Final Standard for Securities Offerings Documents Approved

June 7, 2017

Last month, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Auditing Standards Board unanimously approved a final standard concerning an auditor’s responsibility regarding securities offerings documents not registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

The final standard will likely be issued as Statement on Auditing Standards No. 133: Auditor Involvement With Exempt Offering Documents. It would impact securities that are not required to follow the SEC’s registration requirements and rules under the Securities Act of 1933. In addition, the standard will affect franchise offerings controlled by the Federal Trade Commission or appropriate state franchise laws.

The standard could become effective for offering documents wherein the auditor is involved that are originally distributed or submitted on or after June 15, 2018.