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Broker-Dealer Beat - December 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Unbundling research and execution costs for money managers subject to MiFID II means that US broker-dealers can expect to receive hard dollars or other separately identified payments for research, at least from EU managers....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

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs): The Current State of Play

The ICO boom in 2017 brings with it questions of jurisdiction and compliance, and a need for further guidance - The benefits of ICOs in raising capital, as well as in providing a marketing push for a new business model,...more

Second Circuit Affirms $800 Million Judgment Under Securities Act And Certain State "Blue Sky" Laws, Addressing A Variety Of...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 28, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a judgment, entered after a bench trial by Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York,...more

Forum Selection Clause Covers Extra-Contractual Claims

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

Forum-selection clauses afford an opportunity to contractually preselect the jurisdiction for dispute resolution. While forum-selection clauses are enforceable, parties often disagree about their scope and whether they can be...more

New Rule 147A And Amendments To Rule 147 Are Now Effective

by Allen Matkins on

Last October the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted amendments to Rule 147 to modernize the safe harbor under Section 3(a)(11) and a new intrastate offering exemption, Rule 147A. See Will New Rule 147A Lead To A...more

Corporate Communicator - 2017 Annual Meeting Season

by Snell & Wilmer on

Dear clients and friends, We present our traditional year-end issue of Snell & Wilmer’s Corporate Communicator to help you prepare for the upcoming annual report and proxy season. This issue highlights SEC reporting and...more

Rule 504 Becomes Useful Tool for Smaller Capital Raising and M&A Transactions

On October 26, 2016, the SEC amended Rule 504 of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) to increase the maximum amount of securities that may be sold thereunder in any 12-month period from $1...more

U.S. House of Representatives Pass the Accelerating Access to Capital Act

Earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Accelerating Access to Capital Act aimed at facilitating the formation of capital for U.S. small businesses. The measure is a package of three bills: H.R. 4850 –...more

NASAA Publishes Fraud Alert for EB-5 Investors

Recently, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), which is the oldest international organization devoted to investor protection, published an investor advisory for potential investors in EB-5...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 24

SEC/CORPORATE - DC Circuit Court Rejects States’ Challenge of Blue Sky Preemption Under Regulation A+ - On June 14, the Federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (the DC Circuit) rejected challenges...more

Court Rejects Regulation A+ Challenge

The States of Montana and Massachusetts had previously challenged Regulation A+’s preemption of state securities registration and qualification requirements in Tier-2 offerings. The United States Court of Appeals for the...more

OTC Markets, Inc. Asks SEC To Open Regulation A+ to Reporting Issuers

On June 6, 2016, the OTC Markets Group Inc., the entity operating three major over-the-counter marketplaces (“OTC”), submitted a rulemaking petition to the SEC. The petition asked the SEC to amend Regulation A+ to allow...more

Is A Blue Sky Exemption For Farms Sustainable?

by Allen Matkins on

Today, California regulates the offer and sale of securities more by exemption than qualification. In addition, California and other states have lost authority over a significant amount of securities transactions due to...more

When Attorneys General Attack: AGs’ Aggressive Investigation of Climate Change Disclosures, and Getting Your Insurer to Provide...

Who’s afraid of New York’s Martin Act? Right now, a lot of Wall Street and energy industry companies, that’s who. Why are they concerned about the Martin Act? Because it grants the New York State Office of the Attorney...more

Fund Manager Annual Update

by Mintz Levin on

The SEC brought a record number of enforcement actions against investment advisers in 2015, resulting in approximately $4.2 billion in sanctions.1 This alert highlights current issues for private equity, venture capital and...more

California’s Blue Sky Law May Cast A Shadow On Some Foreign Issuer Equity Plans

by Allen Matkins on

Foreign issuers whose securities are not listed on either the NASDAQ or New York stock exchange may overlook the need to comply with California’s Corporate Securities Law of 1968 when making equity plan awards to their...more

Did Utah’s Securities Commission Really Call Out California’s Commissioner?

by Allen Matkins on

I recently ran across an article concerning a row between Utah’s Securities Commission and California’s Commissioner of Corporations, E.C. Bellows. Engineering & Mining Journal, Bingham Galena on Trail of California...more

What The SEC Doesn’t Understand About Blue Sky Laws

by Allen Matkins on

I recently submitted this comment letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission with respect to its proposal to modernize the exemption applicable to intrastate offerings. The SEC somewhat misleadingly describes its...more

FAST Act eases resale of unregistered securities and adds new accommodations for emerging growth companies: top points

by DLA Piper on

President Barack Obama has signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act). Although primarily focused on funding of the nation’s transportation infrastructure, the FAST Act also includes...more

‘Excuse Me, While I Kiss the [Blue] Sky’: Common State Securities Law Considerations Applicable to U.S. Private Offerings by...

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The wires have hit. You’ve just closed a multijurisdictional offering and delivered a great result for your client. As visions of a raucous post-closing party with your client enter your mind (or perhaps just visions of a...more

FAST Act Includes Enhancements to Capital Raising and Securities Laws

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the “FAST Act”) which included a host of provisions related to capital raising and securities law matters. Provisions of particular...more

SEC Adopts Regulation Crowdfunding

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted Regulation Crowdfunding to implement the crowdfunding exemption from registration authorized by the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The new rules will...more

SEC Proposes Rule Changes to Pave the Way for Intrastate and Regional Offerings

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

At the same time the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted rules implementing Regulation Crowdfunding pursuant to Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”), the agency proposed...more

Crowdfunding Regulations

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final crowdfunding rules. More than two years after the publication of the proposed crowdfunding rules, the SEC approved regulations that permit...more

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