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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 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

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

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

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

Glass Lewis Releases 2015 Proxy Paper Guidelines

On November 6, 2014, Glass Lewis & Co. released its 2015 Proxy Paper Guidelines for the United States showing the key draft policy changes for the 2015 proxy season. There are updates in the following areas: -...more

ISS Publishes 2015 Proxy Voting Guideline Updates

On November 6, 2014, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) released the 2015 updates to its benchmark proxy voting policies, having received comments to the draft policies it released on October 15, 2014. The final...more

ISS Publishes 2015 Draft Policy Changes; Comments Due by October 29, 2014

On October 15, 2014, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) published its key draft policy changes for the 2015 proxy season. There are only two proposed updates for the United States. The first introduces a new...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 Compliance Manual for NASDAQ-Listed Non-US Companies

As a result of registration of ordinary shares including in the form of American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) under the US securities laws and the listing of ordinary shares or ADSs on the NASDAQ Stock Market (“NASDAQ”), non-US...more

SEC Compliance Manual for NYSE-Listed Non-US Companies

As a result of registration of ordinary shares including in the form of American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) under the US securities laws and the listing of ordinary shares or ADSs on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”),...more

ISS Publishes 2014 Corporate Governance Policy Updates

On November 21, 2013, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) released its final US policy updates for the 2014 proxy season (the “2014 Policies”), having received comments to its draft policies released on October...more

Iran Notices Update: SEC-Registered Issuers Continue to Adapt to Their New Normal

It has been over eight months since SEC-registered issuers began making mandatory disclosures of business activities in or with Iran. During that period, issuers have filed over 400 Iran Notices with the SEC, including...more

11/5/2013  /  Iran , Iran Sanctions , OFAC , SEC

ISS Publishes 2014 Draft Policy Changes; Comments Due by November 4, 2013

On October 21, 2013, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) published its key draft policy changes for the 2014 proxy season (the “Draft Policies”). There are only two proposed updates for the US, neither of which...more

What’s Going On – Over A Month Of Section 219 Disclosures Under The Iran Threat Reduction And Syria Human Rights Act Of 2012

Section 219 (codified as Section 13(r) of the Securities Exchange Act) has been in effect for six weeks. During this time, more than 100 SEC-registered reporting issuers have made required disclosures regarding their Iran or...more

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