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CFTC Publishes Long-Awaited JOBS Act Relief

The staff of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) published a no-action letter on September 9, 2014 (available here) that permits certain commodity pool operators (CPOs) to conduct general solicitation in private...more

Orrick Technology IPO Insights for Q2 2014

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Orrick Technology IPO Insights, a quarterly publication highlighting trends in U.S. information technology company IPOs. We isolate technology companies in order to analyze and present...more

SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy Releases Alert on Identifying Fraudulent Private Placements

On August 4, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy issued an Investor Alert to assist investors in identifying potentially fraudulent private placements. In the Alert, the Office...more

Will You Still Be An “Accredited Investor”?

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is considering changing the accreditation standards used to determine eligibility of investors to participate in private offerings. The current definition of accredited investor...more

7 Tips For Building The Perfect Pitch Deck

Your pitch deck arguably is the single, most important document that you will generate in the life of your company. It is the opening salvo with your potential investors. It is “the hook” by which you will (or will not)...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending July 3, 2014)

In a holiday shortened week, dark pools were again a focus for regulators. This week FINRA sanctioned Goldman Sachs in connection with the operation of its dark pool....more

Verifying Accredited Investors in Public Rule 506 Offerings: SIFMA Guidance

On June 23, 2014, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) published a memo outlining several specific methods for verifying accredited investor status that SIFMA believes would satisfy the...more

How Brokers Can Navigate SEC Rule 506(c)

How does the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Rule 506(c) impact commercial real estate brokers? What can real estate brokers do to meet securities broker-dealer requirements? And is it possible to obtain dual...more

Why Startups Are Stepping on the Brakes Despite SEC Giving Green Light to General Solicitation

In September 2013, the SEC significantly relaxed restrictions that had been in place for over 80 years on companies’ ability to advertise for investors. The old rule, generally referred to as the “ban on general...more

Status, under the Registration Requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, of Intrastate Crowdfunded Offerings, and the Use by an...

Securities that are offered and sold only to residents of a single state by a company “resident and doing business” in that state are exempt from registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission under Section 3(a)(11)...more

Renewable Chemical Producer Rivertop Renewables Raises $26 Million

On April 9, 2014, Montana-based renewable chemicals producer Rivertop Renewables (Rivertop) announced that it has raised $26 million from Cargill, First Green Partners, and existing investors. The Company explains in its...more

ECCF

Recently, Craig Lewis, the Chief Economist and Director of the SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, commented on the economic impact of various JOBS Act reforms, or the effects on “efficiency, competition, and...more

Corporate Communicator - Spring 2014

In this issue of the Corporate Communicator we bring you two short articles on important developments from the SEC relating to private securities offerings and private M&A transactions. In the first article, we discuss the...more

IIROC Proposes Guidance for Underwriting Due Diligence

The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) published proposed guidance on March 6, 2014, setting forth nine key principles for underwriting due diligence....more

Making Sense of Your Options: Raising Capital In Private Offerings

Let’s say you have started/built this really great business that needs funding right now to launch, survive, expand, take it to the next level, etc. If you are not ready for an I.P.O. yet, and the “ready-for-prime-time”...more

Latest C&DIs Regarding Rule 506

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance posted a few additional interpretations (at 260.33 and 260.34) late January relating to the continuation of offerings commenced prior to September 23,...more

U.S. Securities Offerings and Exchange Listing by Foreign Private Issuers

In This Issue: Introduction; Securities Act; Exchange Act; Foreign Private Issue Status; Listing on a U.S. Securities Exchange; Exhibits; and Index of Defined Terms. Excerpt from Introduction - Foreign...more

An Overview of The Up-C Structure in Energy Deals

The UP-C structure — which offers tax benefits to pre-IPO investors and sponsors — likely will expand among energy companies. In 2013, several energy companies went public using a so-called UP-C structure. In using...more

Summary Of Proposed Amendments To Regulation A

On December 18, 2013, the SEC published its proposal to modify Regulation A. The SEC is proposing to expand Regulation A into two tiers: Tier 1, for offerings of up to $5 million; and Tier 2, for offerings of up to $50...more

Update on Private Offering Rulemaking Progress

During the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section Fall Meeting, the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee hosted a dialogue with the Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, Keith Higgins. Mr....more

"Corporate Finance Alert: Changing the Private Placement Playbook – General Solicitation and General Advertising Now Permitted for...

On September 23, 2013, new Securities and Exchange Commission rules took effect that: - Eliminate the prohibition against general solicitation and general advertising in private offerings made in reliance on Rule 506...more

Reasonable Steps to Verify - Third Party Certification Procedure Designed to Comply with New SEC Rules Permitting General...

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted rules to eliminate the prohibition against general solicitation and general advertising in certain securities offerings under Rule 506 of Regulation D...more

When Directors Are Or Become Bad Actors . . .

I’ve devoted several blog posts to the multifarious problems engendered by the SEC’s new “bad actor” disqualification provisions. I’ve done so because Rule 506(d) is so poorly drafted that, like the annals of Volusius, its...more

Amending Rule 506 — Lifting the Ban on the General Solicitation of Investors and the New Bad Act Disqualification

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently enacted amendments to Rule 506 (“the Rule”) promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, (“the Securities Act”). These amendments were required by the...more

Private Offerings: Questions that Might Frequently be Asked Sometime Soon (Part II)

Shortly after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted the final rule relaxing the prohibition against general solicitation in connection with offerings made pursuant to new Rule 506(c) and Rule 144A, we provided...more

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