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Sarbanes-Oxley Securities & Exchange Commission

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

...On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced it was awarding nearly $2.5 million to a government employee who tipped off the SEC to a company’s wrongdoing. Although the SEC does not...more

SEC Comments Begin for Early Adopters of Revenue Recognition

Some people don’t believe in blazing trails and adopting public reporting standards before you have to. They think you’re sticking your neck out, and will become a Guinea pig for SEC comments or fodder for plaintiff’s lawyers...more

SEC Advisory Committee Meeting on Small and Emerging Companies

On September 13, 2017, the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies held an open meeting to discuss the Sarbanes-Oxley (“SOX”) auditor attestation requirement, the final report that will be issued prior to the...more

Blog: SEC Committee On Small And Emerging Companies Completes Final Report And Recommendations

by Cooley LLP on

At the final meeting yesterday of the SEC Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (apparently soon to morph into the Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee), the Committee finalized the discussion draft of its...more

Upcoming Supreme Court Cases Worth Noting by Institutional Investors

The U.S. Supreme Court‘s 2017 term begins October 2nd and we will be tracking at least three cases relevant to institutional investors: •Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund •Digital Realty Trust v....more

Blog: Do Material Weaknesses Point To Fraud Risk?

by Cooley LLP on

It’s not just Dodd-Frank that has been roundly disparaged in some quarters, SOX 404(b)—the requirement to have an auditor attestation and report on management’s assessment of internal control over financial reporting—has also...more

Fun With GAAP:  CMBS at Risk

by Dechert LLP on

Here’s a headline for you: We don’t know if a conventional CMBS securitization where risk retention bonds are retained by a B-buyer under an industry standard third party purchaser agreement achieves accounting sale...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 51, the PCAOB and Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the Public Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). We consider the role of the PCAOB in both audit standards and internal controls for compliance. What is goodwill, goodwill...more

How to Weigh Costs & Benefits of Compliance

by NAVEX Global on

Jay Clayton, new chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), gave a speech on July 12 about what his priorities as leader of the SEC will be. He outlined eight principles. Chief compliance officers should make...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Whistleblower Developments is a periodic report covering significant cases, decisions, proposals, and legislation related to whistleblower statutes and how they may impact your business. ...more

Blog: Will The House Now Try To Undo SOX?

by Cooley LLP on

What’s next for the House after taking on Dodd-Frank in the Financial CHOICE Act? Apparently, it’s time to revisit SOX. The Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment of the House Financial Services Committee...more

New Revenue Recognition Standard – Part VI: What Does Mean?

by Thomas Fox on

Over several blog posts, I have explored in detail the new Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), which set forth a new Revenue...more

Supreme Court Set To Decide Whether Dodd-Frank Protects Internal Whistleblowers

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review whether the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower anti-retaliation provisions protect employees who only complain internally to their employer, but do not complain directly...more

Federal Court Compels Arbitration of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim

In a recent decision, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin held that Dodd-Frank whistleblower claims (Section 922 claims) are subject to mandatory arbitration. Wussow v. Bruker Corp., No....more

New Revenue Recognition Standard – Part I: Introduction

by Thomas Fox on

In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) for public business entities, certain not-for-profit entities, and...more

CPA Can’t be a Whistleblower for Non-Public Entities

Reyher v. Grant Thornton, LLP analyzed whether an employee of a CPA firm is protected by the anti-retaliation provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act for lodging complaints with an employer about suspected illegal activity regarding...more

Employers May Regret Forcing Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Test

While the U.S. Supreme Court may take a narrow view of the Dodd-Frank Act’s protections for whistleblowers by limiting them to those who report violations to the SEC, experts say such a decision could be a “Pyrrhic victory”...more

Supreme Court Will Hear Whistleblower Protection Case

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court agreed to hear a key issue regarding the protections afforded whistleblowers next term. Specifically, the High Court will consider whether to be protected under the anti-retaliatory provisions of Dodd-Frank...more

Good Choice: Important Capital Formation Reforms in Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 Passed by House

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On June 8, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 on a vote of 233-186. Congress loves acronyms, and here “CHOICE” stands for Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and...more

SEC Files Another Financial Fraud Action

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Despite an economy in which many firms are reporting favorable results, the Commission continues to ferret out those who try and take a short-cut to good financial performance through fraud. For example, in recent weeks the...more

Day 5 of One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting-the Board’s Investigation Protocol

by Thomas Fox on

Many companies have an investigation protocol in place when a potential Foreign Corruption Practices Act (FCPA) or other legal issue arises? However, many Boards of Directors do not have the same rigor when it comes to an...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

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 and NYU Hold Dialogue on Securities Market Regulation: Reviving the U.S. IPO Market

On May 10, 2017, the SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis and New York University’s Stern School of Business held a dialogue aimed at assessing the economic factors causing the recent downturn in initial public...more

Plaintiffs’ Bar Leveraging Increased SEC Scrutiny of Nondisclosure and Other Agreements with Employees

by Alston & Bird on

As we have discussed in previous advisories, over the past two years the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of the Whistleblower has applied increased scrutiny to various forms of employment agreements that the...more

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