SEC Proposes to Greatly Expand Exemption from SOX 404 Auditor Attestation Requirement

The SEC has proposed revisions to the definition of an “accelerated filer” that would exempt most companies that have both a public float of common equity of less than $700 million and annual revenues of less than $100 million from the requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX 404). If adopted, these revisions would exempt many Canadian cross-reporting companies from the SOX 404 auditor attestation requirement, thereby reducing the cost of cross-border reporting.

The proposal is subject to a 60-day public comment period. Additional information is available in the SEC’s press release regarding the proposed new amendments here: sec.gov/news/press-release/2019-68.

Christopher L. Doerksen

Christopher L. Doerksen

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