On March 4, the SEC issued an order that temporarily exempts companies affected by COVID-19 from certain filing requirements, including requirements to file periodic reports, annual reports and proxy statements.
In addition to extending filing deadlines for affected companies, the regulator has asked its employees to work from home, postponed a conference on municipal securities and cancelled a public vote on a (subsequently adopted) proposal to ease audit requirements for smaller companies.
On March 12, the SEC adopted amendments to the “accelerated filer” and “large accelerated filer” definitions in Exchange Act Rule 12b-2 that will have the primary effect of exempting smaller companies from the requirement to obtain an attestation of their internal control over financial reporting (ICFR) from an independent outside auditor.
On March 4, 2020, the SEC proposed amendments to the exempt offering framework with the aims of reducing regulatory complexity, facilitating capital formation and expanding investment opportunities.
Virtual shareholder meetings continue to rise in popularity, with interest recently reaching fever pitch due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.
After Congress amended the Bankruptcy Code in 2019 to provide additional relief to farmers and small businesses, could Congress be poised to make yet another change to the Bankruptcy Code in 2020?
What is cryptocurrency? Bankruptcy practitioners and the courts better figure it out soon as the growth in popularity of cryptocurrencies continues to create new legal issues under the Bankruptcy Code.
A recent Eighth Circuit decision protected an important aspect of the Chapter 11 process, the sale of substantially all of the assets of a debtor, while also providing two key practice pointers for estate professionals when conducting a sale process.
On January 30, the SEC proposed amendments to certain financial disclosure requirements in Regulation S-K with the aim of reducing duplicative disclosure and focusing on material information. The SEC also issued guidance on disclosure of key performance indicators and metrics in MD&A.