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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.  

Not a Token Gesture: Compensating Service Providers with Virtual Property

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Questions surrounding the use of virtual currencies and other digital tokens (“tokens”) as compensation came to the forefront last month following formal guidance from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on...more

Curing Corporate Missteps Under Delaware Corporate Law

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As every founder knows, starting and scaling a company is an extremely difficult and multi-faceted undertaking. In addition to the primary goals of developing a viable product, finding (and in some cases building from...more

Next SEC Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled

The SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. ET. ...more

Initial coin offerings – something new under the regulatory sun?

by DLA Piper on

FinTech Regulation - In our financial services updates at the beginning of the year (see here), we outlined a few regulatory pointers for FinTech coming out of a speech by the Chair of the Financial Stability Board (FSB)....more

Non-Public Review of Registration Statements

by King & Spalding on

On July 10, 2017, the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance started accepting confidential submissions for draft registration statements for all initial public offerings (IPOs) for non-public review. Previously, in connection...more

Changes From the SEC: Confidentiality is Key

In a recent effort to foster increased public offering activity, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on June 29, 2017 that it will permit all companies to submit voluntary draft registration statements...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Initial Coin Offerings

by Cozen O'Connor on

On July 25, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Enforcement issued an investigative report on a hot new fundraising phenomenon being used by emerging companies, venture capital funds, and hedge...more

Delaware Governor Signs Groundbreaking Blockchain Legislation into Law

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On July 21, 2017, following last June’s announcement that the Delaware House of Representatives had passed (with near unanimity) blockchain-related provisions proposing to amend several sections of the Delaware General...more

Howey Got Here: SEC Issues Guidance on Token Offerings

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The Howey test lives on—now in a lesson in what not to do when it comes to token offerings. Token offerings, also known as “initial token offerings,” “token launches,” “token sales,” “initial coin offerings,” or “ICOs,”...more

The SEC (Sort of) Extends EGC Benefits to All Issuers

by White & Case LLP on

On June 29, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") extended to all issuers some of the benefits that Congress granted to emerging growth companies ("EGCs") in 2012 under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act...more

Mid-Year IPO Trends - July 2017

Practical Law Company recently reviewed trends in the U.S. IPO market for the first half of 2017. In the first five months of 2017, 46 IPO issuers identified themselves as emerging growth companies (EGCs). Under the JOBS...more

SEC Commences Expanded Nonpublic Review of Registration Statements

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced1 an expansion of nonpublic review of draft registration statements for initial public offerings, initial registrations of classes of securities under Section...more

SEC Allows Non-EGCs to Submit Certain Draft Registration Statements for Confidential Review

by Baker Donelson on

Effective July 10, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Corporation Finance began accepting draft registration statement (DRS) submissions from issuers filing registration statements in connection with...more

Alert: ISS Peer Group Submission Process Window Open for Annual Meetings Scheduled Between September 16, 2017 and January 31, 2018...

by Cooley LLP on

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) constructs its own peer groups to analyze companies' executive pay and relative company performance. In doing so, it takes into account each company's self-selected peer companies...more

SEC to Allow Issuers to File Draft Initial Registration Statements on a Nonpublic Basis

On June 29, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC“) announced that it would begin to allow issuers to file draft initial registration statements under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act“) on a...more

SEC Expands Confidential Review Process for Draft Registration Statements

by Cozen O'Connor on

On June 29, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that, beginning July 10, 2017, the SEC Division of Corporation Finance will permit all issuers to confidentially submit draft registration statements...more

SEC Extends to Non-EGCs Process For Nonpublic Review of Registration Statements

by Hogan Lovells on

On June 29, the SEC announced that its Division of Corporation Finance will allow all companies to submit for nonpublic review draft registration statements relating to initial public offerings and other specified...more

SEC Staff Expands Confidential Review Procedures for Registration Statements under the Securities Act and Exchange Act

by K&L Gates LLP on

On June 29, 2017, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC Staff”) issued an announcement (the “Announcement”) expanding its confidential review process in several areas,...more

SEC Expands Use of Confidential Submissions of Draft Registration Statements

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced that, beginning on July 10, 2017, the Division of Corporation Finance (the Division) will permit all companies to submit draft registration statements, on a...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 26

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Expands Nonpublic Review of Draft Registration Statements - On June 29, the Division of Corporation Finance (Division) of the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that, beginning on July 10,...more

SEC Allows All Companies to Submit Confidential Initial Registration Statements

On June 29, 2017, the SEC announced that starting on July 10, 2017 all companies can take advantage of confidential SEC review of certain registration statements submitted in connection with an IPO. Confidential SEC review...more

Raising Capital from Individual Investors Using Regulation A+

by Varnum LLP on

Raising capital is essential to startups, and a new option to fundraising allows you to raise money from individual investors through the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Regulation A+. We'll explore the different...more

SEC Confidential Submission Procedures Expanded Beyond Emerging Growth Company Issuers Beginning July 10, 2017

Last week, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that, beginning on July 10, 2017, the SEC will accept voluntary draft registration submissions from all issuers for nonpublic review. This...more

SEC Expands Confidential Submission Process to All IPOs

by Bracewell LLP on

The Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it will permit all companies to submit draft registration statements relating to initial public offerings (IPOs) for...more

Listing Reform in Hong Kong – Proposed Changes to the Growth Enterprise Market (GEM) and Main Board Listing Rules – Part 2

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In June 2017, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited and its subsidiary The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “HKEx”) launched a consultation to seek public feedback on a set of proposals contained in two separate...more

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