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News Round Up - August 2017

SEC Permits Draft Registration Statements for All Initial Public Offerings and Direct Listings - On June 29, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that the Division of Corporation Finance will permit...more

It’s Back: NYSE Amends Proposal Allowing Listing Without IPO

On July 31, 2017, the NYSE amended its proposal, originally issued on March 13, 2017 and then withdrawn on July 19, 2017, to modify its listing qualifications to facilitate direct offerings. Section 102.01B of the NYSE Listed...more

S&P Announces Methodology Change for Multi-Class Shares

On July 31, 2017, S&P Dow Jones Indices (“S&P”) issued a press release announcing a methodology change for multi-class shares following its consultation published on April 3, 2017. The S&P Composite 1500 and its component...more

8/4/2017  /  S&P , Shareholders

News Round Up - June 2017

More on the IPO Market from the SEC Investor Advisory Committee - The SEC Investor Advisory Committee devoted its June 22, 2017, session to a discussion of the decline in the number of U.S. IPOs. Chair Clayton addressed...more

SEC Chief Accountant Gives Speech on Credible Financial Reporting in the Capital Markets

On June 8, 2017, SEC Chief Accountant Wesley Bricker gave a speech titled “Advancing the Role of Credible Financial Reporting in the Capital Markets” at the 36th Annual SEC and Financial Reporting Institute Conference. Mr....more

NYSE Withdraws Proposed Rule Allowing Listing Without an IPO

On June 19, 2017, the NYSE withdrew its proposed rule, originally issued on March 13, 2017, to modify the provisions regarding the qualification of companies listing on the NYSE to allow for a listing without an IPO. Section...more

PCAOB Adopts New Standard for Auditor’s Reports

On June 1, 2017, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) adopted a new standard for auditor’s reports that requires a description of “critical audit matters,” for purposes of providing investors with information...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

Family Offices May be Considered Investment Advisers for Purposes of FINRA Rule 5131

On May 9, 2017, FINRA issued an interpretive letter stating that family offices may be considered investment advisers for purposes of meeting the limited exception of FINRA Rule 5131.02(b). FINRA Rule 5131 addresses abuses in...more

NYSE MKT Proposes Rule Change to Harmonize its Periodic Reporting Requirements with Those of the NYSE

On May 8, 2017, the NYSE MKT issued a proposed rule change to harmonize its periodic reporting requirements with those of the NYSE. Currently, the NYSE MKT provides companies that are late in making required filings with a...more

5/11/2017  /  Compliance , NYSE , Reporting Requirements , SEC

NYSE Issues Proposed Rule Allowing Listing Without an IPO

On March 13, 2017, the NYSE issued a proposed rule to modify the provisions regarding the qualification of companies listing on the NYSE to allow for a listing without an IPO. Section 102.01B of the NYSE Listed Company Manual...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

SEC Releases White Paper on Crowdfunding

On February 28, 2017, the SEC released a white paper analyzing crowdfunded offerings during the first six months following the effective date of Regulation Crowdfunding (May 16, 2016). The white paper noted that crowdfunding...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

Inline XBRL Proposed Rule and IFRS Taxonomy

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) proposed the use of the Inline XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) format for the submission of operating company financial statement...more

News Round Up - January 2017

Looking Ahead... We write this as a new administration looks to make its mark with an agenda that was premised on promoting capital formation by easing regulatory burdens. Once a new chair of the Securities and Exchange...more

House of Representatives Passes the HALOS Act (Again), But Is It Really Necessary?

On January 10, 2017, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 79, the “Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act” (the “HALOS Act”). The HALOS Act was originally passed by the House of Representatives as H.R. 4498 on April 27,...more

The Short Field Guide to IPOs - 2017

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

SEC Releases White Paper on Regulation A+ Offerings

On December 7, 2016, the SEC released a white paper on Regulation A+ offerings titled “Regulation A+: What Do We Know So Far?” The white paper analyzes Regulation A+ offerings conducted from the effective date of Regulation...more

NASAA Proposes Model Rule Permitting Testing the Waters in Tier 1 Regulation A Offerings

On December 7, 2016, the North American Securities Administrators Association (“NASAA”) proposed a model rule, a model statutory amendment and a Solicitation of Interest Form permitting testing the waters in Tier 1 Regulation...more

12/22/2016  /  NASAA , Regulation A , Tier 2 Offerings

SEC Staff Recommendations to Amend Regulation S-K Pursuant to Section 72003 of the FAST Act

On November 23, 2016, the staff (the “Staff”) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) released its “Report on Modernization and Simplification of Regulation S-K” (the “Report”). Although the Report is part of...more

Effectiveness Dates Set for Amended Rule 147, New Rule 147A, Amended Rule 504 and Repeal of Rule 505

On October 26, 2016, the SEC adopted final rules (1) amending Rule 147 and Rule 504 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), (2) establishing a new Securities Act exemption designated Rule 147A,...more

SEC Issues New C&DIs on Regulation A and Regulation D

On November 17, 2016, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (the “Staff”) issued four new compliance and disclosure interpretations (“C&DIs”) addressing aspects of offerings under Regulation A and Regulation...more

SEC Issues C&DIs on Offsetting Filing Fees under Rule 457(p)

On November 9, 2016, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued revised Question 240.11 and new Questions 240.15 and 240.16 of its Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (the “C&DIs”), pertaining to Securities Act...more

New MoFo FAQs on the Trust Indenture Act

The use of liability management transactions in the wake of the financial crisis, along with two important court cases (i.e., Marblegate and Caesars Entertainment Corp.), has brought a renewed focus on the obligations of...more

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