Bowne Publishes Updated Public Company Guidebook

Friday, October 10, 2003

NEW YORK, Oct. 9 -- Bowne & Co., Inc., the world's largest financial printer and leading EDGAR filer, has published an updated, complimentary guidebook for directors and executives of publicly-traded companies. The Public Company Handbook (2nd Edition) authored by Stewart M. Landefeld, Andrew B. Moore, Katherine Ann Ludwig and other contributing authors of the law firm of Perkins Coie LLP in cooperation with Bowne, provides an overview of corporate governance rules and regulations enforced by applicable regulatory bodies, as well as guidelines for best practices regarding corporate governance. "2003 marks the first full year that publicly-traded companies have had to deal with various reforms associated with Sarbanes-Oxley, as well as other new disclosure regulations. Bowne works closely with publicly traded companies to help them comply with the rapid changes in SEC regulations and stock exchange requirements. In addition, Bowne staff members are experts in the field, a number having been former government agency personnel, securities lawyers and corporate executive management," explained Reed Smith, President of Bowne Financial Print. "As a leader in the regulatory and compliance space, Bowne is committed to partnering with leading law firms, such as Perkins Coie, to provide our clients with the necessary resources they need to meet the myriad regulations they face today," Smith continued. The Public Company Handbook (2nd Edition) specifically addresses: -- What being a public company means -- How the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 impacts public companies -- New corporate governance guidelines after Sarbanes-Oxley -- Plain English explanations of recent NYSE and NASDAQ regulations -- New board of directors "best practices" -- The emerging role of the Compensation and Nominating/Governance/Disclosure Committees -- New CEO and CFO certifications and disclosure practices -- Navigating "Regulation G" and the revised Form 8-K -- "Practical Tips" for applying new initiatives -- How to avoid "Traps for the Unwary" -- Updated public disclosure and "Regulation FD" tips, practices and regulations -- Newly changed insider reporting requirements -- Securities and corporate governance litigation update -- Delisting, deregistration and going private -- New calendar for annual meetings that includes NYSE, NASDAQ and Sarbanes-Oxley requirements -- Simple chart of principal Sarbanes-Oxley effective dates Directors and public company executives, investment bankers, in-house counsel, outside lawyers and accountants -- in fact anyone who needs to know the obligations of a public company under U.S. corporate governance laws, rules and regulations -- will find relevant up-to-date information in this easy-to-use guide.