Securities & Exchange Commission Accredited Investors

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission was created in 1934 in response to the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929. The Commission was created to protect investors, ensure fairness in the market, and... more +
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission was created in 1934 in response to the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929. The Commission was created to protect investors, ensure fairness in the market, and encourage capital formation. The Commission is headed by five presidentially-appointed Commissioners who oversee the Commission’s five divisions: Division of Corporation Finance, Division of Trading and Markets, Division of Enforcement, Division of Investment Management, and the Division of Risk, Strategy and Financial Information.  less -
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We sure have a lot of shareholders – do we need to start reporting to the SEC? – JOBS Act, Section 12(g) and Record Keeping

After several rounds of financing, many equity awards to employees and maybe a couple of acquisitions (using company stock for payment), some late stage start-up companies end up with very large cap tables. At some point,...more

SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies Meets

On July 19, 2016, the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies met to discuss the “accredited investor” definition, the Regulation A market, and the Commission’s recent proposal regarding the definition of “small...more

Agenda Announced for the July 19 SEC Advisory Committee Meeting

The agenda for the July 19 meeting of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies was recently announced. During the meeting, the Committee will consider the “Accredited Investor” definition recommendation as...more

SEC Prevails in Regulation A+ Litigation

Regulation A+, which became effective on March 25, 2015, permits the offering of up to $50,000,000 in securities in any twelve-month period, subject to the certain requirements (a “Tier 2 Offering”). Tier 2 Offerings are not...more

Practice Pointers on Navigating the Securities Act’s Prohibition on General Solicitation and General Advertising

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”) included a measure directing the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC” or “Commission”) to relax the prohibition against general solicitation and general...more

SEC Completes JOBS Act Rulemaking with Amendments to Exchange Act Registration Rules

The SEC recently adopted rules implementing Title V and Title VI of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”) and Title LXXXV of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the “FAST Act”). Title V and...more

SEC Adopts Rules on Thresholds for Exchange Act Reporting

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved amendments to, among other things, revise the rules related to the thresholds for registration, termination of registration, and suspension of reporting under Section...more

SEC Finalizes Rules Implementing JOBS Act and FAST Act Provisions Concerning Exchange Act Registration Thresholds

On May 3, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules regarding the thresholds for registration, termination of registration and suspension of reporting under Section 12(g) of the Securities...more

Agenda Announced for SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies Meeting

The SEC has announced the agenda for its May 18 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. The meeting will focus on the definition of “accredited investor”, where the recent SEC staff report will be...more

SEC Opinion Examines Reasonable Belief and Accredited Investor Status

The SEC opinion In the Matter of Joseph P. Doxey examines compliance with Rule 506 in an alleged unlawful offering of stock totaling $57,654. The administrative law judge on summary disposition determined that Mr. Doxey...more

The CATO Institute Assesses the Effectiveness of the JOBS Act

On May 3, 2016, the CATO Institute published a policy paper titled, “A Walk Through the JOBS Act of 2012: Deregulation in the Wake of Financial Crisis,” which assesses the JOBS Act and offers certain policy recommendations. ...more

The Equity Crowdfunding Rules: What You Need to Know

The SEC’s equity crowdfunding rules finally go into effect this month almost four years after Congress passed the JOBS Act, requiring the relaxing of certain rules on raising funds. So what does equity crowdfunding actually...more

Blog: SEC Adopts Final Rule Amendments Completing Rulemaking Mandate Under The JOBS Act

Yesterday, the SEC adopted final rule amendments to implement certain sections of the JOBS Act and the FAST Act. The amendments were adopted substantially as proposed in December 2014 (and once again without holding an open...more

SEC Finalizes Rules Implementing JOBS Act and FAST Act Provisions Concerning Exchange Act Registration Thresholds

On May 3, 2016, the SEC adopted final rules regarding reporting obligation thresholds under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 mandated by the JOBS Act and the securities provisions of the FAST Act. The rules become...more

SEC Approves Amendments to Implement FAST Act

The SEC approved amendments to revise the rules related to the thresholds for registration, termination of registration, and suspension of reporting under Section 12(g) of the Securities Exchange Act. These amendments...more

HALOS Act Passes Vote in U.S. House of Representatives

After a floor debate during which lawmakers on both sides of the aisle traded dueling press releases, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 325-89 in favor of the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act, on April 27,...more

Out of Alignment: The Dysfunctional Definition of an Accredited Investor & The Often Overlooked “Entity” Issue

As many of you know there is a heated ongoing debate as to whether the current definition of “accredited investor” should be revised and, if so, how it should be revised. The overwhelming majority of recent articles, and even...more

Congress Moves to Expand Definition of “Accredited Investor” Under Regulation D

In an era where Congress and the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) have been working to break down barriers to investment and equity development, it only makes sense a new bill currently wending its way through the...more

Attention Start-Ups! Possible Revisions to “Accredited Investor”

On December 18, 2015, the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) issued its report reviewing the definition of “accredited investor” under Rule 501 of Regulation D to the Securities Act of...more

Logos Seeks Accredited Investors In Bitcoin Fund

On February 26, 2016, Logos Capital Fund, LLP (“Logos”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) a Form D Notice of Exempt Offering of Securities. As its Form D indicates, Logos is soliciting investments of...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - March 2016 #3

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The SEC could change the requirements for investing in startups, and that’s not good - With its new equity crowdfunding rules soon to take effect, the...more

SEC Review of the Definition of an Accredited Investor

At the Practising Law Institute’s SEC Speaks program held on February 19-20, SEC staff members and representatives of the Division of Corporation Finance addressed the Report on the Review of the Definition of “Accredited...more

SEC’s Advisory Committee Meeting

In connection with today’s meeting of the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Smaller and Emerging Companies, Chair White made introductory remarks.  Chair White touched on a number of the initiatives that the Advisory Committee had...more

A Conversation with Chair White

Chair White spoke at the Annual Securities Regulation Institute in San Diego last week and participated in a Q&A session. We have highlighted below commentary on topics of interest to our readers....more

House of Representatives Pressing SEC to Broaden Definition of Accredited Investors

For several years now Congress has been at odds with the Securities Exchange Commission over reducing barriers to capital formation of new businesses in America and increasing access of everyday citizens to private...more

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