SEC Adopts Amendments to Improve Financial Disclosures about Acquisitions and Dispositions of Businesses

The SEC adopted amendments to its rules and forms to improve for investors the financial information about acquired or disposed businesses, facilitate more timely access to capital, and reduce the complexity and costs to prepare the disclosure. The amendments update SEC rules which have not been comprehensively addressed since their adoption some over 30 years ago.

The improvements amend the financial disclosure requirements in Regulation S-X for acquisitions and dispositions of businesses, including real estate operations, in Rules 3-05, 3-14, 8-04, 8-05, 8-06, and Article 11, as well as in other related rules and forms. In conjunction with these changes, the SEC also amended the significance tests in the “significant subsidiary” definition in Rule 1-02(w), Securities Act Rule 405, and Exchange Act Rule 12b-2 to improve their application and to assist registrants in making more meaningful determinations of whether a subsidiary or an acquired or disposed business is significant. 

In addition, to address the unique attributes of investment companies and business development companies, the SEC adopted new requirements regarding fund acquisitions specific to registered investment companies and business development companies.

The amendments will be effective on Jan. 1, 2021, but voluntary compliance will be permitted in advance of the effective date.

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