Regulation A

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OTC Markets Group Inc. on Rule 15c2-11, the “Piggyback” Exception and Secondary Trading Markets

OTC Markets Group Inc. (“OTC Markets Group”) operates the OTCQX® Best, OTCQB® Venture and Pink® Open markets for 10,000 securities. Our wholly-owned subsidiary, OTC Link LLC, operates OTC Link® ATS, an SEC regulated...more

NASAA Request for Comment on Statements of Policy

For offerings that require state securities registration and review, clients often are concerned about the merit regulation standards. Certain of NASAA’s Statements of Policy, for example, may pose significant issues. From...more

Private Secondary Markets and Rule 15c2-11

SEC Concerns with the “Piggyback” Exception of Rule 15c2-11 - Rule 15c2-11 (“Rule 15c2-11”) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), sets forth procedures for the submission and...more

Capital Formation Legislative Update

On March 22, 2016, Congressman French Hill introduced a bill, HR 4831, that would amend the 100-holder restriction on S corporations in the limited case of shares acquired through crowdfunded offerings or Regulation A...more

2016 Venture Capital Report

The 2016 Venture Capital Report provides an in-depth analysis of, and outlook for, the US and European venture capital markets. The report features industry and regional breakdowns, and a look at trends in venture capital...more

SEC Publishes Investor Guide for Crowdfunding

As part of its commitment to consumer education the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has published an Investors Guide to Crowdfunding. Referring to the upcoming May 16, 2016, start date, the SEC's publication is...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - March 2016

For those gearing up for the 2015 conflict minerals report, due June 1, 2016, note that nothing on the legal front has changed. The D.C. Circuit Court’s ruling that requiring a company to state whether its products are “DRC...more

SEC Chair Addresses Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies

On February 25, Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White addressed members of the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (Committee) at the opening of the Committee’s most recent meeting. As...more

House Financial Services Committee Mark-Up

On March 2, 2016, the Financial Services Committee will meet to mark up various proposed bills, including the following that relate to capital formation...more

SEC’s Advisory Committee Meeting

In connection with today’s meeting of the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Smaller and Emerging Companies, Chair White made introductory remarks.  Chair White touched on a number of the initiatives that the Advisory Committee had...more

Securities Law Considerations in Online Marketplace Lending

Online lending marketplaces have recently emerged as a prominent feature in credit markets. The rapid growth of the marketplace lending industry is reflected in the profusion of names that have been used to describe this type...more

NASAA Requests Comments on Proposed Rule and Notice Form for Tier 2 Regulation A Offerings

On January 27, 2016, the Corporation Finance Section of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) requested comments on a proposed model rule and uniform notice filing form aimed at simplifying the...more

JOBS Act Quick Start – A Brief Overview of the JOBS Act, 2016 Update

Many market participants were taken by surprise by the enactment of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The JOBS Act, HR 3606, was passed by the United States House of Representatives on March 8, 2012. On March...more

Elio Motors Poised to Raise Nearly $16 Million in Crowdfunding Offering

We previously noted that the SEC had qualified Elio Motors Regulation A+ offering – the largest to date. Now, StartEngine, the platform on which the offering is being conducted, has announced that Elio Motors has raised...more

A Guide to Regulation A+

Significant changes to Regulation A, generally referred to as Regulation A+, went into effect on June 19, 2015. Old Regulation A - Regulation A is a previously existing exemption from the registration requirements...more

Federal Reserve Board Limits Emergency Lending

This Client Alert describes the potential impact of amendments to Regulation A on the availability of emergency lending in the next financial crisis. The Federal Reserve Board on November 30, 2015 unanimously adopted...more

SEC Qualifies Largest Crowdfunding Offering Ever; Offered On StartEngine

The SEC has qualified the Regulation A+ offering of Elio Motors which plans to make small cars costing about $7,000. Elio plans a maximum offering size of $25 million. The offering is being made through the facilities of...more

How Many Regulation A+ Offerings Has the SEC Qualified?

Registered statements are “declared effective” by the SEC; Regulation A+ offering documents are “qualified” by the SEC, and when it happens an EDGAR document called “QUALIF” is generated. Per my review, the following...more

SEC Proposes to Ease Intrastate Offering Exemption to Facilitate Crowdfunding

The SEC has proposed amendments to Rule 147 under the Securities Act of 1933, which currently provides a safe harbor for compliance with the Section 3(a)(11) exemption from registration for intrastate securities offerings....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

Uniform Disclosure Requirements: Possible or Aspirational?

Now that the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies and various industry groups are focused on the possibilities associated with modernizing Rule 147 and possibly reviewing the requirements for the Rule 504 and...more

What's Market? Update: Securities

Amendments to Regulation A adopted by the SEC to comply with a mandate in the JOBS Act took effect on June 19, 2015. Regulation A as amended (often referred to as “Regulation A+”) expands the maximum aggregate amount that...more

Updated OTCQX and OTCQB application guides for Reg A+ Issuers

In response to feedback from issuers, the OTC Markets Group has released updated guides outlining the application process to join their OTCQX Best Market and OTCQB Venture Market trading platforms for companies conducting...more

EXPECT FOCUS: Onboard Technology, NAIC Cybersecurity, DOL, ACA Litigation, SEC Regulation (Vol. III, Summer 2015)

In This Issue: IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - Your Data Breach Collided With My Personal Injury Coverage LIFE INSURANCE - - Phantom Injury Dooms “Shadow Insurance” Case - Latest NAIC Cybersecurity News...more

States Challenge SEC Regulation A+

Massachusetts and Montana have taken the highly unusual step of suing the SEC over a recent amendment to Regulation A under the Securities Act of 1933. The SEC adopted "Regulation A+" (as the amended regulation is...more

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