Inline XBRL Filing Made with SEC

Lennar Corporation became the first to make a filing using the SEC’s newly permitted Inline XBRL format in this Form 10-Q. The SEC permitted use of the new format in an order dated June 13, 2016. Inline XBRL requires...more

US IPO Guide 2016 Edition

This is our initial public offering guide. It will help you decide whether an IPO is the right move for your company and, if so, help you make sure your IPO goes off as quickly and as smoothly as possible, without any...more

Typical SEC Comments on Merger Proxy Statements

A review of recent SEC comments on merger proxy statements indicates many of these comments were typical, and some are variations on a theme: Rule 14a-6(a) requires that the form of proxy be on file for ten calendar...more

SEC Proposes New Rules That Would Make Available Scaled Disclosure to More Companies

In Depth - On June 27, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to its rules and regulations that would expand the number of companies that qualify as “smaller reporting companies” by...more

"Corporate Finance Alert: The Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures — A Disclosure Guide"

Companies commonly supplement their reported earnings under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) with non-GAAP financial measures that they believe more accurately reflect their results or financial position...more

Yet Another Congressional Proposed Corporate Reform: Proxy Advisory Firms in the Crosshairs

Over the past six months, U.S. legislators have engaged in an unusual burst of energy to introduce three separate bills regulating various areas affecting U.S. public company corporate governance...more

SEC Adopts Resource Extraction Issuer Disclosure Rule – Changes From the Proposed Rule and Take-aways for Issuers

On June 27, the SEC adopted Rule 13q-1 under the Exchange Act and related amendments to Form SD. Under the Rule, public companies are required to annually report on payments made to foreign governments and the U.S. federal...more

SEC Approves Nasdaq Golden Leash Disclosure Rule

The SEC has approved Nasdaq’s proposed Rule 5250(b)(3) regarding disclosure of so called golden leash arrangements. The Rule requires each listed company to publicly disclose the material terms of all agreements or...more

SEC Cyber Update: Official Outlines Active Role for SEC on Cybersecurity as Enforcement Questions Persist

SEC Chicago Regional Director David Glockner spoke at a PLI Conference in New York on June 6 regarding the SEC’s data security regulations and enforcement efforts. Mr. Glockner acknowledged frustration with the Division of...more

Practice Pointers on Shelf Offerings by Business Development Companies

Overview - Business development companies (“BDCs”) are U.S. publicly held investment funds that invest primarily in private and thinly traded public U.S. businesses. BDCs have generally faced capital raising challenges...more

Initial Thoughts on Brexit for US Reporting Companies

Britain’s vote to exit the European Union (Brexit), is an alarm here, there and everywhere, of solidifying popular and national anxiety, of a conviction that free trade and globalization are not tides that lift all boats,...more

UK “Leave” Vote Disclosures–What Now?

In case you missed it, the United Kingdom voted last week to leave the European Union. And while this clearly is a huge global development (if the stock markets, currency exchange rates and headline type sizes are any...more

SEC Non-GAAP Guidance: Impact on Earnings Releases, SEC Reports and Other Disclosures

As discussed in our recent client alert “SEC Issues Important Non-GAAP Interpretations” (May 19, 2016), the SEC recently released a series of new C&DIs on the use of non-GAAP financial measures by reporting companies and new...more

[Webinar] SEC's New Guidance on Non-GAAP Financial Measures - June 27th, 4p.m. EDT

On May 17, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued significant new and updated Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) regarding the use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures, including several new...more

Blog: The Financial CHOICE Act Would Dismantle A Whole Lot More In Dodd-Frank Than Just Financial Regulation

by Cydney Posner There has been a fair amount of press regarding the Financial CHOICE Act, a new bill sponsored by Jeb Hensarling, Chair of the House Financial Services Committee. The actual bill has not yet been released,...more

Waivers of Ownership Limitation Provisions in REIT Charters

I. Why Do REITs Have Ownership Limits in the First Place? - Ownership limitation provisions are designed primarily to protect one of a REIT’s most valuable assets – its status as a REIT under the federal income tax...more

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