Topic: 1934 Act Filings

SEC Modernizes Disclosure Requirements

The Securities and Exchange Commission on August 26, 2020 adopted changes to the business, legal proceeding and risk factor disclosures made by public companies and companies going public. This was one of two actions taken by the SEC on that date; see our blog post describing changes to the definition of accredited investor and related changes to the qualified institutional buyer definition at this link.

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SEC Emphasizes Meaningful Disclosure Amid COVID-19 Uncertainties

In a Statement (available here) on April 8, 2020, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton and Corporation Finance Division Director Bill Hinman supplemented earlier SEC guidance (discussed here) to emphasize the importance of disclosures by public companies about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their operations, financial condition and liquidity and their plans for handling those effects.

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SEC Issues Guidance on Deadline for Part III Information Omitted From Form 10-K

The SEC issued new guidance yesterday supplementing its previously-announced COVID-19 order that gives relief from Exchange Act filing deadlines (see our blog post about the COVID-19 order here).  The guidance details how the order applies to companies that omitted from their annual report on Form 10-K the information required under Part III of Form 10-K.

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Update: SEC Extends 45-Day Filing Relief Through July 1, 2020

On March 25, 2020, the SEC modified its March 4th order described here, which allowed extended filing deadlines for disclosure reports due between March 1 and April 30, 2020.  The modified order covers all filings due on or before July 1, 2020.

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SEC Provides COVID-19 Disclosure Guidance

The SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued new COVID-19 disclosure guidance on March 25, 2020. This follows earlier guidance and relief offered by the Staff. (See the links here, here and here, for example.) The SEC is encouraging thoughtful, tailored and widely disseminated disclosure by affected companies, even in the absence of a specific line item requirement.

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SEC Coronavirus Guidance on Shareholder Annual Meeting Engagement

On March 13, 2020, the SEC issued guidance regarding the effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) ‎on upcoming annual shareholder meetings. The SEC advised that a company that has already ‎mailed and filed its proxy materials can change the date, time, or location (including changing to a ‎‎“virtual (or “remote-only”) meeting”) of its annual meeting without mailing additional proxy ‎materials so long as that company promptly‎

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SEC Provides Guidance on Performance Metrics in MD&A; Proposes Financial Disclosure Changes

The Securities and Exchange Commission, on January 30, 2020, issued guidance to reporting companies about the use of key performance indicators and other metrics, including those that are non-GAAP financial measures, in Management’s Discussion and Analysis.

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