Public Companies Must Add Hyperlinks to Regulatory Filings

April 4, 2017

Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Chair Kara Stein and Acting Chair Mike Piwowar have approved a rule requiring public companies to insert hyperlinks to the exhibits in their regulatory filings. Announced on March 1, the final rule calls for hyperlinks to each exhibit in a regulatory filing’s index to be included with a public company’s annual and quarterly reports as well as registration statements submitted via the SEC’s EDGAR system and formatted in HTML format. The rule does not apply to electronic exhibits for asset-backed securities offerings recorded on Form ABS-EE or exhibits kept under the eXtensible Business Reporting language (XBRL).

The requirements go into effect September 1. Companies categorized as nonaccelerated filers will receive a one-year exemption from the requirements.