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Communications With Auditors and Audit Committees May Change

by Carlton Fields on

The SEC has proposed for comment major revisions in the disclosures auditors are required to make in their reports on financial statements audited pursuant to Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) standards....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

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 51, the PCAOB and Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the Public Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). We consider the role of the PCAOB in both audit standards and internal controls for compliance. What is goodwill, goodwill...more

Audit Firm And Engagement Partner Settle SEC Allegations Stemming From 2011 Audit Of A New Client

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 15, 2017, KPMG LLP (“KPMG”) and one of its engagement partners settled claims brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) that they violated Section 4C of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A nearly $5 billion deal between French energy company Total and the oil and gas arm of Danish shipping giant Maersk is making waves this morning. Total will also assume a few tankers-full of Maersk Oil’s debt....more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC filed an insider trading case this week based on three separate trading chains that netted $5 million in trading profits, all back to a New York City bank official. The Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a...more

Big Changes Coming to the Form and Substance of Auditor’s Reports

In early June, the PCAOB adopted a new auditing standard (AS No. 3101) that will fundamentally change the format and substance of the audit reports provided by outside auditors to their public company clients. This is big...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

News Round Up - June 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

More on the IPO Market from the SEC Investor Advisory Committee - The SEC Investor Advisory Committee devoted its June 22, 2017, session to a discussion of the decline in the number of U.S. IPOs. Chair Clayton addressed...more

The PCAOB, Audits, and Compliance - Considerations for the Chief Compliance Officer

by Thomas Fox on

I recently had the chance to visit with Joe Howell, the Executive Vice President of Workiva LLC, to discuss, among other things, the function of the Public Companies Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and what role it might...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A jury in Connecticut largely acquitted three former Nomura Securities RMBS trades charged with conspiracy, securities and wire fraud tied to allegations that the securities were mismarked. This is the second criminal case...more

PCAOB Adoption of Enhanced Auditor’s Reporting Model

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On June 1, 2017, the Public Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) adopted Auditing Standard No. 3101, The Auditor’s Report on an Audit of Financial Statements When the Auditor Expresses an Unqualified Opinion, which the PCAOB...more

PCAOB's New Auditor Report Standard for US Public Companies: Increasing Transparency or Chilling Productive Discussion?

by Dechert LLP on

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) adopted a new auditor reporting standard on June 1, 2017. If approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the new standard would impose additional...more

Accounting Oversight Board Adopts New Model for Auditor Reports

On June 1, 2017, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) adopted changes to its rules governing the content and organization of auditor reports required to accompany audited financial statements in filings made...more

Blog: The Cams Are Coming: PCAOB Adopts New Standard To Enhance Audit Reports

by Cooley LLP on

On June 1, 2017, as anticipated, the PCAOB adopted, subject to SEC approval, a new auditing standard for the auditor’s report that, while retaining the usual pass/fail opinion, will require auditors to include a discussion of...more

Auditor Reports to Require Additional Information

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has approved a new standard (though still subject to SEC approval) designed to enhance the relevance and usefulness of the Auditor's Report with additional information for...more

PCAOB Approves Expanded Auditor’s Report to Require Communication of Critical Audit Matters

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board adopted a new auditor reporting standard that will require more information about the audit. The new standard is subject to SEC approval....more

Blog: Does It Pay To Challenge The SEC Over Non-GAAP Financial Measures?

by Cooley LLP on

As discussed in this article, the WSJ engaged Audit Analytics to perform an analysis of SEC comment letters and company responses regarding the use of non-GAAP financial measures. What did they find? Companies are winning...more

News Round Up - April 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Momentum Builds in the U.S. IPO Market - Renaissance Capital reported a strong start to the year in its U.S. IPO Market 1Q 2017 Quarterly Review. The first quarter of 2017 saw 25 IPOs, which raised $9.9 billion, a jump...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Late last week, financial services company Raymond James agreed to resolve allegations of conspiring with the owner of several VT ski resorts (and others) in a Ponzi scheme targeting foreign investors through the EB-5...more

IRS Updates Golden Parachute Audit Guide

This is our first of many alerts during 2017 as the new administration signals the rollback of many regulations (e.g., fiduciary rules and pay ratio). We will keep you posted. In January 2017, the Internal Revenue...more

First Form AP Filed with the PCAOB

Grant Thornton LLP became the first registered public accounting firm to file a Form AP with the PCAOB. Form AP currently requires identification of the engagement audit partner associated with certain SEC filings and the...more

Compliance Expertise Needed on the Board

by Thomas Fox on

This week I have been exploring the different types compliance committee’s which an organization can utilize to help effect a best practices compliance program. I have written about compliance committee’s at the Board of...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In a holiday shortened week, the SEC brought actions involving: a financial fraud naming against the president of the firm who, assisted by two other officers named as defendants in an earlier Commission enforcement action,...more

Bridging the Week - November 2016 #3

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

Federal District Court Approves Flash Crash Spoofer’s US $38 Million Settlement; Federal Appeals Court Appears Sympathetic to Michael Coscia’s Claim That Spoofing Prohibition Is Too Vague - The US federal court handling...more

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