On October 18, 2023, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to the rules governing beneficial ownership reporting to “require market participants to provide more timely information on their positions to meet the needs of investors in today’s financial markets.”

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On November 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) stayed the recently enacted Share Repurchase Disclosure Modernization Rule (Repurchase Disclosure Rule) pursuant to section 705 of the Administrative Procedure Act and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Firth Circuit’s (Fifth Circuit) October 31, 2023 opinion providing the SEC 30 days to correct defects in the Repurchase Disclosure Rule.  For an overview of the Fifth Circuit’s October 31 opinion, please refer to our earlier blog post: Fifth Circuit Requires SEC to Revisit Share Repurchase Disclosure Rules.

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Recently, the State of California enacted Assembly Bill 1305: the Voluntary Carbon Market Disclosures Act (AB 1305), which requires companies, under certain circumstances, to make website disclosures of certain information about their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and emissions-reduction programs.

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On October 31, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Fifth Circuit) issued an opinion finding that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) violated the Administration Procedure Act when adopting recent amendments to its share repurchase rules (as amended, the Rule). Rather than vacate the Rule, the Fifth Circuit provided the SEC with 30 days to correct the errors identified by the Fifth Circuit.

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Over the weekend, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law two major climate-related disclosure bills, Senate Bill 253: Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act (SB 253) and Senate Bill 261: Greenhouse Gases: Climate-Related Financial Risk (SB 261), which could have potentially broad application for companies meeting certain revenue thresholds that conduct business in California, whether or not such companies are incorporated or headquartered in California.

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The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) recently closed the comment period for its proposal (the Proposal) to significantly increase the responsibility of audit firms to evaluate and disclose a subject public company’s noncompliance with laws and regulations (commonly referred to as NOCLAR).

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On December 13, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued seven new or revised Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) on topics regarding the use of non-GAAP financial measures in SEC filings. Typically, the release of C&DIs, whether new or revised, indicates that a certain subject will be an area of heightened focus in SEC comment letters and enforcement actions.

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On July 26, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), by a 3-2 vote, adopted final rules intended to enhance public companies’ disclosures regarding (1) cybersecurity incidents through a new required current report item under Form 8-K and (2) cybersecurity risk management and governance in annual reports on Form 10-K through a new item under Regulation S-K.

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