Category Archives: Education

A Lighthearted Glossary of Securities Law Terms

Have you ever been working through an SEC reporting or securities law issue and encountered a term or acronym you had never seen before?  To help when this happens, Mayer Brown has built “Writing on the Wall,” an entertaining and lighthearted glossary addressing over 800 securities, capital markets and related terms.  Thanks to Anna Pinedo of Mayer Brown for letting us know about this useful tool.

As always, your thoughts and comments are welcome!

Beginning of Year Learning Opportunities

As we begin 2021 and dive into year-end reporting, here are SECI’s upcoming SEC Reporting Essentials Workshops to keep you up to date with important reporting developments:

January 14, 2021 – SEC 101 Reporting Essentials for Lawyers Workshop 2021

January 21, 2021 – Form 8-K SEC Reporting Essentials Workshop 2021

February 4, 2021 – SEC 101 Reporting Essentials for Financial Professionals Workshop 2021

February 11, 2021 – Form 10-K SEC Reporting Essentials Workshop 2021

February 18, 2021 – MD&A SEC Reporting Essentials Workshop 2021

February 25, 2021 – Form 10-Q, Form 8-K and Proxy Disclosures SEC Reporting Essentials Workshop 2021

Our SEC Reporting Essentials is a series of new, interactive, virtual Workshops designed to fit into your busy work schedules.  The SEC Reporting Essentials Workshops are half-day programs starting at 1 p.m. EST.  You can choose a foundational course – “SEC 101 Essentials for Lawyers” or “SEC 101 Essentials for Financial Reporting Professionals” – and select from our additional add-on courses.   For more about our SEC Reporting Essentials and other upcoming programs, visit us at

As always, your thoughts and comments are welcome!

SEC Reporting Skills Workshop – Registration is Open for March Programs!

GO-4049_SEC_Reporting_Skills_Wksp_800x469Whether you are new to SEC Reporting or need a refresher – attend an upcoming SEC Reporting Skills Workshop being held in March at a convenient location near you!

March 14-15     New York City

March 19-20     San Francisco

March 22-23     San Diego

March 26-27     Ft. Lauderdale

Topics Include

  • Key disclosure issues in Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, and the proxy statement
  • Understanding the structure and use of the SEC’s Integrated Disclosure System, including Regulations S-K and S-X, Staff Accounting Bulletins and all related guidance
  • Mastering the art of writing an effective MD&A
  • Understanding the SEC staff’s hot-buttons issues, including frequent comment areas such as non-GAAP measures, revenue recognition, the statement of cash flows, segments, and contingencies


Getting the Pay Ratio Disclosure Done Right!

As you may have heard, on September 21, 2017, Corporation Finance issued additional guidance about the new pay ratio disclosure and updated some of the existing C&DI’s. While many may have hoped that this requirement would be revised or eliminated, so far all indications are that we will see it in the next proxy season.


To help you with this challenging new rule, PLI will offer a One-Hour Briefing titled “Preparing for the New CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure — What You Need to Know” on October 25, 2017. It is at a special time, 4PM eastern.


As always, your thoughts and comments are welcome!