On March 30, 2022, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) proposed new rules and amendments to existing rules and forms (the “Proposed Rules,” see summary) addressing the treatment of initial public offerings (“IPOs”) by special purpose acquisition companies (“SPACs”) and subsequent business combination transactions (“De-SPAC Transactions”) between SPACs and operating companies

This practice note discusses market trends in 2021 relating to disclosures of climate change risks and mitigation by public companies, which are intertwined with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. It also provides illustrative disclosures by public companies regarding how climate change has affected or may affect their operations, both directly (e.g., through disruption

On January 14, 2022, the annual NYSE Guidance Memo and NYSE American Guidance Memo (both, the “Guidance Memos”) were released. The Guidance Memos outlined important rules and policies applicable to all the companies listed in these stock exchanges, including those in connection with the timely alert and material news publication, changes to a listed company’s

This practice note discusses market trends on how public companies’ political contributions, or “political spending,” are perceived to be intertwined with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, and provides illustrative; disclosures regarding political contributions. This piece concludes with recommendations on how to prepare and enhance such disclosures.

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In another special purpose acquisition company (“SPAC”) related enforcement action, on December 21, 2021, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued an order instituting cease-and-desist proceedings (“Order”) against a Nasdaq-listed electric vehicle truck manufacturing company that went public through a combination with a SPAC (“Company”).  The Company’s initial business combination was consummated in June

The SEC’s Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation (“OASB”) recently issued its 2021 Annual Report (the “Report”), which reviews the capital raising activities of a variety of companies, from startups and emerging businesses to smaller public companies. The OASB, together with the SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, provided updated data

On December 20, 2021, the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance (“Division”) issued the Sample Letter (“Letter”) to companies based or having the majority of their operations in the People’s Republic of China (“China-based Companies”). The Letter requires China-based Companies to disclose in their public filings “more prominent, specific and tailored” risks

On December 15, 2021, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued proposed amendments to its existing rules regarding disclosures about purchases of an issuer’s equity securities by or on behalf of the issuer or an affiliated purchaser, commonly referred to as “buybacks.” The Proposed Amendments would apply to issuers that repurchase securities registered

This practice note discusses recent U.S. Tariff Policies that potentially have wide-ranging consequences for domestic and international trade and the capital markets. In a period marked by increased globalization and international trade, the uncertainties brought about by the aggressive tariff policies of former President Trump are leaving companies and investors wary of the direct and

This practice note identifies cybersecurity risk disclosures that offer detailed discussions on the potential reputational, financial, or operational harm resulting from cybersecurity breaches as well as the potential litigation or regulatory costs, policies, and procedures in addressing cybersecurity risks. This piece concludes with practical advice on how to prepare and enhance the required disclosures on