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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CFTC Aligns CPO Regulation With JOBS Act, Provides Other Guidance for CPOs

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) recently issued several letters affecting commodity pool operators (CPOs): JOBS Act Harmonization: On September 9,...more

CFTC grants relief to commodity pool operators selling securities using general solicitation in reliance upon Rule 506(c)

Nearly one year ago the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted Rule 506(c), which eliminated the ban on general solicitation and general advertising in the offer and sale of securities if certain criteria set forth in the...more

Kind-a-Sort-a

In the last few days, we received a few inquiries regarding our prior post on the CFTC’s temporary relief permitting funds to engage in general solicitation to the text that the funds were conducting Rule 506(c) offerings or...more

CFTC Publishes Long-Awaited JOBS Act Relief

The staff of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) published a no-action letter on September 9, 2014 (available here) that permits certain commodity pool operators (CPOs) to conduct general solicitation in private...more

New ACE Portal/NYSE Platform Could Facilitate Private Equity Fund Raising

An enduring challenge of private equity is fund raising, whether in connection with fund formations, portfolio company financings or limited partner secondary sales. The recent modification of the SECs rules on general...more

Condo Hotel Branding: Benefits and New Risks with Rule 506(c) - Condo Hotel Projects Sold as Exempt Securities Require Informed...

Condominium hotels are a subject of renewed interest, buoyed by the rising tide for real estate generally. These projects are also encouraged by favorable trends for financing under the SEC's new Rule 506(c) that allows...more

Is Your Purchaser Accredited? Clarifications from the SEC

Under Rule 506(c), companies can now engage in a general solicitation in conducting private placements but if they do so, they must verify that each purchaser is accredited. The SEC has provided some safe harbors for...more

SEC Issues Interpretive Advice About Verification Safe Harbors Under Rule 506(c)

The availability of the private placement exemption under SEC Rule 506 depends in large measure upon determinations that purchasers are “accredited investors” under the rules. Where there is no general solicitation, Rule...more

Guidance Provides Path Forward for Accredited Investor Verification

As mandated by Congress in Section 201(a) of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, in July 2013 the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) amended Rule 506 under Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933, creating a new...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 27

In this issue: - SEC Publishes Guidance for Investment Advisers and Proxy Advisory Firms Regarding Proxy Voting and Solicitation - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues C&DIs Relating to Accredited Investor...more

SEC Staff Provides Rule 506(c) Verification Guidance

The SEC Staff recently provided further guidance on the provisions of Rule 506(c) of Regulation D which permit the use of general solicitation and general advertising when sales are made only to accredited investors and the...more

HALOS in the Making: Helping Angels Lead our Startups Act

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted new rules to eliminate the prohibition against general solicitation and general advertising in certain securities offerings under Rule 506(c) of...more

Why Startups Are Stepping on the Brakes Despite SEC Giving Green Light to General Solicitation

In September 2013, the SEC significantly relaxed restrictions that had been in place for over 80 years on companies’ ability to advertise for investors. The old rule, generally referred to as the “ban on general...more

Crowdfunding in Texas – When?

The Texas intrastate crowdfunding rules were adopted in April and the Texas Securities Board will consider comments to the rules through the end of June (even though the official deadline for comments is June 8th). The...more

ECCF

Recently, Craig Lewis, the Chief Economist and Director of the SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, commented on the economic impact of various JOBS Act reforms, or the effects on “efficiency, competition, and...more

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

Keith Higgins Speaks To JOBS Act Misperceptions: • The Staff Will Not Be Quick To Second Guess • “Venture Fairs” And “Demo Days”...

In a recent speech, Keith Higgins, Director, SEC Division of Corporation Finance, gave his views on certain misperceptions and other matters regarding general solicitation under the JOBS Act....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

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