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CAQ Releases New Tool to Assist Audit Committees with New Auditor’s Reporting Model

by WilmerHale on

In December, the Center for Audit Quality released The Auditor’s Report: Considerations for Audit Committees. The new tool is designed to assist audit committees navigate the new auditor’s reporting model by summarizing the...more

Regulators Focus on Audit Quality, New Accounting Standards and Other Developments at 2017 AICPA Conference

by WilmerHale on

Always a fertile source of guidance, this year’s American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments, held on December 4-6, was no exception. Discussions during this year’s...more

SEC Chief Accountant Offers Guidance to Audit Committees During Period of Change

by WilmerHale on

In a November 14 speech at the Financial Executives International 36th Annual Current Financial Reporting Issues Conference, SEC Chief Accountant Wesley Bricker commented on a range of topics, including effective financial...more

CAQ Report Shows ‘Encouraging’ Trends in Voluntary, Enhanced Audit Committee Disclosures

by WilmerHale on

The Center for Audit Quality and Audit Analytics recently released their 2017 Audit Committee Transparency Barometer. As in past years, the 2017 report “illustrates the continuing positive trend of audit committees...more

Blog: 2017 Audit Committee Transparency Barometer from the Center for Audit Quality shows continued increase in enhanced...

by Cooley LLP on

Earlier this month, the Center for Audit Quality together with Audit Analytics posted their annual Audit Committee Transparency Barometer, which measured the quality of proxy disclosures regarding audit committees among...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - November 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Planning for a "Soft" Yates Repeal - Forthcoming changes to the Department of Justice’s “Yates Memorandum” offer unanticipated legal compliance consequences for health systems that merit proactive consideration by the...more

The Emperor Has No [Compliance Program]

by Michael Volkov on

At the outset, I have to apologize for the title but during my morning bike ride I usually come up with blog posting titles. But moving past the trite title, I have a point to make....more

Blog: EY Study Shows Continued Increase In Voluntary Audit Committee Disclosures Among The Fortune 100

by Cooley LLP on

With the SEC now considering whether to approve AS 3101, the PCAOB’s new enhanced disclosure requirement for the auditor’s report, and SEC concept releases and other disclosure projects still hovering in the ether, there...more

2017 EY Survey Reports Steady Increase in Voluntary Audit-Related Disclosures

by WilmerHale on

In its sixth annual report on voluntary audit committee reporting to shareholders, Ernst & Young observed “similar increases in voluntary audit-related disclosure as in the past several years, with steady growth in certain...more

SEC Updates Regulatory Flex Agenda, Tables Dodd-Frank Rules on Executive Compensation Disclosure

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC’s semi-annual update of its rulemaking docket was released on July 20. Overall, the SEC has cut its rulemaking agenda by about half under the Trump administration. A number of long-anticipated Dodd-Frank...more

PCAOB Adopts New Auditor Reporting Standard

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

After more than six years of outreach and public comment, on June 1, 2017, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) adopted a new auditor reporting standard1 that, if approved by the SEC, would significantly...more

SEC Chief Accountant Offers Guidance to Audit Committees

by WilmerHale on

SEC Chief Accountant Wesley Bricker recently delivered another speech in which he discussed current issues in financial reporting and highlighted the critical roles that auditors, audit committees and audit regulation play in...more

PCAOB Provides Advice to Audit Committees on New Disclosures About Audit Participants

by WilmerHale on

Lewis Ferguson, a member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, recently provided guidance to audit committees on how committees might use new, publicly available information regarding other accounting firm(s) that...more

Blog: Form What? CAQ Offers Help For Audit Committees In Understanding And Using Form AP

by Cooley LLP on

Remember Form AP? That’s the form that the PCAOB is now requiring audit firms to use to name individual audit engagement partners. The form will also disclose the names and Firm IDs, locations and extent of participation of...more

CAQ Provides Guidance for Audit Committees About Audit Participant Reporting

by WilmerHale on

In December 2015, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) adopted a rule requiring audit firms to file information on Form AP for each public company audit report. The disclosures include the name of the...more

What Lawyers Should Know About the New Auditor’s Report Revisions

After more than six years of deliberations, it looks like the revised auditor’s report is about to become reality. On June 1, the PCAOB adopted a new auditing standard that substantially modifies the long-familiar content of...more

The Uber Board Report – Part II: Internal Controls

by Thomas Fox on

I continue my blog post series on the Holder Report (Report) to the Board of Directors of Uber Technology, Inc. (Uber) where the Board asked Holder’s law firm, Covington & Burling LLP (Covington), to evaluate three issues:...more

Day 5 of One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting-the Board’s Investigation Protocol

by Thomas Fox on

Many companies have an investigation protocol in place when a potential Foreign Corruption Practices Act (FCPA) or other legal issue arises? However, many Boards of Directors do not have the same rigor when it comes to an...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - June 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Board Termination of the "Unethical CEO" - An important new study concludes that CEO terminations for ethical lapses (as a percentage of overall CEO successions) has dramatically increased over the last five years. The...more

SEC Chief Accountant Discusses Audit Committee Effectiveness, Other Current Topics

by WilmerHale on

In a pair of recent speeches, SEC Chief Accountant Wesley Bricker discussed the critical role audit committees play in the financial reporting process, explored current challenges confronting audit committees, and offered...more

CAQ Issues Updated Auditor Evaluation Tool

by WilmerHale on

The Center for Audit Quality has issued an updated version of its "External Auditor Assessment Tool." First issued in 2012, this publication has provided a framework for audit committees to assess their companies' external...more

Blog: SEC Chief Accountant Addresses Audit Committee Effectiveness

by Cooley LLP on

In a recent speech at the University of Tennessee, “Advancing the Role and Effectiveness of Audit Committees,” SEC Chief Accountant Wes Bricker discusses his recommendations for — wait for it — improving the effectiveness of...more

SEC Chief Accountant’s Remarks on Enhancing Audit Committee Effectiveness and Advancing Effective ICFR

In a pair of recent speeches, SEC Chief Accountant Wesley R. Bricker emphasized the importance of reinforcing and advancing credible financial reporting through effective audit committees and effective internal control over...more

New Study Examines Proxy Advisor Recommendations on Auditor Ratification

by WilmerHale on

Each year, the vast majority of larger public companies voluntarily ask shareholders to ratify the audit committee’s selection of the company’s auditor, and such proposals routinely pass with high rates of shareholder...more

KPMG Issues 2017 Global Audit Committee Pulse Survey

by WilmerHale on

Recently, KPMG released its 2017 Global Audit Committee Pulse Survey, which reports on audit committee activities based on survey responses from 800 audit committee members across 42 countries. Asking, "Is Everything Under...more

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