On December 18, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed amendments to the definition of “accredited investor” and related amendments to the definition of “qualified institutional buyer.” The proposed amendments would have the effect, if adopted, of broadening the universe of individuals and entities that would qualify as accredited investors.

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Today, the SEC’s Office for the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation announced it will host its first Capital Call on January 23, 2020 at 1 pm ET.

This virtual conference will focus on the latest trends relating to capital formation by companies, ranging from startups to small cap companies, and will provide participants with

During the last two weeks of 2019, the US Securities and Exchange Commission offered guidance and reminders relating to the role of audit committees, international intellectual property and technology risks, and confidential treatment applications. This Legal Update provides further detail on—and discusses practical considerations regarding—these pronouncements, which public companies should take into account as the

On December 30, 2019, the Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the SEC’s Chief Accountant, and the Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued a joint statement regarding the role of audit committees in financial reporting, as well as their oversight responsibilities. The statement reminds audit committees, in connection with year-end reporting,

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the agenda for the upcoming meeting on January 24, 2020 of its Investor Advisory Committee.  The Committee will hold a telephonic meeting and will consider the SEC’s proxy voting advice and Rule 14a-8 proposed rulemakings, as well as market structure issues related to rebate tier disclosure.  For information on

Recently, the SEC’s Office of the Investor Advocate released its report on its fiscal 2019 activities.  The report cites staffing challenges that have impaired the ability of the SEC’s Ombudsmen to respond to matters brought by investors, which tripled in number during the fiscal year.

The report reviews the Office’s activities in nine areas: public

On November 18, 2019, Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) Commissioner Robert Jackson sent a letter to Representative Carolyn Maloney attributing the lack of public disclosure regarding the political spending habits of public companies to the influence of institutional investors. Commissioner Jackson publicly supported imposing corporate political spending disclosure requirements on public companies prior to

The Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation published its annual report to the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs of the U.S. Senate and the Committee on Financial Services of the US House of Representatives as required by the Exchange Act.  2019 was the first year of operations for the Office

Yesterday, the Division of Corporation Finance (CorpFin) of the SEC released CF Disclosure Guidance: Topic No. 8, Intellectual Property and Technology Risks Associated with International Business Operations (Guidance). The Guidance aims to assist public companies in evaluating intellectual property (IP) and technology risks related to their international operations, assessing their materiality, and drafting useful disclosures,

On December 19, 2019, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (the “Staff”) released guidance detailing the process to be followed by companies that choose to submit confidential treatment applications. In March 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted amendments that allow companies to omit confidential information that is commercially sensitive and the disclosure