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SEC Appoints New Members to PCAOB

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) will soon receive five new members. Announced by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on December 12, the new members are as follows: Robert Brown: A law professor at the University of Denver, Brown previously served on the PCAOB’s Standing Advisory Group and the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee. William Duhnke: The staff director and general counsel to the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, Duhnke was a Republican staffer in the Senate Banking Committee. Kathleen Hamm: The Global Leader in Securities and Fintech Solutions at Promontory Financial Group, Hamm has prior experience with. Read More.

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FASB Standard Addresses New SEC Guidance

A new Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) features amendments to select Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) paragraphs under the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”). Issued as ASU No. 2017-14, Income Statement—Reporting Comprehensive Income (Topic 220), Revenue Recognition (Topic 605), and Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), the standard amends the Accounting Standards Codification to incorporate the following SEC guidance: SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin (“SAB”) No. 116: SAB No. 116 aligns current SEC staff guidance with ASC Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers. This bulletin updated SAB Topic 13, Revenue Recognition, SAB Topic 8, Retail Companies,. Read More.

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SEC Corp Fin to Tweak Cybersecurity Guidance

David Fredrickson of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Division of Corporation Finance (“Corp Fin”) has announced that the SEC will update its 2011 document, Disclosure Guidance: Topic No. 2, Cybersecurity. A refresh of the commission’s cybersecurity interpretive guidance, the update would address investors’ complaints that public companies are not providing timely or informative disclosures regarding cyber-attacks on their computer systems. Fredrickson, Corp Fin’s chief counsel, noted that the SEC’s staff is considering updates to disclosure controls and procedures, as in how quickly are cybersecurity breaches identified and brought to the attention of senior management for proper disclosure. The commission. Read More.

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Chairman Clayton Discusses SEC’s Future Agenda

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) expects to publish its near-term agenda in the coming months, but Chairman Jay Clayton recently gave a preview of what the agency’s agenda will include. In a November 8 speech at the PLI 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in New York City, Clayton said that the SEC’s next near-term agenda would be shorter than previous ones due to limited resources and the time and resource pressures of rulemaking. Despite the SEC’s shorter near-term agenda, Clayton noted that the agency is still making progress on several projects. He referenced the SEC finishing two of. Read More.

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SEC Approves Updates to Auditor’s Report

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has unanimously approved an audit reporting standard by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board requiring significant improvements to certain public company reports. Such improvements aim to make the auditor’s report more informative and address the communication of critical audit matters (“CAMs”) and disclosures concerning auditor tenure. The new auditor’s report is expected to offer investors meaningful insight regarding audits, such as important estimates and judgments, substantial unusual transactions, and other potential risk areas for an organization. Speaking on the objective of the auditing standard, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton said investors will benefit from a. Read More.

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Non-GAAP Guidance Updated by Corp Fin Staff

Staff members of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance (“Corp Fin”) have revised the Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation, Non-GAAP Financial Measures . The update includes guidance concerning business combination transactions and adds the following two questions: Are financial measures included in forecasts provided to a financial advisor and used in connection with a business combination transaction non-GAAP financial measures? Does the exemption from Regulation G and Item 10(e) of Regulation S-K for non-GAAP financial measures disclosed in communications relating to a business combination transaction extend to the same non-GAAP financial measures disclosed in registration statements, proxy statements and tender offer statements? The Compliance and. Read More.

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