In August 2021, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved new board diversity listing standards for companies listed on The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (Nasdaq). As part of these new listing standards, Nasdaq Rule 5606 now requires listed companies to annually disclose aggregated statistical information about the board’s self-identified

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On February 21, 2023, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to Regulation S-T extending the filing deadline for Form 144 from 5:30 p.m. ET to 10:00 p.m. ET.[1] These amendments will be effective on March 20, 2023, just in time to provide some flexibility for affected filers who will soon be required to file their Forms 144 electronically on EDGAR.

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We reviewed four quarters of filings for 30 public companies in the Lonergan Silicon Valley 1501 to see what days they were publishing their earnings releases and filing periodic reports, and how many days typically elapsed between when they publish their earnings releases and file their corresponding periodic reports.

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On February 10, 2023, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (Corp Fin) issued 15 compliance and disclosure interpretations (CDIs), Questions 128D.01 through 128D.13, and Section 228D – CDIs 228D.01 and 228D.02. The CDIs are wide ranging and include, among other things, confirmation that pay versus performance disclosure is not required to be included in a Form 10-K, guidance relating to equity awards granted to a first-time named executive officer (NEO) in a year prior to (and not otherwise related to) their appointment as a NEO, clarification as to which of the periods presented should include footnote disclosure of the amounts deducted and added to compensation actually paid, and confirmation that a company may use its Compensation Discussion and Analysis (CD&A) peer group, assuming this peer group is actually used by the company in determining executive pay, even if this peer group is not used for “benchmarking” as this term is explained in CDI 118.05.

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Our recent Client Alert discusses applicable rule changes, guidance, and disclosure considerations for the 2023 proxy season for public companies, as well as reminders for what is on the horizon for public company governance and disclosure. Our annual client alert covers the following topics:

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On January 27, 2023, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (Corp Fin) published four new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (CDIs) relating to the SEC’s recently adopted clawback rules. Please refer to our previous Client Alert for more information on the clawback rules. These new CDIs address what had been an outstanding question relating to upcoming disclosure obligations, as well as a few other clarifications.

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10b5-1 SEC Updates

Partner and Known Trends Editorial Board member Richard Blake joins Rich Baker, Executive Director at Morgan Stanley Executive Financial Services, for a discussion on “10b5-1 SEC Updates.” Their conversation will address the recent amendments to Rule 10b5-1, including implications for Rule 10b5-1 guidelines and plans.

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On January 4, 2023, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published its Fall 2022 Regulatory Flexibility Agenda (Rulemaking Agenda). The Rulemaking Agenda summarizes the SEC’s planned regulatory actions over the next 12 months, thus providing insights into the priorities of SEC Chair Gary Gensler and the anticipated timing of proposed and final rules. We note that this Rulemaking Agenda is not binding on the SEC and actual rule adoption or proposal timing may vary significantly.

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In our Client Alert, we discuss the final rules adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on December 14, 2022, which amend Rule 10b5-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) to impose additional conditions to the availability of the affirmative defense under Exchange Act Rule 10b5-1(c)(1). In addition, the final rules require new disclosures by issuers relating to Rule 10b5-1 trading plans, insider trading policies, and the timing of certain option grants to officers, as well as new disclosures by Section 16 reporting persons on Forms 4 and 5, including disclosure of bona fide gifts on Form 4 within two business days.

Continue Reading SEC Adopts Final Amendments to Rule 10b5-1 and Related Disclosure Requirements

In our recent Client Alert, we discuss the updates made to the Non-GAAP Financial Measures Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations issued by the staff (Staff) of the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange on December 13, 2022. The updates, including additional commentary and examples in existing

Continue Reading SEC Provides Important Updates to Non-GAAP Disclosure Guidance