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SEC Staff Publishes New Guidance on Shareholder Proposals

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On November 1, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (Division) published Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (SLB 14I), which provides new, issuer-friendly guidance on shareholder proposals in advance of the 2018 proxy season. Specifically, SLB 14I provides guidance on (1) exclusion of shareholder proposals under the “ordinary business” and “economic… Continue Reading

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues C&DI Clarifying Exemptions for Non-GAAP Information in Forecasts for M&A Transactions

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On October 17, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued guidance related to the scope of Regulation G’s exemption for disclosure of non-generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) information.… Continue Reading

SEC Approves PCAOB Rule to Require Enhanced Audit Reports

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On October 23, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved new audit reporting standard, AS 3101, proposed by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), which requires auditors to provide new information in public company audit reports, with the goal of making such reports more informative for investors and other financial statement users. The adoption of… Continue Reading

ISS Announces Results of Its 2017 Policy Application Survey

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On October 19, proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) announced the results of its Policy Application Survey (PAS). The PAS, which ran from August 3 through October 6, reflects 328 responses: 77 from institutional investors and organizations representing them, and 251 from members of the corporate community, including companies, consultants/advisors to companies, corporate directors… Continue Reading

SEC-Proposed Amendments to Modernize, Simplify and Increase the Accessibility of Required Disclosure

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As previously reported in the October 13, 2017 edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest, on October 11, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed amendments (the Proposal) to modernize and simplify disclosure requirements in Regulation S-K, and related rules and forms. The Proposal is intended to reduce registrants’ burden and costs to comply with the… Continue Reading

SEC Announces Rule Proposal to Modernize, Simplify and Increase the Accessibility of Required Disclosure

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On October 11, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a press release announcing that it voted to propose amendments to modernize and simplify disclosure requirements in Regulation S-K, and related rules and forms, by updating, streamlining or otherwise improving the SEC’s disclosure framework “in a manner that reduces the costs and burdens on registrants while… Continue Reading

SEC Provides Regulatory Relief to Companies Impacted by Recent Hurricanes

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On September 28, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its issuance of an order and its adoption of interim final temporary rules to provide regulatory relief to companies, including publicly traded companies, investment companies, accountants and transfer agents, affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The order and interim rules conditionally exempt affected persons… Continue Reading

SEC and Division of Corporation Finance Issue New Pay Ratio Disclosure Guidance

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On September 21, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an interpretive release (available here) regarding compliance with Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K (the Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule), which sets forth the requirement that each registrant disclose the ratio of the compensation of its principal executive officer (PEO) to its median employee’s compensation. In the… Continue Reading

Implementation of Pay Ratio Disclosure Requirement Not Expected to Be Delayed

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On September 15, at the ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance (Division) Director Bill Hinman provided remarks on various matters, including the Division’s focus on capital formation-related matters. Of particular note, Director Hinman indicated that he expects that Item 402 of Regulation S-K (the Pay… Continue Reading

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues New C&DIs on “Regulation A+”

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The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance (Division) recently issued three new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) related to so-called “Regulation A+.” The new C&DIs address the following issues (among others): C&DI 182.21 provides that a Regulation A issuer that registers a class of its securities pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act… Continue Reading

SEC Commissioners Announce Search for First-Ever Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation

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On September 13, the Commissioners of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the launch of a nationwide search for candidates to fill the new senior executive position of Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation. The position will be responsible for establishing and overseeing a new SEC office—the Office of the Advocate for Small Business… Continue Reading

SEC Issues Statement on September 5 Implementation of “T+2” Settlement Cycle for Securities Transactions

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As previously discussed in the March 24 edition of the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), on March 22, adopted an amendment to Rule 15c6-1(a) that has shortened the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer securities transactions from three days (known as T+3) to two days (known as T+2), effective… Continue Reading

NYSE Issues Proposed Amendment to Limit Issuance of Material News After Market Close

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On August 18, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) issued a proposed amendment to Section 202.06 of the NYSE Listed Company Manual, which would prohibit the issuance of material news by a listed company between the official closing time of the NYSE’s trading session until the earlier of the publication of such company’s official closing… Continue Reading

2017 Amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law

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In its most recently completed session, the Delaware state legislature adopted amendments to various provisions of the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL). These amendments became effective August 1. While many of the amendments were technical in nature (e.g., amendments to the merger provisions of DGCL §§ 252, 253, 258 and 267 to consistently use the… Continue Reading

Second Circuit Issues Key Ruling Regarding Personal Benefit Requirement for Insider Trading Liability

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In United States vs. Martoma, issued on August 23, the Second Circuit reexamined its standard for evaluating liability for insider trading under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and SEC Rule 10b-5. In particular, the Second Circuit clarified the personal benefit requirement for a finding of tippee liability. A tippee violates Section… Continue Reading

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues New and Updated C&DIs on Omission of Financial Information from Draft Registration Statements

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Since the adoption of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) on December 4, 2015, the Division of Corporation Finance (the Division) of the Securities and Exchange Commission has issued six Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) relating to the FAST Act, the first two of which were summarized in the Corporate and Financial Weekly… Continue Reading

Speech From the Office of the Investor Advocate Addresses FASB’s Proposals Regarding the Definition of Materiality

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On August 22, the Investor Engagement Advisor in the Office of the Investor Advocate, Stephen Deane, gave a speech to the Tulsa chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants in which, among other things, he addressed two proposals by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to revise the definition of materiality under generally accepted accounting… Continue Reading

SEC Approves NYSE Amendments Regarding Notice Related to Dividends and Stock Distributions

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On August 14, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a rule change which will now require New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)-listed companies to provide notice to the NYSE at least 10 minutes prior to any public announcement regarding dividends or stock distributions, whether or not such notice would be made after NYSE trading hours. The… Continue Reading

SEC Increases Registration Statement Filing Fees for Fiscal Year 2018

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On August 24, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that, effective October 1, the fees that public companies and other issuers pay to register their securities with the SEC will increase from $115.90 per million dollars of securities registered to $124.50 per million dollars of securities, an increase of approximately seven percent. This increase in… Continue Reading

SEC Expands Nonpublic Review of Draft Registration Statements

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As previously reported in the July 7 edition of the Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest, the Division of Corporation Finance (the Division) of the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that, on July 10, the Division began to permit all issuers to confidentially submit to the Division, for nonpublic review, draft registration statements in connection with… Continue Reading

SEC Chairman Clayton Makes First Public Speech Outlining His Vision for the Commission

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On July 12, in his first major address since becoming Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this year, Jay Clayton outlined his vision for the SEC under his Chairmanship based upon eight guiding “principles” and his approach for implementing those principles into practice. In the speech, delivered at the Economic Club of New… Continue Reading

SEC Expands Nonpublic Review of Draft Registration Statements

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On June 29, the Division of Corporation Finance (Division) of the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that, beginning on July 10, the Division will permit all issuers to confidentially submit to the Division, for nonpublic review, draft registration statements in connection with initial public offerings (IPOs) and in certain other cases. This was previously only… Continue Reading

NYSE Withdraws Proposed Rule to Allow Listing Without an IPO

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On June 19, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) filed a notice withdrawing its proposed rule that would have allowed companies to list on the NYSE without an initial public offering. The proposed rule was previously discussed in the May 5, 2017 edition of the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest. The proposed rule would have… Continue Reading