Trump Administration’s Agenda Receives Boost as SEC Returns to Full Complement of Five Commissioners; SEC Chairman Cautions Against Reliance on Staff Views
On September 11, the SEC announced that Elad Roisman had been sworn into office as an SEC Commissioner by SEC Chairman Jay Clayton.
On September 6, the SEC announced an award of $39 million to one whistleblower and $15 million to another, stating that the whistleblowers’ “critical information and continued assistance helped the agency bring an important enforcement action.”
On September 18, Institutional Shareholder Services released the results of its 2018 Governance Principles Survey.
On September 12, proxy advisory firm Glass Lewis issued a release indicating that it will incorporate guidance on material environmental, social and governance matters from the Sustainability Accountability Standards Board in several of its research and advisory products.
On August 17, the SEC adopted amendments to Regulation S-K intended to simplify and update disclosure requirements, including disclosure requirements that had become duplicative or outdated.
On August 13, President Trump signed into law the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, which expands the role of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States in reviewing national security concerns arising from transactions in which foreign individuals or entities invest in or acquire U.S. businesses.
SEC Expands Companies’ Ability to Issue Securities Pursuant to Compensatory Arrangements, Solicits Public Comment on Further Modernization
On July 18, the SEC announced that it had taken two steps towards allowing companies to more easily pay their employees in stock while still complying with federal securities laws.
On June 28, the SEC announced that it had voted to amend the definition of “smaller reporting company” to expand the number of companies that qualify for certain existing scaled disclosure accommodations.
SEC Adopts Inline XBRL for Submission of Financial Statement Information, Eliminates Website Posting Requirement
On June 28, the SEC announced that it had voted to amend existing requirements for companies to submit financial statement information in machine-readable format using eXtensible Business Reporting Language.