The Jump-Start Our Business Start-Ups Act Emerging Growth Companies

The Jump-Start Our Business Start-Ups Act is a United States federal law enacted in 2012 to increase start-up companies' access to capital by easing certain restrictions on seeking and soliciting private... more +
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Preliminary Planning for the 2017 Proxy Season

For those who want to start preparing for the 2017 proxy season, our preliminary list of important considerations is set forth below: Directors’ and Officer’s Questionnaire - Nasdaq has adopted a rule requiring...more

US IPO Guide 2016 Edition

This is our initial public offering guide. It will help you decide whether an IPO is the right move for your company and, if so, help you make sure your IPO goes off as quickly and as smoothly as possible, without any...more

"The JOBS Act: Did It Accomplish Its Goals?"

In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Congress created the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) to encourage capital formation in order to grow businesses, create jobs and spur economic activity. Congress and...more

SEC Proposes to Amend Smaller Reporting Company Definition

In the years following the JOBS Act, which created the term “emerging growth company” and made available certain disclosure and other accommodations to companies that qualified as EGCs, there has been renewed focus on scaled...more

Blog: Discussion Draft of the Financial CHOICE Act

A discussion draft for the Financial CHOICE Act is now publicly available. Many of the provisions of interest from a corporate standpoint are in Title IV—Capital Markets Improvements and Title X—Unleashing Opportunities for...more

Blog: House Passes Bill For Five-Year Extension Of JOBS Act Exemption From Auditor Attestation Requirement

On Monday, the House passed the Fostering Innovation Act of 2015, notwithstanding this letter to Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi from the SEC’s Investor Advocate urging a vote against it. The bill, which presumably now moves to...more

FAST Relief from Some Securities Law Requirements

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), which became law in December 2015, contained important federal securities law changes. - Among other changes, it further reduced the burdens on emerging growth...more

Securities Law Advisory: SEC Issues Concept Release Seeking Comment on Regulation S-K

At an open meeting of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on April 13, 2016, the SEC voted 3-0 to issue a concept release seeking public comment on modernizing certain disclosure requirements of Regulation S-K,...more

Two Bills Aimed at Broadening Access to Capital Markets Reported out of House Financial Services Committee

Earlier this month, on March 2, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee reported favorably on two bills that propose changes to the federal securities laws: the Main Street Growth Act (H.R. 4638) and the Fostering...more

2016 IPO Report

Our 2016 IPO Report offers a detailed analysis of, and outlook for, the IPO market, plus useful IPO market metrics. We look at rates of adoption of JOBS Act relief by emerging growth companies, and recent FAST Act amendments...more

FAST Act Offers More Goodies to Emerging Growth Companies

Once again proving that you can’t judge a gift by its box, emerging growth companies (EGCs) received a pleasant, but oddly wrapped, surprise in December with the enactment of a new law authorizing spending on highway and...more

Practical Guidance on FAST Act Changes to JOBS Act and SEC Disclosure Requirements

Tucked into the 490 pages of the Highway Transportation Bill that President Obama signed into law in December 2015, known as the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) and which largely deals with...more

Jobs Act Revamped by Fast Act

The Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act of 2012 (the "JOBS Act") was enacted on April 5, 2012 in an effort to make it easier for certain emerging growth companies (EGCs), generally defined as companies with annual gross...more

Getting the Measure of EGC Corporate Governance Practices: A survey and related resources - February 2016

Corporate governance has changed dramatically since passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The level of shareholder engagement and institutional...more

2015 Year-End IPO Market Review

The 2015 IPO market produced 152 IPOs, a disappointing tally that lagged well behind the 244 IPOs in 2014 despite continued strength in the life sciences sector. Setting aside the anomalous years of 2008 and 2009, however,...more

JOBS Act Quick Start – A Brief Overview of the JOBS Act, 2016 Update

Many market participants were taken by surprise by the enactment of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The JOBS Act, HR 3606, was passed by the United States House of Representatives on March 8, 2012. On March...more

SEC Further Enhances the IPO On-Ramp

The SEC’s rule changes further streamline the pathway for many companies to conduct their initial public offerings and reduce the burdens associated with their subsequent SEC periodic reporting obligations. On January...more

"SEC Rulemaking Update: A Year of Changes, With More to Come"

Last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) made major progress in completing its rulemaking mandates under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) and the Dodd-Frank Act. Additionally, Congress enacted...more

SEC Adopts Interim Final Rules to Implement FAST Act Provisions

On January 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted interim final rules to implement Sections 71003 and 84001 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the “FAST Act”). The interim final...more

How the FAST Act Will Impact Securities Laws

On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act) was signed into law. Although the majority of the Act concerns transportation and infrastructure, it also contains several provisions that...more

Blog: SEC Adopts Rules To Implement Two Provisions Of The FAST Act

The SEC has approved interim final rules implementing two provisions of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. As you may recall, the FAST Act was signed into law in early December and contained several...more

Regulation A+: More Money, Less Problems

In 2015, the SEC adopted new rules intended to improve emerging companies’ ability to raise capital. Part of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act (Regulation A+) adds a class of small issue securities exempted from...more

Omnibus Highway Bill Contains a Grab Bag of December Surprises for Public Companies and Companies Aspiring to Go Public

In December 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law an omnibus highway bill called “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” or the “FAST Act.” This new law (i) amends certain sections of the Jumpstart Our Business...more

Federal Securities Law Implications of the FAST Act

New rules enhance IPO accommodations under the JOBS Act and provide private resale exemption. On December 4, US President Barack Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act or the Act, H.R....more

FAST Act Brings Holiday Cheer to Issuers

"Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act," also known as the FAST Act, was signed by President Obama on December 4, 2015. Although primarily aimed at authorizing spending on highway and transit projects, the FAST Act...more

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