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Initial Results Validate Crowdfunding Reforms

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Beginning in 2012 America started a bold experiment to prove that: Less is more; and, Addition by subtraction works. The experiment tested whether reducing government regulation would produce better...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2016 #4

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Potential CFPB Reform in the Wake of the Election. The November 16 edition of the Roundup indicated that the Financial CHOICE Act (Act) may be a blueprint for legal changes affecting the financial...more

SEC Staff Issues New C&DI on Integration Analysis of Successive Offerings Made Under Different Provisions of Regulation D

On November 17, 2016, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued new guidance, in the form of Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation (C&DI) Question 256.34,...more

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Update

At the American Bar Association’s Fall Meeting, Keith Higgins, Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (the “Division”), gave his last “Dialogue with the Director” given the upcoming change in administration. ...more

Blog: Corp Fin Posts New CDI Related To Integration Under Reg D

by Cooley LLP on

More CDIs from the Corp Fin, one of which, described below, relates to integration under Reg D. There are also three new CDIs relating to Reg A, new 182.12, new 182.13 and new 182.14. Securities Act Rules — Reg D...more

Four Eye-Opening New C&DIs Issued by the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance

The SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance released four new compliance and disclosure interpretations (C&DIs) on November 17th addressing aspects of offerings under Regulation A and Regulation D. The staff’s new...more

Marketing Non-US Private Equity Funds in the United States

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

A roadmap through the various regulations and tax implications can help ensure a successful offering. Non-US private equity sponsors frequently seek to market their funds to US institutional investors. However, the...more

The JOBS Act And The Convergence Of Private And Public Sales Under The UCC

by Allen Matkins on

Section 9610(b) of the California Commercial Code provides that if commercially reasonable, a secured party may dispose of collateral by public or private proceedings, by one or more contracts, as a unit or in parcels, and at...more

Practice Pointers on Navigating the Securities Act’s Prohibition on General Solicitation and General Advertising

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”) included a measure directing the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC” or “Commission”) to relax the prohibition against general solicitation and general...more

Private Placement Memoranda – Do I Need One?

All start-ups know the importance of capital in growing a business and frequently, that capital is generated through private offerings of securities. A strong private placement memorandum, or “PPM,” is one tool a start-up may...more

Will The Rise Of Tweener Corporations Increase Focus On California’s Annual Report Statute?

by Allen Matkins on

Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal published two articles by Rolfe Winkler concerning shareholder access to financial information in companies not subject to the reporting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act...more

SEC Opinion Examines Reasonable Belief and Accredited Investor Status

The SEC opinion In the Matter of Joseph P. Doxey examines compliance with Rule 506 in an alleged unlawful offering of stock totaling $57,654. The administrative law judge on summary disposition determined that Mr. Doxey...more

Private Placements: A Primer

A private equity offering or “private placement” of securities is the process of offering and selling securities to prospective investors without first registering the securities with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...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

SEC Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation

Last week, the SEC held its annual Government-Business Forum, which included a number of presentations on exempt offering alternatives. Anya Coverman, Deputy Director of Policy of NASAA, presented on intrastate crowdfunding....more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - September 2015

by Stoel Rives LLP on

As foreshadowed by the recent publication of supplemental analysis on the effect of its proposed rules, the SEC adopted final pay ratio rules, here. The first covered reporting period starts in the first full fiscal year...more

Summary and Discussion of Chair White's Speech Regarding SEC Regulation

by Dechert LLP on

Highlights: - The SEC plans to develop a proactive and agile regulatory framework through which it can anticipate issues and address them proactively, even as the capital markets continue to undergo rapid change. -...more

Crowdfunding Regulations

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final crowdfunding rules. More than two years after the publication of the proposed crowdfunding rules, the SEC approved regulations that permit...more

SEC Proposes to Increase Rule 504 Offering Limits to Create Another Crowdfunding Exemption

The SEC has issued a rule proposal that would increase the aggregate amount of securities that may be offered and sold in any twelve-month period pursuant to Rule 504 from $1 million to $5 million and to disqualify certain...more

“Building a Dynamic Framework for Offering Reform”

At today’s PLI Securities Regulation Institute conference, SEC Chair White delivered the keynote address. In her speech, Chair White addressed a broad range of topics. She noted the successes of securities offering reform as...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

Using the Internet to Raise Money: Securities Laws and Crowdfunding

by Buchalter on

There are many services available to emerging companies to raise money through crowdfunding. As an entrepreneur or leader of a company evaluating these options, it is important to understand the basic legal foundations of...more

General Solicitation of Investors for Your Financing: Rule 506(c) of Regulation D

Previously, we discussed a startup’s most important tool for selling debt or equity securities in compliance with the Securities Act of 1933, as amended: Rule 506(b) of Regulation D. This rule is critically important to...more

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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)

by Varnum LLP on

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

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