In recent years, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has been providing comments regarding companies’ presentations of non-GAAP financial measures in public filings.  Working with Audit Analytics, we surveyed SEC Staff comment letters provided to mortgage real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) in 2018 and 2017 and observed a significant increase in

On March 20, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved a New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) rule modifying the price requirements that companies must meet to avail themselves of certain exceptions from the NYSE shareholder approval requirements.  Shareholder approval was not previously required if an issuance of securities was made at a price at

On February 28, 2019, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management issued a no-action letter to the Independent Directors Council permitting board members of a business development company to vote by telephone, video conference or other remote means in certain circumstances.  This modernized position softens, but does not eliminate, the

Global REIT IPOs decreased dramatically – down 47 percent – from 49 REIT IPOs in 2017 to 26 REIT IPOs in 2018. This decrease reflects a difficult capital-raising market, with pressures from rising interest rates and a softening real estate market in the United States, and signals changes in future REIT fundraising activities.

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On January 18, 2019, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Congressman Patrick McHenry introduced legislation that would require the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) to carry out a study of Rule 10b5-1 trading plans. Rule 10b5-1 trading plans are passive investment agreements that provide an affirmative defense for companies and insiders (directors, officers and affiliated shareholders)

On January 10, 2019, the staff of NYSE Regulation released its annual memorandum detailing important rules and policies applicable to listed companies. The memorandum provides helpful reminders for issuers (noting important rule differences for domestic and foreign private issuers) with securities listed on the NYSE and also highlights new compliance items. In particular, as previously

On December 19, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed a new rule (Rule 12d1-4) intended to modernize and improve the regulatory framework for fund of funds arrangements (fund investing in shares of another fund). Currently, funds are required to rely on existing statutory exemptions or exemptive rules or seek exemptive relief prior

In 2017, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) adopted a new standard for auditor’s reports that requires a description of critical audit matters (“CAMs”) designed to provide investors with information that relates to accounts or disclosures that are material to a company’s financial statements and involve especially challenging, subjective or complex auditor judgment. The