Some regulators and investors are expressing concerns about abuse of Rule 10b5-1 plans. Last July, Representative Maxine Waters introduced the “Promoting Transparency Standards for Corporate Insiders Act,” which would require the SEC to study whether Rule 10b5-1 should be amended to restricted multiple plans, require a waiting period before making trades under a plan, and limit how often plans can be modified or canceled. In December,… More
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Better late than never? New Disclosure Requirements for Hedging Policies
The Securities and Exchange Commission has finally adopted new rules that will require public companies to include in proxy statements for their annual meetings a description of their hedging policies and practices applicable to employees and directors. These rules were called for by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 but weren’t proposed until February 2015. The new rules will apply to proxy and information statements with respect to the election of directors during fiscal years beginning on or after July 1,… More
Pre-IPO companies can have disclosure obligations, too.
A recent SEC enforcement action should serve as a potent reminder to pre-IPO and other private companies that SEC rules sometimes impose affirmative disclosure obligations on private companies that offer and sell securities to their employees.
Most well-advised start-ups and other emerging companies know that they need an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 in order to grant options or issue other equity awards to their employees.… More
Hyperlinks required for all filed exhibits
Effective September 1, 2017, public companies will be required to include hyperlinks to each exhibit listed in the exhibit index to a registration statement or report. Exhibits filed in eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) or exhibits filed with Form ABS-EE are excluded from this requirement. This requirement will make all exhibits to a filing, including those incorporated by reference from earlier filings, more easily accessible to investors. Companies should plan for additional review time,… More
Happy 5th Anniversary to the JOBs Act—EGCs Should Prepare for New Disclosure Obligations
The JOBs Act was signed into law on April 5, 2012 and created Emerging Growth Companies, or EGCs, which are eligible to comply with reduced disclosure and other requirements under the federal securities laws.
The definition of an EGC, which in general is a company with annual gross revenues of less than $1 billion during its most recent fiscal year, is expansive. Over 80% of IPOs since the JOBs Act have been completed by EGCs. … More