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SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Accredited Investor Tests and Verification of Accredited Investors for Rule 506(c) Offerings

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance added to its Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations posted on the SEC website new Questions 255.48-255.49 and 260.35-260.38 which address (1) elements of the...more

SEC Issues Interpretive Advice About Verification Safe Harbors Under Rule 506(c)

The availability of the private placement exemption under SEC Rule 506 depends in large measure upon determinations that purchasers are “accredited investors” under the rules. Where there is no general solicitation, Rule...more

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues C&DIs Relating to Accredited Investor Verification Methods

On July 3, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued six new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) with respect to determination of accredited investor status and, in...more

SEC to Revise “Accredited Investor” Definition — for Better or Worse?

In connection with the duties imposed on it by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the SEC is set to come out with further revisions to the definition of “accredited investor” in July 2014. Under...more

Verifying Accredited Investors in Public Rule 506 Offerings: SIFMA Guidance

On June 23, 2014, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) published a memo outlining several specific methods for verifying accredited investor status that SIFMA believes would satisfy the...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel

The Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, Keith Higgins, recently gave the keynote address, here, at the 2014 Angel Capital Association Summit. He focused on the following three items on the SEC rulemaking...more

Accredited Investor Verification under Rule 506(c)

Bill Carleton has a good post regarding the recent comments from Keith Higgins, the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance, who spoke at the 2014 Angel Capital Association Summit. Higgins discussed the SEC’s...more

SEC Staff Provides Clarification of Scope of Bad Actor Disqualification

The staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance published “Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations” (CDIs) on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, that provide important clarification regarding...more

SEC Provides Interpretations on Rule 506(c)

As we’ve previously blogged, in July 2013 the SEC adopted rules that permit general solicitation and general advertising in connection with certain offerings of securities to accredited investors. Yesterday, to help the...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

SEC Issues Proposed Rules Intended to Protect Investors and Gather Additional Information in Connection With Permitting General...

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") issued proposed rules regarding amendments to Regulation D, Form D and Rule 156 of the Securities Act. The SEC has requested comments on the proposed rules....more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel (Cumulative) - October 9, 2013

The SEC extended the comment period for Regulation D "process rules" to November 4, 2013, perhaps after recognizing that in many ways, the proposed rules make Regulation D worse for issuers. See here. In the meantime, the SEC...more

Reasonable Steps to Verify - Third Party Certification Procedure Designed to Comply with New SEC Rules Permitting General...

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted rules to eliminate the prohibition against general solicitation and general advertising in certain securities offerings under Rule 506 of Regulation D...more

SEC’s Bad Actor Rules Roil Opinion Practice

The SEC’s bad actor rules are causing a great deal of consternation amongst lawyers who are being asked to give opinions that the offer and sale of securities do not require registration under the Securities Act of 1933. ...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

Amending Rule 506 — Lifting the Ban on the General Solicitation of Investors and the New Bad Act Disqualification

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently enacted amendments to Rule 506 (“the Rule”) promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, (“the Securities Act”). These amendments were required by the...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

Concurrent EB-5 Offerings In The United States And Abroad

Until recently, U.S. offerors and others had to make offerings of EB-5 project investments solely offshore in order to benefit from Regulation S, an exclusion from registration requirements. The offerors had to exclude...more

How To Use Electronic Media To Access Accredited Investors Under The New SEC Rules

Effective September 23, 2013, pursuant to new SEC Rule 506(c), issuers of securities are allowed to reach “accredited investors” through general solicitation as long as they take adequate precautions to a) limit the offering...more

New SEC rules on solicitation

On July 10, the SEC adopted rules eliminating the prohibition against general solicitation in securities offerings under Rule 506 of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933. These rules, effective Sept. 23, permit...more

SEC Chair Clarifies Effect of Proposed Rules on Newly Created Rule 506(c)

On July 10, 2013, the SEC approved final rules that repealed the ban on general solicitation in Rule 506(c) offerings if sales are made only to accredited investors and other conditions are met. On the same day, the SEC...more

Dawn of a Brave New World! Advertising in "private offerings" under new SEC Rule 506(c), but no "bad actors"

Exempt securities offerings are nearing the dawn of what promises to be a truly Brave New World: Beginning September 23, 2013, new SEC Rule 506(c) will allow advertising and general solicitation in certain “private”...more

New Rule 506(d) "Bad Actor" Disqualification - A Continuous Diligence Headache for Emerging Companies

As required by the Dodd-Frank Act, the SEC on July 10, 2013, adopted final Rule 506(d) to "disqualify felons and other bad actors" from Regulation D private offerings. New Rule 506(d) identifies persons and triggering events...more

10 Minute Overview Of General Solicitation And Crowdfunding

On August 19, Nicole Strydom and I gave a 10 minute presentation on the general solicitation rules and the current status of “crowdfunding” at a ceremony to announce the finalists in the student division of the Minnesota Cup....more

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