Analysis

SEC's Disclosure Proposals Compete With Investor Demands

Law360 (August 13, 2019, 8:02 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent proposal to streamline the risk factors companies must disclose could put the companies on a collision course with shareholders who have come to expect a greater volume of information.

The securities regulator’s proposed rule would allow companies to disclose risks that are “material” rather than “most significant” as part of an ongoing effort to simplify disclosure requirements. Whether the companies will take advantage of the proposed new standards is unclear, however, given the threat of shareholder lawsuits if their risk disclosures become too lax.

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