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Crowdfunding: A Potential Cash Source for Business That Could Make a Well-Intentioned Company's Financial State Worse

“Crowdfunding”: In broad terms, it’s a decade-old means to an end for those with bright ideas and dim financials who hope to bring an inspired cause to market. As established as the practice is, with the more recent explosion...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 198-Leona Lewis on her new podcast, the Masters of Disaster [Video]

The FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report is out. Today I visit with soon-to-be fellow podcaster Leona Lewis, whose podcast The Masters of Disaster, premiers Monday, Sept. 21. ...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

In a burst of post-Labor Day energy, the SEC filed a number of significant actions. Those include a series of actions arising out of the audit failure by BDO; actions centered on a financial fraud at an on-line lender; cases...more

FINRA’s New Research Rules

The new rules retain many of the current rules’ core requirements, but expand certain obligations and impose requirements on debt research activities for the first time. On August 26, 2015, the Financial Industry...more

D.C. Circuit Reaffirms 2014 Opinion on Conflict Minerals Rule

On August 18, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reaffirmed its 2014 ruling that struck down the requirement that public companies must disclose to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and on their...more

D.C. Circuit Reaffirms That Portions of Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Rules Violate First Amendment

On August 18, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reaffirmed its ruling in National Association of Manufacturers v. Securities and Exchange Commission that portions of the SEC’s...more

The SEC’s Common Sense Approach to Private Placements and General Solicitation

Earlier this month the SEC issued concurrently (i) the Citizen VC No Action Letter (in response to a request for guidance authored by Mintz Levin) relating to the use of 506(b) for a private placement online and (ii) a series...more

SEC Issues Interpretive Guidance On General Solicitations

On August 6, the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance offered interpretive guidance with respect to conducting a private placement under Rule 506(b) of Regulation D without running afoul of the "general solicitation"...more

Blog: Does Disclosure Of A High CEO-Employee Pay Ratio Affect Consumer Behavior?

The answer is yes, according to a recent study from the Harvard Business School, “Paying Up for Fair Pay: Consumers Prefer Firms with Lower CEO-to-Worker Pay Ratios. Just in time to be part of the mood music for the SEC’s...more

IRS Proposed Tax Regulations Aimed at Fee Waiver Arrangements

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have issued proposed regulations addressing disguised payment for services of a partner, including the proper tax treatment of fee waiver arrangements commonly used by...more

The Legal Risks Associated with Corporate Sustainability Reporting

Investors, consumers and other stakeholder groups are driving a growing demand for companies to disclose more information about their environmental, social and governance (ESG) and sustainability practices. Many companies are...more

Current Marketplace Trends in Real Estate Crowdfunding

Today, there appears to be an ever-expanding number of sponsors and markets for crowdfunding. Commercial real estate is no exception. At the recent IMN US Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing Forum, Elizabeth...more

Second Marblegate Decision Finds for Bondholders Using the Trust Indenture Act to Block an Out-of-court Restructuring

Twin rulings by the District Court for the Southern District of New York, the first of which was issued in December 2014 and the second issued on June 23rd of this year, have created great uncertainty in the bond market...more

The Guide to Social Media and the Securities Laws

The growing use of social media has created challenges for federal securities regulators, who must enforce antifraud rules that were written at a time when the prevailing technology was the newspaper. This Guide...more

Meeting of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (Committee) met on June 3 to discuss various topics including (1) SEC rules with respect to intrastate crowdfunding; (2) the...more

FINRA Launches BrokerCheck Media Blitz

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) is the largest independent, not-for-profit regulator of securities firms conducting business in the United States. FINRA is authorized by the United States Congress to...more

Crowdfunding: A New Way for Montana Companies to Raise Money

A new exemption passed in the Montana 2015 legislative session will allow Montana companies to use crowdfunding to offer and sell securities in Montana beginning July 1, 2015. This exemption is subject to various limitations...more

SEC Adopts Rules to Implement Regulation A+, Providing New Avenue for Capital Formation

Overview - On March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to Regulation A (Regulation A+) pursuant to Section 401 of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) for offers...more

Crowdfunding Gets Local: What Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups Need to Know to Capitalize on Exemptions for Intrastate Crowdfunding in...

Many entrepreneurs and start-up companies are looking for innovative ways to raise money without the red tape of the securities laws. Crowdfunding is often touted as the solution to this dilemma. In its simplest terms,...more

Email Notice Without Consent Is Not Notice

The California General Corporation Law unequivocally authorizes the giving of notice of stockholder meetings by electronic transmission. Section 601(b) provides “Notice of a shareholders’ meeting or any report shall be given...more

Small Business Securities Bulletin: Making the Grade - SEC Finalizes Revision to Regulation A Offering, Including New Tier 2...

As we have noted in prior Bulletins, pursuant to Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act) and state securities laws, any offer and sale of a security must be registered with the Securities and Exchange...more

Client Alert: A Quick Look at Arizona’s New Crowdfunding Law (SB 1450/HB 2591)

Client Alert: A Quick Look at Arizona’s New Crowdfunding Law (SB 1450/HB 2591) - Through existing “crowdfunding,” a large number of people each provide a relatively small amount of money over the Internet for a profit...more

Crowdfunding: What It Is and What It Isn’t

THIS OUTLINE is intended to flag a number of things about Crowdfunding that counsel should consider and in guiding entrepreneurial clients and small issuers with this developing capital formation exemption from the...more

Crowdfunding? Really?

Count me a Luddite when it comes to social media in general, and more specifically, the supposed potential for crowdfunding and raising capital for start-ups and small businesses. My skepticism about crowdfunding admittedly...more

Massachusetts Adopts Intrastate Crowdfunding Rules, Effective Immediately

The Massachusetts Securities Division has recently joined a number of other states in adopting a “crowdfunding” exemption from securities registration requirements for certain offerings made within the Commonwealth, with the...more

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