Writing a blog once a week during a time when almost daily events are publish-worthy means that some topics will be delayed, at least temporarily. Back in March, the SEC adopted final amendments to simplify disclosure requirements applicable to registered debt offerings for guarantors and issuers of guaranteed securities, as well as for affiliates whose securities collateralize a company’s securities. The proposed rule changes were published in the summer of 2018 (see HERE).
The amendments apply to Rules 3-10 and 3-16 of Regulation S-X and are aimed at making the disclosures easier to understand and to reduce the cost of compliance for companies. The SEC also created a new Article 13 in Regulation S-X, renumbered Rules 3-10 and 3-16 to Rules 13-01 and 13-02, and made conforming changes to related rules in Regulations S-K and S-X and Securities Act and Exchange Act forms.
As stated in the SEC press release on the new rules, the amended rules focus on