Emerging Growth Companies

Emerging Growth Companies (EGC) are companies with total yearly gross revenues of under $1 billion for the most recently completed fiscal year.  
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Reducing startup brain damage: Delaware moves to further streamline corporate processes for emerging companies

Proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporations Law (DGCL) for 2014 aim to significantly streamline routine questions that often prove vexing for emerging growth companies and newly formed subsidiaries of larger...more

Mergers and Acquisitions are Back – The Impact on Emerging Companies

Recent statistics have confirmed what many executives, lawyers and advisors have sensed for the past few quarters: mergers and acquisitions of emerging technology companies, especially those in mobile, social, analytics and...more

Disclosure Overload and “Cutting the Clutter”

In various speeches recently, SEC representatives have addressed the need for disclosure reform following the December 2013 release of the JOBS Act-mandated Regulation S-K study. The disclosure review will begin by...more

Private Fund Update - April 14, 2014

In this issue: - The 113th Congress - The Administration - Securities and Exchange Commission - Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) - Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) -...more

8 IPO Market Trends in Honor of the JOBS Act's Second Anniversary

Two years ago, the JOBS Act became law. Title I of the JOBS Act significantly changed the IPO playbook, creating a new category of issuer called an emerging growth company (EGC) and rewriting the rules for EGC IPOs. We...more

The JOBS Act, Two Years Later: An Updated Look at the IPO Landscape

Two years ago, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act became law. Title I of the JOBS Act significantly changed the IPO playbook, creating a new category of issuer called an emerging growth company (EGC) and rewriting...more

Securities Update - March 2014

In December 2013, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued to Congress its “Report on Review of Disclosure Requirements in Regulation S-K” (the S-K Study) that originally...more

JOBS Act Related Bills Move Forward

At the end of last week, the House Financial Services Committee approved two bills, H.R. 3623 and H.R. 4164. H.R. 3623, titled the Improving Access to Capital for Emerging Growth Companies Act, was introduced by Stephen...more

Testing the Waters

An issuer that is considering or that has commenced an initial public offering (“IPO”) should take special care to familiarize itself with the communications rules applicable to offerings....more

FAQ for Entrepreneurs

You’re an entrepreneur and you have a great idea for a new product. Or maybe you’ve already created a product, like an app, and have sold it to several customers. So, when should you talk to a lawyer and what should you ask?...more

The plus side of Reg A

To date, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the JOBS Act) is best known for legalizing securities crowdfunding (better called ‘crowd investing’), lifting the ban on the mass marketing of private offerings, and fostering...more

"The JOBS Act: The Resurgent IPO Market and What We Learned in Year Two"

Almost two years have passed since the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the JOBS Act) was signed into law to ease regulatory burdens on smaller companies and facilitate public and private capital formation. The provisions...more

"Will 2014 Be the ‘Year of the Foreign Private Issuer’?"

Experience in 2013 has shown that U.S. securities exchanges are once again becoming increasingly popular venues for listings by non-U.S. companies. The number of non-U.S. companies that conducted initial listings in the U.S....more

Where to Look: Governmental Sources of Funding for Emerging Companies

Young companies are always looking for sources of capital, but many are unaware of funding sources provided by governmental programs. These programs are typically targeted at specific sectors and are intended to create jobs...more

Anti-Dilution Provisions – A New Twist

We are all familiar with the modified ratchet and full ratchet anti-dilution provisions that relate to subsequent down rounds in the financing of start-up and emerging growth companies. A new twist on anti-dilution...more

More on the SEC’s Regulation S-K Study

The SEC Staff’s recently released Report on Review of Disclosure Requirements in Regulation S-K, which was required by Section 108 of the JOBS Act, provides a starting point for revisiting broader issues regarding SEC...more

Catapult Chicago: Big Progress for the Emerging Company Scene

Foley & Lardner’s Chicago office, home to Catapult Chicago, is proud to see the recent uptick in praise for the uniquely collaborative start-up community located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, as it has made important...more

JOBS Act Update: Regulators Take Action

Enactment of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) in April 2012 made headlines across the nation. The JOBS Act is designed to reduce capital raising restrictions faced by many companies, both by loosening...more

The Short Field Guide To IPOs

The emerging growth Company - The JOBS Act created a new class of issuer: the emerging growth company (EGC). An EGC is defined as an issuer with total annual gross revenue of less than $1 billion during the most recent...more

The baby, the bathwater and BDCs

We have written a fair bit about business development companies and the important role that they serve as alternative capital providers. During the financial crisis and in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis,...more

Startups Need Quality Advisors (Agreements)

Attracting a venerable group of advisors is a crucial step for startups and emerging growth companies. It may feel like a daunting task to ask a potential advisor to sign an Advisor’s Agreement. ...more

Private Fund Update - October 7, 2013

In this edition: - The President - The 113th Congress - Securities and Exchange Commission - Commodity Futures Trading Commission - Private Equity Growth Capital Council (PEGCC) -...more

SEC Renews Term of Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies

The SEC announced the renewal of the Committee. In 2011, the Committee had been established for two-year term. The Committee will continue its work on emerging companies (those under $250m in market capitalization) and...more

Financial Statement Requirements in US Securities Offerings: What You Need to Know 2013 Edition

The most frequently asked question at all-hands meetings for a securities offering is “What financial statements will be needed?” The question seems simple enough. But the answer is rarely straightforward. This User’s...more

JOBS Act: Confidential Submissions

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”) was signed into law to facilitate capital raising by reducing certain initial public offering (“IPO”) and reporting requirements for Emerging Growth Companies. An...more

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