On December 19, 2023, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated the Share Repurchase Disclosure Modernization rule (Repurchase Rule) that was adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in May 2023.[1] The Repurchase Rule would have required new share repurchase disclosures in upcoming periodic filings for the period ending December 31, 2023. With the Repurchase Rule vacated (and subject to future SEC guidance), companies should continue to disclose share repurchase information, aggregated on a monthly (rather than daily) basis, under the pre-existing version of Item 703 of Regulation S-K (reproduced in its entirety in the Appendix to this post).Continue Reading SEC Share Repurchase Disclosure Rule Vacated

As a follow up to yesterday’s post, our recent Client Alert discusses new guidance from the FBI, DOJ, and SEC on requesting a delay to Form 8-K disclosures for material cybersecurity incidents that pose a substantial risk to national security or public safety.  Our client alert discusses the process the FBI has established to request the delay, the approach the DOJ will take when evaluating whether to authorize the delay, and new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (CDIs) issued by the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance regarding this national security and public safety exception.

Continue Reading New Guidance on Delayed Disclosure of Material Cybersecurity Incidents

In July 2023, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules requiring that public companies report material cybersecurity incidents under new Item 1.05 of Form 8-K, and disclose information regarding their cybersecurity risk management, strategy, and governance in annual reports on Form 10-K. Foreign private issuers are subject to similar disclosure requirements in Forms 6-K and 20-F. Although the final rules were effective this past September, the SEC provided for transition periods for compliance with the new disclosure requirements, which transition periods will end soon.

Continue Reading Reminder: Material Cybersecurity Incident Reporting Required December 18, 2023

On December 6, 2023, SEC Chair Gary Gensler announced the release of the SEC’s Fall 2023 Regulatory Agenda (Regulatory Agenda), which outlines the SEC’s planned regulatory actions over the next 12 months. This latest Regulatory Agenda includes a total of 43 rules, with 14 rules at the proposed rulemaking stage and 29 rules at the final rulemaking stage. While the Regulatory Agenda provides insights into Chair Gensler’s priorities (compiled as of August 2023) and the anticipated timing of proposed and final rules, actual rule adoption or proposal timing may vary significantly, and could come before or after the listed dates.

Continue Reading SEC Publishes Fall 2023 Regulatory Agenda

On November 22, 2023, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it issued an order postponing the effective date of the share repurchase disclosure rule (Repurchase Rule).[1] The Repurchase Rule was discussed in our previous client alert. As a result of the SEC’s order, the Repurchase

Continue Reading SEC Stays Share Repurchase Disclosure Rule

Join Wilson Sonsini for its 2023 Public Company General Counsel Webinar Series. Throughout November, Wilson Sonsini will host three virtual sessions on new SEC governance and disclosure requirements, including clawback policies, cybersecurity governance and disclosure, and share repurchase disclosure. To attend any of the three sessions, please register here.

Continue Reading Webinar Series Alert | Navigating New SEC Rules: November 1, 15, 29

On October 10, 2023, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it adopted final rules amending beneficial ownership reporting requirements under Sections 13(d) and 13(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act). The final rules also update Schedules 13D and 13G to require investors to provide

Continue Reading SEC Adopts Final Rules Amending Beneficial Ownership Reporting Requirements