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House Committee to Consider Repeal of Conflict Minerals and Mine Safety Disclosures

The House Financial Services Committee has announced it intends to meet to consider mark-ups of bills to repeal the conflicts minerals disclosures (H.R. 4248) and mine safety disclosures (H.R. 4289) on November 14, 2017....more

SEC Releases Pro-Issuer Guidance on Shareholder Proposals

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission staff’s release of Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I ahead of the upcoming proxy season appears to reflect several issuer-friendly modifications to the staff’s processing of no-action...more

SEC Warns Celebrities on Endorsing Initial Coin Offerings

The SEC issued a warning to celebrities and others that endorse initial coin offerings and other investments. The SEC noted: Any celebrity or other individual who promotes a virtual token or coin that is a security must...more

SEC Staff Releases Pro-Issuer Guidance on Shareholder Proposals

The staff’s release of Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (“SLB 14I”) ahead of the upcoming proxy season, appears to reflect several issuer-friendly modifications to the staff’s processing of no-action letters seeking exclusion of...more

ISS Seeks Comment on Updated Policies Including Gender Pay Gap

International Shareholder Services (ISS) has made available for public comment certain proposed changes to ISS’ benchmark voting policies for 2018 that could generally become effective for the upcoming proxy season....more

Another Early Adopter Receives SEC Revenue Recognition Comments

Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (f/k/a CBOE Holdings, Inc.) recently received comments on its Form 10-Q related to FASB’s new revenue recognition standard. ...more

ISS Seeks Comment on Updated Policies Including Gender Pay Gap

ISS has made available for public comment certain proposed changes to ISS’ benchmark voting policies for 2018 that could generally become effective for the upcoming proxy season. ...more

SEC Approves PCAOB’s Changes to Audit Reports

The SEC has approved the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (“PCAOB”) new standard for audit reports on public company financial statements. The new auditor reporting standard will require more information about the...more

It’s “Nasdaq”, not “NASDAQ”, According to Nasdaq

Nasdaq has filed an immediately effective rule change with the SEC to reflect a corporate branding change to Nasdaq’s name. Specifically, current references in Nasdaq’s governing documents and rules will be changed as...more

SEC Approves PCAOB's Changes to Audit Report Standard

The SEC has approved the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board's (PCAOB) new standard for audit reports on public company financial statements. The new auditor reporting standard will require more information about the...more

ISS Policy Application Survey Highlights Director Pay and Gender Pay Gap

This year ISS conducted two surveys. One was a high-level survey covering a small number of fundamental and high-profile topics. We reported the results here. ISS has now announced the results of a second, more expansive...more

NASDAQ Company Discusses Plan for Initial Coin Offering

Social Reality, Inc. (NASDAQ:SRAX) discussed its plans for an initial coin offering with analysts on October 17, 2017. Its stock closed up 70% on the news....more

New SEC C&DIs on Non-GAAP Financial Measures for Business Combinations

The SEC staff has issued two new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations, or CD&Is, on non-GAAP financial measures in the context of business combinations....more

SEC Issues Proposed Rules to Modernize and Simplify Regulation S-K

The SEC has proposed amendments to Regulation S-K and related rules and forms. The proposed amendments are based on SEC staff recommendations in a report that was required by Section 72003 of the Fixing America’s Surface...more

SEC Fines Director $25,000 for Two Missed Section 16 Filings

In a settled enforcement action, the SEC assessed a civil money penalty against a director of Medient Studios, Inc. for two missed Section 16 filings. But there was really only one transaction that was missed. One was a...more

PCAOB Issues Alert on New Revenue Recognition Standard

The PCAOB has issued an alert to discuss certain significant matters relating to the application of PCAOB standards relevant to auditing the implementation of the new accounting standard for revenue from contracts with...more

SEC Issues Proposed Rules to Modernize and Simplify Regulation S-K

The SEC has proposed amendments to Regulation S-K and related rules and forms. The proposed amendments are based on SEC staff recommendations in a report that was required by Section 72003 of the Fixing America’s Surface...more

Alleged Illegal Strategy Disclosed in 10-K Excuses Demand in Suit against Directors

The Delaware Court of Chancery decision in Kandell v. Niv is based on highly unusual facts but aids in the understanding of some basic elements of the fiduciary duties of directors under Delaware law. In that case FXCM,...more

SEC Busts Fraudulent Initial Coin Offerings

The SEC charged a businessman and two companies with defrauding investors in a pair of so-called initial coin offerings, or ICOs, purportedly backed by investments in real estate and diamonds....more

Public M&A Deal Addresses New Revenue Recognition Standard

A recent public company acquisition transaction addresses FASB’s new revenue recognition standard. In the transaction, Envestnet (NYSE: ENV), a provider of systems for wealth management and financial wellness, announced that...more

SEC Eases Pay Ratio Rule

Two pieces of guidance emerged from the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 21, 2017, with respect to the pay ratio rule. The guidance was issued by the Commission and the Commission's Division of Corporation...more

ISS Announces Results of 2018 Benchmark Voting Policy Survey

ISS released the results of its annual global benchmark voting policy survey. ISS received 602 total responses to this year’s survey, of which 129 were from institutional investors and their organizations, representing an...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 Charges Platinum Equity for Misallocation of Broken Deal Expenses

The SEC announced a settled action against Beverly Hills-based investment adviser, Platinum Equity Advisors, LLC, for charging three of its private equity fund clients with about $1.8 million more than it should have in...more

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