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First Issuer Completes NASAA Coordinated Review Program

There has been somewhat of a controversy surrounding the SEC’s rulemaking in connection with Regulation A+ under the JOBS Act. Should larger Tier 2 offerings preempt state blue sky regulation (my preference) or be subject to...more

Global Crowdfunding Site Consents to SEC Censure

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission censured Eureeca Capital SPC, an online, securities-based crowdfunding site incorporated in the Cayman Islands, for failing to implement procedures “reasonably designed” to...more

Look The Gift Horse In The Mouth (Or If It Seems Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is)

Today is Giving Tuesday, and if your inbox is anything like mine, it is full of donation requests. I encourage you to support the causes that are near and dear to you. But there also may be others asking for your money...more

Non-Enforcement

When the U.S. Congress passed the crowdfunding exemption under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “Jobs Act”) in 2012, there was much anticipation and optimism for the ability of issuers of securities to be able to...more

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues New C&DI Related to Rule 147 and Website/Social Media Use

On October 2, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued a new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation (C&DI) regarding whether an issuer of securities may use its own website or social...more

Court Takes Cue from Comcast v. Behrend, Certifies Class as to Liability but not Damages

In what appears to be an increasingly common practice since the Supreme Court decided Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, 133 S.Ct. 1426 (2013), the Southern District of New York recently certified a class as to liability, but rejected...more

Recent SEC Interpretations Facilitate Intrastate Crowdfunding

The SEC has recently issued interpretations regarding Rule 147. This rule provides a safe harbor under Section 3(a)(11) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, which exempts from federal registration securities offered...more

New C&DI Published on Intrastate Exemption

Last week, the SEC Staff posted the following C&DI relating to Rule 147 compliance when an issuer uses its own website in connection with a securities offering....more

Blog: SEC Staff Issues CDI Regarding Use Of The Internet In Connection With Intrastate Offerings — How Feasible Is It?

The SEC staff has posted another new CDI regarding internet communications, this one advising how issuers may conduct intrastate offerings under Rule 147 and still use the internet to communicate offers. The question is...more

Desktop Staleness Calendar for 2015 Offerings

Desktop Staleness Calendar For 2015 Offerings For Issuers With A Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2014. Please see full calendar below for more information....more

Regulation AB II

On August 27, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted long-awaited revisions to Regulation AB and other rules applicable to the offering of publicly issued asset-backed securities (“ABS”). These revisions...more

SEC Adopts Regulation AB II

On August 27, the Securities and Exchange Commission at an open meeting unanimously adopted Regulation AB II (Reg AB II). The final rule provides significant revisions to Regulation AB, which provides the rules regarding the...more

Public Offering Statement Disclosure Limits Developer's Liability

A New Jersey judge earlier this year dismissed a construction defect complaint by a condominium association against the developer and contractor, finding that the lawsuit was filed outside the state’s six-year statute of...more

Eastern District Court of Texas Holds that Bitcoin Investments Are Securities

On August 26, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas held that the Bitcoin investments at issue are “investment contracts” and “securities” within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Exchange...more

Is Your Baby Your Buyer’s Collateral?

Even before dealing with the intricacies of nondisclosure agreements, employment offer letters, stock restriction agreements, and incentive plans, it is not unusual for founders to have already dreamt of an IPO or sale event....more

At Long Last—SEC Adopts Final Regulation AB II

On August 27, 2014 the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) approved final rules relating to asset-backed securities (“ABS”) disclosure and registration (the “Final Rules”). The Final Rules are contained in a final...more

Final REG AB Rules: Man Bites Dog

I am congenitally pessimistic and some have, shockingly, called me cynical. Early last week, while we waited for Reg AB, I would have bet more than a dollar that there would have been a number of things in this final Rule...more

SEC Adopts Final Credit Rating Agency Rules

The SEC adopted new rules and rule amendments (collectively, the “Final Rules”) that impose a range of additional requirements on credit rating agencies registered as nationally recognized statistical rating organizations...more

New Regulation AB II and NRSRO Rules Released

The U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) released new Regulation AB II Rules (the “Reg AB Rules”) and regulations relating to credit rating agencies (“the NRSRO Rules”) on August 27, 2014. The Reg AB Rules1 revise...more

SEC Adopts Revisions to Asset-Backed Securities Regime

The SEC announced that it adopted new rules and rule amendments (collectively, the “Final Rules”) that revise the offering process, disclosure and reporting requirements for publicly-offered asset-backed securities (“ABS”). ...more

10th Circuit Relies On Earnings Release and Compliance with Regulation S-K to Reject Claim of Material Omissions in Public...

In United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 880 Pension Fund v. Chesapeake Energy Corporation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of the complaint on a motion for summary...more

What 2014’s Continued IPO Surge Means for Clean Tech and Renewable Energy Companies

The year 2014 is on track to be the most active IPO market in the United States since 2000, with the mid-year total number of IPOs topping last year’s mid-year total by more than 60%. There were 222 US IPOs in 2013, with a...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

Examples of Fee Shifting By-Laws

Some smaller companies and those in the process of going public have begun adopting fee shifting by-laws. As my colleagues at Stinson Leonard Street have advised, we urge caution for those headed in this direction until,...more

D&O Claims – Overview of US Securities Law

The Securities Act of 1933 (“the 1933 Act”) regulates the process by which securities are first offered and sold to the public, and has two primary objectives: (1) to ensure that investors receive full and accurate...more

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