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And Now Bad Actor Waivers for Forward-Looking Statements

The Securities Act (Section 27A(b)) and the Exchange Act (Section 21E(b)) exclude reliance on the safe harbor for forward-looking statements if, among other things, the statement is made with respect to an issuer that has,...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - March 2015 #3

SEC Focus on Disqualification Waivers. When negotiating a settlement of an SEC enforcement action against a registered financial services firm – or one that hopes one day to become registered – it is vital to consider the...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - February 2015

In this issue: - US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Issues Proposal Revising Provisions of Securitization Safe Harbor Rule - US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Issues Proposal Amending Regulations...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Exchange Act Rules—Higher Thresholds for Mandatory Registration as Required by the JOBS Act

On December 18, 2014, the SEC proposed rule amendments required by the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act that, if enacted, would: - revise the SEC’s rules relating to the thresholds for registration,...more

SEC Proposes JOBS Act Rules for Exchange Act Registration Requirements

As mandated by the JOBS Act, the SEC has issued proposed amendments to revise the rules related to the thresholds for registration, termination of registration, and suspension of reporting under Section 12(g) of the Exchange...more

Happy Birthday FCPA Guidance

The FCPA Guidance turned two years old recently – November 14 to be exact. No one wrote about the milestone, nor has anyone praised the FCPA Guidance. To be the contrarian, I am writing to wish the FCPA Guidance a very happy...more

Notification Requirement for Firms Claiming Compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS)

The GIPS Executive Committee has approved a new requirement, effective January 1, 2015, that any firm claiming compliance with GIPS must annually notify the CFA Institute of such claim by June 30. Each GIPS-compliant firm...more

Recent SEC Interpretations Facilitate Intrastate Crowdfunding

The SEC has recently issued interpretations regarding Rule 147. This rule provides a safe harbor under Section 3(a)(11) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, which exempts from federal registration securities offered...more

Is Your Purchaser Accredited? Clarifications from the SEC

Under Rule 506(c), companies can now engage in a general solicitation in conducting private placements but if they do so, they must verify that each purchaser is accredited. The SEC has provided some safe harbors for...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 Provides New C&DIs on Verifying Accredited Investor Status

In early July, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance issued several new interpretations (at 255.48-49 and 260.35-38) (C&DI) relating to the verification of “accredited investor” status...more

A+ Indeed: The SEC’s Proposed Rules Amending Reg A

Overview - Yesterday, December 18, 2013, the SEC released proposed rules to carry out the rulemaking mandate of Title IV of the JOBS Act. The proposed rules both retain and modernize the current framework of Regulation...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Bad Actor Rules

On December 4, 2013, the Division of Corporation Finance (the “Division”) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“CDIs”) concerning the recently...more

Integration Issues Under The JOBS Act

The integration doctrine must be considered when an issuer conducts multiple offerings in a short period of time. If applicable, multiple offerings are collapsed to determine if a safe harbor or exemption still applied. ...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

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

"Corporate Finance Alert: Changing the Private Placement Playbook – General Solicitation and General Advertising Now Permitted for...

On September 23, 2013, new Securities and Exchange Commission rules took effect that: - Eliminate the prohibition against general solicitation and general advertising in private offerings made in reliance on Rule 506...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News

In this issue: - News from the Courts - Delaware Legislative Update - Notable Deals - News from the SEC - London Update - Asia Update - Deal Stat Snapshot -...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

Privacy Monday – July 29, 2013

Privacy goofs, gaffes and tidbits for the last Monday in July — NSA Surveillance Causes More Grief –Germany Calls for a Stop to Safe Harbor: Time for Binding Corporate Rules? According to news sources the...more

SEC Issues Final Rules Implementing Provisions under the JOBS Act and Dodd-Frank: Prohibition on General Solicitation and...

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission), issued final rules implementing provisions of the Jumpstart our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...more

SEC Approves Final Rules that (1) Permit General Solicitation and General Advertising in Rule 506 and Rule 144A Offerings and (2)...

The SEC has amended 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

SEC Permits General Solicitation but Proposes Significant Impediments to its Use

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to its safe harbor rule for private placements of securities, Rule 506 of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”)....more

SEC Adopts Rules Permitting General Solicitation and Advertising in Private Placements

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to its private offering safe harbors to implement Section 201(a) of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. In a 4-1 vote, the SEC...more

Trouble Brewing for 10b5-1 Trading Plans

Rule 10b5-1(c) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, is intended to provide a safe harbor from insider trading liability for corporate insiders who trade their company’s stock pursuant to certain...more

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