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Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures

Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) are accounting standards and procedures that are used by companies within a particular jurisdiction to prepare financial records and statements. These principles... more +
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) are accounting standards and procedures that are used by companies within a particular jurisdiction to prepare financial records and statements. These principles are intended to create consistency in documentation across companies and industries. Consistent documentation assists investors to better analyze potential investments and assists regulators to detect potential fraud and/or wrongdoing. less -

SEC Chief Accountant Gives Speech on Effective Financial Reporting in a Period of Change

On November 14, 2017, SEC Chief Accountant Wesley R. Bricker gave remarks before the Financial Executives International 36th Annual Current Financial Reporting Issues Conference: Effective Financial Reporting in a Period of...more

The Senate Finance Committee’s proposal for tax reform, and how it compares with the bill passed by the House Committee on Ways &...

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UPDATE: The Senate Finance Committee last night released a revised version of the Chairman’s Mark of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. We are reviewing these changes and will release an update soon... On Thursday, November 9, the...more

Survey Released on Active Investors and Reliance on Non-GAAP Reporting

On October 16, 2017, Clermont Partners released a survey on the reliance of active investors on non-GAAP versus GAAP reporting, intangible assets and non-financial metrics. Unlike passive investors who invest in index funds,...more

News Round Up - October 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Treasury Report, Part II: Regulation of the Capital Markets - The U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury Department” or “Treasury”) issued its second report (of four reports), titled “A Financial System that Creates...more

S.D. Fla. Refuses To Dismiss SOX and Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claims

The Southern District of Florida recently denied a Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss a former employee’s Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation claims, finding that the plaintiff sufficiently alleged that she...more

Highlights from the OSC Corporate Finance Branch’s Annual Report

The Corporate Finance Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) recently published OSC Staff Notice 51-728 Corporate Finance Branch 2016-2017 Annual Report (Report), which outlines the policy views of, and related...more

Investment Management Special Report - 2017-18 Compliance Developments & Calendar for Private Fund Advisers

Introduction - Despite an anticipated de-regulatory push, there are significant new regulatory concerns for investment advisers to address in connection with their annual review of their compliance manuals....more

Basel III Treatment of DTAs and MSAs

by Bryan Cave on

We have heard, read and seen (and internally had) some confusion regarding the joint proposed rulemaking regarding the potential simplification of the capital rules as they relate to Mortgage Servicing Assets (MSAs) and...more

Are You Ready for "New GAAP" Revenue Recognition? SEC Disclosure Considerations

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"NEW GAAP" REVENUE RECOGNITION - In 2014, the U.S. Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") issued new revenue standards under Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers...more

Treasury Issues Plan to Streamline Capital Markets Regulation

Pursuant to Executive Order 13772, the Treasury Department has issued a report that identifies laws, treaties, regulations, guidance, reporting and record keeping requirements, and other government policies that promote or...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Fall 2017 Edition: Update: Purchase Price Adjustment Disputes: Drafters Continue to Beware

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In the Spring 2017 edition of Dechert’s Global Private Equity Newsletter, we reviewed the Delaware Court of Chancery’s decision in Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. v. Westinghouse Electric Company LLC and WSW Acquisition...more

US-EU Covered Agreement: An Overview

On January 13, 2017, the then-US Secretary of the Treasury and the then-US Trade Representative (USTR) notified Congress that they had negotiated a covered agreement with the European Union (EU). After a period of uncertainty...more

SEC's ALJ Dismisses Fraud Charges In High-Profile Lynn Tilton Case

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 27, 2017, an administrative law judge (“ALJ”) for the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) dismissed the SEC’s administrative proceeding against Lynn Tilton and four Patriarch Partners...more

Numbers, Numbers, Numbers and FCPA Enforcement

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If I told you that the last seven batting titles were won by baseball players who were originally from Venezuela, would you immediately run down to ICE and claim that our national pastime had been overrun by Venezuelan...more

What Effect Will the New Revenue Recognition Standard Have on M&A?

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Financial Accounting Standards Board's new revenue recognition standard is expected to have wide-ranging effects on M&A transactions. The new revenue recognition standard under GAAP will be applicable to public companies...more

Effect of the New Revenue Recognition Standard on M&A

FASB’s new revenue recognition standard is expected to have wide ranging effects on M&A transactions. The new revenue recognition standard under GAAP (Accounting Standards Update 2014-09; Topic 606) will be applicable to...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

Credit Risk Retention Financing: Threading the Needle

by Morgan Lewis on

In order to finance ABS interests retained as required by the credit risk retention rules, a securitization sponsor first must wend its way through a thicket of unclear and sometimes apparently contradictory requirements....more

SEC Chief Accountant Speaks to Financial Statement Requirements for Initial Coin Offerings

SEC Chief Accountant Wesley R. Bricker recently gave remarks at the AICPA National Conference on Banks & Savings Institutions. Mr. Bricker spoke to the adoption of FASB’s new credit loss standard and related implementation...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - August 2017

by Stoel Rives LLP on

A review of 2017 proxy season activity, including the trend toward adoptions of proxy access bylaws, is here. A suggestion that the big news of the 2017 proxy season was climate change proposals and the shift in Blackrock,...more

Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Chancellor's Chicago Bridge Ruling - Authority of Independent Auditor to Resolve Purchase Price...

by Jones Day on

In a much-anticipated decision, on June 27, 2017, the Supreme Court of Delaware reversed the Chancery Court's ruling in Chicago Bridge v. Westinghouse. The Delaware Supreme Court determined that an independent auditor...more

Office of the Investor Advocate Addresses FASB’s Proposal to Remove Definition of Materiality

On August 22, 2017, Stephen Deane, CFA, Investor Engagement Advisor, Office of the Investor Advocate, gave a speech addressing two proposed updates issued by FASB in 2015 (one that would apply to GAAP and the other that would...more

Fun With GAAP:  CMBS at Risk

by Dechert LLP on

Here’s a headline for you: We don’t know if a conventional CMBS securitization where risk retention bonds are retained by a B-buyer under an industry standard third party purchaser agreement achieves accounting sale...more

Superior Court Explains Bootstrapping Doctrine

by Morris James LLP on

In Re Bracket Holding Corp. Litigation, C.A. N15C-02-233 WCC CCLD (July 31, 2017) - This decision is an excellent explanation of the “bootstrapping doctrine” that seems to often befuddle litigants....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

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