General Solicitation

General Solicitation typically refers to the soliciting of investors to purchase securities. Prior to the passage of the JOBS Act in 2012, general solicitation was banned in connection with privately offered... more +
General Solicitation typically refers to the soliciting of investors to purchase securities. Prior to the passage of the JOBS Act in 2012, general solicitation was banned in connection with privately offered unregistered securities. Issuers were only permitted to offer such securities to investors with whom they had a pre-existing substantive relationship. Section 201(a) of the JOBS Act lifted the ban on general solicitation, but only with respect to accredited investors.  less -
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Beware the Booty-Encrusted Hook: Cybersecurity Vendors Should Use Caution Approaching GSA’s IT-70 Solicitation for Highly Adaptive...

Machiavelli – yes, that Machiavelli – knew a thing or two about working with a powerful government. In his most well-known writings, Machiavelli opined on both the application of power and importance of intellect when...more

"The JOBS Act: Did It Accomplish Its Goals?"

In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Congress created the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) to encourage capital formation in order to grow businesses, create jobs and spur economic activity. Congress and...more

OSC panel provides guidance on fundamental securities law concepts

On May 4, 2016, an Ontario Securities Commission panel (the Panel) issued its Reasons and Decision In the Matter of Future Solar Developments Inc., containing interpretive guidance on three central concepts in securities...more

Practice Pointers on Navigating the Securities Act’s Prohibition on General Solicitation and General Advertising

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”) included a measure directing the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC” or “Commission”) to relax the prohibition against general solicitation and general...more

General Solicitation under Rule 506(b) after Citizen VC: Part 2

Should it Matter Who Makes the Solicitation? - Before Citizen VC, the pre-existing business relationship pathways of permissible general solicitation, despite the obvious benefits and advantages, were not widely traveled...more

General Solicitation under Rule 506(b) after Citizen VC: Part 1

On August 6, 2015, without fanfare, the SEC Division of Corporation Finance issued an interpretative letter to Citizen VC and posted several updates to the Division’s Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (the “Companion...more

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

Private Placements: A Primer

A private equity offering or “private placement” of securities is the process of offering and selling securities to prospective investors without first registering the securities with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

House Committee on Financial Services Reports Favorably on the HALOS Act

United States Representative Steve Chabot of Ohio first introduced the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act (the “HALOS Act”) on February 9, 2016. Less than a month later, on March 2, 2016 the House Committee on Financial...more

SEC Helps Issuers Avoid Relationship Drama in Capital Raising: New Guidance on General Solicitation

On August 6, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) staff issued important guidance concerning general solicitation and general advertising (collectively, general solicitation), including the use of online...more

SEC Proposes Rule Changes to Pave the Way for Intrastate and Regional Offerings

At the same time the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted rules implementing Regulation Crowdfunding pursuant to Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”), the agency proposed...more

Offer Expired: The FAR’s 30-Day Offer Expiration Rule Applicable to Commercial Items

The language of FAR 52.212-1(c) states that an “offeror agrees to hold the prices in its offer firm for 30 calendar days from the date specified for receipt of offers, unless another time period is specified in an addendum to...more

2015-16 Compliance Developments & Calendar for Private Fund Advisers

Registered investment advisers (RIAs) are required to review their policies and procedures on at least an annual basis. As an aid to the required review and to assist with timely completion of required compliance tasks, below...more

Mintz TechConnect - October 2015

Letter from the Editors - We are thrilled to provide you with the first issue of Mintz Levin’s TechConnect, a bi-monthly newsletter on “all things technology” in the legal and business world, from our perspective, of...more

Using the Internet to Raise Money: Securities Laws and Crowdfunding

There are many services available to emerging companies to raise money through crowdfunding. As an entrepreneur or leader of a company evaluating these options, it is important to understand the basic legal foundations of...more

General Solicitation of Investors for Your Financing: Rule 506(c) of Regulation D

Previously, we discussed a startup’s most important tool for selling debt or equity securities in compliance with the Securities Act of 1933, as amended: Rule 506(b) of Regulation D. This rule is critically important to...more

FINRA Publishes FAQs Regarding Research Conflicts of Interest in the Offering Process

In late May, FINRA published a set of Frequently Asked Questions regarding its equity research rule, which address interactions between issuers, research analysts, and investment bankers in various stages of the offering...more

Integration of Private and Public Offerings 2015

I. INTRODUCTION - A. Outline Coverage - This outline reviews the SEC’s interpretations that relate to the integration of private and public offerings and the challenges they impose for the capital formation...more

Crowdfunding and Real Estate Development

The real estate development market continues to open up to crowdfunding, and the changes to capital raising for real estate projects could be significant if only a small portion of the potential of these new methods take...more

SEC Provides Guidance on Activities That Constitute "General Solicitation" for Private Placements on Electronic Platforms

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on August 6, 2015, issued a no-action letter to Citizen VC, Inc. (the “Citizen Letter”) and new compliance and disclosure interpretations (“C&DIs”), providing...more

Regulation A+ Gives a Powerful Tool to Small Companies

The JOBS Act of 2012 was meant to loosen the regulations regarding private equity, opening up new classes of investors and freeing entities seeking new investment from solicitation rules put in place before color television...more

SEC Provides Guidance on “General Solicitation” in C&DIs and No-Action Letter

On August 6, 2015, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance issued new compliance and disclosure interpretations (C&DI Questions 256.23 through 256.33) regarding the meaning...more

TxDOT Shortlists Five Proposer Teams for the SH 249 Extension Project

Three months after the May 15, 2015 issuance of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), the SH 249 Extension Project is another step closer to development. The RFQ solicited qualifications from teams interested in entering into...more

FINRA’s New Research Rules

The new rules retain many of the current rules’ core requirements, but expand certain obligations and impose requirements on debt research activities for the first time. On August 26, 2015, the Financial Industry...more

The SEC’s Common Sense Approach to Private Placements and General Solicitation

Earlier this month the SEC issued concurrently (i) the Citizen VC No Action Letter (in response to a request for guidance authored by Mintz Levin) relating to the use of 506(b) for a private placement online and (ii) a series...more

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