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Notification Requirement for Firms Claiming Compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS)

The GIPS Executive Committee has approved a new requirement, effective January 1, 2015, that any firm claiming compliance with GIPS must annually notify the CFA Institute of such claim by June 30. Each GIPS-compliant firm...more

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues C&DIs Relating to Accredited Investor Verification Methods

On July 3, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued six new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) with respect to determination of accredited investor status and, in...more

Future of Regulation A+ Uncertain

Earlier this month a group of Congressmen wrote to SEC Chair White regarding state preemption for Regulation A+ offerings. The letter suggests that, at the time that the JOBS Act was being debated and considered, Congress...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

Crowdfunding: SEC Proposes to Exempt From Registration Internet Offerings Up to $1 Million

Late in 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new rules that would, if approved, authorize the use of the Internet for so-called crowdfunding campaigns seeking up to $1 million per 12-month period from...more

No Easy A: SEC Proposes Rules For Regulation A+

In the last of its major rulemaking proposals under the JOBS Act, on December 18, 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to publish proposed rules to modify and develop Regulation A, the so-called (and...more

A+ Indeed: The SEC’s Proposed Rules Amending Reg A

Overview - Yesterday, December 18, 2013, the SEC released proposed rules to carry out the rulemaking mandate of Title IV of the JOBS Act. The proposed rules both retain and modernize the current framework of Regulation...more

SEC’s Proposed Rules on “Regulation A-Plus” Indicate a Streamlined Vehicle for Raising up to $50 Million in Capital

Proposed federal rules released on December 18 may have the effect of making it quicker, less expensive and more worthwhile for businesses to raise up to $50 million in capital under a once-obscure and seldom-used...more

SEC to Vote on Crowdfunding Proposal to Ease Investor Verification Requirements

On October 23, 2013, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) is expected to vote on a SEC proposal that would ease investor verification requirements under the crowdfunding rule. The crowdfunding...more

SEC Issues Proposed Rules Intended to Protect Investors and Gather Additional Information in Connection With Permitting General...

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") issued proposed rules regarding amendments to Regulation D, Form D and Rule 156 of the Securities Act. The SEC has requested comments on the proposed rules....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

The Financial Report - Volume 2, No. 17 • September 2013

Discussion and Analysis - Even some financial services industry professionals are confused. The 80-year-old prohibition on general solicitation ended on Monday of last week. This means it is now legal for companies to...more

Guide to Publicly Offered Private Placements Under New Rule 506(c)

Background: A company that needs capital to expand its business or fund its operations often chooses to sell stock or other securities to investors in order to meet its funding requirements. All offerings of stock or...more

FINRA Warns Investors About Private Placements

On the eve of an anticipated increase in private-placement activity as a result of recent reforms made pursuant to the JOBS Act, FINRA issued an Investor Alert on Monday about risks associated with private placements. The...more

JOBS Act Rules – Limited Grandfathering For Current Investors; Certain Other Form D Developments

Issuers taking advantage of the general solicitation allowance provided by Rule 506(c) must take “reasonable steps” to verify the accredited investor status of investors in the offering....more

Supporting Startups Will the JOBS Act expand the crowdfunding crowd?

Congress’s passage last year of the popular and bipartisan Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act was met with expectations of imminent and fundamental changes to the financing environment for early-stage businesses....more

Private Placements Under New Rule 506(c) – Interplay With Other Exemptions And State Law Implications

A fundamental precept of the federal securities laws is that any purchase or sale of a security must either be registered under the Securities Act of 1933 (the Securities Act) or qualify for an exemption from registration....more

SEC Relaxes Ban On Advertising And Solicitation For Private Placements To Accredited Investors

In a watershed event reversing decades of private offering restrictions, on July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved final rules required by the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (JOBS...more

New SEC Rule Allows General Solicitation Of Investors In Private Placement Offerings

A recent series of changes to Florida’s business laws and regulations are focused on creating and maintaining a competitive commercial climate for Florida companies, positioning the state as a business-friendly environment....more

JOBS Act: SEC Adopts Rules To Permit General Solicitation And Advertising For Private Offerings

When enacted on April 5, 2012, Title II of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (JOBS Act) endeavored to lift the long-standing ban on general solicitation and advertising for private securities offerings under...more

SEC Eliminates Prohibition on General Solicitation/Advertising in Certain Offerings

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules to remove the prohibition on general solicitation and general advertising for certain securities offerings to make it easier for companies to...more

SEC Adopts Rules Allowing General Solicitation in Rule 506 Offerings to Accredited Investors

On July 10, 2013 the SEC adopted amendments to Rule 506 of Regulation D and Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933 to implement a portion of the JOBS Act....more

SEC Lifts Ban on General Solicitation in Private Placements

The U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (Commission) adopted rules on July 10, 2013 eliminating the ban on general solicitation and advertising in certain private offerings, as required by Section 201(a)(1) of the Jumpstart...more

Crowdfunding: Caveat Emptor?

How different are the markets for crowdfunding—an emergent online platform for raising small sums from multiple investors—in the U.S. and the U.K? “While Title III of the JOBS Act would establish an SEC exemption for...more

Still Banned: General Solicitation in Rule 506 Offerings

Ten months have passed since the SEC proposed rules implementing the requirement of Title II of the JOBS Act that the prohibition against general solicitation and general advertising in Rule 506 be eliminated. Those proposed...more

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