April 5, 2018

Non-GAAP: Two New “Business Combination” CDIs

Yesterday, Corp Fin issued two new CDIs about non-GAAP financial measures that are used in connection with business combinations. They’re a follow-on to CDI 101.01 – which we blogged about last fall. This Wachtell Lipton memo provides an overview (also see this Cooley blog):

While CDI 101.01 helped address the recent spate of frivolous litigation claiming that projections disclosed to explain the assumptions underlying a financial advisor’s fairness analyses require GAAP reconciliation, plaintiffs’ lawyers subsequently seized on the fact that the CDI did not explicitly clarify whether the GAAP reconciliation requirements apply to projections shared with bidders or the board and opportunistically continued to pursue weak disclosure claims.

The underlying logic of the initial CDI plainly applies to these circumstances too: disclosure of internal forecasts to bidders or the board is not intended to communicate performance expectations to investors, and reconciling them to GAAP is neither useful nor required. Corp Fin has now helpfully confirmed that the same considerations animating the initial CDI extend to these additional factual circumstances.

SEC Impersonators: “This Is What Fraud Sounds Like”

Scammers impersonating the SEC aren’t something new (here’s a blog about one such scam). Yesterday, the SEC issued a warning – along with a one-minute audio recording – about SEC impersonators who are pretending to execute trades in an attempt to dupe people into giving them money or account info. Crazy stuff. Here’s an excerpt:

“The audio recording is what fraud sounds like,” said Lori Schock, Director of the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy. “We included the recording in our Investor Alert so investors can hear the lies and high pressure tactics imposters use to cheat potential victims out of their money.”

Transcript: “Conduct of the Annual Meeting”

We’ve posted the transcript for our recent webcast: “Conduct of the Annual Meeting.”

Following up on Broc’s blog about the passing of Julie Yip-Williams, there will be a memorial service for Julie on Saturday, May 5th at 5:30 pm, at St. Ann & Holy Trinity Church (157 Montague St, Brooklyn). In lieu of flowers, her family requests that memorial contributions be made to the “Colorectal Cancer Alliance” in Julie’s name.

Liz Dunshee