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SEC Staff Gives Company Boards Central Role in 14a-8 ‘Ordinary Business’ and ‘Economic Relevance’ Exclusions

On November 1, 2017, the staff (the “Staff”) of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (SLB 14I) on shareholder proposals, which sets out a...more

SEC Adopts T+2 Settlement Cycle and Hyperlink Requirement for Exhibits

The SEC recently adopted rule amendments to: - shorten the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer securities transactions to two business days following the trade date, or T+2; and - require...more

It’s Annual Report Time—Recent Developments and Trends for the Preparation of Form 20-F

It is now time for a large number of foreign private issuers to prepare their annual reports on Form 20-F. For companies with a calendar year-end, the Form 20-F must be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission...more

SEC Proposes Universal Proxy Cards in Contested Elections

On October 26, 2016, the SEC proposed amendments to the proxy rules that would require the use of universal proxies in all non-exempt solicitations in contested elections of directors. The focus of the SEC proposal is to...more

Updated Non-GAAP Guidance: The First 150 Comment Letters

In May of this year, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance updated its C&DIs regarding the use of non-GAAP financial measures. We summarized the May 2016 update in an earlier client publication. Since the...more

Brexit: Key Issues for General Counsel

On June 23rd, the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union in an advisory referendum. We expect the UK Government to commence negotiations to withdraw and to establish a framework for the UK’s new relationship with the...more

SEC Proposes Streamlining Disclosure Requirements - Proposal Contains Mostly Technical Changes with Limited Impact on the...

In a 318-page release published on July 13, 2016, the SEC is proposing a number of technical amendments to disclosure requirements for SEC filers that it believes have become outdated or are identical or similar to...more

Brexit and Other Key Issues for CFOs and Corporate Treasurers

On June 23, 2016, the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union in an advisory Referendum. We expect the UK Government to commence negotiations to withdraw and to establish a framework for the UK’s new relationship with...more

Connected Cars and Self-Driving Cars: Not on Auto Pilot in Terms of Legal Risks

The next car you buy may not need you in the driver’s seat. While the self-driving car may be rolling up to your driveway soon, there are still many issues related to legal risks that do not seem to be on auto pilot. Whether...more

EU Market Abuse Regulation—Implications for Non-EU Issuers with Securities Traded on an EU Market

The EU’s revamped market abuse rules—the Market Abuse Regulation (“MAR”)—come into direct effect in all EU Member States on July 3, 2016. MAR expands the scope of certain EU rules to EU markets that were previously not...more

SEC Staff Updates Guidance on Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

On Tuesday May 17, 2016, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued new C&DIs relating to Regulation G (which governs use of non-GAAP financial measures in public disclosures generally) and Item 10(e) of...more

Financial Statements Triggered by Acquisitions – When Do You Need Them? - A Practical Guide for US Public Companies, Part II

Significant acquisitions trigger specific financial statement requirements for the acquiring company. Part I of this publication covered when an acquisition is considered significant and what target and pro forma financial...more

Financial Statements Triggered by Acquisitions – What Do You Need? - A Practical Guide for US Public Companies, Part I

Significant acquisitions trigger specific financial statement requirements for the acquiring company. Part I covers key concepts for determining the significance of an acquisition and what target and pro forma financial...more

It’s Annual Report Time—Helpful Tips for the Preparation of 2015 Form 20-F

It is that time of the year for a large number of non-US companies to prepare their annual reports on Form 20-F. For companies with a calendar year-end, the Form 20-Fs must be filed with the US Securities and Exchange...more

A Financial Statement Guide Through the Seasons - Registering and Offering Securities of US Public Companies at Different Times...

Financial statement considerations can pose challenges for registering or offering securities at certain times of the company’s fiscal year. Companies often observe quarterly earnings blackouts starting around the end of a...more

Financial Statement Triggers - Requirements for New or Updated Financial Statements Can Affect Access to Capital Markets and M&A

Financial statement requirements can surprise US public companies seeking to access the capital markets or to register shares in connection with acquisitions. Fully compliant 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K reporting can be inadequate....more

Changes to the JOBS Act and SEC Disclosure Requirements

Last Friday, President Obama signed into law the Highway Transportation Bill, otherwise known as the FAST Act. Among its many provisions, the Act includes changes to the JOBS Act, changes to SEC disclosure requirements and a...more

Court Upholds Partial Invalidation of SEC Conflict Minerals Rule

On August 18, 2015, a divided panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in National Association of Manufacturers v. Securities and Exchange Commission (“NAM”), upheld its earlier ruling that held...more

New Capital Raising Alternatives for Non-SEC Reporting Companies: Regulation A+

Non-SEC Reporting US and Canadian companies may now raise up to $50 million in a 12-month period under an expanded exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) under...more

NGO Study Outlines Best Practices for SEC Conflict Minerals Rule Compliance

On April 22, 2015, two human rights non-governmental organizations, Amnesty International and Global Witness, published a report, Digging for Transparency (the “Report”), analyzing compliance by US reporting companies with...more

Flexibility for Debt Refinancings – New SEC No-Action Letter

The SEC staff issued a no-action letter recently that will allow some companies to refinance their debt using tender and exchange offers shorter than the 20 business days required in the tender offer rules. The letter extends...more

Broken Windows: SEC Enforcement Reminds Officers, Directors and 5% Shareholders to Comply with Reporting Requirements

On September 10, 2014, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced enforcement proceedings against officers, directors and major shareholders and publicly-traded companies for violations related...more

SEC Adopts Credit Rating Agency Reform Rules

On August 27, 2014, the SEC adopted new rules for credit rating agencies implementing 14 rulemaking requirements under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”). The new rules are designed...more

SEC Staff Issues Statement on Effect of Court Decision on Conflict Minerals Rule

On April 29, 2014, the SEC Division of Corporation Finance (the “Division”) issued a statement on the effect of a recent decision by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (the “Court”) on the SEC’s...more

SEC Staff Issues Additional Guidance on Conflict Minerals

On April 7, 2014, the SEC Division of Corporation Finance (the Division) issued responses to nine frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the reporting requirements regarding conflict minerals originating in the Democratic...more

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