Government contractors are subject to cybersecurity requirements, found in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and each agency’s supplement to the FAR, and some important deadlines are fast approaching. Set forth below is a high-level overview of cybersecurity requirements found in the FAR and the Department of Defense (DoD) FAR Supplement (DFARS).
This week we highlight a study by the EY Center for Board Matters, “Audit Committee Reporting to Shareholders in 2017.” EY reviewed audit committee-related proxy disclosures by Fortune 100 companies to examine trends in voluntary reporting and finds a continued increase in voluntary audit committee disclosures to shareholders.
On August 17, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Staff issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) that clarify the financial information that Emerging Growth Companies (EGCs) and non-EGCs may omit from their draft registration statements. As we previously blogged, beginning on July 10, 2017, the SEC began to accept voluntary draft registration statements from all issuers for nonpublic review (not just EG). While these latest C&DIs provide useful examples about what financial statements to include in a registration statement, they are consistent with the SEC’s prior announcement, on June 29, 2017, regarding the expanded draft registration statement processing procedures, which was supplemented on August 17, 2017.
This week we highlight a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers which explores the challenges that boards face when key risks are overlooked. It’s easy for boards to focus on financial and compliance risks, but strategic and operational risks are also important. Directors need to make sure they are focusing on the right risks, those that can result in success or failure of the company.
As previously reported, New York City is set to ban firms from inquiring about prospective employees’ salary history in connection with the recruiting and hiring process. On May 4, 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the bill into law, and the new law will take effect on October 31, 2017. In the attached article, published in the Hedge Fund Law Report on May 11, 2017, we describe the new law, including what practices will and will not be permitted, and provide advice regarding what steps firms should take to prepare in advance of the law’s implementation.
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This week we highlight an analysis by Ernst & Young on the trends in US capital markets. The capital markets landscape has changed considerably over the past two decades, including the expansion of private capital markets and related regulatory changes. The report discusses the public market and private market trends impacting the number of US-listed companies today.
This week we highlight a report by Ernst & Young based on three years of research on the linkages between nonfinancial performance and investor decision-making. The data concludes that with regards to environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting, there is a global trend toward increased interest in nonfinancial information on the part of investment professionals.
Congress entered into its spring recess on April 7 having delivered regulatory reforms to President Trump’s desk. In the first 75 days of the Trump administration, legislators approved 13 Congressional Review Act resolutions, with President Trump signing 11 thus far. Despite these victories, Congress was unable to deliver President Trump a key legislative goal, and health care reform remains elusive as Republicans continue to disagree over the American Health Care Act (AHCA).