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Practice Pointers on Navigating the Securities Act’s Prohibition on General Solicitation and General Advertising

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”) included a measure directing the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC” or “Commission”) to relax the prohibition against general solicitation and general...more

6/20/2016 - Accredited Investors Advertising Capital Raising Final Rules General Solicitation JOBS Act Registration Requirement Regulation D Rule 502 Rule 506 Offerings SEC Securities Act of 1933

SEC Completes JOBS Act Rulemaking with Amendments to Exchange Act Registration Rules

The SEC recently adopted rules implementing Title V and Title VI of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”) and Title LXXXV of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the “FAST Act”). Title V and...more

6/2/2016 - Accredited Investors Corporate Issuers Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) Foreign Private Issuers JOBS Act Registration Reporting Requirements Safe Harbors SEC Securities Exchange Act Threshold Requirements Title V Title VI

A Lofty Concept: Disclosure Effectiveness

Even before the JOBS Act had been proposed, policymakers focused on the downturn in the number of initial public offerings (IPOs) speculated that the burdensome disclosure requirements applicable to public companies were...more

4/19/2016 - Corporate Governance Disclosure Requirements IPO JOBS Act SEC

SEC Adopts Interim Final Rules to Implement FAST Act Provisions

On January 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted interim final rules to implement Sections 71003 and 84001 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the “FAST Act”). The interim final...more

1/18/2016 - Emerging Growth Companies Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) Form S-1 Interim Rule JOBS Act Regulation S-K Reporting Requirements SEC Securities Exchange Act Small Business

2016 Proxy Season Field Guide

The 2016 proxy season occurs in an environment of heightened shareholder activism and an ever-increasing focus on compensation and corporate governance disclosures. This Proxy Season Field Guide provides you with an overview...more

1/15/2016 - Annual Reports Audit Committee Corporate Governance Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Glass Lewis Golden Parachutes ISS JOBS Act Popular Proxy Access Proxy Season Proxy Statements Proxy Voting Guidelines Say-on-Pay SEC Shareholder Activism Shareholder Proposals

FAST Forward - A Summary of the Securities Law Provisions of the FAST Act

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (“FAST Act”), which includes a number of securities law related provisions that had previously been the subject of individual bills...more

12/7/2015 - Emerging Growth Companies Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) Initial Public Offerings JOBS Act Regulation S-K Resale Exemption

SEC Proposes Rule Changes to Pave the Way for Intrastate and Regional Offerings

At the same time the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted rules implementing Regulation Crowdfunding pursuant to Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”), the agency proposed...more

11/6/2015 - Amended Regulation Blue Sky Laws Capital Formation Crowdfunding General Solicitation Investor Protection JOBS Act Offerings Proposed Regulation Regulation D Rule 147 Rule 504 Safe Harbors SEC Securities Act of 1933 Startups Transacting Intrastate Business Websites

SEC Denies Motion to Stay Regulation A+

On June 5, 2015, Monica J. Lindeen, Montana State Auditor, ex officio Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, filed a motion with the SEC for a stay of the Regulation A+ rules, which are scheduled to become effective this...more

6/18/2015 - JOBS Act NSMIA Qualified Purchaser SEC

SEC Approves Tick-Size Pilot

The SEC recently approved a proposal by the national securities exchanges and FINRA for a two-year pilot program to widen tick sizes for prices of certain smaller company common stock. The SEC adopted the tick size pilot...more

5/27/2015 - FINRA JOBS Act SEC Small Cap Stocks Tick Size

Regulation A+: Final Rules Offer Important Capital Raising Alternatives

Overview - Yesterday, March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted unanimously to adopt final rules to implement the rulemaking mandate of Title IV of the JOBS Act by adopting amendments to Regulation...more

3/27/2015 - Final Rules JOBS Act Regulation A SEC Small Business

JOBS Act Quick Start - A brief overview of the JOBS Act - 2014 Update

In This Issue: - Introduction - The IPO on-ramp - The IPO Process - Applying Title I to other transactions - Private offerings - Crowdfunding - Regulation A+ - Exchange...more

7/10/2014 - Crowdfunding Dodd-Frank IPO JOBS Act Regulation A Rule 506 Offerings SEC Securities Exchange Act Title III

More on the SEC’s Regulation S-K Study

The SEC Staff’s recently released Report on Review of Disclosure Requirements in Regulation S-K, which was required by Section 108 of the JOBS Act, provides a starting point for revisiting broader issues regarding SEC...more

12/23/2013 - Disclosure Requirements Emerging Growth Companies JOBS Act Regulation S-K SEC

A+ Indeed: The SEC’s Proposed Rules Amending Reg A

Overview - Yesterday, December 18, 2013, the SEC released proposed rules to carry out the rulemaking mandate of Title IV of the JOBS Act. The proposed rules both retain and modernize the current framework of Regulation...more

12/20/2013 - Disclosure Requirements EDGAR Investors JOBS Act Regulation A Reporting Requirements Safe Harbors SEC Securities Act of 1933

Standing out from the Crowd: A Closer Look at the SEC’s and FINRA’s Proposed Crowdfunding Rules

In this alert, we provide a detailed overview of the proposed regulatory framework that will be applicable to crowdfunding offerings conducted pursuant to Title III of the JOBS Act in reliance on Section 4(a)(6) of the...more

11/18/2013 - Broker-Dealer Crowdfunding FINRA Funding Portal Investment Company Act of 1940 JOBS Act SEC Securities Act of 1933 Subsidiaries

SEC Announces Agenda and Panelists for Small Business Forum

The SEC has announced the agenda and panelists for its annual Small Business Forum on November 21, 2013. The event will begin at 9 a.m. at the SEC (and via webcast), and will include two morning panel discussions. The first...more

11/14/2013 - JOBS Act Regulation D SEC Small Business

The Short Field Guide To IPOs

The emerging growth Company - The JOBS Act created a new class of issuer: the emerging growth company (EGC). An EGC is defined as an issuer with total annual gross revenue of less than $1 billion during the most recent...more

11/4/2013 - Emerging Growth Companies IPO JOBS Act Prospectus Public Disclosure Registration SEC Startups

SEC to Consider Crowdfunding Proposals on October 23

The SEC has provided very short notice of an open meeting to consider proposed rules under Title III of the JOBS Act. Title III of the JOBS Act amended Section 4 of the Securities Act to add paragraph (6), which provides a...more

10/22/2013 - Crowdfunding FINRA JOBS Act SEC Securities Act of 1933 Title III

JOBS 2.0 Hearing Rescheduled

On October 24, 2013, the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets and GSEs will hold a hearing on “Legislative Proposals to Reduce Barriers to Capital Formation.” The hearing was originally scheduled for earlier in the month,...more

10/22/2013 - Broker-Dealer CFTC General Solicitation GSE IPO JOBS Act SEC

The Guide to Social Media and the Securities Laws

REGULATION FD - Beginning in 1999 and continuing into 2000, media reports about selective disclosure of material nonpublic information by issuers raised concerns that select market professionals who were privy to this...more

10/1/2013 - Crowdfunding FINRA General Solicitation JOBS Act Private Offerings Proxy Statements Public Disclosure Public Offerings Regulation FD SEC Social Media

Reminders for Issuers That Intend to Use General Solicitation

Privately held operating company issuers (as distinguished from private funds) should plan ahead if they intend to use general solicitation for Rule 506(c) offerings after September 23, 2013. Here are just a few...more

9/16/2013 - Bad Actors Broker-Dealer Dodd-Frank General Solicitation JOBS Act Regulation D Rule 506 Offerings

The Guide to Social Media and the Securities Laws

REGULATION FD - Beginning in 1999 and continuing into 2000, media reports about selective disclosure of material nonpublic information by issuers raised concerns that select market professionals who were privy to this...more

9/9/2013 - Accredited Investors Broker-Dealer Crowdfunding Disclosure Requirements Filing Requirements FINRA GAAP Investment Adviser JOBS Act Material Nonpublic Information Private Offerings Proxy Solicitations Public Offerings Recordkeeping Requirements Regulation FD SEC Social Media Third-Party Liability

Goldilocks, Porridge and General Solicitation

Introduction - At long last, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) took action today to implement rules that complied with the JOBS Act mandate to relax the prohibition against general solicitation in...more

7/11/2013 - Dodd-Frank General Solicitation Investor Protection JOBS Act Regulation D Rule 506 Offerings SEC Securities Act of 1933

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