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The SEC adopted final rules simplifying and streamlining its financial disclosure requirements for companies that conduct registered debt offerings involving subsidiaries as either issuers or guarantors and affiliates whose securities are pledged as collateral. Among other changes, the SEC narrowed the circumstances that require separate audited financial statements of subsidiary issuers and guarantors and streamlined the alternative disclosures required in lieu of those statements. The SEC also replaced the requirement for separate financial statements of affiliates whose securities are pledged as collateral for registered securities with requirements similar to those adopted for subsidiary issuers and guarantors. The rule is effective 4 January 2021, but earlier compliance is permitted.