General Solicitation Securities & Exchange Commission

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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In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel

The Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, Keith Higgins, recently gave the keynote address, here, at the 2014 Angel Capital Association Summit. He focused on the following three items on the SEC rulemaking...more

Corporate Communicator - Spring 2014

In this issue of the Corporate Communicator we bring you two short articles on important developments from the SEC relating to private securities offerings and private M&A transactions. In the first article, we discuss the...more

General Solicitation and Bad Actor Guidance from the SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has released a series of Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (the “Interpretations”) recently addressing the general solicitation exemption under new Rule 506(c) of...more

Latest C&DIs Regarding Rule 506

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance posted a few additional interpretations (at 260.33 and 260.34) late January relating to the continuation of offerings commenced prior to September 23,...more

SEC Staff Issues Interpretive Guidance on Recently Adopted Amendments to Rule 506 Addressing General Solicitation and Bad...

Effective September 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) amended Rule 506 of Regulation D to (1) permit, in certain circumstances, an issuer to engage in general solicitation and general advertising in...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

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

Continued Controversy Surrounding Proposed Regulation D Amendments

The controversy continues around the proposed SEC rules that would require a Form D be filed prior to commencing a general solicitation. Recently, seven senators sent this letter to SEC Chair Mary Jo White supporting the...more

Regulation D/Form D Proposed Amendments

On the same day that the SEC adopted changes to Rule 506 and Rule 144A in order to relax the prohibition against general solicitation, the SEC proposed for comment amendments to Form D, Regulation D and Rule 156. These...more

Update: SEC Releases Long-Awaited Proposed Crowdfunding Rules

In This Issue: - Requirements and Obligations Governing Crowdfunding Offerings - Regulation of Crowdfunding Portals - Additional Notable Provisions of the Proposed Rules - Next Steps - For More Information...more

SEC Staff Provides Clarification of Scope of Bad Actor Disqualification

The staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance published “Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations” (CDIs) on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, that provide important clarification regarding...more

Bad Actor Guidance from the SEC Staff

Recently posted Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations follow. Question 260.14 - Question: When is an issuer required to determine whether bad actor disqualification under Rule 506(d) applies?...more

New Rule 506 C&DI’s Require Some Explaining

Nancy Wojtas, the head of the public companies group at Cooley LLP, alerted me to the fact that the SEC staff yesterday issued 14 new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) relating to Rule 506 under Regulation D. ...more

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...more

Is Any News Article a General Solicitation?

Many assume that if a news article discussing an issuer is published at or around the time of an offering that would necessarily constitute a general solicitation. Over time, however, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange...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 Value of Relationships

Maybe, given that we’re living in the age of social media with Facebook “friends” and LinkedIn contacts, it shouldn’t be all that surprising that the value of relationships may appear to have diminished. In fact, in many...more

SEC Issues Guidance Regarding New General Solicitation Rules

On November 13, 2013, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“CDIs”) providing guidance regarding new rules allowing for...more

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues 11 New C&DIs

On November 13, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued two new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) on Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act) and nine...more

SEC Issues CD&Is on New General Solicitation Rules

In an effort to clarify its interpretation of Securities Act Rules 144A and 506(c), the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance released 11 new compliance and disclosure interpretations (CD&Is) on November 13, 2013. ...more

SEC Releases New FAQs On General Solicitation

On November 13, 2013, the SEC released new compliance and disclosure interpretations (which we’re calling FAQs) aimed at addressing common questions relating to private offerings that make use of general solicitation under...more

Better Late than Never…SEC Proposes Rules for Equity-Based Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding and the JOBS Act - "Crowdfunding" is a term commonly used to describe a method of raising money through the Internet. While crowdfunding can be used to raise funds for many things, it has long been...more

Small Business Securities Bulletin: By Popular Demand - SEC Proposes Crowdfunding Rules

By way of background, pursuant to Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act) and state securities laws, any offer and sale of a security must be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and...more

Setting The Record Straight On The New General Solicitation Rules

On September 23, 2013, the final rules eliminating the prohibition on general solicitation and advertising for certain offerings under Rule 506 went into effect. While this development was anticipated with much excitement by...more

Are Condo Hotels Making A Comeback?

Condo hotels offer private individuals the opportunity to purchase a condominium unit for personal use part of the year and for rent to the general public as part of a hotel when it is not in use by the owner. These projects...more

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