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Dodd-Frank, SOX, JOBS Act & Other Legislation

I have compiled some resources, my blog articles, and summaries related to Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform And Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), their implementation, and challenges or future issues, as well as discussion of other legislation affecting startups or emerging growth companies.

I)  Overview and Text of the Dodd-Frank Act:

The listed objectives and sections of the Dodd-Frank Act are (more info listed on the linked page above):

  • Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Rules and Implementation
  • Payment, Clearing and Settlement Supervision
  • Add Investor Protections and Improvements to the Regulation of Securities
  • Add New Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection

Overview and Text of Sarbanes-Oxley:

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act was implemented in 2002 and deals with the following topics/issues:

  • Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB)
  • Auditor Independence
  • Corporate Responsibility
  • Enhanced Financial Disclosures
  • Analyst Conflicts of Interest
  • Commission Resources and Authority
  • Studies and Reports
  • Corporate and Criminal Fraud Accountability
  • Corporate Tax Returns
  • Corporate Fraud Accountability

II)  Accredited Investor Definition Change:

III)  Reg D, Rule 506 Changes and Crowdfunding & Other Discussion Related to the JOBS Act

IV)  SEC Rule-making on Dodd-Frank (External Link)–  You can find information directly from the SEC website with updates on implementation of Dodd-Frank and issued rules and guidance.  There are also articles posted on this linked page.

V)  Corporate Governance & Disclosure:

Covers the following topics:  Overview and Implementation, Executive Compensation, Executive Ratios & Comp Disclosure, Disclosure on Hedging Activities, Comp Claw-Back Policies, Proxy Requirements, Say on Pay, Say on Golden Parachute, ISS,  Compensation Committee Independence:


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