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SCOTUS Finds Investment Banker Liable for Cutting and Pasting Fraudulent Statement

The U.S. Supreme Court considered the extent of liability under Rule 10b-5 and other rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission and related statutes in Lorenzo v. Securities and Exchange Commission.  The facts of the case were undisputed.  Francis Lorenzo, while the director of investment banking at an SEC-registered brokerage... Read More

Topics: Litigation, Public Companies and Securities

The PCAOB Wants to Talk to the Audit Committee Chair – Now What?

The PCAOB recently noted that during 2019 it will provide an opportunity for audit committee chairs of certain companies whose audits are subject to inspection to “engage in a dialogue with the inspections staff.” While we assume the PCAOB’s motive is in good faith to obtain a better mutual understanding... Read More

Topics: Litigation, Public Companies and Securities

SEC Proposes to Expand “Test-the-Waters” Communications to all Issuers

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The SEC has proposed new rules that would permit all issuers to solicit investor views about potential offerings to be taken into account at an earlier stage in the process than is the case today. The new rule and related amendments would expand the “test-the-waters” accommodation—currently available to emerging growth... Read More

Topics: Public Companies and Securities

No Action Relief Prompts Clarification from SEC Chair on Mandatory Arbitration

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In a novel sequence of events, SEC Chair Jay Clayton issued a statement on February 11, 2019 expressing the Commission’s non-view on mandatory shareholder arbitration provisions implemented by publicly-listed companies. The statement was released in conjunction with a no-action letter from Corp Fin staff issued on the same day concurring with the... Read More

Topics: Public Companies and Securities

SEC Reduces Thresholds for Smaller Reporting Company Definition and Requires Mandatory Use of Inline XBRL

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The SEC has long recognized that smaller issuers should be subject to somewhat less stringent disclosure standards than larger companies. The SEC has referred to this as “scaled disclosure” and has embodied the idea in a series of rules for smaller reporting companies, or SRCs.  The SEC has adopted final... Read More

Topics: Executive Compensation, Public Companies and Securities