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PCAOB Rules to Require Reporting of Critical Audit Matters and Enhanced Details in Public Company Audit Reports

Auditors of public companies will be required to move beyond a simple “pass or fail” opinion and include significant new information in audit reports under rules proposed this year by the Public Company Accounting Oversight...more

The New Auditor Reporting Standards

Late last month, the SEC approved the new auditing standards adopted by the PCAOB back in June, which substantially modify the content of the auditor’s report. They also raise various concerns that public companies and the...more

Ninth Circuit Trims PSLRA Safe Harbor’s Protection for Forward-Looking Statements

by Perkins Coie on

A recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, In re Quality Systems, Inc. Securities Litigation, 865 F.3d 1130 (9th Cir. 2017), cut back on the protections afforded by the safe-harbor provision of the...more

Sec Approves New Audit Reporting Standard Requiring Auditors to Disclose More Detailed Information Learned During the Audit

On October 23, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (“PCAOB”) proposal to adopt a new auditing standard, AS 3101....more

SEC Approves Expanded Auditor’s Report

For better or worse, auditors' reports at public companies are going to become more interesting. How this will impact interactions between auditors, companies, audit committees and shareholders is not yet clear. ...more

SEC Approves PCAOB’s New Audit Report Standard to Enhance the Relevance of the Auditor’s Report to Investors and Other Market...

by White & Case LLP on

On October 23, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") unanimously approved the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board's ("PCAOB") proposal to adopt a new auditing standard, AS 3101, The Auditor's Report on an...more

SEC Approves PCAOB's New Rules on Auditor Reports

by Bracewell LLP on

The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (PCAOB) proposed Auditing Standard 3101, The Auditor’s Report on an Audit of Financial Statements When the Auditor Expresses...more

SEC Approves New Standards for Independent Auditors

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Monday that it will now require publicly traded companies to disclose remarks or inquiries made by independent auditors regarding critical audit matters....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

SEC Approves PCAOB's Changes to Audit Report Standard

by Stinson Leonard Street on

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

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

Life Sciences Quarterly: A View From Washington: What to Expect From the SEC

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

What should we expect from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the status of new and existing initiatives by Congress and SEC policy, and how will it affect disclosure, governance and capital formation? In...more

Go West? What the NYSE Has to Offer for Gulf IPOs

by Bracewell LLP on

Saudi Aramco’s planned IPO has put the region’s companies in sharp focus for global investors. As GCC nations continue to experience shifts in economic activity, including less government spending, more companies (both state...more

Delaware Code Amendments Increase Franchise Taxes for Corporations

Delaware Gov. John Carney recently signed into law amendments to the Delaware Code altering certain fees and franchise taxes charged by the Delaware secretary of state. The most significant of these amendments raises the...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

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

"Corporate Finance Alert: 2017 SEC Filing Deadlines for Companies With December 31, 2016 Fiscal Year-End"

As the end of the year approaches, reporting companies should be aware of the various SEC filing deadlines for 2017. Companies also should be mindful of the 2017 financial statement “staleness” dates (when financial...more

US IPO Guide 2016 Edition

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

This is our initial public offering guide. It will help you decide whether an IPO is the right move for your company and, if so, help you make sure your IPO goes off as quickly and as smoothly as possible, without any...more

PCAOB Reproposes Enhanced Auditor Reporting Standard

by WilmerHale on

On May 11, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board unanimously agreed to repropose a revised auditing standard governing the contents and form of the audit report delivered by registered public accounting firms in their...more

SEC Issues New C&DIs on the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

by Cozen O'Connor on

On May 17, 2016, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued 12 new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) regarding the use of non-GAAP financial...more

SEC's Division of Corporation Finance Releases New Guidance Related to Non-GAAP Financial Measures

by White & Case LLP on

On May 17, 2016, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued 12 new or revised Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) to its existing body of interpretations relating...more

Important changes to listed companies' and shareholders' disclosure requirements

by White & Case LLP on

A new law modifies the existing disclosure requirements applicable to companies trading on an Italian regulated market and companies trading on other EU markets that have elected Italy as a home Member State ("Listed...more

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

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

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

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

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

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