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SEC Commissioner Gallagher, The Bad Boy Provisions and Remedies

Waivers from the automatic disqualifications of the “bad boy” provisions which can come into play following the resolution of a Commission enforcement action is a topic of increasing concern. Consider the recent decision...more

The Business Court Rules Again On Claims Under The North Carolina Securities Act

Last week's decision in Atkinson v. Lackey, 2015 NCBC 13 doesn't tell you everything you wanted to know about the North Carolina Securities Act (the "NCSA"), but it comes pretty close. The lawsuit was brought by three...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Implement JOBS Act Relief From Exchange Act Registration Requirements

In December 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules to implement Title V and Title VI of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), which permit early stage companies to defer registration...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition - January 2015

In this issue: - Directive Regarding Disclosure of Non-Financial and Diversity Information Published in Official Journal - ESMA Publishes Transparency Directive Consultation on European Electronic Access Point...more

Structuring a Cross-Border Securities Offering: Common U.S. Exemptions from Registration

Due to the size and scope of the U.S. capital markets, U.S. investors can form a meaningful add-on tranche to both public and private Canadian securities offerings. However, the legal mechanics of structuring a cross-border...more

Massachusetts Adopts Intrastate Crowdfunding Rules, Effective Immediately

The Massachusetts Securities Division has recently joined a number of other states in adopting a “crowdfunding” exemption from securities registration requirements for certain offerings made within the Commonwealth, with the...more

SEC Chair Directs Staff to Review Commission Rule Excluding Conflicting Proxy Proposals

On January 16, Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White announced that she has directed the SEC’s staff (Staff) to review Rule 14a-8(i)(9) promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which allows an...more

Non-qualified Stock Options or Restricted Stock Awards?

Recently, an early-stage, high-growth client (a Delaware S corp.) called to ask whether, and when, to begin awarding stock options, in this case the non-qualified variety (NSOs), instead of using restricted stock grants to...more

First Reg A Issuer to Complete State Review Process Would Do It Again

This Growth Capital Investor article references Smith Anderson attorneys Benji Jones and Merrill Mason. A company that focuses on micro-lending for independent builders in real estate is now the first Reg A issuer to...more

SEC Eases Terms for 5-Day Debt Tender Offers

The SEC recently provided no-action relief for five-day tender offers. The new no-action letter eases requirements in the following areas: - The tender offer must be open for five business days rather than a seven to...more

Maine’s Crowdfunding Goes Live

On January 1, 2015, Maine’s crowdfunding rule went effective. Maine enacted 2014 P.L. Ch. 452 “An Act to Increase Funding for Start-ups” (referred to as Maine’s “crowdfunding law”) on March 2, 2014, but companies in Maine...more

SEC Charges Attorney For Allegedly False Legal Opinion

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges against an attorney who was allegedly involved in the filing of false registration statements.  The SEC’s order instituting proceedings alleges that the...more

Financial Statement Requirements in US Securities Offerings: What Non-US Issuers Need to Know

In This Report: - Introduction - Background - What Is a “Foreign Private Issuer”? - Some Key Ways in which Foreign Private Issuers Are Treated Differently than Domestic US Issuers - The...more

SEC Proposes New Exchange Act Registration Thresholds and Changes to Certain “Held of Record” Definitions

On December 18, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed new rules regarding the thresholds at which issuers may become reporting companies under Section 12(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended...more

Byzantium and the Alstom FCPA Settlement – Part III

Porphyry is a type of stone that was much favored in the Roman world. In a review of several books in the New York Review of Books, entitled “The Purple Stone of Emperors”, Peter Brown looked into the history of the lithic in...more

Federal Crowdfunding Efforts Stall While Tennessee Prepares for Takeoff

On January 1, 2015, pursuant to the Invest Tennessee Exemption (ITE), crowdfunding in Tennessee became legal, granting Tennessee-based companies and investors increased access to capital and broadened opportunities to invest....more

Important Changes to Offerings to Existing Security Holders and Rights Offerings and their Impact on the Mining Sector in Canada

Two important developments were announced today that affect how Canadian reporting issuers can raise capital from their existing security holders: - The Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”) announced the introduction...more

Do I Need to Update My D&O Questionnaire for 2015?

One of the most frequent questions we get this time of year is issuers asking whether there are any needed updates to director and officer questionnaires. Necessary modifications are usually driven by changes to stock...more

SEC Files Another Offering Fraud Action

A business man, a real estate company he acquired from his grandfather, a registered representative who has now been barred by FINRA from the securities business and Maryland Division of Securities from the advisory business...more

The Next Wave of Proxy Access Proposals: What Issuers Should Know and How They Can Prepare

The Comptroller of the City of New York, who oversees pension funds with a combined $160 billion in assets, recently submitted proxy access shareholder proposals at 75 U.S. public companies as part of its Boardroom...more

New Capital Raising Platform - TSX Private Markets To Help Private Companies Raise Money

In efforts to facilitate access to capital for emerging companies, the TMX Group has now launched TSX Private Markets, a new business designed to support efficient capital raising and secondary trading within Canada's exempt...more

SEC Scrutiny of Crowdinvesting Sites Not Registered as Broker-Dealers

On November 10, 2014, the SEC announced a settlement with Eureeca Capital SPC, which is a crowdinvesting portal incorporated in the Cayman Islands. Eureeca’s website seeks to match foreign-based issuers with investors...more

Does “Valid Issuance” Require A Stock Certificate?

As I mentioned yesterday, every holder of shares is entitled to a signed certificate pursuant to California Corporations Code Section 416(a) (unless the corporation a system for issuing, recording and transfering...more

Ginnie Mae Revises Net Worth And Liquidity Requirements

On October 17, Ginnie Mae announced that it would be adjusting its minimum net worth and liquid asset requirements for Single-Family Issuers and Issuers that participate in at least two Mortgage-Backed Securities programs....more

How EB-5 Regional Centers and Sponsors Can Evaluate Broker-Dealer, Investment Company and Investment Adviser Registration...

This article is the third in a series of articles on how EB-5 regional centers and sponsors can evaluate broker-dealer, investment company and investment adviser registration requirements under U.S. securities laws. ...more

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