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 +
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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

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?

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

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

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

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

Corporate and Securities Alert: SEC Clears Way for General Solicitation in Private Securities Offerings

New regulations approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in July 2013 give companies greater freedom to communicate with potential investors in certain private securities offerings, creating both new...more

Effective Compliance Programs Crucial For Companies In New Era Of Capital Raising

With general solicitation rules becoming effective on September 23, 2013, it has never been more important for companies to implement effective compliance programs when raising capital in private placement offerings. ...more

Practical Considerations For A Rule 506(c) General Solicitation

So you want to jump into the fray and take advantage of the new opportunities created by the JOBS Act’s elimination of the ban on general advertising of private placements?...more

JOBS Act Delivers New Opportunities

The recent finalization by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of certain rules necessitated by the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act related to private securities offerings creates a new environment in which a...more

New Rules May Revolutionize Private Placements: Five Steps You Can Take NOW to be Prepared

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently took action to implement certain provisions of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (“JOBS Act”) and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act...more

Private Placements Under New Rule 506(c) – Interplay With Other Exemptions And State Law Implications

A fundamental precept of the federal securities laws is that any purchase or sale of a security must either be registered under the Securities Act of 1933 (the Securities Act) or qualify for an exemption from registration....more

Small Business Securities Bulletin: The Private Placements They Are A-Changin - General Solicitation, Bad Actor Prohibitions and...

By way of background, pursuant to Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act) and state securities laws, any offer and sale of a security must be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and...more

FINRA Actions and the Due Diligence Obligations of Broker-Dealers in Private Placements

Private placements and the due diligence obligations of broker-dealers in such transactions have recently come under increased scrutiny from FINRA as part of a broader trend reflected most notably in the filing requirements...more

SEC Adopts Rule Defining "Bad Actors" Disqualified From Using Rule 506 Of Regulation D To Raise Capital

In This Issue: - Covered Persons - Disqualifying Events - The Pre-Effectiveness Event Exclusion - Waivers and Exclusions - Ramifications of Rule 506 Disqualification - Excerpt from Covered...more

SEC Rule 506 Amendments and Blue Sky

The Securities and Exchange Commission took some long-awaited action in the area of private offerings at its open meeting on July 10, 2013. The Commission issued two releases adopting final rules (i) to eliminate the...more

Impacts of SEC Rule Changes Allowing General Solicitation

The SEC’s Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act rule eliminating the ban on advertising private offerings by hedge funds, buyout firms, and startups will be lifted and this article looks at how these SEC rule changes could...more

Securities Law Update - SEC Amends Rules on Advertising, Solicitation and "Bad Actors" for Certain Private Offerings and Proposes...

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved new rules that, beginning September 23, 2013, will under specified circumstances eliminate the bans on “general solicitation and general advertising”...more

10 implications of SEC's repeal of general solicitation rules

In a historic and long-anticipated move to make private placements less “private,” the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted final rules allowing general solicitation and general advertising in private...more

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