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SEC Approves Amendments to Implement FAST Act

The SEC approved amendments to revise the rules related to the thresholds for registration, termination of registration, and suspension of reporting under Section 12(g) of the Securities Exchange Act. These amendments implement…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law

House of Representatives Passes the HALOS Act; Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2016 is Introduced

On April 27, 2016, the House of Representatives passed the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act (H.R. 4498) (the “HALOS Act”), which was first introduced on April 16, 2015. The HALOS Act directs the SEC to amend Regulation D…more
| Business Organizations, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

FINRA Proposes to Delay Further the Implementation Date of its New Debt Research Rule

On April 20, 2016, FINRA proposed delaying further the implementation date of its new debt research rule (Rule 2422) until July 16, 2016. Rule 2422 was set to take effect on April 22, 2016, after the implementation date was…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

House Financial Services Hearing on Capital Formation Bills

On Thursday, April 14th, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and GSEs held a hearing at 10 am titled, The JOBS Act at Four: Examining its Impact and Proposals to Further Enhance Capital Formation. The…more
| Business Organizations, Elections & Politics, Securities Law

Renaissance reviews the US IPO market in 1Q2016

Renaissance Capital released its 1Q16 US IPO Market Review. The healthcare sector accounted for all eight IPOs completed, which raised approximately $700 million. This has been the slowest quarter for IPOs in the US since…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC Approves Regulation S-K Concept Release

On April 13, 2016, the SEC voted in favor of a concept release on Regulation S-K. In her opening remarks, Chair White noted that the disclosure regime is central to the SEC’s mission of fostering transparency and promoting…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law

Late Stage Financings

As privately held companies choose to remain private longer and defer their initial public offerings or other liquidity opportunities, these companies are focused on raising capital in private placements made principally to…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law

IRRCi Publishes Follow-Up Study on Controlled Companies

Recently, the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRCi) published a follow-up to its initial 2012 study on “controlled” companies, entitled “Controlled Companies in the Standard & Poor’s 1500: A Follow-up Review…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law

OTC Markets Group Inc. on Rule 15c2-11, the “Piggyback” Exception and Secondary Trading Markets

OTC Markets Group Inc. (“OTC Markets Group”) operates the OTCQX® Best, OTCQB® Venture and Pink® Open markets for 10,000 securities. Our wholly-owned subsidiary, OTC Link LLC, operates OTC Link® ATS, an SEC regulated alternative…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

NASAA Request for Comment on Statements of Policy

For offerings that require state securities registration and review, clients often are concerned about the merit regulation standards. Certain of NASAA’s Statements of Policy, for example, may pose significant issues. From time…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law

FinCEN Proposes to Amend Definition of Broker-Dealer in Securities to Include Funding Portals

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) proposed to amend the Bank Secrecy Act’s (BSA) definition of “Broker or Dealer in Securities” to include funding portals in order to ensure that funding portals implement…more
| Business Organizations, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Chair White Addresses Pre-IPO Private Placements and Staying Private Longer

Speaking at Stanford, Chair White addressed a broad range of issues affecting the technology sector, including the decision on the part of many privately held companies to defer their IPOs, to rely on exempt offerings to raise…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Recent SEC Warnings Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In recent speeches, SEC Chair Mary Jo White and Chief Accountant James Schnurr have addressed the SEC’s growing concern regarding the use of non-GAAP measures in financial reporting. The SEC initially adopted Regulation G in…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Capital Formation Legislative Update

On March 22, 2016, Congressman French Hill introduced a bill, HR 4831, that would amend the 100-holder restriction on S corporations in the limited case of shares acquired through crowdfunded offerings or Regulation A offerings…more
| Business Organizations, Communications & Media Law, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

NASDAQ Resubmits Proposed Rule on Golden Leash Arrangements

On March 15, 2016, the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC resubmitted its proposed rule requiring NASDAQ-listed companies to publicly disclose third-party compensation arrangements for board members and board nominees, commonly referred to…more
| Business Organizations, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law
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