First we have a couple of articles discussing a study, “Political connections and SEC enforcement,” in the forthcoming Journal of Accounting and Economics, that purports to show that “[l]ong-term PAC contributions are effective at deterring SEC enforcement.” Then there is an, shall we say “unflattering,” appraisal in the NYT of […]
by Cydney Posner Here’s a warning shot across the bow from the SEC to take internal controls –- and representations regarding the same — very seriously. You’ll recall that SOX 404 and related rules instituted a new regime regarding reporting and evaluation of internal control over financial reporting (ICFR), including […]
by Cydney Posner As reported in this article in the WSJ, compensation consultant Towers Watson is reporting that shareholders seem to be more willing this year than last to approve golden parachutes in the context of acquisition transactions. As you know, Dodd-Frank and related rules require that, in connection with solicitation […]
by Cydney Posner NASDAQ has proposed to modify its rules to eliminate the automatic transfer of companies from the NASDAQ Global Market to the NASDAQ Global Select Market. You may recall that NASDAQ has three listing tiers: the NASDAQ Global Select Market, the NASDAQ Global Market, and the NASDAQ Capital […]
by Cydney Posner Could a proposal intended to address “regulations that disproportionately burden low-income households,” have an impact on securities rules and regulations promulgated by the SEC? On July 24, the House Budget Committee (Chair Paul Ryan) released a Discussion Draft for legislation called “Expanding Opportunity in America.” While most […]
by Cydney Posner Earlier this year, two proposals were floated to enhance shareholder engagement with directors, one from a working group called the Shareholder-Director Exchange and the other from The Conference Board. While it may now be almost de rigueur for management to engage with shareholders, engagement between shareholders and […]
En banc opinion of D.C. Circuit upholds American Meat Institute case — what does it mean for the conflict minerals case?
by Cydney Posner Today, the D.C. Circuit issued its en banc opinion in American Meat Institute v. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, upholding the mandatory disclosure regulation at issue in that case. You may recall that this case concerned the USDA’s country-of-origin labeling rule, which AMI argued compelled disclosure in violation […]