SEC Approves Rules to Require Hyperlinks in Exhibit Lists

Posted by Howard Berkenblit on March 2, 2017 at 11:37 AM

As anyone who has ever tried to find an exhibit to an SEC filing that is incorporated by reference knows, it is not always easy or quick! 


Help is on the way - yesterday, the SEC approved
rule changes that will require companies to include a hyperlink to each exhibit (other than XBRL exhibits and certain other limited exemptions) in their filings' exhibit indexes. The rules will also require all filings to be in HTML format since ASCII format cannot support functional hyperlinks.

The final rules will take effect on September 1, 2017 (September 1, 2018 for smaller reporting companies and non-accelerated filers).


Topics: SEC, Filings, Filing Rules

SEC proposes hyperlinks for filing exhibits

Posted by Howard Berkenblit on September 8, 2016 at 7:04 AM

The SEC has proposed rule amendments that would require companies that file registration statements and periodic and current reports to include hyperlinks to each exhibit listed in the exhibit index of their filings (in a more subtle change, the index would be required to appear before the signatures rather than simply appearing before the exhibits as is current required). All filings will need to be submitted in HTML format.  

The practical impact of these amendments, if approved, would be to make it much more efficient to locate exhibits, particularly those incorporated by reference. For example, under current rules if an investor wants to find a company's bylaws on EDGAR he or she must locate the bylaws on the exhibit list (such as in the most recent 10-K or 20-F) which will list the filing with which the bylaws were most recently filed. He or she must then separately locate that filing. Hyperlinking would effectively eliminate the second step, saving time.

Topics: SEC, registration statements, EDGAR, Filings

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