On February 6, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission released two identical Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs). These C&DIs provide guidance on disclosure required under Items 401 and 407 of Regulation S-K in circumstances where a director or board nominee self-identifies specific diversity characteristics, such as race,

On May 11, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the Staff) issued 45 Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) that relate to the proxy rules and proxy statements, replacing the Staff’s prior interpretations that were published in the Proxy Rules and Schedule 14A Manual of Publicly Available Telephone Interpretations (the Manual) and the March 1999 Supplement to the Manual (the Supplement). Thirty-five of the C&DIs reiterate prior guidance from the Manual and the Supplement. This article highlights the six C&DIs that reflect substantive changes and the four C&DIs that reflect technical changes to the prior guidance in the Manual and the Supplement. The Staff also noted that it is in the process of updating other previously published interpretations relating to the proxy rules.
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The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued two new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DI), expanding its previously issued guidance related to the exemption from Item 10(e)(5) under Regulation S-K and Regulation G for non-GAAP financial information provided to a financial advisor in forecasts for business combination transactions. The previously issued guidance was discussed in the November 3, 2017 edition of the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest.
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On November 6, the Division of Corporation Finance (Division) of the Securities and Exchange Commission issued Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation (C&DI) 271.25 to address permissible safeguards for protection of Rule 701(e) electronic disclosures. Rule 701 provides an exemption from registration under the Securities Act of 1933 for offers and sales of securities under written compensatory benefit plans and contracts to an issuer’s employees, directors, consultants and advisors. Rule 701(e) requires an issuer relying on the Rule 701 exemption to deliver to each investor a copy of the applicable benefit plan or contract. In addition, if the issuer sells securities with a value in excess of $5 million during any consecutive 12-month period, then, a reasonable period of time before the date of sale, the issuer must deliver additional information listed in Rule 701(e) (including financial statements and information about the risks associated with the investment), which requirement may be satisfied by an issuer delivering such information electronically.
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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 of 1934 on a Form 8-A concurrently with (i.e., within five days after) the qualification of a post-qualification amendment to a Form 1-A must include in the post-qualification amendment financial statements that are current at the time the post-qualification amendment is qualified. The full text of this C&DI can be found here.
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On November 2, the Division of Corporation Finance (Division) of the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation (C&DI) regarding a registrant’s submission to the SEC of its annual report that it must send to shareholders with its annual meeting proxy statement (or information statement) under Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Rule 14a-3(c) or 14c-3(b) (Exchange Act Rules).
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On October 19, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the Staff) issued one new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation (C&DI) and two revised C&DIs. Revised C&DI 271.04 and new C&DI 271.24 relate to exempt offerings and sales of securities under Rule 701 of the Securities Act of 1933 (the Securities Act), while revised C&DI 532.06 addresses the holding period for restricted securities under Rule 144(d).
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On March 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued a new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation (C&DI) regarding how a registrant must describe a Rule 14a-8 shareholder proposal on its proxy card to be in compliance with Rule 14a-4 (a)(3) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934.
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