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Diamonds are Forever, But I Have a Theory that Roger Moore’s James Bond Killed the Three-Martini Lunch

Let’s Talk About Tax

May 27, 2021

Could the latest amendment to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 mark the return of the “three martini lunch”? Maybe, at least through 2022.

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Can you electronically sign IRS Forms?

Let’s Talk About Tax

May 19, 2021

To alleviate burdens on taxpayers and their representatives, the IRS allowed temporary use of electronic signatures for a limited number of tax forms.

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Tax Issues in Mergers & Acquisitions—A Roadmap

Let’s Talk About Tax

May 12, 2021

The process that organizations go through during the preparation, deal, and integration phases of an M&A transaction are fraught with tax issues. Learn how Fredrikson & Byron can help.

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Gary Gensler Sworn in as Chair of the SEC

The Ticker

May 5, 2021

On April 17, 2021, Gary Gensler was sworn in as Chair of the SEC. Mr. Gensler was nominated by President Biden on February 3, 2021, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 14, 2021, by a 53-45 vote.

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‘Universal Proxy’ is Back on the SEC’s Agenda

The Ticker

May 5, 2021

On April 16, 2021, the SEC announced that it had voted to reopen the comment period on the so-called universal proxy rule, which has languished at the SEC since its initial proposal in 2016.

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SEC Enforcement Actions Target Companies for Hiding Upcoming Restatements When Seeking Additional Time to File Periodic Reports

The Ticker

May 5, 2021

On April 29, 2021, the SEC announced settled charges against eight companies for failing to disclose in Form 12b-25 filings that their request to file a delayed quarterly or annual report was caused by an anticipated restatement or correction of prior financial reporting.

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Notable Whistleblower Award, Departing Chief of SEC’s Whistleblower Office Reflects on Program

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May 5, 2021

On April 15, 2021, the SEC announced an award of over $50 million to joint whistleblowers who alerted the agency to securities law violations involving highly complex transactions that would have been difficult for the SEC to detect on its own.

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Report Finds Heavy Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures During Pandemic

The Ticker

May 5, 2021

Public companies have relied heavily on the use of non-GAAP financial measures throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent MarketWatch article.

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SEC Enhances Focus on Climate Change Disclosure, Requests Public Comment

The Ticker

April 2, 2021

On February 24, 2021, Acting SEC Chair Allison Herren Lee issued a statement directing the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance to enhance its focus on climate-related disclosure in public company filings.

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Climate, ESG Issues are ‘Front and Center’ at SEC

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April 2, 2021

Several other recent SEC actions and statements make it clear that climate change and other environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are now top priorities for the regulator.

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