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SEC Approves New Model for Auditor Reports

On October 23, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (PCAOB) proposed new model for auditor reports. As we covered in our alert when the PCAOB adopted...more

10/25/2017  /  Audit Reports , Auditors , PCAOB , SEC

SEC Proposes to Modernize Certain Disclosure Requirements

On October 11, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted unanimously to propose changes that would modernize and simplify the disclosure items in Regulation S-K and related rules and forms. The proposed...more

SEC Provides Regulatory Relief for Hurricane Victims

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has provided welcome relief to companies that have been directly or indirectly affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma or Maria and their respective aftermaths. The relief includes...more

SEC Rules Requiring Exhibit Hyperlinks to Take Effect

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) new rules requiring hyperlinked exhibits in SEC filings will be effective for most public companies on September 1, 2017....more

"SEC EGC Inflation Adjustments, Other Technical Amendments Now Effective"

As we previously reported, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted several new rules on March 31, 2017, to effectuate inflation adjustments mandated under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. It...more

"SEC Staff Provides Relief From Conflict Minerals Rule"

In statements released on April 7, 2017, the acting chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Michael S. Piwowar, and the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance provided welcome news to companies concerning the...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

"Annual Meeting Proxy Statement Reminders"

As companies finalize their proxy materials for annual shareholder meetings, they should consider the following U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing and disclosure requirements. Ensure clarity on the proxy...more

Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: Nuisance Plaintiffs Pursue Novel Theories to Exact Section 16 Settlements

The so-called “short-swing profit rule” under Securities Exchange Act Section 16(b) generally prohibits officers and directors as well as 10 percent shareholders of a U.S. public company from profiting from any purchase or...more

"SEC Acting Chairman Directs Reconsideration of Conflict Minerals Rule"

The acting chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Michael S. Piwowar, recently released two public statements concerning the conflict minerals rule applicable to companies that file Exchange Act...more

"Matters to Consider for the 2017 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season"

Each company faces important decisions in preparing for its 2017 annual meeting and reporting season. Once again, we have prepared a checklist of essential areas on which we believe companies should focus as they plan for the...more

"SEC Staff Issues Interpretive Guidance on Pay Ratio Rules"

On October 18, 2016, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued interpretive guidance on the pay ratio disclosure requirements in Item 402(u) of...more

'Tandy' Representations No Longer Required in Responses to SEC Staff Comments

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance announced that the staff will no longer require companies to provide the so-called “Tandy” representations in response to staff comments on a...more

"SEC Amends Form 10-K to Specifically Allow New Summary Section"

On June 1, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) amended Form 10-K to specifically allow companies to provide a summary section in their annual reports. This revision to Form 10-K was adopted to implement...more

"SEC Staff Issues Updated Non-GAAP Financial Measures Guidance"

On May 17, 2016, the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance issued new and revised compliance and disclosure interpretations (CDIs) regarding the SEC’s rules and...more

"Conflict Minerals Disclosures Due May 31, 2016"

Companies that are required to make conflict minerals disclosures on Form SD with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for calendar year 2015 must do so no later than Tuesday, May 31, 2016....more

"SEC Issues Concept Release Seeking Feedback on Business and Financial Disclosure Requirements"

On April 13, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a concept release seeking feedback on ways to modernize the business and financial disclosure requirements of Regulation S-K. The 341-page release...more

"Annual Meeting Proxy Statement Filing Reminders"

Following are a few points to consider when preparing proxy statement materials for filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in connection with annual shareholder meetings....more

"SEC Proposes Rules to Implement Resource Extraction Issuer Disclosure Provisions"

On December 11, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released another set of proposed rules to implement the resource extraction issuer disclosure provisions in Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The...more

"Planning for the 2016 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season"

Each company faces important decisions in preparing for its 2016 annual meeting and reporting season. We have prepared a checklist of essential areas we believe companies should focus on as they plan for 2016, including...more

"SEC Staff Issues Revised Guidance on Unbundling of Shareholder Votes in M&A Deals"

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) recently published revised guidance regarding the "unbundling" of matters presented for shareholder votes in connection...more

"SEC Staff Issues New Shareholder Proposals Guidance"

The Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (Staff) recently published Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H (SLB), which provides important new guidance for companies that may receive...more

"Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirement Confirmed Unconstitutional"

On August 18, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a 2-1 decision (opinion available here), confirmed its earlier decision in April 2014 by ruling that the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

"SEC Adopts CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Requirements"

On August 5, 2015, in a 3-2 vote, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules implementing the controversial “CEO pay ratio” disclosure requirements that were proposed in 2013 and mandated by...more

"SEC Considers Possible Revisions to Audit Committee Disclosures"

On July 1, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a concept release soliciting public comment on possible revisions to its existing disclosure requirements related to audit committees. The release...more

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