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Blog: SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee Takes On Nasdaq

At the January meeting of the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee, two Nasdaq representatives made a presentation regarding the recent Solicitation of Comments by the Nasdaq Listing and Hearing Review Council, a standing...more

Qualifying Private Placement Exemption

The qualifying private placement exemption, which became available on 1 January 2016, makes interest on privately placed notes and/or bilateral loans exempt from United Kingdom withholding tax in certain circumstances where...more

SEC 2016 Examination Priorities Focus on ETFs, Cybersecurity and Liquidity Controls for Fixed-Income Funds

On January 11, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released its 2016 examination priorities for investment companies, investment advisers, broker-dealers and...more

SEC Announces 2016 Exam Priorities

The SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE” or the “Staff”) released its 2016 Exam Priorities recently, as applicable to examined registrants other than national securities exchanges...more

FINRA and OCIE: Examining Private Placements

Readers of this blog are familiar with the recent regulatory changes that have created new possibilities for non-registered capital raises in the U.S.: general solicitations in Regulation D offerings, Regulation A+,...more

New Withholding Tax Exemption for Private Placements in the UK

Interest paid by UK companies is generally subject to withholding tax at 20%. Although various exemptions apply, most notably in respect of interest payments to banks and other UK companies, and in respect of securities...more

New year, new exemption: The UK withholding tax exemption for privately placed debt

Just over a year since the Chancellor of the UK Exchequer George Osborne announced in his Autumn Statement 2014 the introduction of a UK withholding tax exemption for interest paid under private placements (a form of unlisted...more

A Buyer’s Market for MLPs in 2016

Using Private Placement Variable Deferred Annuity (PPVA) Contracts to Enhance the After-Tax Investment Return of Foreign Investors in MLPs - Overview - Master Limited Partnerships are publicly traded partnerships....more

The Anti-Cookson Clause Revisited: A Useful Tool for Lien Restrictions

In any secured financing, lenders are concerned about their liens being primed. This is of particular concern where the financing permits, as many financings often do, the incurrence of additional secured debt by the borrower...more

The Private Placements Withholding Tax Exemption

The Finance Act 2015 introduced an exemption from a borrower’s obligation to withhold tax from interest payments arising on qualifying private placements. It was introduced to stimulate and grow the private placements market...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

‘Excuse Me, While I Kiss the [Blue] Sky’: Common State Securities Law Considerations Applicable to U.S. Private Offerings by...

The wires have hit. You’ve just closed a multijurisdictional offering and delivered a great result for your client. As visions of a raucous post-closing party with your client enter your mind (or perhaps just visions of a...more

Nasdaq Proposed Shareholder Approval Rules Update

Highlights - - Under NASDAQ rules, shareholder approval is required for the issuance of shares in connection with certain transactions. - NASDAQ announced that it is seeking public input on liberalizing the...more

A New Securities Offering Exemption That May Help The Markets Get Back Into The Fast Lane

Highlights - - New law adding an exemption to the registration and prospectus delivery requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 signed by President Obama. - The law, which codifies the so-called Section 4(a)(1-½)...more

The “20% Rule”

Over the years we have written a fair bit about Nasdaq’s (and other securities exchanges’) rules requiring shareholder approval in connection with certain private placements, change of control transactions, and financings in...more

Serious Fraud Office - first conclusion of a case under Section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010 - first deferred prosecution agreement

In 2012 the Government of Tanzania began the process of raising USD $600 million by way of a sovereign note private placement. The Tanzanian subsidiary of Standard Bank Group Ltd (SBG), Stanbic Bank Tanzania Ltd (Stanbic),...more

SEC Secures Freeze Order In Nursing Home Offering Fraud

The SEC charged a 25 year veteran of the nursing home and retirement community business with offering fraud. The defendant has been involved multiple offerings, raising over $190 million. SEC v. Brogdon, (D. N.J. November 20,...more

B.C. Securities Commission Provides Guidance on Defensive Tactics in Re Red Eagle

On November 3, 2015, the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) released its reasons in Re Red Eagle?, cease-trading a rights plan in the face of a hostile bid. In doing so, the BCSC rejected the target’s submissions...more

SEC’s Division of Economic Research Study

The Division of Economic Research released an updated study regarding capital raised in the United States through unregistered offerings. The study notes that in 2014 more than $2 trillion in proceeds were raised through...more

Are You Eligible?

We have a variety of regulations that set forth different standards of eligibility for different types of instruments. These can be found under both the U.S. securities laws and the commodities laws. It’s not always easy to...more

DERA Publishes Study of Unregistered Offering

On October 29, the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA) of the Securities and Exchange Commission published the results of a study that analyzed the market for unregistered securities offerings during the period from...more

SEC Helps Issuers Avoid Relationship Drama in Capital Raising: New Guidance on General Solicitation

On August 6, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) staff issued important guidance concerning general solicitation and general advertising (collectively, general solicitation), including the use of online...more

EB-5 Due Diligence Matters

Private placement offerings are an increasingly active part of the securities business. One especially complicated and emerging area of private placements is the EB-5 Investor Visa Regional Center Program. Under the current...more

Banks Are Key To Harnessing The Power Of Alternative Finance

European corporates continue to embrace alternative finance, with about one third (30%) of their funding coming from this source, according to research published today by Allen & Overy. However, the market remains...more

Market Update

At today’s Practising Law Institute conference on Private Placements and Hybrid Securities Offerings program, a representative of the SEC Staff shared some statistics on Rule 506 offerings. Since the September 2013 effective...more

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