On November 29, 2021, the SEC updated accounting guidance for public companies issuing equity awards to executives ahead of market-moving information. Staff Accounting Bulletin (SAB) No. 120 cautions issuers to pay particular attention to non-routine spring-loaded awards.
Spring-loaded awards are a type of equity compensation granted by a public company shortly before the announcement of material non-public information such as an earnings release with positive results or the announcement of a material transaction.
The FASB rule known as Topic 718 generally requires that ...
In another victory for ESG proponents with the Securities and Exchange Commission, on November 3, 2021, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued Staff Legal Bulletin 14L which rescinds previously issued interpretive guidance related to a company’s ability to exclude ESG-related shareholder proposals from its proxy statement. Bulletin 14L effectively realigns the staff’s approach for determining whether a shareholder proposal relates to “ordinary business” which, under Rule 14a-8(i)(7) can serve as the basis for a company’s exclusion of a shareholder proposal.
On September 29, 2021, the Securities and Exchange Commission released a notice filed by the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) of a proposed rule change. The NYSE seeks approval of a proposed amendment to the shareholder voting requirement set forth in Section 312.07 of the NYSE Listed Company Manual (the “Manual”).
Currently, Section 312.07 provides that, where shareholder approval is required for the listing of any new or additional securities, or where any matter requires shareholder approval, including for stock issuances pursuant to an equity compensation plan, the ...
On August 16, 2021, the Securities and Exchange Commission imposed a cease-and-desist order and a $1 million civil penalty on Pearson plc, finding violations of the negligence-based antifraud provisions of the Securities Act.
This is an update to KMK’s original blog post on December 4, 2020.
On December 1, 2020, Nasdaq filed a rule proposal with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that would require listed companies to have, or explain why their boards do not include, diverse directors. In a response to comments from the SEC, Nasdaq filed an amendment to the rule proposal on February 26, 2021. The Nasdaq proposal needs SEC approval to take effect.
In a notice posted on its website on March 10, 2021, the SEC said it would take additional time to rule on the Nasdaq proposal, while also seeking further ...
On March 5, 2021, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced it charged AT&T, Inc. and three of its investor relations executives with selectively disclosing material nonpublic information to research analysts in violation of Regulation FD. The SEC’s complaint alleges that to avoid falling short of the consensus revenue estimates for the third consecutive quarter, AT&T investor relations executives made private, one-on-one phone calls to analysts at several firms. According to the complaint, on these calls, the executives disclosed internal smartphone ...
On December 20th, Congress passed a spending bill, signed by President Trump on December 27th, that includes further coronavirus-related fiscal relief (the “Bill”). There are a number of provisions within the Bill that impact both businesses and individuals. This post focuses on changes made to the loan forgiveness aspects of the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”).
On Dec. 1, 2020, Nasdaq filed a rule proposal with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that would require listed companies to disclose board diversity statistics using Nasdaq’s Board Diversity Matrix. Nasdaq would require companies to provide this disclosure in proxy materials or on company websites within one year of the SEC’s approval of the rules. The rules also would require listed companies to have, or explain why their boards do not include, diverse directors as follows:
- All listed companies would be expected to have one diverse director within two years of the ...
On November 19, 2020, the SEC continued its disclosure modernization initiative by amending several financial disclosure rules applicable to periodic reports and registration statements. The amendments eliminate the requirement for Selected Financial Data, simplify Supplementary Financial Information disclosures, and streamline disclosure requirements in Management’s Discussion & Analysis.
On November 2, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted rule amendments intended to increase opportunities for private companies to raise capital, including by setting higher limits on certain private offerings. The SEC also simplified certain rules governing private offerings relating to investor communications and otherwise expanding investment opportunities. In addition to expanding access to capital for private issuers, the intent of these amendments is to make it simpler for issuers to comply with increasingly complex SEC rules, including by eliminating ...
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- Beware of ‘Spring-Loaded’ Awards: SEC Issues Updated Accounting Guidance
- SEC Opens Floodgates for ESG Proposals
- NYSE Proposes an Amendment to the Shareholder Voting Requirement
- SEC Charges Pearson plc for Misleading Investors About Cyber Breach and Inadequate Disclosure Controls
- Update: SEC Postpones Decision on Nasdaq's New Listing Rules to Advance Board Diversity
- SEC Charges AT&T and Three Executives with Regulation FD Violations
- Stimulus Package Reverses IRS’s Position on Deductibility of PPP Expenses and Other Loan Forgiveness Issues
- Nasdaq Proposes New Listing Rules to Advance Board Diversity: Comply or Explain
- More Disclosure Modernization: SEC Adopts Significant Amendments to Financial Disclosure Rules
- SEC Eases Limits and Rules on Private Offerings