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SEC Staff Releases FAQs on Regulation S-K Amendments

SEC Staff Releases FAQs on Regulation S-K Amendments

In response to commonly asked questions, the SEC staff has released three FAQs related to amendments to the business description, legal proceedings and risk factor disclosure requirements in Regulation S-K Items 101, 103, and 105, discussed here.  The rulemaking became effective on November 9, 2020. Compliance for Form S-3 Registration Statements and Prospectus Supplements The first FAQ clarifies that for registration statements on Form S-3...

SEC Updates Guidance on Expiring Confidential Treatment Orders

SEC Updates Guidance on Expiring Confidential Treatment Orders

On September 9, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance updated its guidance to outline three alternatives for handling an expiring confidential treatment order (“CTO”): 1) If the contract continues to be material but the previously redacted information is no longer confidential: refile the unredacted exhibit. 2) If the contract continues to be material, and the previously redacted information continues to be confidential, request to extend...

SEC Updates Requirements for Business, Legal Proceedings and Risk Factor Disclosures

SEC Updates Requirements for Business, Legal Proceedings and Risk Factor Disclosures

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has adopted amendments to Regulation S-K to update the description of business (Item 101), legal proceedings (Item 103), and risk factors (Item 105) that public companies are required to provide in certain registration statements and reports. These disclosure requirements have not undergone significant revisions in over 30 years. In related remarks, SEC Chair Jay Clayton emphasized the modernizing...

SEC Creates New File Transfer System for Supplemental Materials and Rule 83 Confidential Treatment Requests

SEC Creates New File Transfer System for Supplemental Materials and Rule 83 Confidential Treatment Requests

The SEC announced last week that in light of COVID-19 concerns, the Division of Corporation Finance is providing a temporary secure file transfer process for the submission of (i) supplemental materials that are requested by the SEC about registrants and their registration statements, reports and activities pursuant to Rules 418 and 12b-4 and (ii) information subject to Rule 83 confidential treatment requests. Rule 83 requests...

SEC Supplements COVID-19 Disclosure Guidance Ahead of Second Quarter Reports

SEC Supplements COVID-19 Disclosure Guidance Ahead of Second Quarter Reports

The Securities and Exchange Commission continues to encourage public companies to provide disclosures that allow investors to evaluate the current and expected impact of COVID-19 through the eyes of management and to proactively revise and update disclosures as facts and circumstances change. Ahead of public company reports of their second quarter results, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance has released a supplement to CF Disclosure...

SEC Adopts Amendments to Improve Financial Disclosures About Acquisitions and Dispositions of Businesses

SEC Adopts Amendments to Improve Financial Disclosures About Acquisitions and Dispositions of Businesses

On May 21, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced rule and form amendments that will affect registrants’ financial disclosures relating to business acquisitions and dispositions.  The amendments are intended to streamline the required disclosures, make more meaningful information available to investors and facilitate access to capital.  These amendments mark the culmination of a year-long effort by the SEC that began with proposed rules changes...

SEC Releases FAQs Relating to Use of Form S-3 Registration Statement in Light of COVID-19 Order

SEC Releases FAQs Relating to Use of Form S-3 Registration Statement in Light of COVID-19 Order

On May 4, 2020, the SEC issued three FAQs relating to the unique circumstances arising from COVID-19 and the use of Form S-3 registration statement.  The SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance is not including them within their Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations since these responses relate to unique circumstances arising from COVID-19.  The staff may supplement or amend these responses. The FAQs should provide clarity to...

SEC Adopts Temporary Amendments to Regulation Crowdfunding to Provide Relief to Smaller Companies Affected by COVID-19

SEC Adopts Temporary Amendments to Regulation Crowdfunding to Provide Relief to Smaller Companies Affected by COVID-19

On May 4, 2020, the SEC announced final rules that provide temporary, conditional relief from certain requirements of Regulation Crowdfunding, relating to the timing of the offering and the availability of financial statements in issuers’ offering materials.   This relief was effective immediately and is available to certain issuers that meet the eligibility criteria described below. The SEC adopted the temporary rules in response to feedback...

SEC Clarifies the Compliance Deadline for New Mining Disclosure Rules

SEC Clarifies the Compliance Deadline for New Mining Disclosure Rules

On April 29, 2020, the SEC issued new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (the “New C&DIs”) that clarified the compliance deadline for many mining companies that file with the SEC on non-MJDS forms such as Form 10-K or Form 20-F to comply with the SEC’s new mining disclosure rules in Subpart 1300 of Regulation S-K. The New C&DIs follow closely on the heels of the National...

NASDAQ and NYSE Provide Temporary Relief from Certain Continued Listing Requirements

NASDAQ and NYSE Provide Temporary Relief from Certain Continued Listing Requirements

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NASDAQ and NYSE are providing temporary relief from certain continued listing standards. As of now, NYSE American has not provided similar relief from its continued listing standards as a result of COVID-19. Specifically, NASDAQ is providing relief from the continued listing bid price ($1.00) and market value of publicly held shares listing requirements through June 30, 2020. While NASDAQ...