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Accredited Investors are a class of investors whose purchases are exempt from certain SEC registration requirements. Rule 501 of Regulation D lists eight categories of investors that qualify as accredited... more +
Accredited Investors are a class of investors whose purchases are exempt from certain SEC registration requirements. Rule 501 of Regulation D lists eight categories of investors that qualify as accredited investors.  less -

Banks vs. Private Lenders: The Basics of Financing Options for Small Businesses

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Most small business owners will, at some point in the lifespan of their businesses, need to obtain financing in order to get their business off the ground or expand. This article summarizes the basics of obtaining financing...more

Investment Crowdfunding Exemptions: Understand What You Can and Cannot Do to Advertise Your Offering

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

This article expands upon a recent overview of the securities law exemptions commonly used for investment crowdfunding campaigns. The six distinct exemptions or "paths" outlined below are the most commonly used by...more

Practitioner Insight: After the Token Sale—How to Navigate the Federal Securities Law Issues

Over the last few months, there has been fairly wide-spread recognition that most offerings in the United States of tokens and of Simple Agreements for Future Tokens (SAFTs) are securities offerings.1 As a result, most U.S....more

SEC Rulemaking Agenda

The SEC’s recently released rulemaking agenda includes a number of matters that will affect capital formation. For example, the agenda references as priorities modernization of disclosures for mining registrants, amendments...more

Rule 506(c) – Verifying Investor Status

NASDAQ Private Markets and Morrison & Foerster recently described the process for verifying the status of investors when a company chooses to use general solicitation to conduct a Rule 506(c) offering. ...more

FAQ: What Businesses Need to Know About Investment Crowdfunding

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

What is Crowdfunding? Crowdfunding is a marketing tool that businesses use to obtain capital from a large number of individuals, typically over the Internet....more

Bill to Make Private Offerings Easier Has Momentum

by Barley Snyder on

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill directed at making private offerings easier. The bill – the Fair Investment Opportunities for Professional Experts Act – now moves to the U.S. Senate Committee on...more

Corporate Finance Alert: House Passes Bipartisan Legislation Intended to Ease Capital Formation

On November 1, 2017, the House of Representatives passed two bills intended to ease regulatory burdens on capital formation. The bills would amend the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act) to extend the “testing the waters”...more

Capital Formation Bills Pass House

HR 1585, sponsored by Rep. Schweikart, titled The Fair Investment Opportunities for Professional Experts Act, passed the House by a voice vote. This bill would amend the “accredited investor” definition to add persons,...more

Treasury Issues Plan to Streamline Capital Markets Regulation

Pursuant to Executive Order 13772, the Treasury Department has issued a report that identifies laws, treaties, regulations, guidance, reporting and record keeping requirements, and other government policies that promote or...more

Securities Rules for Private Equity Financings

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In order to sell securities (notes, common stock, preferred stock, membership interests in an LLC), a company must either register the sale under federal and state securities laws or find an exemption from such registration...more

Singapore Legal Update - July 2017

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Issues of Corporate Governance and Due Diligence Raised in SingPost's Review of Its Acquisition of TradeGlobal - SingPost issued an update on its review of its acquisition of TradeGlobal Holdings Inc. The report...more

Singapore Legal Update - June 2017

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Foreign Companies May Restructure under the New Singapore Insolvency Provision - The insolvency provisions of the Companies (Amendment) Act 2017 came into force on 23 May 2017. They set up a new restructuring framework...more

Securities and Governance Update – June 2017

by BakerHostetler on

As part of BakerHostetler’s commitment to serve as a strategic business partner, we are pleased to publish this resource, which is designed to keep executives, corporate counsel and governance professionals apprised of...more

Financial CHOICE Act Aims to Open Capital Markets and Reduce Regulatory Burdens

On June 8, 2017, the House of Representatives passed, by a 233-186 party-line vote (with all Democrats and one Republican voting against), the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017, a bill principally designed to reverse many features...more

CSA Propose Amendments to Reduce Compliance Burden for Private Placement Reports on Form 45-106F1

On June 8, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment proposed amendments to Form 45-106F1, the form used for private placement reporting in Canada. The proposed amendments are intended to...more

Singapore Legal Update - May 2017

by Allen & Overy LLP on

MAS Consults on Operationalising the Changes to the Securities and Futures Act - The MAS has suggested that an entity that operates a facility to match trades in respect of products that are not exchange traded...more

Wish Lists

Many groups have come forward in recent weeks with their lists of regulations that should be reviewed or amended, as well as their list of areas that merit close review in light of the potential burdens that may be imposed by...more

Mind the Gap: Connecting CannaBusinesses and Investors

Lane Powell supports the Cannabis Investor Network (CIN) in Seattle. The mission of CIN is to connect accredited investors with state-legal cannabis businesses that need additional capital. Lane Powell hosted the inaugural...more

General Solicitations of Certain Regulation D “Private” Securities Offerings:  SEC Affirms Zero-Tolerance Policy.

On March 29, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a noteworthy opinion in In re KCD Financial Inc., a review of a FINRA disciplinary action. While the opinion affirmed FINRA’s disciplinary action,...more

Financial Services Weekly News - May 2017

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In This Issue. The Senate confirmed Jay Clayton as the new chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) released its final handbook for...more

SEC Government-Business Forum Report

The final report from the forum held in November 2016 was recently published. The recommendations of the forum often provide the Securities and Exchange Commission with insights regarding measures that could promote capital...more

Press Releases Sink Private Offering

The opinion of the SEC in KCD Financial Inc. upholds a FINRA disciplinary action against a FINRA member broker-dealer that sold securities in a private placement when no exemption from registration was available....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 9

ISS Updates Frequently Asked Questions for US Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures for 2017 - Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently updated its frequently asked questions (FAQs) for US...more

Integration of Private and Public Offerings 2017

by Locke Lord LLP on

I. INTRODUCTION - A. Outline Coverage - This outline reviews the SEC’s interpretations that relate to the integration of private and public offerings and the challenges they impose for the capital formation process....more

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