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SEC Advisory Committee Meeting on Small and Emerging Companies

On September 13, 2017, the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies held an open meeting to discuss the Sarbanes-Oxley (“SOX”) auditor attestation requirement, the final report that will be issued prior to the...more

Blog: SEC Committee On Small And Emerging Companies Completes Final Report And Recommendations

by Cooley LLP on

At the final meeting yesterday of the SEC Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (apparently soon to morph into the Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee), the Committee finalized the discussion draft of its...more

FERF Report on EGC Status

Recently, the Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF) published a white paper titled, “Growing Past Emerging Growth: Five Years After the JOBS Act,” which highlights areas of focus for emerging growth companies (EGCs)...more

Roundtable on Access to Capital Letter

The IPO Task Force seems to have come together again. The Center for Capital Markets released a letter dated August 22, 2017 addressed to the Treasury Secretary setting out a few suggestions, which are quite similar to those...more

Good Choice: Important Capital Formation Reforms in Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 Passed by House

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On June 8, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 on a vote of 233-186. Congress loves acronyms, and here “CHOICE” stands for Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and...more

SEC and NYU Hold Dialogue on Securities Market Regulation: Reviving the U.S. IPO Market

On May 10, 2017, the SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis and New York University’s Stern School of Business held a dialogue aimed at assessing the economic factors causing the recent downturn in initial public...more

The Snap IPO: Speculation Without (Board) Representation

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The just completed IPO of Snap Inc. has received enormous buzz and plenty of press coverage, mostly about its eye-popping valuation and offering proceeds, the big winners among the founders and early investors and the...more

Valuation Disconnect Leads to 2016 IPO Drought

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

2016 turned out to be a terrible year for IPOs, both in terms of number of deals and aggregate proceeds. According to Renaissance Capital’s U.S. IPO Market 2016 Annual Review, only 105 companies went public on U.S....more

Quick Guide to REIT IPOs - 2016

Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”) are endlessly inventive. They were first developed in the 1960s as a means for ordinary retail investors to hold interests in real estate. The REIT market has waxed and waned over the...more

US IPO Guide 2016 Edition

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

This is our initial public offering guide. It will help you decide whether an IPO is the right move for your company and, if so, help you make sure your IPO goes off as quickly and as smoothly as possible, without any...more

"The JOBS Act: Did It Accomplish Its Goals?"

In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Congress created the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) to encourage capital formation in order to grow businesses, create jobs and spur economic activity. Congress and...more

Blog: Discussion Draft of the Financial CHOICE Act

by Cooley LLP on

A discussion draft for the Financial CHOICE Act is now publicly available. Many of the provisions of interest from a corporate standpoint are in Title IV—Capital Markets Improvements and Title X—Unleashing Opportunities for...more

SEC Proposes Increasing Threshold to Qualify as a Smaller Reporting Company

The SEC has proposed amendments that would increase the financial thresholds in the “smaller reporting company” definition. The proposal to update the definition would expand the number of companies that qualify as smaller...more

House Passes the Fostering Innovation Act

On May 23, 2016, the House passed H.R. 4139, the Fostering Innovation Act, by voice vote. The bill had passed the House Financial Services Committee on March 2, 2016....more

Two Bills Aimed at Broadening Access to Capital Markets Reported out of House Financial Services Committee

Earlier this month, on March 2, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee reported favorably on two bills that propose changes to the federal securities laws: the Main Street Growth Act (H.R. 4638) and the Fostering...more

Financial Services Committee Approves Bills Relating to Capital Access

At today’s House Financial Services Committee meeting, ten bills relating to facilitating access to capital and the reduction of regulatory burden on smaller reporting companies were approved.  Among the bills that passed the...more

House Financial Services Committee Mark-Up

On March 2, 2016, the Financial Services Committee will meet to mark up various proposed bills, including the following that relate to capital formation...more

Jobs Act Revamped by Fast Act

by Carlton Fields on

The Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act of 2012 (the "JOBS Act") was enacted on April 5, 2012 in an effort to make it easier for certain emerging growth companies (EGCs), generally defined as companies with annual gross...more

Getting the Measure of EGC Corporate Governance Practices: A survey and related resources - February 2016

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Corporate governance has changed dramatically since passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The level of shareholder engagement and institutional...more

JOBS Act Quick Start – A Brief Overview of the JOBS Act, 2016 Update

Many market participants were taken by surprise by the enactment of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The JOBS Act, HR 3606, was passed by the United States House of Representatives on March 8, 2012. On March...more

US IPO Guide - 2015 Edition

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

This is our initial public offering guide. It will help you decide whether an IPO is the right move for your company and, if so, help you make sure your IPO goes off as quickly and as smoothly as possible, without any...more

Quick Guide to REIT IPOs - 2015

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”) are endlessly inventive. They were first developed in the 1960s as a means for ordinary retail investors to hold interests in real estate. The REIT market has waxed and waned over the...more

Glossary of Important Securities Regulation Terms and Definitions

This Glossary is designed to provide law students taking Securities Regulation with a tool that will assist them in learning the basic language of securities law and achieve a working knowledge of the fundamental principles...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Implement Dodd-Frank Act Executive Compensation Clawback

by Perkins Coie on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently proposed another long-awaited set of rules to implement the clawback policy required under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). ...more

SEC Solicits Input on Revising Disclosure Rules Regarding Audit Committees

In a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) concept release issued earlier this month, the SEC requested the public’s input on more than 70 questions surrounding the sufficiency of current disclosure requirements on audit...more

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