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Kerry Burke

Kerry Shannon Burke has been helping public and private companies structure and execute capital markets and finance transactions and navigate the pitfalls of public company reporting and governance for over 20 years. Kerry regularly represents issuers, ranging from development stage ventures to large public companies, as well as underwriters and other institutional investors, with private and public debt and equity financings. She is a "go-to" advisor for large public companies on corporate governance, SEC reporting, ESG, and compliance program design. Kerry also assists private companies on governance and IPO readiness matters, including with respect to board and committee independence, internal and disclosure controls and similar matters.

Kerry has particular expertise counseling clients on the Investment Advisers Act and assists investment advisers, including private equity funds, hedge funds and venture capital funds, on various status questions and ongoing compliance matters.

On August 4, 2023, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) final rule on Cybersecurity Risk Management, Strategy, Governance, and Incident Disclosure was published in the Federal Register, confirming the dates on which these new requirements will enter into force.  Covington has previously published a detailed summary of this rule, which imposes significant new disclosure requirements for publicly traded companies and, in certain instances, foreign private issuers.  As discussed in greater detail in that alert, the new rule requires U.S. public companies to report material cybersecurity incidents on Form 8-K within four business days of their determination that a material cybersecurity incident has occurred.  Foreign private issuers will be required to furnish information on Form 6-K about material cybersecurity incidents that they disclose or otherwise publicize to any stock exchange or to security holders in a foreign jurisdiction. Continue Reading Compliance Dates for SEC’s New Cyber Disclosure Rules Confirmed

According to a recently-released meeting agenda, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) upcoming July 26, 2023 meeting will include consideration of adopting rules to enhance disclosures regarding cybersecurity risk management, governance, and incidents by publicly traded companies. 

The SEC initially proposed these rules in March 2022.  If adopted as proposed, the new rules would

Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) published an update to its rulemaking agenda indicating that two previously-proposed cyber rules might not be approved until October 2023 (although the agenda’s timeframe is an estimate and the rules could be finalized sooner, or later). The proposed rules in question address disclosure requirements regarding cybersecurity