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Blog: Biotech Files Rulemaking Petition For Pilot Program Mandating Public Disclosure Of Short-Sale Positions

by Cooley LLP on

A rulemaking petition has been submitted to the SEC by a biopharmaceutical company that is “developing and marketing regenerative and therapeutic biologics.” The petition requests that the SEC promulgate rules to establish a...more

MSRB Addresses Selective Disclosure

On September 13, 2017, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (the “MSRB”) published a market advisory on selective disclosure (the “Notice”). The stated purpose of the Notice is to “increase awareness” of selective...more

Proposed Changes Would Further Modify NYSE Rules on Public Company Announcements

On August 29, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) proposal that would bar companies from issuing material news at the end of the trading day until after designated...more

Brace for 2018: The SEC’s Pay Ratio Rule

The SEC’s Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule is unlikely to be repealed — public companies should plan to comply. Takeaways - •The Financial CHOICE Act, which aims to repeal the CEO pay ratio disclosure rule, is unlikely to...more

SEC Staff Issues FAQs on the Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules and Forms

by Dechert LLP on

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management (Staff) on July 18, 2017, released answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the rules and forms relating to...more

SEC Clarifies Baby Shelf Rules

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently issued a new compliance and disclosure interpretation (the “New C&DI”) in Question 116.25 regarding the availability of Form S-3 for the registration and sale of shares...more

SEC Continues to Closely Monitor the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On May 17, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs). The C&DIs provide added guidance on the use of non-GAAP financial measures in public disclosures...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - October 2016

by Stoel Rives LLP on

After a one-month hiatus, we find ourselves with much to catch up on. Brace yourself. The SEC . . . - announced, that it no longer requires Tandy language, generally an acknowledgment in SEC comment...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2016

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Regulation and Innovation, Part IV. In the April 6, June 22 and September 14 editions of the Roundup, we discussed the approaches of various banking regulators generally, and the Office of the...more

Practice Pointers on Non-GAAP Financial Measures

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On June 27, 2016, Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Chair Mary Jo White, speaking at the International Corporate Governance Network’s Annual Conference in San Francisco, reiterated the SEC’s growing concern regarding...more

SEC Approves Nasdaq Rule Requiring Public Disclosure of Payments to Directors by Third Parties

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In March 2016, the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) proposed new rules regarding disclosure of third-party compensation of directors. This third-party compensation, which may not be publicly disclosed, arises when a party...more

Proposed Financial Disclosure Changes Could Impact Funds and BDCs

At an open meeting this week, the SEC voted to propose changes to certain disclosure rules affecting public issuers including, among others, investment companies and business development companies (BDCs)....more

"Corporate Finance Alert: The Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures — A Disclosure Guide"

Companies commonly supplement their reported earnings under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) with non-GAAP financial measures that they believe more accurately reflect their results or financial position...more

Blog: SEC Approves Nasdaq Proposal For Golden Leash Disclosure

by Cooley LLP on

In March, Nasdaq resubmitted to the SEC a proposal requiring listed companies to disclose third-party compensation of directors in connection with their candidacy for or service on company boards. These “golden leash”...more

Nasdaq Golden Leash Proposal

Nasdaq recently extended the comment period for its proposed disclosure requirements on golden leash arrangements. Some may wonder why the proposal is controversial. For an answer, please see the post submitted by in-house...more

The SDNY Provides Guidance on a Company’s Duty to Disclose Government Investigations

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Due to the absence of instructive case law and interpretative guidance from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), companies are often left in the dark with regard to whether and/or when they should publicly...more

TN Securities Division Urges Investors to Question Advisors

by Burr & Forman on

In a recent new release, the Tennessee Securities Division urged investors to ask tough questions of their investment advisors, and about their compensation, account arrangements and educational / regulatory history. The May...more

SEC Issues Guidance to Tighten Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On May 17, 2016, the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance issued new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) regarding the use of non-GAAP financial information by public companies. This attempt to reset the...more

NASDAQ Resubmits Proposed Rule on Golden Leash Arrangements

On March 15, 2016, the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC resubmitted its proposed rule requiring NASDAQ-listed companies to publicly disclose third-party compensation arrangements for board members and board nominees, commonly referred...more

Do You Have to Disclose a Government Investigation? Practical Considerations, Legal Standards, and Recent Case Law

by Goodwin on

After receiving an inquiry from a government agency, such as a subpoena, a Civil Investigative Demand (“CID”), or an informal request for information, public companies ask whether they must disclose publicly that they may be...more

The Fundamentals of Social Media Communication Compliance

Communication via social media is now standard practice, to some extent, at almost all public companies. What once seemed limited to technology and other “forward-thinking” companies has now made its way into the even the...more

SEC Continues to Focus on Cyber-related Disclosures

by Alston & Bird on

Participating in a panel at the “SEC Speaks” event on February 19, Deputy Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division Stephanie Avakian expressed that the Commission continues to focus on cybersecurity as a top priority in...more

Improving Disclosure for Public Life Science Companies

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

In recent years, the Life Sciences sector has been one of the hottest sectors for initial public offerings. With the growing market for life science companies has come increased scrutiny of their public disclosure. ...more

Winery Equity Crowdfunding Raises Opportunities, Risks

Many are familiar with the rewards-based model of crowdfunding popularized by websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The basic idea is that a group of individuals — the “crowd” — contributes funds to a company or project in...more

SEC Extractive Industry Transparency Requirements Move Forward

On December 11, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a new proposed rule to implement a key provision of the Dodd-Frank Act that targets corruption and increases transparency requirements for payments...more

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