Morrison & Foerster LLP - JOBS Act

SEC Approves Tick-Size Pilot

The SEC recently approved a proposal by the national securities exchanges and FINRA for a two-year pilot program to widen tick sizes for prices of certain smaller company common stock. The SEC adopted the tick size pilot…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

House Financial Services Committee Mark-Up of JOBS Act Bills

On May 20th, the Committee will be meeting beginning at 10am in an open session to mark up eleven bills that relate to various capital formation and JOBS Act measures. We have reported on a number of these bills in prior posts…more
| Business Organizations, Franchise Law, Securities Law

Americans Stand On the Cusp of a Money Revolution

Americans are standing on the cusp of a revolution in how we access and use money, a revolution that could make our economic lives more secure and our economy more robust. Just as e-commerce freed merchants and customers from…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

House Small Business Committee Hearing on P2P

Last week, the House Small Business Committee held a hearing to discuss the rise of peer-to-peer lending and the availability of capital for small businesses. The testimony from leaders in the P2P sector provides an overview of…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking

CFTC Reauthorization Bill Includes JOBS Act Fix

The House Agricultural Committee passed the CFTC authorization bill late last week, HR 2289. HR 2289 incorporates in Section 312 a provision that was part of a bill introduced by Congressman Fincher to harmonize the treatment…more
| Agriculture, Securities Law

Part II of Congressional Hearings on Capital Formation Related Bills

Yesterday, May 13th, the Subcommittee on Capital Markets and GSEs held the second part of its hearings, “Legislative Proposals to Enhance Capital Formation and Reduce Regulatory Burdens,” at 2pm…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

House Subcommittee to Consider JOBS Act Related Bills

Today, the Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises of the House Financial Services Committee has scheduled a hearing entitled “Legislative Proposals to Enhance Capital Formation and Reduce Regulatory…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking

The SEC Defines “Voting Equity Securities” for Purposes of the Rule 506(d) Bad Actor Disqualification Rules

The SEC is continuing to tie up some loose ends left over from the adoption of the Rule 506(d) bad actor disqualification rules. Certainty regarding these open items will be beneficial for issuers and placement agents of…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Update on SEC Rulemaking

Chair White, addressing the Investor Advisory Committee, provided an update on SEC rulemaking. Chair White identified the following initiatives..…more
| Securities Law

A-Okay, Regulation A+

This is a very brief, initial summary. We will be reporting on the final rule in an upcoming alert. The SEC’s proposed rules already had provided a very practical format for private issuers seeking to raise capital. The…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law

Chair White’s Testimony on SEC Initiatives

In testimony today, Chair White provided a brief update on various rulemaking initiatives. She noted that, in connection with the Dodd-Frank Act mandates, the Division of Corporation Finance continues to work to implement…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

On the Hill this Week….

On March 24th, the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment will hold a hearing on “Capital Formation and Reducing Small Business Burdens.” Information…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

A+ or Not?

The SEC has scheduled an open meeting for this Wednesday to consider whether to adopt rules and forms related to the offer and sale of securities pursuant to Section 3(b) of the Securities Act of 1933 to implement Section 401 of…more
| Communications & Media Law, Conflict of Laws, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

A Comparison of FINRA Proposed Rule 2241 (Equity) v. Proposed Rule 2242 (Debt)

In November 2014, and further amended in February 2015, FINRA announced a comprehensive revision of the equity research rule currently numbered as NASD Rule 2711 and proposed a debt research rule modeled on the equity research…more
| Finance & Banking

Back to the Future? (Regional Exchanges and Venture Exchanges)

Last week, in connection with the meeting of the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies, both Commissioner Aguilar and Commissioner Gallagher expressed interest in, and support for, a more thorough assessment…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law
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