Eckerle Law

Making Sense of Your Options: Raising Capital In Private Offerings

Let’s say you have started/built this really great business that needs funding right now to launch, survive, expand, take it to the next level, etc. If you are not ready for an I.P.O. yet, and the “ready-for-prime-time” state…more

| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Costs of Equity Crowdfunding: Are Companies in for Sticker Shock?

When the SEC‘s proposed new rules for regulating crowdfunding came out in October last year, there was understandably a lot of excitement. What’s not to love about the lofty idea of providing companies access to the huge…more

| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Mark Your Calendars for Your Annual Review

Before you even start reading this, go to Outlook or whatever calendar you use, pick a date, and put in “Annual Review.” Any time in the year that works for you will do, although I gravitate towards getting housekeeping items…more

| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Mark Your Calendars: Key Compliance Dates for Advisers

It’s hard to believe that January is almost over and 2013 just a blur. With matching speed, many of the compliance milestones that an investment adviser faces are fast approaching, and a compliance calendar with the key…more

| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Setting the Stage for 2014: SEC Announces Exam Priorities

Pay attention to this one. Earlier this month, the SEC Office of Compliance Inspection and Examination issued its annual list of 2014 examination priorities for a variety of financial institutions including investment…more

| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC Proposes Regulation A+ For Small Businesses

With all eyes focused on the lifting on the ban on solicitation and the new proposed equity crowd funding rules, one major rulemaking proposal mandated under the JOBS Act did not get the attention it deserves: the new small…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Year In Review: Crowdfunding Round Up for 2013

It is the afternoon of New Year’s Eve as I am writing my last post for 2013. Crowdfunding seems a logical choice. 2013 put crowdfunding on the map, among filmmakers, inventors, samaritans, start-ups, the crowd at large…more

| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Year in Review: SEC Round Up for 2013

I love taking stock of the highlights of a year as it draws to a close, so I am doing a mini-series of posts on topic. The first one examines the SEC. To call 2013 a big year for them is an understatement…more

| Securities Law

Open for Comment: FINRA’s Funding Portal Rules

With all the noise about the proposed set of rules for crowdfunding the SEC released in October, one piece of the puzzle almost slipped by unnoticed. In tandem, FINRA released rules and related forms for funding portals as…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC Issues Guidance on General Solicitation Rules

On November 13, the SEC released Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) for the new rules authorizing general solicitation and advertising for securities offerings relying on Rule 506(c) under the Securities Act of…more

| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SAC Capital, Insider Trading and the Southern District

It would be old news already if the case had not garnered so many superlatives. One of the country’s most famous hedge fund managers. The largest insider trading investigation in history. The biggest fine ever, $1.8 billion. …more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Business Torts, Securities Law

FINRA Cracking Down on “No Fee” Advertising

FINRA recently expressed concerns about broker-dealers who advertise “free” or “no fee” services for retail brokerage accounts and individual retirement accounts (IRAs). FINRA Rule 2210 requires that broker-dealers’…more

| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC Examinations Targeting Advisers Who Are Still Waiting for Godot

I have worked with a number of advisers who have never ever been examined by the SEC, not once in their 10 +, 15+, etc. years of existence. That may be a thing of the past. They will be the focus of the SEC in 2014, according to…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

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