On August 26, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to Regulation S-K that are intended to modernize business, legal proceedings and risk factor disclosures. According to the SEC, the amendments are designed to update rules, to improve the readability of disclosures and to simplify compliance for reporting companies. These amendments become

On August 26, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted amendments to the definition of “accredited investor” and related amendments to the definition of “qualified institutional buyer.”  The accredited investor definition is central to the regulation of exempt offerings.  Consistent with the initial proposal, the amendments broaden the categories of individuals and entities

This Annual Review (“Review”) was prepared by the Subcommittee on Annual Review of the Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities of the ABA Business Law Section. The Review covers significant developments in federal securities law and regulation during 2019. The Review is divided into three sections: regulatory actions, accounting statements, and case law developments. Continue

This First Analysis article discusses the amendments adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on May 21, 2020 in connection with financial statement disclosures on business acquisitions and dispositions as required by Regulation S-X’s (17 C.F.R. §§ 210.1-01 – 12-29) Rule 3-05 (Financial Statements of Businesses Acquired or to be Acquired (Rule 3-05)), Rule

On June 23, 2020, the Division of Corporation Finance (Division) of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued CF Disclosure Guidance: Topic No. 9A (CF 9A), providing guidance on operations, liquidity, and capital resources disclosures that companies should consider with respect to COVID-19-related disruptions. On that same date, the SEC’s Office of the Chief

This article, published in the Lexis Practice Advisor Journal, discusses capital markets and securities law in the time of COVID-19, which started in late 2019 and impacted the whole world in a matter of months, and explains how the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) responded to address the effects of the pandemic, particularly on

On June 23, 2020, Jay Clayton, Chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) discussed his perspectives on long-term investing, sustainability and the role of disclosures during a webinar hosted by FCLTGlobal, a non-profit organization that develops research and tools that encourage long-term investing and business decision-making.

While environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters

On May 21, 2020, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments (Amended Rules) to financial statement disclosures with respect to business acquisitions and dispositions required by Regulation S-X’s Rule 3-05 (Financial Statements of Businesses Acquired or to be Acquired), Rule 3-14 (Special Instructions for Real Estate Operations to be Acquired),

This Lexis Practice Advisor First Analysis article discusses the amendments adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to the accelerated filer and large accelerated filer definitions in Rule 12b-2 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR 240.12b-2). The final amendments are intended to reduce the number of issuers that qualify as accelerated

On April 8, 2020, the Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) – Jay Clayton – and the Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance – William Hinman – issued a joint statement titled The Importance of Disclosure – For Investors, Markets and Our Fight Against COVID-19 (the “Statement”) providing guidance