On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC” or “Commission”) adopted amendments to rules promulgated under Regulation D to implement Section 926 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”). The amendments add “bad actor” disqualification requirements to Rule 506 of the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”), which prohibit issuers and others such as underwriters, placement agents, directors, executive officers, and certain shareholders of the issuer from participating in exempt securities offerings, if they have been convicted of, or are subject to court or administrative sanctions for, securities fraud or other violations of specified laws. The amendments were originally proposed on May 25, 2011. The final rules will go into effect 60 days after their publication in the Federal Register.
The new disqualification provisions will apply to all Rule 506 offerings, regardless of whether general solicitation is used.
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