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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

SEC Adopts Rule Giving Access to Capital for Smaller Companies

On March 25, the SEC adopted final rules to amend Regulation A, a current exemption from registration for smaller companies issuing securities. The new rules, which allow smaller companies to offer and sell up to $50 million...more

In Long-Awaited SEC Action – Access to Capital for Entrepreneurial Startups Facilitated by New Rules - Venture Capital and...

On March 25, 2015, in a long-awaited action by the SEC, the regulatory agency finally made a bold move intended to facilitate access to capital for entrepreneurial, high tech startups and other smaller companies. Pursuant to...more

SEC Issues Regulation A+ Rules; Increases Access to Capital Markets for Smaller Issuers

On March 25th, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted new rules to amend Regulation A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). The new rules, referred to as “Regulation A+,”...more

Back to the Future? (Regional Exchanges and Venture Exchanges)

Last week, in connection with the meeting of the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies, both Commissioner Aguilar and Commissioner Gallagher expressed interest in, and support for, a more thorough...more

Meeting of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies met on March 4 to discuss various topics related to facilitating the secondary market for trading securities of small and emerging...more

SEC Advised to “Do No Harm” to Accredited Investor Definition

At its meeting on March 4, the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies approved its rather limited recommendations to update the definition of “accredited investor” as it applies to natural persons as found...more

The plus side of Reg A

To date, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the JOBS Act) is best known for legalizing securities crowdfunding (better called ‘crowd investing’), lifting the ban on the mass marketing of private offerings, and fostering...more

"The JOBS Act: The Resurgent IPO Market and What We Learned in Year Two"

Almost two years have passed since the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the JOBS Act) was signed into law to ease regulatory burdens on smaller companies and facilitate public and private capital formation. The provisions...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

The Short Field Guide To IPOs

The emerging growth Company - The JOBS Act created a new class of issuer: the emerging growth company (EGC). An EGC is defined as an issuer with total annual gross revenue of less than $1 billion during the most recent...more

The baby, the bathwater and BDCs

We have written a fair bit about business development companies and the important role that they serve as alternative capital providers. During the financial crisis and in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis,...more

JOBS Act: Confidential Submissions

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”) was signed into law to facilitate capital raising by reducing certain initial public offering (“IPO”) and reporting requirements for Emerging Growth Companies. An...more

Jaffe Sees 'A Lot' of IPOs in 2013 'Pipeline' [Video]

Mar. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Marc Jaffe, co-chair of the Global Capital Markets Practice Group at Latham & Watkins LLP, talks with Bloomberg Law's Spencer Mazyck about the global outlook for the 2013 IPO market. Jaffe, in this...more

SEC Approves FINRA Amendments to Implement JOBS Act Changes Regarding Research Quiet Periods and Analyst Participation in Pitch...

On October 17, 2012, the SEC approved changes to NASD Rule 2711, as administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and NYSE Rule 472, to bring both rules into compliance with the JOBS Act mandate to...more

FINRA Proposes Rule Changes in Connection with JOBS Act

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) (f/k/a National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (NASD)) filed with the SEC proposed rule changes intended to conform to certain requirements of the JOBS Act,...more

More SEC Guidance on Title I of the JOBS Act

The Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently updated its Frequently Asked Questions on Title I of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (“JOBS Act”) to...more

Legal Update - June 2012: The JOBS Act: Sure, It’s a Catchy Name, But Will It Boost Capital Formation and Create New Jobs?

On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”). The full formal name for the legislation: “An Act to increase American job creation and economic growth by improving...more

Current SEC Guidance for “Emerging Growth Companies” Seeking to Take Advantage of JOBS Act

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”) became law in April with a goal of improving access to capital markets and easing compliance burdens for newer and smaller public companies. Among other things, the...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 Gives Confidential Review Option for U.S. Emerging Growth Company IPOs

New guidance outlines key rules for the new confidential review option for initial public offerings by emerging growth companies in the United States. The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (also known as the JOBS...more

JOBS Act Eases IPO Process and Public Reporting Requirements for Emerging Growth Companies April 27, 2012

On April 5, 2012, the JOBS Act was signed into law, culminating a bipartisan effort by Congress to ease restrictions on capital raising that have affected and guided companies and investors for decades. The JOBS Act is...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

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

President Obama Signs JOBS Act: Landmark Reform for Small and Emerging Growth Companies Now Law

On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, enacting it into law. The JOBS Act is intended to make it easier for smaller and earlier stage companies to raise capital and also to...more

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