In late December 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a final hedging disclosure rule, as required by Section 955 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

The Final Rule generally requires U.S. public companies to disclose any company practices or policies regarding the ability of employees, officers, directors or their respective designees to engage in hedging transactions. Although most companies will be required to comply with the Final Rule for proxy and information statements for fiscal years beginning on or after July 1, 2019, companies may wish to begin reviewing their existing hedging policies and practices in light of the new disclosure requirements.

Please click here to read the full alert memorandum, which provides a summary of the Final Rule and relevant changes from the SEC’s 2015 proposed rule.