Debbie Klis

Debbie Klis

Ballard Spahr LLP

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SEC Issues Final Rule on Crowdfunding, Proposes Amendments to Existing Rules to Facilitate Small Business Capital Raising

Last week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted the final rule permitting crowdfunding, permitting investors to purchase securities over the Internet using a crowdfunding exchange, on October 30, 2015....more

11/2/2015 - Broker-Dealer Business Development Capital Raising Crowdfunding Disclosure Requirements Financial Statements Funding Options Investors JOBS Act Public Offerings Regulation D Rule 147 SEC Securities Act of 1933 Small Business Title III

The EB-5 Program gains short-term extension in Congress

Congress recently passed a short-term extension to keep the EB-5 Regional Center Program (commonly known as the EB-5 Program or the Immigration Investor Program) from expiring. The EB-5 program adds versatility to the...more

10/8/2015 - Affordable Housing EB-5 Entrepreneurs Extensions Foreign Direct Investment Foreign Investment Housing Developers Job Creation Popular Real Estate Development Regional Centers Seed Financing Tax Credits Venture Capital

EB-5 Regional Center Program Gets Short-Term Extension from Congress

Congress passed a short-term extension late yesterday to keep the EB-5 Regional Center Program (the EB-5 Program) from expiring. The Continuing Resolution will extend the EB-5 Program (and fund the U.S. government) through...more

10/2/2015 - Business Development EB-5 Foreign Investment Immigration Procedures Job Creation

Overview of the Bipartisan EB-5 Reauthorization Bill: The American Job Creation and Investment Promotion Reform Act

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking member Senator Patrick Leahy introduced sweeping, bipartisan legislation on June 3, 2015, to reauthorize and reform the EB-5 Regional Center program, which is...more

6/11/2015 - EB-5 Foreign Nationals Immigrant Investment Visas Job Creation Popular Proposed Legislation Reauthorization Regional Centers USCIS

Investment Management Update

OCIE Announces 2015 Priorities - The SEC’s Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently announced its selected list of 2015 examination priorities for investment advisers, broker-dealers, and...more

3/16/2015 - Broker-Dealer Examination Priorities Investment Adviser Investors OCIE SEC SEC Examination Priorities Transfer Agents

Investment Management Update

SEC’s Focus in 2015 - On December 11, 2014, Mary Jo White, Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), gave a speech at The New York Times DealBook Opportunities for Tomorrow Conference that...more

1/26/2015 - Excessive Fees Insider Trading Investment Adviser Investment Funds Mary Jo White Municipal Advisers No-Action Letters Pay-To-Play SEC Whistleblower Awards

Investment Management Update

In This Issue: - SEC Announces First-of-Its-Kind Whistleblower Award To an Audit and Compliance Professional - SEC Issues No-Action Letter To Allow for Amendment of a Sub-Advisory Agreement without Shareholder...more

12/18/2014 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions Auditors Business Development Companies Carried Interest European Court of Justice (ECJ) Hedge Funds Investment Adviser Investment Funds Investment Management MSRB Municipal Advisers No-Action Letters Pay-To-Play PCAOB Puerto Rico SCOTUS SEC Social Media Tax Refunds Volcker Rule Whistleblower Awards

Ill-equipped or Ill-researched? A letter to the editor of Fortune Magazine

There’s an irony in Fortune Magazine’s July 24, 2014, article “The dark, disturbing world of the visa-for-sale program.” The article accuses foreign EB-5 investors of being “ill-equipped (or disinclined) to assess the...more

8/25/2014 - Business Plans EB-5 Foreign Investment Job Creation Offerings Residency Status Risk Assessment Securities USCIS Visas

Investment Management Update

In July 2014, the SEC settled the previously reported proceeding involving Chariot Advisors, and its former owner, Elliott Shifman, concerning charges of violating and aiding and abetting the violation of Section 15(c) of the...more

7/11/2014 - 401k Anti-Retaliation Provisions Enforcement Actions ERISA EU Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Municipal Advisers Mutual Funds Sarbanes-Oxley SCOTUS SEC Section 15(c) Settlement TFEU

Investment Management Update

Following two recent cases involving investment advisers and social media, the SEC recently issued guidance regarding whether the publication of comments about investment advisers on social media sites would violate those...more

4/29/2014 - Fraud Investment Adviser Investment Advisers Act of 1940 SEC

SEC Proposes Long Awaited Crowdfunding Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently voted unanimously to propose rules that, for the first time, would allow investors to buy stock in companies over the Internet using a crowdfunding exchange. The proposed rules...more

10/28/2013 - Crowdfunding JOBS Act SEC Securities Act of 1933

SEC Acts To Eliminate Prohibition on General Solicitation and Expand 'Bad Actor' Disqualifications

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) took long-awaited action on July 10, 2013, to finalize and adopt new rules that eliminate the current prohibition against general solicitation and advertising in certain Rule 506...more

7/12/2013 - Advertising Compliance Dodd-Frank General Solicitation JOBS Act Private Placements Regulation D Robocalling Rule 506 Offerings SEC

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