General Solicitation Broker-Dealer

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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Verifying Accredited Investors in Public Rule 506 Offerings: SIFMA Guidance

On June 23, 2014, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) published a memo outlining several specific methods for verifying accredited investor status that SIFMA believes would satisfy the...more

SEC Staff Announces 2014 Broker-Dealer Examination Priorities

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) announced the 2014 examination priorities (the “Announcement”) for its National Examination Program (the “NEP”). The priorities are organized according to...more

Private Fund Update - January 6, 2013

In this issue: - Sun Capital Partners Decision - Legislation to Exempt PE Fund Advisers from IAA Registration - Mergers and Acquisition Brokers Legislation - Broker-Dealer Registration for Private...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- October 2013

- Regulatory Updates: CFTC Adopts “Substituted Compliance” Approach for Registered Investment Companies that are Commodity Pools; SEC’s Final Rules on General Solicitation and Bad Actor Disqualification for Investment...more

JOBS 2.0 Hearing Rescheduled

On October 24, 2013, the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets and GSEs will hold a hearing on “Legislative Proposals to Reduce Barriers to Capital Formation.” The hearing was originally scheduled for earlier in the month,...more

Concurrent EB-5 Offerings In The United States And Abroad

Until recently, U.S. offerors and others had to make offerings of EB-5 project investments solely offshore in order to benefit from Regulation S, an exclusion from registration requirements. The offerors had to exclude...more

Reminders for Issuers That Intend to Use General Solicitation

Privately held operating company issuers (as distinguished from private funds) should plan ahead if they intend to use general solicitation for Rule 506(c) offerings after September 23, 2013. Here are just a few...more

The Impact of the SEC’s Final Rules on General Solicitation and Bad Actor Disqualification for Broker-Dealers and Investment...

The SEC recently finalized amendments to Rule 506 of Regulation D and Rule 144A under the Securities Act relaxing prohibitions against general solicitation in certain private offerings of securities implementing Section...more

Amended Rule 506 - Lifting the Ban on General Solicitation

At its July open meeting, the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) approved a rule proposal to amend Rule 506 of Regulation D and Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933 (the Securities Act)....more

Rule 15A-6 and Foreign Broker-Dealers

The SEC recently adopted final rules relaxing the prohibition on general solicitation and general advertising for certain private placements under Rule 506 of Regulation D and for offerings pursuant to Rule 144A under the...more

Issues Involving "Finders" And Other Intermediaries In Private Placements Following SEC Repeal Of General Solicitation Ban

The imminent repeal of the SEC’s long standing prohibition on general solicitation in private placements conducted under Regulation D (provided that only accredited investors purchase securities in such a transaction)...more

FINRA Actions and the Due Diligence Obligations of Broker-Dealers in Private Placements

Private placements and the due diligence obligations of broker-dealers in such transactions have recently come under increased scrutiny from FINRA as part of a broader trend reflected most notably in the filing requirements...more

SEC Approves Final Rules that (1) Permit General Solicitation and General Advertising in Rule 506 and Rule 144A Offerings and (2)...

The SEC has amended Rule 506 of Regulation D and Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act) to (1) permit, in certain circumstances, an issuer to engage in general solicitation and general advertising in...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- July 2013

In This Issue: Regulatory Updates - SEC Proposes Money Market Reform; SEC Eases Ban on General Solicitation and General Advertising in Certain Private Placements; SEC and CFTC Adopt Joint Rules to Address...more

SEC Cracks Down on Unregistered Broker-Dealers in Private Offerings

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) staff appears to be focusing on the broker-dealer registration issue in the context of private securities marketing activities. Recent SEC enforcement actions demonstrate there are...more

Accredited Crowdfunding, Internet Advertising And General Solicitation

The SEC recently granted two accredited crowdfunding sites exemptions from the broker-dealer rules because the type of carried interest (or close equivalent) used to compensate the site is not transaction based compensation. ...more

Crowdfunding Not Quite As Open As Recent Reports May Suggest

My friends in the start-up community are excited about recent headlines suggesting the SEC has greenlighted crowdfunding. Leave it to the lawyer in the crowd to suggest they temper their excitement. As lawyers, we are used...more

SEC Exempts Another Crowd Funding Site From Broker-Dealer Rules

The SEC has granted AngelList relief on accepting transaction based compensation for crowd funding, exempting it from the broker-dealer rules. A couple days ago, the SEC granted relief to thefundersclub.com. Makes you kind...more

SEC Says Crowdfunding VC Site Not A Broker-Dealer

Thefundersclub.com operates a really cool website. The publicly available page advertises “The best way to invest in startups. Insider access to pre-vetted startups. Low minimum investment sizes. Free membership. Join...more

SEC Ramps Up Its Private Equity Parade

Bruce Karpati, chief of the SEC’s Asset Management Unit, promised us several weeks ago that enforcement actions against private equity firms were about to heat up. He wasn’t kidding. Last Monday, the SEC filed two sets of...more

SEC Settles Cases Alleging Compliance Failures at Private Equity Firms

On March 11, the SEC announced two matters of significant importance to the private equity industry and to private fund sponsors generally. Together, these cases demonstrate the SEC’s continued focus on the private equity...more

SEC Charges Private Equity Group For Using Unregistered Broker

The SEC has announced charges against New York-based private equity firm Ranieri Partners, a former senior executive, and an unregistered broker who violated securities laws when soliciting more than $500 million in capital...more

JOBS Act Update

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Trading and Markets and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently published items of particular interest to firms following the progress of the...more

SEC Issues Frequently Asked Questions on Exemption from Broker-Dealer Registration Under the JOBS Act

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets has issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that provide guidance on the exemption from broker-dealer registration in Section 201(c) of the Jumpstart...more

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