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SEC proposes amendments to electronic filing requirements

Securities SEC EDGAR Fintech Federal Register Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

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On November 4, the SEC announced two proposed amendments (Updating EDGAR Filing Requirements and Electronic Submission of Applications for Orders under the Advisers Act and the Investment Company Act, Confidential Treatment Requests for Filings on Form 13F, and Form ADV-NR; Amendments to Form 13F), which update electronic filing requirements. These proposed amendments are intended to increase efficiency, transparency, and operational resiliency by modernizing how information is submitted to the SEC and disclosed. The proposed rule and form amendments would require, among other things, certain forms to be filed or submitted electronically and would make technical amendments to certain forms to require structured data reporting and eliminate outdated references. According to the SEC, the Commission currently allows, and at times requires, certain forms to be filed or submitted in paper format. The SEC also noted that publicly filed electronic submissions would be more readily accessible to the public and would be available in a searchable format on the SEC’s website. The public comment period will be open for 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

The same day, the SEC published a fact sheet clarifying, among other things, how the rule applies and what is required under the proposed amendments. According to a statement released by SEC Chair Gary Gensler, “just as we are hoping to update our rules for market participants in the face of rapidly changing technology, it’s also important that we update our rules to make filing obligations more efficient.”

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