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SEC Adopts Rules Implementing FAST Act Provisions

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently approved interim final rules implementing two provisions of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act that ease the financial statement disclosure...more

Need for Speed: The FAST Act Impacts Securities Laws

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed a five-year transportation bill, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation, or FAST Act. While the 490-page act, which received broad bi-partisan support, is designed to free up...more

President Signs FAST Act (Updated December 10, 2015)

The President has signed the FAST Act into law. As previously discussed, this transportation bill contains several measures that modify the JOBS Act or otherwise relate to capital raising for emerging growth companies,...more

Changes to the JOBS Act and SEC Disclosure Requirements

Last Friday, President Obama signed into law the Highway Transportation Bill, otherwise known as the FAST Act. Among its many provisions, the Act includes changes to the JOBS Act, changes to SEC disclosure requirements and a...more

Blog: President Signs FAST Act

The President has signed the FAST Act into law. As previously discussed, this transportation bill contains several measures that modify the JOBS Act or otherwise relate to capital raising for emerging growth companies,...more

Crowdfunding Regulations

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final crowdfunding rules. More than two years after the publication of the proposed crowdfunding rules, the SEC approved regulations that permit...more

Investing in the Next “Big Thing” Just Got Easier – SEC Promulgates New Crowdfunding Rules

On October 30, 2015, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) moved forward in implementing Title III of the JOBS Act and adopted new rules permitting companies to offer and sell securities to all...more

SEC Adopts Rules to Permit Crowdfunding: Proposes Amendments to Existing Rules to Facilitate Intrastate and Regional Securities...

On October 30, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted final rules under Title III of the JOBS Act (“Regulation Crowdfunding”) to permit a company to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding transactions that...more

They've Arrived: Long-Awaited Federal Crowdfunding Rules Adopted by SEC

On October 30, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted three to one to adopt equity crowdfunding rules pursuant to Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act of 2012 (JOBS Act)....more

Consider Refreshing Your Existing SEC Disclosure

As the fiscal year wraps up and SEC registrants begin to think about their 10-K and proxy, this is a good time for businesses to refresh their disclosure and to consider whether language that reappears annually still...more

What's Market? Update: Securities

Amendments to Regulation A adopted by the SEC to comply with a mandate in the JOBS Act took effect on June 19, 2015. Regulation A as amended (often referred to as “Regulation A+”) expands the maximum aggregate amount that...more

SEC Wins Summary Judgment In Two Fraud Actions

The SEC prevailed on summary judgment motions in two fraud actions. One is a pump-and-dump manipulation scheme. The other is a prime bank fraud. First, SEC v. Farmer, Civil Action No. 4:14-cv-02345 (S.D. Tx. Filed August 14,...more

Portfolio Monitoring and Legal Fees Subject to SEC Enforcement Action Against Private Equity Group

The SEC announced that three private equity fund advisers within The Blackstone Group have agreed to pay nearly $39 million to settle charges that they failed to fully inform investors about benefits that the advisers...more

Friend of the Court and Friend of the Little Guy? State Securities Regulators Tell D.C. Circuit in Amicus Brief that SEC’s...

On September 2, 2015, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) filed an amicus brief siding with Montana and Massachusetts in a bid to overturn the SEC’s new capital-raising rule, titled Regulation A...more

Regulation A+ deserves a “D” for Disappointment

Ordinary investors have largely been excluded from opportunities to invest in tech startups due to federal securities laws. Under the Securities Act of 1933, issuers could sell their securities without burdensome disclosure...more

Second Circuit: Facebook Shareholders Lack Standing for Derivative Suits Challenging Pre-IPO Statements

Earlier this week, a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit opinion reinforced that federal courts take standing in derivative actions quite seriously, particular when the alleged director misconduct predated the IPO....more

Planning For Qualified Dividend Income When Taking Foreign Companies Public - Tax Update Volume 2015, Issue 2

Where Qualified Dividend Treatment Is Important, Serious Consideration Should Be Given to Ensuring the Company Is Eligible for Treaty Benefits Before Taking It Public. Dividends generally are taxed at ordinary income...more

SEC Says Fantasy Stock Trading Violates Securities Laws; Charges Others for Selling Illegal Security-Based Swaps

The SEC issued an Investor Alert which says fantasy stock trading for small amounts of money can violate provisions of securities laws implemented by the Dodd-Frank Act. I bet the Congressional drafters of these provisions...more

Assessing cybersecurity risks and protecting consumer data before filing for an IPO in the age of the Internet of Things

In May of this year, Fitbit Inc. (Fitbit) filed for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) for upwards of $100 million. With more and more consumers using wearable devices, privacy concerns have skyrocketed. However, since 2011,...more

IPOs - Attractive Exit Alternative For Financial Sponsors

The strong U.S. initial public offering (IPO) market, coupled with favorable regulatory changes and market acceptance of innovative transaction structures, has increased the attractiveness of the IPO as an exit alternative to...more

Fitbit Files for IPO: Cybersecurity Risk Disclosure

Fitbit, the fitness-tracking company with six wearable devices that track and collect data about things like calories burned, steps logged, “quality” of sleep and sleep patterns, heart rate, etc.) as well as web and mobile...more

Keys to Surviving Your First IPO

2014 was a big year for initial public offerings (IPOs). According to Renaissance Capital, 273 companies took the plunge in 2014, the most since 406 companies went public in 2000. Gross proceeds of $85 billion were raised,...more

Small Business Securities Bulletin: Making the Grade - SEC Finalizes Revision to Regulation A Offering, Including New Tier 2...

As we have noted in prior Bulletins, 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...more

SEC Amendments to Regulation A Create New Exemptions for Offerings up to $50 Million

On March 25, 2015, pursuant to a JOBS Act mandate, the SEC adopted amendments to Regulation A, exempting offerings now of up to $50 million and eliminating some of the impediments to use of the exemption....more

The SEC on Capital Formation: Graded Incomplete – Commissioner Gallagher

Last year the IPO market was overheating – a record number of initial offerings were conducted. Nevertheless, SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher gives the SEC a grade of “incomplete” in the area of capital formation in recent...more

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