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Bad Actors

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted amendments to Rule 506 of Regulation D (“Reg D”) that, among other things, prohibit issuers of securities from relying on Reg D if “bad actors” are...more

Private Funds on Social Media—Proceed with Caution

When the Securities and Exchange Commission lifted the ban on general solicitation and general advertising for private offerings of securities, can marketing blitzes on Twitter and other social media sites be far behind?...more

FINRA Offers Regulatory Road Map for 2013

On January 11, 2013, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued its annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter (Priorities Letter) to member firms, which highlights its primary areas of focus for the...more

FINRA Adopts Rule 5123 Requiring the Filing of Offering Documents used in Private Placements of Securities

A new rule requiring FINRA member firms to file copies of certain offering documents related to private placement transactions was approved by the SEC and was effective as of December 3, 2012. FINRA has published FAQs...more

Securities Law Essentials For Growing Companies

We recently gave a presentation at a CLE titled Securities Law Essentials for Growing Companies. The presentation included an overview of what constitutes a public offering, what is a security, classical private placements,...more

FINRA Releases Guidance on Notice Filings for Private Placements

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has released new guidance on filing under FINRA Rule 5123 in the form of a frequently asked questions (FAQs) page and user guide, both available on FINRA's website....more

New FINRA Rule 5123 Regarding Private Placements of Securities Effective December 3, 2012

In an effort to enhance oversight and investor protection over private placement activity of firms on behalf of other issuers, new Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) Rule 5123 became effective on December...more

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