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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

Private Fund Update - June 2014 #3

In this issue: - The 113th Congress - The Administration - Securities and Exchange Commission - Securities and Exchange Commission - Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) - Private Equity...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

Corporate Communicator - Spring 2014

In this issue of the Corporate Communicator we bring you two short articles on important developments from the SEC relating to private securities offerings and private M&A transactions. In the first article, we discuss the...more

Keith Higgins Speaks To JOBS Act Misperceptions: • The Staff Will Not Be Quick To Second Guess • “Venture Fairs” And “Demo Days”...

In a recent speech, Keith Higgins, Director, SEC Division of Corporation Finance, gave his views on certain misperceptions and other matters regarding general solicitation under the JOBS Act....more

General Solicitation and Bad Actor Guidance from the SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has released a series of Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (the “Interpretations”) recently addressing the general solicitation exemption under new Rule 506(c) of...more

SEC Staff Issues Interpretive Guidance on Recently Adopted Amendments to Rule 506 Addressing General Solicitation and Bad...

Effective September 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) amended Rule 506 of Regulation D to (1) permit, in certain circumstances, an issuer to engage in general solicitation and general advertising in...more

SEC Staff Announces 2014 Broker-Dealer Examination Priorities

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) announced the 2014 examination priorities (the “Announcement”) for its National Examination Program (the “NEP”). The priorities are organized according to...more

The Uncertain Status of Demo Days and Pitch Days Requires Special Care

We've all heard the statistics, that the private market for fundraising is larger than the public market, and that angel investors in the private market are responsible for nearly all seed and early-stage deals. In 2012, for...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

Bad Actor Guidance from the SEC Staff

Recently posted Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations follow. Question 260.14 - Question: When is an issuer required to determine whether bad actor disqualification under Rule 506(d) applies?...more

New Rule 506 C&DI’s Require Some Explaining

Nancy Wojtas, the head of the public companies group at Cooley LLP, alerted me to the fact that the SEC staff yesterday issued 14 new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) relating to Rule 506 under Regulation D. ...more

SEC Issues Guidance on General Solicitation Rules

On November 13, the SEC released Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) for the new rules authorizing general solicitation and advertising for securities offerings relying on Rule 506(c) under the Securities Act...more

The Value of Relationships

Maybe, given that we’re living in the age of social media with Facebook “friends” and LinkedIn contacts, it shouldn’t be all that surprising that the value of relationships may appear to have diminished. In fact, in many...more

SEC Issues Guidance Regarding New General Solicitation Rules

On November 13, 2013, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“CDIs”) providing guidance regarding new rules allowing for...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 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

Setting The Record Straight On The New General Solicitation Rules

On September 23, 2013, the final rules eliminating the prohibition on general solicitation and advertising for certain offerings under Rule 506 went into effect. While this development was anticipated with much excitement by...more

SEC Issues Proposed Rules on Crowdfunding Capital Markets

Yesterday, the SEC proposed rules to permit companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding, as required by the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012. Crowdfunding, which has become popular in recent years...more

New Regulation D General Solicitation and “Bad Actor” Disqualification: Considerations for Private Funds

Offerings of private investment fund interests routinely rely on Rule 506 of the Regulation D “safe harbor” from registration under the Securities Act of 1933. Historically, such offerings have been strictly required to avoid...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- October 2013

- Regulatory Updates: CFTC Adopts “Substituted Compliance” Approach for Registered Investment Companies that are Commodity Pools; SEC’s Final Rules on General Solicitation and Bad Actor Disqualification for Investment...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

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