Private Placements

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

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

Raising Capital? Don’t Forget about SEC Filings (It’s Not as Difficult as It Sounds)

The mention of "securities law and regulations" is a common, but daunting phrase that many entrepreneurs hear when they are attempting to raise money from investors for their companies. Under federal securities laws, any sale...more

SEC Charges EB-5 Brokers For Not Registering

Multiple firms involved in the solicitation of investment capital for the Immigrant Investor Program (also known as "EB-5") have recently been charged by the SEC with acting as unregistered brokers. Neither In re Ireeco, LLC,...more

Matchmaker, Matchmaker Make me a… 506(b) Private Placement Investment

The SEC has given the go-ahead to a venture capital firm’s plan to conduct 506(b) private placements online. On August 5, 2015, the Commission issued a no-action letter to Citizen VC, Inc., saying the firm’s proposed online...more

Unwrapped: "Canadian Wrapper" amendments for cross-border securities offerings to sophisticated Canadian investors

Amendments to facilitate offerings - On September 8, 2015, certain amendments to the current Canadian securities regulatory regime came into effect to facilitate certain cross-border private placement offerings to...more

Securities Litigation and Enforcement Newsletter

A CD or not a CD, That is the Question… That the Auditors Should Have Answered - A headline-grabbing SEC enforcement action last week against BDO USA and several of its national partners may lead audit firms to insist on...more

Private Placement Memorandum Saves The Day For Defendants

Do you ever wonder whether the time and expense of preparing a private placement memorandum is really worth it? Does anyone ever escape liability because of a well drafted PPM? A recent opinion by the California Court of...more

SEC Provides Guidance on Activities That Constitute "General Solicitation" for Private Placements on Electronic Platforms

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on August 6, 2015, issued a no-action letter to Citizen VC, Inc. (the “Citizen Letter”) and new compliance and disclosure interpretations (“C&DIs”), providing...more

Saudi Arabia update - August 2015

Legal Developments - Expatriate Workers Restricted from Certain Job Categories - As part of Saudi Arabia’s ongoing Saudization campaign, the Ministry of Labor (MoL) identified this month 19 jobs that are restricted...more

Yet More Enhancements Proposed for Private Placement Reporting

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have managed to harmonize their differences for reporting prospectus-exempt distributions since their earlier proposals in February and March 2014. They have now proposed a common...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

The SEC’s Common Sense Approach to Private Placements and General Solicitation

Earlier this month the SEC issued concurrently (i) the Citizen VC No Action Letter (in response to a request for guidance authored by Mintz Levin) relating to the use of 506(b) for a private placement online and (ii) a series...more

SEC Issues Interpretive Guidance On General Solicitations

On August 6, the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance offered interpretive guidance with respect to conducting a private placement under Rule 506(b) of Regulation D without running afoul of the "general solicitation"...more

Financial Services Weekly News - August 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments - SEC Revises 2014 Money Market Fund Reform FAQs: On Aug. 4, the SEC staff issued revised 2014 Money Market Fund Reform Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), which were originally released...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

Extension of the AIFMD Passports to Non-EU Alternative Fund Managers and Non-EU Alternative Investment Funds

Hardwired into the European Union (EU) Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) is a mechanism that could enable a non-EU alternative fund manager domiciled outside the EU to become authorised by an EU regulator...more

AIFMD Marketing Passport: ESMA Provides European Commission With Advice on Its Possible Extension to Non-EU Jurisdictions

On July 30, after a one-week delay, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its long-awaited Opinion to the European Parliament, Council and Commission and responses to the call for evidence on the...more

Third-country AIFMs: ESMA says slow down

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) required ESMA to review, by July 2015, how the arrangements under AIFMD for marketing AIFs have worked, with an assessment of the National Private Placement Regimes...more

The SEC Considers Updating the Accredited Investor Definition: A Discussion of Status, SEC Advisory Committee Recommendations,...

The accredited investor (AI) definition is an extremely important component of the private placement market. A significant amount of capital is raised using Regulation D, and accredited investors participated in 89 percent of...more

SEC Charges EB-5 Fund Operators and Finders

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission” or “SEC”) has become increasingly active in enforcing alleged violations of U.S. securities laws arising under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor visa program. EB-5...more

ACE Portal, in association with NYSE, Brings Technology to Private Equity Fundraising – An Interview with the General Counsel

In the Summer 2014 issue of the PE Newsletter we reviewed a private placement platform set up by ACE Portal, in partnership with the New York Stock Exchange, to facilitate the private placement of securities by issuers. The...more

[Event] Breakfast With Your Finance & Bankruptcy Lawyers: The Risks and Rewards of Financings in Europe - May 13, New York, NY

This breakfast session is jointly presented by Sheppard Mullin and Bird & Bird LLP, and will look at the key issues to consider when structuring financings involving European counterparties and examine whether there are real...more

SEC Considers Updating the Accredited Investor Definition

The accredited investor (AI) definition is an extremely important component of the private placement market. A significant amount of capital is raised using Regulation D, and accredited investors participated in 89 percent of...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

Battle of the Forms in the European Private Placement Market: An Analysis and Comparison of the New LMA Private Placement...

1. Introduction - Over the last few years, there have been ongoing discussions and a series of initiatives aimed at developing a “Pan-European Private Placement Market” (PEPP Market) for private placement transactions...more

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