More on Secondary Trading in Private Company Securities


Last April, I wrote this brief piece for the Daily Journal regarding the emerging phenomenon of secondary trading in securities of issuers not subject to the reporting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Since that time, interest has continued to grow in the issue. In December, Kerry Dolan quoted me in this article concerning whether it was possible to stay below the 500 or more threshold for registration of a class of securities under Section 12(g) of the Exchange Act. Then just last week, Peter Lattman, a reporter with The New York Times wrote a story reporting that the Securities and Exchange Commission has sent information requests to persons trading in the shares of Facebook, Inc. and three other companies.

In addition to any federal and state securities law concerns, an increasing number of shareholders in a corporation that does not have an outstanding class of securities registered under Section 12 of the Exchange Act can trigger requirements under the California General Corporation Law, including...

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