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Legislation Creating Small Business Advocacy within the SEC Heading to the President’s Desk

On December 10, the SEC Small Business Advocate Act was approved by the Senate, clearing the way for signature by the President. The measure, which creates an advocacy office for the interests of small businesses within the...more

House Passes Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses and Investors Act

On Monday, the House of Representatives passed the Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses and Investors Act (H.R. 6427) (the “Act”) by a vote of 398 to 2. The Act is actually a compilation of six measures that were...more

Considering Regulation Crowdfunding’s Advertising Restrictions

Robb Mandelbaum has a nice piece up at Forbes that digs into the advertising limitations that are imposed by Regulation Crowdfunding. The whole piece is worth a read, and it sparked reactions in me in a couple of spots....more

New C&DIs on Regulation Crowdfunding

On Friday the SEC released a new set of Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations on Regulation Crowdfunding ahead of the effective date of Regulation Crowdfunding on May 16. The C&DIs address issuer communications with the...more

Crowdfunding Investor Bulletin Issued by SEC

On February 16, 2016, the SEC posted an investor bulletin relating to equity crowdfunding intended to educate the public about the process for investing in equity crowdfunding and some of the risks involved. On May 16, 2016,...more

House to (Again) Consider Bill to Exempt M&A Brokers from Exchange Act Registration

A bill that would provide a federal statutory exemption from the broker-dealer registration requirements under Section 15(a) of the Exchange Act for certain so called “M&A brokers” has been placed on the calendar for...more

SEC Finalizes Regulation Crowdfunding — Intermediary Requirements

The Securities and Exchange Commission issued final rules to implement the equity crowdfunding provisions under the JOBS Act on October 30, 2015, termed Regulation Crowdfunding. This post analyzes the rules and requirements...more

Get Ready for Crowdfunding

The SEC is expected to vote today to approve final rules to implement Title III of the JOBS Act, which will permit so-called equity crowdfunding for the first time. It has been some three years since the SEC was tasked with...more

SEC Continues Crackdown on Unregistered Broker-Dealers

A New York man has agreed to pay almost $4.5 million to settle charges by the SEC that he violated Section 15(a) of the Exchange Act by acting as an unregistered broker-dealer. According to the SEC, starting in 2010 Joshua A....more

SEC Imposes $6 Million in Penalties for Straw Purchaser Arrangement

On March 26, 2015, the SEC settled charges against 22 parties relating to arrangements by which companies not registered as broker-dealers purchased securities on behalf of Global Fixed Income, LLC (GFI) and received...more

Is Crowdfunding Under the JOBS Act Dead?

In a recent article titled JOBS Act State of the Union (well worth a read in full), Samuel Guzik makes the case that the SEC has given up on creating rules to implement Title III crowdfunding under the JOBS Act. Title III of...more

What is a Security? Even the SEC Can’t Always Tell

On February 27, 2015, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) determined that, contrary to claims by the SEC, interests in an LLC that invested in conservation easements as a tax deduction mechanism were not “securities” within the...more

Model Rule Exempting M&A Brokers Proposed by NASAA

The Broker-Dealer section of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) has proposed a model uniform state rule (the “Model Rule”) that would exempt parties that act only as deal brokers in M&A...more

SEC Settles with Bitcoin/Litecoin Exchange Operator

The SEC recently announced a settlement in connection with the operation of unregistered virtual-currency-based stock exchanges. The settlement is instructive as to how the SEC will evaluate crypto-currency trading platforms...more

12/15/2014  /  Bitcoin , Popular , SEC , Settlement , Virtual Currency

No-Action Relief for Social Impact Financing Finder

The SEC issued a no-action letter on November 13, 2014 to Social Finance, Inc., indicating that it would not recommend enforcement action against Social Finance for its conduct as an intermediary in social impact bond (SIB)...more

New C&DIs on Verification of Accredited Investor Status

On July 3, 2014, the SEC released six new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations relating to verification of prospective investors as accredited investors for purposes of Rule 506(b) and Rule 506(c). Two of these C&DIs...more

7/7/2014  /  Accredited Investors , C&DIs , IRS , Rule 506(c) , SEC

Unregistered Finder Settles With The SEC, Agrees To Pay Millions

The SEC recently settled an enforcement action against an individual alleged to have sold millions of dollars in securities on behalf of oil and gas companies without being associated with a registered broker dealer, as...more

New C&DIs Contemplate Intrastate Crowdfunded Offerings

This week the SEC released three new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) relating to Rule 147, which applies to securities that exempt from registration pursuant to Section 3(a)(11) of the Securities Act because...more

SEC Grants Second Rule 506 Bad Actor Waiver

On December 26, 2013, the SEC granted its second waiver from disqualification from reliance on Regulation D because of prohibited conduct under new Rule 506(d). The waiver was granted to a Broker-Dealer alleged to have paid...more

Summary Of Proposed Amendments To Regulation A

On December 18, 2013, the SEC published its proposal to modify Regulation A. The SEC is proposing to expand Regulation A into two tiers: Tier 1, for offerings of up to $5 million; and Tier 2, for offerings of up to $50...more

Rule 506 FAQs: Some Answers, Some New Questions

On December 4, 2013, the SEC released a new batch of FAQs regarding new Rules 506(d) and 506(e). Before diving in to the clarifications provided and the new uncertainties raised by the SEC in the new FAQs, you might want to...more

D&O Questionnaire Update Forms For 2014

The SEC has adopted rules prohibiting “bad actors” from using Rule 506 after September 23, 2013 (the effective date of the rules), or if prohibited conduct occurred prior to the effective date of the rules, the prohibition...more

SEC Chair Discusses Potential Changes To Accredited Investor Definition

In a November 15, 2013 letter to Representative Scott Garrett (Chairman of the Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises for the House Financial Services Committee), SEC Chair Mary Jo White...more

SEC Releases New FAQs On General Solicitation

On November 13, 2013, the SEC released new compliance and disclosure interpretations (which we’re calling FAQs) aimed at addressing common questions relating to private offerings that make use of general solicitation under...more

SEC Unveils Proposed Regulation Crowdfunding

The SEC has proposed new Regulation Crowdfunding to implement the requirements of Title III of the JOBS Act. Regulation Crowdfunding would prescribe rules governing the offer and sale of securities under new Section 4(a)(6)...more

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