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The Jump-Start Our Business Start-Ups Act Private Placements

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 +
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 investment. less -

Financial CHOICE Act Aims to Open Capital Markets and Reduce Regulatory Burdens

On June 8, 2017, the House of Representatives passed, by a 233-186 party-line vote (with all Democrats and one Republican voting against), the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017, a bill principally designed to reverse many features...more

Crowdfunding or Private Placement Memorandum?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Spurred by the frenzy of mid-century modern furniture of the 1950s and 1960s returning in popularity, a growing number of collectors are investing in and holding vintage furniture. Capitalizing on that craze, N. Stile Sune’s...more

TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - September 2016

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Letter from the Editors - Dear Readers, The world of raising capital for emerging companies has experienced a revolution. Prior to the enactment of the JOBS Act in 2012, raising capital for private companies was...more

Various Ways to Raise Capital

by Mintz Levin - Mintz Edge on

The world of raising capital has been evolving over the last several years. Offerings of securities generally used to fall into two main buckets: (i) private placements under the old Rule 506 or (ii) a public offering. With...more

Late-Stage Private Placements: A Life Sciences Sector Survey

As privately held companies choose to remain private longer and defer their initial public offerings (IPOs), these companies are increasingly reliant on raising capital in successive private placements. New categories of...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

The CATO Institute Assesses the Effectiveness of the JOBS Act

On May 3, 2016, the CATO Institute published a policy paper titled, “A Walk Through the JOBS Act of 2012: Deregulation in the Wake of Financial Crisis,” which assesses the JOBS Act and offers certain policy recommendations. ...more

The Equity Crowdfunding Rules: What You Need to Know

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The SEC’s equity crowdfunding rules finally go into effect this month almost four years after Congress passed the JOBS Act, requiring the relaxing of certain rules on raising funds. So what does equity crowdfunding actually...more

House Financial Services Hearing on Capital Formation Bills

On Thursday, April 14th, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and GSEs held a hearing at 10 am titled, The JOBS Act at Four: Examining its Impact and Proposals to Further Enhance Capital Formation. The...more

House Committee on Financial Services Reports Favorably on the HALOS Act

United States Representative Steve Chabot of Ohio first introduced the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act (the “HALOS Act”) on February 9, 2016. Less than a month later, on March 2, 2016 the House Committee on Financial...more

FAST Act’s Hidden Securities Law Benefits

The so-called “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” or “FAST Act” was signed into law on December 4, 2015. Buried in the legislation are changes to the JOBS Act and the Securities Act of 1933 that add a statutory...more

What's Market? Update: Securities

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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 Advisory Committee Recommends Additional Clarity Regarding So-Called “Finders”

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies ("Advisory Committee") announced new recommendations to make it easier for small and emerging companies to raise capital using...more

Glossary of Important Securities Regulation Terms and Definitions

This Glossary is designed to provide law students taking Securities Regulation with a tool that will assist them in learning the basic language of securities law and achieve a working knowledge of the fundamental principles...more

Citizen.VC No Action Letter: Clarity and Guidance for Conducting a Private Placement Online

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The SEC has recently provided clarity as to how an issuer of securities can conduct a private placement in a password protected web page under Rule 506(b), without it being deemed a “general solicitation” and thereby being...more

The Alphabet Soup of Raising Capital: Regulation A or Regulation D — What Would You Prefer?

by Blank Rome LLP on

On June 19, 2015, amended Regulation A recently adopted by the SEC will become effective. The new Regulation A, mandated by the JOBS Act and often dubbed as Regulation A+, is a significant improvement over the old Regulation...more

“A” is For Approved: SEC Finalizes Regulation A+, the Small Offering Exemption

Securities lawyers had a “first time in forever” moment on March 25, when the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to approve landmark reforms to its Regulation A, the so-called (and until now little-used)...more

SEC Adopts Final Rules for Regulation A+ Offerings

On March 25, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted final rules that will expand the exemption from registration under the Securities Act of 1933 provided by Regulation A to include an exemption for up to $50 million...more

No Billboards, Please

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Companies intending to seek funding under the JOBS Act’s crowdfunding provision gained a seeming advantage in September when the SEC removed its ban on the general solicitation or advertising of certain types of private...more

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues Guidance on Rule 506(c) Private Placements

On January 23, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) with respect to Rule 506 exemptions from registration under the Securities...more

The Value of Relationships

Maybe, given that we’re living in the age of social media with Facebook “friends” and LinkedIn contacts, it shouldn’t be all that surprising that the value of relationships may appear to have diminished. In fact, in many...more

General Solicitation Solution

Today is a big day for issuers seeking to raise capital in private placements. For 80 years, issuers have been constrained in their private capital raising efforts: allowed only to reach out to those potential investors with...more

FINRA Warns Investors About Private Placements

On the eve of an anticipated increase in private-placement activity as a result of recent reforms made pursuant to the JOBS Act, FINRA issued an Investor Alert on Monday about risks associated with private placements. The...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Regulation D, Form D, and Rule 156

by Akerman LLP on

On July 10, 2013, the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (Commission) adopted rules eliminating the ban on general solicitation and advertising in certain private offerings, as required by Section 201(a)(1) of the...more

SEC Lifts Ban on General Solicitation for Certain Private Offerings

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

Background - On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”) into law. The JOBS Act is intended to “increase American job creation and economic growth by improving...more

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