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The Securities Law Blog provides commentary and news on the latest securities law developments impacting established and emerging growth publicly-traded issuers and investment banks, as well as entrepreneurs and venture-backed private entities. Our blog closely follows SEC rulemaking in several key areas including public and private securities offerings, shareholder activism and equity investment, and mergers & acquisitions.

The authors of this blog are members of the Corporate/Securities practice of Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP.  Since our founding, this firm has been distinguished by responsive, independent and client-focused legal services provided by lawyers with a profound commitment to the companies they serve. This blog is an outgrowth of this representation of our clients in a wide range of capital market transactions.

Showing 11 posts in Regulation S-K.

SEC Proposes Revisions to Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations Disclosure Requirements

On January 30, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed a series of new amendments to the Regulation S-K requirements. The proposed amendments seek to modernize, simplify, and enhance certain financial disclosure requirements primarily by reducing duplicative disclosure and focusing issuers’ efforts on material information. The proposal would eliminate Items 301 and 302, which deal with selected financial data and supplementary financial data, respectively. The SEC’s primary focus is on Item 303. This item addresses disclosure requirements in the Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (MD&A) section of issuers’ periodic reports (i.e., Forms 10-K and 10-Q) and registration statements. Read More ›

The SEC Proposes a Philosophical Shift to Principles-Based Disclosure in Response to Increasingly Irrelevant, Outdated and Immaterial Information in Public Filings

While the SEC favors a more flexible principles-based approach to disclosure of business descriptions and risk factors as determined by a company’s management, a lack of bright-line, quantitative rules to specify when disclosure is required may lead to second guessing by regulators, among others. Read More ›

The SEC Warns Prospective Investors to Beware of Claims that the SEC Has Approved a Securities Offering (Because It Hasn’t, Technically)

Fraudsters may use SEC forms and filings to falsely claim SEC registration or that an offering was approved by the SEC. Don’t confuse that with the actual vetting by the SEC staff of disclosure during the review process and acceleration of effectiveness of a registered securities offering. Read More ›

The Personal Touch of Founder's Letters in IPO Prospectuses: A View Inside the Zeitgeist of Our Newest Public Companies

Letters to prospective investors like those included in the Lyft and Uber IPO prospectuses may be symbolic gestures by founders, chairpersons and CEOs to lead the selling effort, but nonetheless provide an insight into the unique mission, core beliefs and “karma” of today’s newest IPO companies, with the SEC closely monitoring the bounds of this informal disclosure. Read More ›

Reminders for the 2019 Form 10-K and Proxy Season

New SEC rules adopted in 2018 simplify certain disclosure requirements and amend the definition of smaller reporting company. Read More ›

SEC Proposes Amendments to Modernize and Simplify Regulation S-K Disclosure Requirements

First open meeting under Chair Clayton includes unanimous approval of proposed revisions to SEC disclosure rules and forms Read More ›

Time to Get Ready for Pay Ratio Disclosure

SEC issues guidance on “pay ratio” rules compliance. Read More ›

Practice Pointers for Better Disclosure of Director and Executive Officer Professional Biographies in SEC Filings

This post first appeared in Securities Regulation Daily, a Wolters Kluwer publication, on August 29, 2017.

Item 401 of Regulation S-K requires that companies disclose the business experience of its directors, officers, nominees and significant employees in order for investors and stockholders to evaluate the management of a public company Read More ›

SEC Redefines Smaller Reporting Company to Include Companies With Less Than $250 Million in Public Float

As recommended by the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies and the Forum on Small Business Capital Formation, the SEC has proposed expanding the pool of registrants that can take advantage of the scaled disclosure accommodations under SEC regulations. Read More ›

Inside SEC's Proposal To Modernize Regulation S-K

Seeking public comment on how the SEC’s business and financial disclosure equirements in Regulation S-K can best be modernized from both an optimal content and scope and a presentation and delivery perspective. Read More ›

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