On June 5, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted Regulation Best Interest (Rule 15l-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act)), which requires broker-dealers and their associated persons who are natural persons to act in the best interest of their retail customers when making a recommendation. The SEC also adopted Form

At today’s open meeting, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a final Regulation Best Interest, as well as additional guidance.

Final action relating to the broker-dealer standard of conduct had been anxiously anticipated.  The Commission noted that Regulation Best Interest enhances the standard of conduct beyond the current broker-dealer suitability standard.  In addition, the Commission

On October 31, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted new property disclosure requirements for mining company registrants. The new rules, codified in Subpart 1300 of Regulation S-K, aim to replace the SEC’s thirty-year-old Industry Guide 7 by providing investors with a more comprehensive disclosure of a public company’s mining properties. Changes include:

The SEC announced an upcoming roundtable (date and details to come) that will focus on the causes of short-termism, including the role of quarterly disclosures.  At the end of 2018, the SEC had published a request for comment regarding the timing of earnings releases and quarterly reports by public companies.  The statement regarding the roundtable

On May 9, 2019, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed revisions to the accelerated filer and large accelerated filer definitions in 17 CFR 12b-2 (Rule 12b-2). These proposed changes would reduce the number of issuers that qualify as accelerated filers and reduce compliance costs for smaller reporting companies.

If the proposal is adopted,

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

The Securities and Exchange Commission proposed amendments to the accelerated filer and large accelerated filer definitions, which have been highly anticipated.  As noted in prior blog posts, at the time that the SEC adopted amended definitions of smaller reporting company, market participants had expected that the SEC would address the thresholds that trigger a requirement

On May 3, 2019, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed revisions 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 3-05)), Rule 3-14 (Special Instructions for Real Estate Operations to be Acquired (Rule 3-14)), Article

In April, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced that it is soliciting comments on a proposed rule change submitted by The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (the “Nasdaq”) that will impose additional requirements for companies listing in connection with offerings under Tier 2 of Regulation A under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities