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SEC Adopts Payment Disclosure Rules for Companies Engaged in Resource Extraction

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has adopted new rules which require “resource extraction issuers” to disclose annually the type and amount of payments that they (or their subsidiaries or entities under...more

SEC Adopts Payment Disclosure Rules for Resource Extraction Issuers

On June 27, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted Rule 13q-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) and amendments to Form SD (Specialized Disclosure Report) (See SEC...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

SEC Adopts Additional Rules Related to Security-Based Swap Transaction Reporting

On July 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted rules focused on greater transparency in security-based swap transactions, relying on mandates in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act....more

Blog: Center for Audit Quality provides tool to help audit committees assess non-GAAP financial measures

The Center for Audit Quality has released a new tool, Questions on Non-GAAP Measures: A Tool for Audit Committees, to help audit committees cope with non-GAAP financial measures (NGFMs). Rather than provide a checklist, the...more

Securities and Exchange Commission Issues New Rule on Extractive Industry Transparency

On June 27, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a new rule requiring extractive sector companies (oil, gas, and mining) to disclose the payments that they make to governments for the commercial development...more

CAQ Issues Non-GAAP Tool for Audit Committees

As has been widely reported, in recent months the Securities and Exchange Commission has raised concerns about the use of non-GAAP measures by public reporting companies, through public speeches, revised compliance guidance...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.5.16

Even with US markets shrugging off the Brexit [maybe?] by the end of last week, the effects of the split are FAR from over. One recent ripple: Standard Life Investments UK Real Estate mutual fund—which invests in high-end...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for May 2016

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

SEC Adopts Resource Extraction Rules

Responding to a court order, the SEC adopted rules to require resource extraction issuers to disclose payments made to governments for the commercial development of oil, natural gas or minerals. The rules, mandated by the...more

Can There Be Too Much Disclosure?

In an effort to provide transparency, the Dodd-Frank Act has previously formed an Investor Advisory Committee to assist the SEC on various issues including regulatory priorities, the regulation of securities products, trading...more

SEC Approves PCAOB Transparency Rules

On May 9, the Securities and Exchange Commission, as expected, issued an order approving the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s rules requiring that accounting firms disclose in a new PCAOB form the names of audit...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - April 2016 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring....more

SEC Chair Wants Unicorns to Behave (More Like Public Companies)

On March 31, 2016, US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White delivered a keynote address at the SEC-Rock Center for Corporate Governance indicating that the SEC is increasing its focus on large private...more

Beneficial Ownership Reporting and the Brokaw Act

Recently, Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced legislation that, if enacted into law and implemented accordingly, would dramatically change the course of beneficial ownership reporting for purposes...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Alert

Busy Q1 Yields Several Significant FCPA Resolutions - Overview - On February 19, during the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) annual “SEC Speaks” conference, Kara Brockmeyer, Chief of the SEC’s FCPA...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - FINRA’s Proposed Pay-to-Play Rule Will Impact Investment Advisers - Late last year (December 24, 2015), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) submitted a proposed rule to the U.S....more

SEC Extractive Industry Transparency Requirements Move Forward

On December 11, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a new proposed rule to implement a key provision of the Dodd-Frank Act that targets corruption and increases transparency requirements for payments...more

PCAOB Adopts Audit Engagement Partner Disclosure

On December 15, 2015, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) continued its pursuit of providing investors with improved audit transparency and audit accountability by adopting new rules requiring auditors to...more

PCAOB Adopts New Rules Requiring Disclosure of Participants in an Audit

On December 15, 2015, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) adopted new rules and related amendments to auditing standards (Rules) to provide investors with more information about who participates in public...more

SEC Proposes Enhanced Transparency and Oversight of Certain Alternative Trading Systems

The proposal would subject ATSs that effect transactions in listed stocks to significant new disclosure and transparency requirements. On November 18, 2015, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules...more

Political Spending Disclosure Goes Mainstream

Political spending disclosure has had an irregular history, waxing and waning over the last decade according to a seminal Supreme Court decision, fluctuating SEC rulemaking and activist shareholder agendas and evolving views...more

SEC Proposes Rules To Enhance Transparency And Oversight Of Alternative Trading Systems

The SEC announced this week its proposal to substantially overhaul the rules regarding alternative trading systems (“ATS”), often referred to as dark pools. The proposed rules would require firms operating ATSs to make...more

NYSE Arca Withdraws Active ETF Generic Listing Standards Proposal as SEC Focus on ETFs Continues

Withdrawal comes within days of SEC Chair White and Commissioner Aguilar issuing public statements regarding ETFs. On October 19, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a notice stating that NYSE Arca,...more

SEC Continues to Scrutinize the Adequacy and Transparency of Private Equity Fees and Conflicts of Interest

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has continued to scrutinize the fees and expenses charged by private equity funds to investors, as evidenced by the recent enforcement action against three private equity funds...more

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