The JOBS Act: Increase and Division of Section 12(g) Registration Requirement

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On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “Act”), a wide-ranging legislative response to the private sector which repeatedly voiced concerns regarding the existence of substantial burdens on the ability of issuers to engage in capital formation activities. As expected, the Act will have a significant impact upon federal securities laws and is intended, among other things, to provide increased access to debt and equity capital for issuers generally and “Emerging Growth Companies” specifically.

This Alert primarily addresses the Act’s amendment to the threshold which triggers the registration requirement of Section 12(g) (“Section 12(g)”) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). For additional information regarding the Act, please refer to The JOBS Act: General Solicitation and Advertising in Certain Private Placements and Exempt Offerings, The JOBS Act: Crowdfunding, The JOBS Act: Emerging Growth Companies and the IPO On-Ramp and The JOBS Act Quick Reference Chart.

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