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California’s New Rule for Private Fund Advisers will Result in Significant New Requirements and Restrictions for Many California...

On August 27, 2012, the California Department of Corporations adopted a new Rule 206.204.9, which was intended to encourage capital investment in private investment funds by providing an exemption from investment adviser...more

Structured Thoughts -- Volume 4, Issue 14 -- December 2, 2013

In This Issue: Launching an Exempt Structured Products Program in the United States: Issues for Non-U.S. Banks to Consider; “Big-Boy Letters” Revisited: Pharos Decision Upheld by the Sixth Circuit.; SEC Addresses...more

New C&DIs Relating to Rule 144A and Rule 506(c)

As discussed (see Below) , the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted changes to Regulation D and Rule 144A, addressing general solicitation, new filing requirements and “bad actor” disqualification events (among...more

JOBS Act Update: Regulators Take Action

Enactment of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) in April 2012 made headlines across the nation. The JOBS Act is designed to reduce capital raising restrictions faced by many companies, both by loosening...more

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues 11 New C&DIs

On November 13, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued two new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) on Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act) and nine...more

SEC Issues CD&Is on New General Solicitation Rules

In an effort to clarify its interpretation of Securities Act Rules 144A and 506(c), the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance released 11 new compliance and disclosure interpretations (CD&Is) on November 13, 2013. ...more

SEC Issues 11 C&DIs On Rule 144A and Rule 506(c)

On November 13, 2013, the SEC issued 11 new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations regarding Rule 144A and Rule 506(c). As with previous C&DIs, many of the new ones confirm positions that the SEC has already taken in other...more

SEC Staff Provides Rule 506(c)/Rule 144A Guidance

Today, the SEC Staff in the Division of Corporation Finance updated the Securities Act Rules Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations to provide a number of new interpretations regarding Rule 506(c) and revised Rule 144A. ...more

SEC Releases New FAQs On General Solicitation

On November 13, 2013, the SEC released new compliance and disclosure interpretations (which we’re calling FAQs) aimed at addressing common questions relating to private offerings that make use of general solicitation under...more

Master Asset Vehicle II: Redemption Unwind Process

On October 2, 2013, after a multi-year implementation process, amendments to the transaction documents of Master Asset Vehicle II (“MAV II”) and related documents (collectively, the “Amendments”) were executed. The Amendments...more

Effective Date for TRACE Dissemination of 144A Data

As we reported in a previous post, the SEC approved amendments to FINRA Rules 6750 and 7730, and TRACE dissemination procedures for Rule 144A trade data. FINRA has announced that these amendments will go into effect beginning...more

Route 506: The General Solicitation Highway

A new route to soliciting direct securities investments has opened. For the first time in 80 years, start-ups and small businesses can broadly advertise and broadly solicit to raise money for private offerings. ...more

Private Equity Newsletter - Autumn 2013 Edition: SEC Permits General Solicitation and General Advertising in Private Placement...

Most private equity funds that are subject to the U.S. securities laws have relied on Rule 506(b), a safe harbor under Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act), in forming funds and soliciting investors....more

Questions About Third-Party Confirmations Of Accredited Investor Status

Countless memoranda and alerts have been issued about the SEC’s adoption of rule amendments eliminating the prohibition against general solicitation and general advertising in Rule 506 and Rule 144A offerings. Congress...more

Bond Mechanics 301

We conclude our overview of bond mechanics with an examination of a few complexities associated with tack-on offerings. Tack-on deals are often viewed as so easy that they can practically run themselves. And yet, there a few...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2013: U.S. Private Offerings: SEC Approves JOBS Act Requirement to Permit...

The SEC has amended1 Rule 506 of Regulation D and Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933 (“Securities Act”) to (1) permit, in certain circumstances, an issuer to engage in general solicitation and general advertising in...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

A Seismic Shift In The Securities Laws: The Elimination of the Ban on the Use of General Solicitation or General Advertising in...

In accordance with its mandate in Section 201(a) of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act ("JOBS Act"), on July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted new Rule 506(c)[i], which is an amendment to...more

Financial Statement Requirements in US Securities Offerings: What You Need to Know 2013 Edition

The most frequently asked question at all-hands meetings for a securities offering is “What financial statements will be needed?” The question seems simple enough. But the answer is rarely straightforward. This User’s...more

Corporate Finance Alert: Financial Statement Requirements for a Business Acquired or to Be Acquired — What You Need to Know

Significant levels of accumulated cash have well-positioned many companies to pursue merger and acquisition activity. Potential acquirors and other transaction participants should be aware, in advance of entering into an...more

A General (Solicitation) Lay of the Land

Last Monday, the 80-year ban on the use of general solicitation in certain exempt securities offerings was relaxed. General solicitation can now be used in private offerings conducted under Rule 506(c) of Regulation D and...more

TRACE Dissemination of 144A Data

The SEC recently approved FINRA’s rule change to permit dissemination of trade data for 144A bonds on TRACE. FINRA will publish a regulatory notice within 60 days of the rule approval, which was earlier this month, providing...more

This Picture Is Worth 471 Words (More or Less)

Monday is the big day for the SEC’s “Bad Actor” and “General Solicitation” rule amendments. I’ve previously observed that many are likely to find the Bad Actor amendments to be bad rules when it comes to compliance. ...more

Amended Rule 506 - Lifting the Ban on General Solicitation

At its July open meeting, the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) approved a rule proposal to amend Rule 506 of Regulation D and Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933 (the Securities Act)....more

Update! New JOBS Act Regulations

Several of our discussions have mentioned the SEC’s delay in adopting final implementing regulations under the JOBS Act of 2012, however, on September 23, 2013 a few new JOBS Act regulations will become effective to implement...more

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