Topic: 1934 Act Filings

Inline XBRL: Corp Fin Issues 9 New Interpretations

The SEC’s Inline XBRL requirements now apply to large accelerated filers. As registrants have started using Inline XBRL for their filings, a number of questions have come up. On August 20, 2019, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued 9 new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (CDIs)‎ to help answer some of those questions.

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SEC Proposes Changes to Disclosure Requirements regarding Business, Legal Proceedings and Risk Factors

On August 8, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released a proposal (“Proposing Release”) to modernize the description of business, legal proceedings, and risk factor disclosures that registrants are required to make pursuant to Regulation S-K.[1] The SEC stated goal is to improve these disclosures for investors and to simplify compliance for registrants.

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SEC Staff Provides Guidance on LIBOR Transition Risks

On July 12, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) published a staff statement[1] encouraging issuers and other market participants to actively manage their transition away from LIBOR[2] and fully disclose the risks they face from the change.  Currently, private-sector banks report the information used in the formulation of LIBOR, but those banks are expected to cease reporting when their current reporting commitment ends in 2021.

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SEC Proposes Further Relief for Low Revenue Smaller Reporting Companies

On May 9, 2019, the SEC proposed rule changes to the disclosure requirements for smaller reporting companies (SRCs).  Last year, the SEC expanded the number of companies that qualify for scaled disclosure accommodations under SEC rules by increasing the public float and revenue caps in the SRC definition (from $75 million up to $250 million of public float or up to $700 million of public float with $100 million or less in revenues).

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SEC Proposes Changes to Disclosures for Acquisitions and Dispositions

On May 3, 2019, the SEC proposed rule amendments to financial information that investors receive regarding the acquisition and disposition of businesses.  The SEC’s rules requiring target company and pro forma financial statements are complex.  Creating the financial statements often results in significant delay and expense in M&A situations.  The SEC’s proposed changes are intended to address these difficulties.

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Locke Lord QuickStudy: Token Taxonomy Act – Exempting Digital Tokens from U.S. Securities Laws

On April 10, 2019, U.S. Representatives Warren Davidson (R-OH) and Darren Soto (D-FL) ‎reintroduced the Token Taxonomy Act1‎ (“TTA”) in the effort to amend the Securities Act of ‎‎1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to exclude “digital tokens” from the definition of ‎a security and provide tax certainty on such assets.

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Corp Fin Issues Guidance on How to Redact Your Material Contracts Without Filing a Confidential Treatment Request

Late last month we blogged about rule amendments adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission that are intended to modernize and simplify disclosure requirements for public companies, including an amendment that allows registrants to redact confidential information from most exhibits without filing a confidential treatment request.

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