Tagged: Disclosure simplification

New SEC Proposed Amendments Seek to Improve and Harmonize Private Offering Exemptions

On March 4, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) proposed amendments to the private offering exemptive framework under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) to “simplify, harmonize, and improve certain aspects of the framework” with the goal of promoting capital formation while maintaining investor protections. The current private offering framework is a set of exemptions and safe harbors which permit issuers to raise capital through various, differing rules which don’t require the filing of a registration statement with the Commission under the Securities Act. These rules are meant to provide issuers with a less expensive and more efficient alternative to a registered public offering in exchange for...

SEC Seeks to Encourage Registered Debt Offerings by Amending Financial Statement Requirements

On March 2, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted amendments to the financial disclosure requirements applicable to registered debt offerings that include credit enhancements, such as subsidiary guarantees. The final amendments amend Rule 3-10 of Regulation S-X and partially relocate its provisions to new Rule 13-01 and completely relocate Rule 3-16 into new Rule 13-02 (Rule 3-16 will continue to exist during the transition period). The Commission stated that the amendments are intended to: Improve existing Rules 3-10 and 3-16 by requiring disclosures that focus investors on the information that is material given the specific facts and circumstances and by making the disclosures easier to understand; Reduce the cost of compliance for registrants...

SEC Provides Guidance on the Use of Metrics in MD&A; Also Proposes Amendments to Simplify and Modernize MD&A and Related Financial Disclosures

On January 30, 2020, the SEC issued new guidance on the use of metrics in a company’s MD&A, as well as proposed amendments that would significantly simplify and modernize the requirements for MD&A and related financial disclosures. The guidance and proposed amendments will be of most interest to companies that file with the SEC on Form 20-F or 10-K. For more details, see governancecomplianceinsider.com/sec-provides-guidance-on-the-use-of-metrics-in-mda-also-proposes-amendments-to-simplify-and-modernize-mda-and-related-financial-disclosures/.