Securities & Exchange Commission The Jump-Start Our Business Start-Ups Act

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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US Securities Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White Announces Departure at End of Obama Administration

SEC Chair Mary Jo White announced that she will leave the SEC at the end of President Obama’s term...more

New JOBS Act Rules Regarding Accredited Investor Determination

New SEC rules mandated by the JOBS Act require that an issuer’s determination of an investor’s “accredited investor” status must be made as of the last day of the issuer’s most recent fiscal year rather than at the time of...more

The Trump Administration: Change By Appointment

The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, along with the Republican control of the majority of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, will likely result in significant changes in...more

Chair Mary Jo White to Step Down as SEC Commissioner at End of President Obama’s Term

On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that Chair Mary Jo White will resign as SEC Commissioner effective January 20, 2017, concurrently with the end of President Obama’s term of...more

A Window into Trump’s SEC?

Insights into an SEC composed of Trump appointees can be gleaned from Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling’s (R-TX) opening statements at a committee hearing on SEC oversight, with testimony by outgoing SEC...more

Blog: SEC Chair White Announces Plan To Resign

The SEC has announced that Chair Mary Jo White intends to resign at the end of President Obama’s term. One of the longest serving chairs, she has served for almost four years. In addition to a long list of accomplishments,...more

Updated MoFo FAQs on the Separation of Research and Investment Banking

New FINRA Rule 2241 covering equity research reports and analysts and new FINRA Rule 2242 covering debt research reports took effect less than a year ago in December 2015 and July 2016, respectively; and market practice with...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - The CFPB Publishes Final Rule for Prepaid Accounts - On October 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the "CFPB") finalized comprehensive consumer protections for...more

The JOBS Act And The Convergence Of Private And Public Sales Under The UCC

Section 9610(b) of the California Commercial Code provides that if commercially reasonable, a secured party may dispose of collateral by public or private proceedings, by one or more contracts, as a unit or in parcels, and at...more

SEC Seeks Public Input on Subpart 400 of Regulation S-K in Connection with its Disclosure Effectiveness Initiative

At the end of August, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a release seeking public input on the disclosure requirements found in Subpart 400 of Regulation S-K (Comments Request). Subpart 400 requires...more

SEC Seeks Public Comment on Disclosure Requirements in Subpart 400 of Regulation S-K

On August 25, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it is seeking public comment on Subpart 400 of Regulation S-K, which requires certain disclosures about an issuer’s management,...more

Preliminary Planning for the 2017 Proxy Season

For those who want to start preparing for the 2017 proxy season, our preliminary list of important considerations is set forth below: Directors’ and Officer’s Questionnaire - Nasdaq has adopted a rule requiring...more

The “Fix Crowdfunding Act” – What It Fixes And What It Doesn’t Fix

In early June, the U.S. House of Representatives, Financial Services Committee, approved the “Fix Crowdfunding Act” bill (or HR 4855). Maybe it’s the title of the bill that is misleading, but since then I have seen multiple...more

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

Capital Markets & Public Companies Quarterly: Catching up on the SEC's Active Second Quarter

In Depth - New SEC C&DIs Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures - On May 17, 2016, the SEC issued several new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) and modified existing C&DIs to provide additional...more

US IPO Guide 2016 Edition

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

SEC Proposes to Amend Smaller Reporting Company Definition

In the years following the JOBS Act, which created the term “emerging growth company” and made available certain disclosure and other accommodations to companies that qualified as EGCs, there has been renewed focus on scaled...more

Blog: Discussion Draft of the Financial CHOICE Act

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

Equity For The Crowd

On May 16, 2016 the long awaited Crowdfunding rules became final. In some 680 pages of regulations, not to mention the length of the text of the enabling law, Congress and securities regulators have sought to balance the...more

D.C. Circuit Rejects Challenge to SEC Regulation A+

The Commission prevailed in the D.C. Circuit which rejected a challenge to Regulation A+. Petitioners, the chief security regulators for Massachusetts and Montana argued that the SEC’s rules were contrary to the Supreme...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

Blog: The Financial CHOICE Act Would Dismantle A Whole Lot More In Dodd-Frank Than Just Financial Regulation

by Cydney Posner There has been a fair amount of press regarding the Financial CHOICE Act, a new bill sponsored by Jeb Hensarling, Chair of the House Financial Services Committee. The actual bill has not yet been released,...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 11 • June 2016 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - A few years ago, David Blass, then Chief Counsel of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets, created a stir when he said in a speech that private fund advisers should be concerned about some...more

Intrastate Crowdfunding: The Often Overlooked Option

I speak about crowdfunding across the country and I often find it hard enough just getting people to understand the difference between investment-based crowdfunding and reward-based offerings like Kickstarter and Indiegogo....more

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