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The Impact of the New Form 8-K Rules in the Context of Mergers and Acquisitions Transactions

September 17, 2004

By Carl R. Sanchez and Deyan P. Spiridonov

On August 23, 2004, the new rules relating to Form 8-K disclosures became effective, shortening the time period for required disclosures and requiring disclosure of certain transactions that under the prior rules would not be required to be disclosed on Form 8-K. The New Rules are intended to benefit the securities significant corporate events without undue delay, thereby providing investors with better and more timely disclosure.