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More on the IPO Market from the SEC Investor Advisory Committee

The Committee devoted the morning’s session to a discussion of the decline in the number of U.S. IPOs. Chair Clayton addressed the Committee and noted that the decline in the number of U.S. IPOs and in the number of listed...more

CHOICE Act: Reform or Recalibration?

In the last session of the US Congress in mid-2016, representative Jeb Hensarling first introduced the Financial CHOICE (Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers, and Entrepreneurs) Act. This represented an...more

U.S. Treasury Department Report on Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System

As required by the President’s Executive Order 13772 setting forth the core principles that should be taken into account in connection with the regulation of the U.S. financial system, the U.S. Treasury Department published a...more

NASDAQ Solicits Comments on Shareholder Approval Rules

Nasdaq posted the following notice and request for comment: “Last year, Nasdaq, solicited comments on our shareholder approval rules. These rules were adopted in 1990 and have remained largely unchanged since then. The...more

6/16/2017  /  Nasdaq , Shareholder Approval

Food for Thought, part 4

Below, a continuation of our bibliography of thought-provoking articles on issues related to right-sizing regulation, staying private versus going public, and related topics...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 5

Implementing the DOL Fiduciary Rule - Background - On June 9, 2017, key provisions of the fiduciary rule adopted by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) will become applicable for most broker-dealers, as well as many...more

Looking Behind the Declining Number of Public Companies

Ernst & Young LLP recently published a report, which contains useful data, regarding the U.S. IPO market and the factors contributing to a decline in the number of IPOs. In particular, the study notes the contribution of...more

News Round Up - May 2017

Reviving the U.S. IPO Market - A recent study based on work undertaken by the University of Florida found that the median age of companies going public in the United States in 1999 was 5 years. Between 20042016, the...more

Food for Thought, part 3

Below, a continuation of our bibliography of thought-provoking articles on issues related to right-sizing regulation, staying private versus going public, and related topics...more

Wish Lists

Many groups have come forward in recent weeks with their lists of regulations that should be reviewed or amended, as well as their list of areas that merit close review in light of the potential burdens that may be imposed by...more

MoFo Tax Talk: Volume 10, Issue 1

EDITOR’S NOTE - We held up Tax Talk this quarter in order to bring you the latest on the Trump administration’s tax reform plans. Unfortunately, the one-page plan and transcript of the press conference released on April 26...more

Nasdaq Report: Reigniting America’s Economic Engine

The Nasdaq recently published a report, titled “The Promise of Market Reform,” which sets out proposed structural changes that are intended to relieve some of the burdens associated with being a public company. The report...more

Food for Thought, part 2

Below, a continuation of our bibliography of thought-provoking articles on issues related to right-sizing regulation, staying private versus going public, and related topics...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 4

FINRA’s Proposed Amendments to the Corporate Financing Rules – Impact on Structured Notes - In April 2017, FINRA released a set of significant proposed amendments to its Rule 5110, known as the “Corporate Financing Rule.” ...more

Committee Recommendations for U.S. Public Equity Markets

The Committee on Capital Markets Regulation released a report setting forth certain recommendations that are intended to revive the public equity markets. The report cites certain statistics regarding equity capital markets...more

4/24/2017  /  Capital Markets , Equity , IPO , Regulation D , SEC

Food for Thought, part 1

In researching and updating our treatise, Exempt and Hybrid Securities Laws, we regularly review recent literature regarding capital markets developments. The principal underlying thesis of the treatise has been that exempt...more

News Round Up - April 2017

Momentum Builds in the U.S. IPO Market - Renaissance Capital reported a strong start to the year in its U.S. IPO Market 1Q 2017 Quarterly Review. The first quarter of 2017 saw 25 IPOs, which raised $9.9 billion, a jump...more

A Trio of FINRA Notices Focused on Capital Formation Issues

On April 12, 2017, FINRA released three regulatory notices for comment that propose amendments to various FINRA rules affecting capital formation. In connection with its release of the notices, FINRA President and CEO Robert...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 3

SEC Rolls Out “POSITIER” - The SEC’s Office of the Investor Advocate used a recent March 9, 2017 open meeting and related “Evidence Summit” to announce its new investor research initiative, “POSITIER.”1 This new acronym...more

FINRA Proposes Changes to Rules Affecting Offerings

On April 12, 2017, FINRA issued three Regulatory Notices requesting comments on proposed changes to various rules relating to financing transactions. Regulatory Notice 17-14 requests comment on all of FINRA’s existing...more

SEC Government-Business Forum Report

The final report from the forum held in November 2016 was recently published. The recommendations of the forum often provide the Securities and Exchange Commission with insights regarding measures that could promote capital...more

SEC Staff Guidance on Regulation A Offerings

On March 31, 2017, the SEC Staff published five Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) relating to Regulation A. ...more

JOBS Act Related Technical Amendments

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted technical amendments to conform several rules and forms to amendments made to the Securities Act of 1933 (“Securities Act”) and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934...more

News Round Up - March 2017

Changes Afoot? - President Trump has issued a number of orders that have as their aim reducing regulatory burdens. For example, there is the January 30, 2017 “two for one” order, which contemplates that, for each new rule...more

The SEC Issues a Request for Comment on Possible Changes to Industry Guide 3

On March 1st, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) issued a request for comment (“RFC”) seeking comment on Industry Guide 3, “Statistical Disclosure by Bank Holding Companies” (“Guide 3”). Guide 3,...more

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