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SEC Adopts Rule Amendments to Modernize Disclosures of Business, Legal Proceedings, and Risk Factors

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The SEC adopted amendments to modernize the description of business, legal proceedings, and risk factor disclosures that registrants are required to make pursuant to Regulation S-K. These disclosure items have not undergone significant revisions in over 30 years.  The final amendments: Revise the requirements to discuss the general development of... Read More

Topics: Employment, Public Companies and Securities

SEC Updates COVID-19 Reporting Guidance

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The SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (Division) has issued disclosure guidance in the form of CF Disclosure Guidance: Topic No. 9A addressing COVID-19 disclosure considerations regarding operations, liquidity and capital resources. The Guidance supplements CF Disclosure Guidance Topic 9 which provided the Division’s initial views on disclosure and other securities... Read More

Topics: Public Companies and Securities

SEC Simplifies Accounting Disclosures for “Significant” M&A Transactions

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The SEC has adopted amendments to the financial disclosure requirements in Regulation S-X for acquisitions and dispositions of businesses. When a registrant acquires a significant business, other than a real estate operation, Rule 3-05 of Regulation S-X generally requires a registrant to provide separate audited annual and unaudited interim pre-acquisition... Read More

Topics: M&A, Public Companies and Securities

NYSE Adopts Temporary Rule Modifying Shareholder Approval Requirements for Equity Issuances

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The SEC has approved, effective immediately, new Section 312.03T of the NYSE Listed Company Manual.  Section 312.03T provides a limited, temporary exception from the shareholder approval requirements in Section 312.03(c), accompanied, in certain narrow circumstances, by a limited exception from Sections 312.03(a) and (b) and Section 303A.08. The exception in... Read More

Topics: Public Companies and Securities

Nasdaq Provides Temporary Relief From Shareholder Approval Rules for Certain Securities Issuances

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The SEC has approved Nasdaq’s proposal to temporarily modify certain of its rules in an effort to streamline listed companies’ access to capital.  The rule proposal is immediately effective. New Listing Rule 5636T provides a limited temporary exception to the shareholder approval requirements: for transactions other than a public offering... Read More

Topics: Public Companies and Securities

Disclosure Guidance: Topic 9 – SEC Publishes Guidance on COVID-19 Disclosure and Securities Law Obligations

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The SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance published formal disclosure guidance and other views of securities law compliance for public companies with respect to COVID-19. On disclosure matters, the guidance recognizes that it may be difficult to assess or predict with precision the broad effects of COVID-19 on industries or individual... Read More

Topics: COVID-19, Public Companies and Securities

Delaware Supreme Court Finds Federal Forum Selection Provisions are Facially Valid

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The Delaware Supreme Court held federal-forum provisions, or FFPs, in charters of Delaware corporations are facially valid in Salzberg et al v. Sciabacucchi.  The FFPs at issue generally provided that the federal district courts of the United States of America shall be the exclusive forum for the resolution of any... Read More

Topics: Litigation, Private Equity, Public Companies and Securities