MONTH-IN-BRIEF (Jun 2022)
SEC Reopens Clawback Comment Period…Again
On June 8, 2022, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a release (“New Reopening Release”), reopening the comment period on the clawback listing standard rules that it proposed in 2015 (“2015 Proposal”). At the same time, the SEC made available a memorandum prepared by the staff of the SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (“Staff Memorandum”) that discusses the increase in voluntary adoption of compensation recovery policies by issuers and provides estimates of the number of additional restatements that would trigger a compensation recovery analysis if the rules were extended to include all required restatements made to correct an error in previously issued financial statements, including “little r” restatements. The Staff Memorandum also addresses some potential costs and benefits of the proposed rules. The SEC reopened the comment period to allow interested persons to consider and comment on the analyses and data set forth in the Staff Memorandum.