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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 -

FASB to Revise Accounting for Tax Act

FASB received unsolicited input from banks and insurance companies and related trade groups on the accounting for what is referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Based on the input, FASB has tentatively decided to revise...more

It’s Annual Report Time—Recent Developments and Trends for the Preparation of Form 20-F

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

It is now time for foreign private issuers to prepare their annual reports on Form 20-F. For companies with a calendar year-end, the Form 20-F must be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) by 1 May...more

Guide to Financial Statement Requirements in US Securities Offerings by US Issuers 2018

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The most frequently asked question at all-hands meetings for a securities offering is “What financial statements will be needed?” The question seems simple enough. But the answer is rarely straightforward. This User’s...more

New Tax Act Disclosures, Explanations and Examples

Disclosures regarding the new tax act, often referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act or TCJA, continue to be prominent in SEC filings. Set forth blow is an explanation of the often obscure GAAP accounting driving many of the...more

Early Signing of Tax Bill Has Financial Reporting Implications

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Last week, President Trump signed H.R. 1 (New Act), the new tax bill amending the Internal Revenue Code to reduce tax rates, modify policies, credits, and deductions for individuals and businesses “to provide for...more

Congress Passes Final Tax Reform Bill: U.S. Tax Reform: The Current State of Play

With the affirmative vote in the House today, both Houses of Congress have now passed a final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, clearing the legislation for President Trump’s signature. President Trump is widely expected...more

Crowdfunding 101

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“Crowdfunding” offers an option to startups and small businesses to raise capital, although it is a greatly misunderstood and misused term. It refers to the pooling of money from a crowd for the funding of a project or...more

Corporate Finance Alert: Filing a New Form S-3? What You Need to Know About the New Revenue Recognition Standards

The much-discussed new revenue recognition standards jointly issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) to harmonize revenue recognition standards between...more

Year-End Public Company Reporting Update

by Cohen & Gresser LLP on

With Halloween and Thanksgiving, thoughts naturally turn to year end reporting obligations. Here’s a brief summary of some changes in reporting requirements that will affect U.S. public companies in the coming year, as well...more

SEC Chief Accountant at the 2017 ICPA Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments

On December 4, 2017, the SEC’s Chief Accountant, Wesley Bricker spoke at the 2017 AICPA Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments. Highlights of Mr. Bricker’s comments include the following: ..Ongoing Priorities....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest, Featuring Topics on SEC/Corporate, Broker/Dealer, Derivatives, CFTC and UK/Brexit/EU...

FASB Ceases Work on Proposal To Amend Definition of “Materiality” for US GAAP - As previously discussed in the September 1edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) had...more

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

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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

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 &...

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

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

by Dechert LLP on

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

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