What is Sarbanes-Oxley?

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Everything corporate employees must know to understand--and comply with--the Sarbanes-Oxley Act

No law in recent memory has caused more confusion and apprehension in corporate America than the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOA). What Is Sarbanes-Oxley? is a concise, comprehensive overview of the act, filled with plain-English explanations of the vital details employees at every level must know and understand to help their firms achieve and maintain SOA ...

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Overview

Everything corporate employees must know to understand--and comply with--the Sarbanes-Oxley Act

No law in recent memory has caused more confusion and apprehension in corporate America than the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOA). What Is Sarbanes-Oxley? is a concise, comprehensive overview of the act, filled with plain-English explanations of the vital details employees at every level must know and understand to help their firms achieve and maintain SOA compliance.

Summarizing the text of the law for ease of understanding and reference, this vital addition to McGraw-Hill's What Is . . . ? series provides readers with:

  • Guidelines for ensuring that a company's policies, procedures, systems, and controls are SOA compliant
  • Management certification responsibilities and noncompliance penalties¬≠¬≠under hot-button Sections 302, 404, and 906
  • Techniques for modifying existing control systems and programs to meet new SOA specifications

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In response to public outcry over the bankruptcies and huge accounting irregularities at corporate giants like Enron and WorldCom, President George W. Bush signed the "Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002," amending the U.S. securities and other laws in important ways. In What Is Sarbanes-Oxley?, attorney Guy P. Lander describes what the "Act" does and how it changed corporate governance, including the regulation of accounting firms that audit public companies, corporate reporting and enforcement. Copyright © 2004 Soundview Executive Book Summaries
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071437967
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/25/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 114
  • Sales rank: 1,286,922
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Guy P. Lander is an attorney with Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg. A frequent speaker on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Lander is the author of several successful law books and former chairman of both the Committee on Securities Regulation and the Business Law Section for the New York State Bar Association. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

1 An overview of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act 1
2 Disclosure controls and procedures 10
3 Management's discussion and analysis 23
4 Non-GAAP financial measures (regulation G) 35
5 Real-time disclosures and increased SEC review of periodic reports 42
6 Corporate governance standards 46
7 The audit committee 54
8 Codes of conduct and ethics, governance guidelines 65
9 Other standards applicable to directors or officers 69
10 Auditor independence 75
11 Oversight board and regulation 85
12 Attorney professional responsibility (Section 307) 90
13 Employee whistle-blower protection 97
14 Misconduct, penalties, and statutes of limitations 100
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2005

    Insightful !

    This dry-as-bones handbook gives essential overview information about the numerous, varied requirements of the U.S. Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOA). Reading it is much easier than reading the Act itself, mainly because the book is much shorter. Author Guy P. Lander probably comes as close as possible for a practicing securities law attorney to writing in plain English. That does not mean that this book will appeal to the general reader. We believe it will see its best service as a handy reference on the bookshelves of executives responsible for discussing their firms¿ SOA compliance efforts with their attorneys, auditors and peers.

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