On Friday, the SEC proposed extensive amendments to the rules governing financial disclosures by registrants about businesses they buy or sell.

The proposed amendments primarily relate to disclosures required by Rule 3-05 and Article 11 of Regulation S-X in registration statements and 1934 Act reports, and, for the most part, they would reduce the burden of preparing historical financial statements and pro forma financial information. The proposal follows a broader 2015 concept release on financial disclosures about entities other than the registrant, and it represents another step by the SEC to reduce the burdens on registrants in a careful way that does not take away information that is material to investors.

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