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New Rule 147A And Amendments To Rule 147 Are Now Effective

by Allen Matkins on

Last October the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted amendments to Rule 147 to modernize the safe harbor under Section 3(a)(11) and a new intrastate offering exemption, Rule 147A. See Will New Rule 147A Lead To A...more

Funds Talk: May 2017 - Securitization Rules Offer Differing Definitions of ‘U.S. Person’

With the long-awaited U.S. rules requiring a level of risk retention in securitizations recently going into effect, an added wrinkle has been created by a slight difference in how “U.S. person” is defined in different...more

Capital Formation Bills Approved by House and Senate Committees

On March 9, 2017, a number of bipartisan bills designed to promote capital raising for companies were approved by the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. ...more

News Round Up - March 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Changes Afoot? - President Trump has issued a number of orders that have as their aim reducing regulatory burdens. For example, there is the January 30, 2017 “two for one” order, which contemplates that, for each new rule...more

Thou Shalt Not Exploit Thine Elders

by Morgan Lewis on

SEC approves FINRA rule designed to protect seniors and other specified adults from financial exploitation. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved a new rule proposed by the Financial Industry...more

SEC Staff Clarifies Application of 1940 Act Section 22(d) to Brokers Selling Clean Shares of Mutual Funds

by Dechert LLP on

In response to a request for interpretative guidance, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission staff (staff) advised on January 11, 2017 that Section 22(d) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 does not prevent a broker...more

Is It Safe? Limits of “Safe Harbor” for Temporary Holds on Senior Investor Transactions Under Proposed FINRA Rule 2165

Introduction - In addition to the recent increase in regulatory focus on senior investors, earlier this fall, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) filed a rulemaking proposal (the filing) with the...more

SEC Staff Releases New Interpretations Relevant for Foreign Private Issuers and Rule 144A

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On December 8, 2016, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance released new “C&DI” interpretations, many of them applicable in particular to foreign private issuers. They provide welcome certainty for companies seeking to...more

New Corp Fin CDIs Clarify QIB Status for Rule 144A Offerings

The SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance staff released 35 new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) on December 8th. Among numerous interpretations focused on issues applicable to foreign private issuers and...more

Changes In Intrastate Crowdfunding Rules: Will They Make A Difference?

On October 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission amended its existing safe harbor rule for intrastate investing, Rule 147, and added a new intrastate safe harbor, Rule 147A in an effort to reflect the realities of...more

Keep Looking Forward: Federal Court Holds Company’s Bad Legal Predictions Protected by PSLRA’s Safe Harbor

In a comprehensive tour of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act’s (“PSLRA”) safe-harbor provisions, on November 22, 2016, a federal court in Massachusetts dismissed a shareholder class-action lawsuit against Neovasc,...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

US Securities and Exchange Commission Adopts Final Rules to Facilitate Intrastate and Regional Securities Offerings

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The SEC adopted final rules that modernize how companies can raise money to fund their businesses through intrastate and small offerings while maintaining investor protections....more

Small Business Securities Bulletin: 505 Is Not Alive: SEC Adopts New and Amended Rules Governing Intrastate and Small Offerings

by Baker Donelson on

As we have discussed in prior Bulletins, pursuant to Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act) and state securities laws, any offer and sale of a security must be registered with the Securities and Exchange...more

Up-C Rule 144 Relief

On November 1, 2016, the SEC issued a no-action letter with respect to the required Rule 144 holding period after the exchange of partnership interests in an umbrella operating partnership (OP units) into shares of its parent...more

SEC Proposes to Require Universal Proxies; Adopts Final Rules to Facilitate Intrastate Offerings

by Cozen O'Connor on

On October 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to the proxy rules to require parties in contested elections to use universal proxy cards that would include the names of all board of...more

SEC Adopts Final Rules to Facilitate Intrastate and Regional Securities Offerings

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted final rules modernizing and expanding the ways in which smaller companies can raise capital. Rule 147 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, provides a safe...more

NOTICE: SEC Adopts Rules to Facilitate Intrastate and Regional Securities Offerings

On October 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules that modernize how companies can raise money to fund their businesses through intrastate and regional securities offerings....more

SEC Adopts Final Rules Regarding Intrastate and Regional Offerings - Updated

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On October 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted final rules regarding intrastate and regional offerings, which largely follow the SEC’s proposed rules issued on October 30, 2015. The final...more

New SEC Rules for Intrastate and Regional Securities Offerings

The SEC has adopted final rules to modernize intrastate securities offerings under Rule 147, adopted new Rule 147A to broaden the availability of the existing safe harbor for intrastate securities offerings and amended Rule...more

FINRA Proposes Rules to Protect Seniors from Financial Exploitation

In October 2016, FINRA filed with the SEC proposed rules designed to help brokers protect seniors and other vulnerable adults from financial exploitation. The proposal would amend existing customer account information rules...more

SEC Adopts Final Rules Regarding Intrastate and Regional Offerings

On October 26, 2016 at an open meeting, the SEC adopted final rules regarding intrastate and regional offerings, which closely follow the SEC’s proposed rules issued on October 30, 2015. The final rules amend Securities Act...more

Bipartisan Members of Congress and NASAA Declare Support for SEC’s Proposed Modernization of Rules to Facilitate Intrastate...

On October 7, 2016, a bipartisan contingent of members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the president of the North American Securities Administrator Association (NASAA) coordinated a duel message to the SEC regarding...more

Emerging Trends Newsletter - Q3

by Stinson Leonard Street on

We are thrilled to bring you the third installment of Stinson Leonard Street's Emerging Trends newsletter. We are proud of the depth and breadth of experience and knowledge across our firm's 13 offices nationwide and are...more

House Passes Accelerating Access to Capital Act

H.R. 2357, the Accelerating Access to Capital Act, was passed by the House on Thursday, September 8, 2016 by a vote of 236-178. The bill contains three important pieces of legislation designed to facilitate the access to...more

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