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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

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

Regulation AB II: Second Time’s the Charm?

On August 27, 2014, following years of preparation, speculation and comment, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted Regulation AB II (Reg AB II). Reg AB II represents a response to requirements of Sections 939A...more

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 5 - June 25, 2014

In This Issue: - The 1996 Morgan Stanley Letter: Re-imagined at the Age of 18 - Structured CDs – Goodbye Regulation DD, Hello Regulation DD - FCA Issues Fine in Relation to Structured Product...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

SEC Updates Guidance on Share-Based Compensation Disclosures in IPOs

On February 6, 2014, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) updated Section 9520 of its Financial Reporting Manual regarding share-based compensation disclosures in initial...more

"Will 2014 Be the ‘Year of the Foreign Private Issuer’?"

Experience in 2013 has shown that U.S. securities exchanges are once again becoming increasingly popular venues for listings by non-U.S. companies. The number of non-U.S. companies that conducted initial listings in the U.S....more

Private Funds In Focus - Summer 2013

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act became law just over one year ago. The JOBS Act seeks to encourage capital formation and reduce burdensome regulations on smaller issuers of securities. Since its enactment on...more

SEC Issues FAQs on Conflict Minerals and Resource Extraction

On May 30, 2013 the SEC released 12 FAQs relating to disclosure regarding the use of conflict minerals, and nine FAQs relating to disclosure of payments by resource extraction issuers. Disclosure of the use of conflict...more

FINRA Releases Public Offering FAQs

FINRA, the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States, has released a set of FAQs relating to its review of public securities offerings filed on its Public Offering Filing...more

Merging onto the IPO On-Ramp

Title I to the JOBS Act has created a new category of issuers known as “emerging growth companies”. The category is introduced in a series of measures that are designed to reduce the regulatory burden on companies that wish...more

JOBS Act to Ease Capital Formation for Public and Private Companies and Reduce Regulatory Burdens on Emerging Growth Companies...

On April 5, 2012, after overwhelming bi-partisan support in Congress but criticism from regulators and investor protection groups, President Obama signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the JOBS Act). The...more

Congress Has Adopted Legislation to Facilitate Public and Private Capital Formation by Emerging Growth Companies

Congress passed legislation that, if signed as expected by President Obama, will allow companies to raise capital more easily in both the private and public markets. As reported in our client alert dated March 14, 2012, the...more

House Passes JOBS Act—Legislation Would Facilitate Public and Private Capital Formation by Emerging Growth Companies

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation that, if approved by the Senate and enacted into law, would allow companies to raise capital more easily in both the private and public markets. On March 8, 2012, the...more

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