SEC Adopts Simplified Disclosure Requirements

On August 17, the SEC adopted amendments to Regulation S-K intended to simplify and update disclosure requirements, including disclosure requirements that had become duplicative or outdated.  

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Expansion of National Security Review of Foreign Investments

On August 13, President Trump signed into law the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, which expands the role of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States in reviewing national security concerns arising from transactions in which foreign individuals or entities invest in or acquire U.S. businesses.

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SEC Expands Companies’ Ability to Issue Securities Pursuant to Compensatory Arrangements, Solicits Public Comment on Further Modernization

On July 18, the SEC announced that it had taken two steps towards allowing companies to more easily pay their employees in stock while still complying with federal securities laws. 

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SEC Amends Definition of ‘Smaller Reporting Company’

On June 28, the SEC announced that it had voted to amend the definition of “smaller reporting company” to expand the number of companies that qualify for certain existing scaled disclosure accommodations. 

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SEC Adopts Inline XBRL for Submission of Financial Statement Information, Eliminates Website Posting Requirement

Also on June 28, the SEC announced that it had voted to amend existing requirements for companies to submit financial statement information in machinereadable format using eXtensible Business Reporting Language. 

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