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Capital Formation

The Short Field Guide to IPOs - November 2017

THE EMERGING GROWTH COMPANY - The JOBS Act created a new class of issuer: the emerging growth company (EGC). An EGC is defined as an issuer with total annual gross revenue of less than $1.07 billion (originally $1 billion,...more

Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act Passes House

On November 9, 2017, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2201, the Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act, by a vote of 232-188. The bill proposes to amend the Securities Act of 1933 to exempt certain micro offerings from state...more

SEC Chair’s Remarks at PLI’s 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation

On November 8, 2017, to mark the opening of the Practising Law Institute’s 49th Annual Institute, SEC Chair Clayton gave a keynote address focused on governance and transparency, which was a surprising direction since the...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 Report on the Capital Markets: A New Day

by Dechert LLP on

Or maybe not. At the outset, let’s give credit where credit is due. It was gratifying to read a governmental missive on the capital markets that made sense, showed an actual grasp of how markets function and an awareness of...more

New Regulatory Regime for VC Fund Managers Takes Effect

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The Monetary Authority of Singapore simplifies and reduces the regulatory compliance burden for venture capital fund managers in Singapore....more

Capital Markets & Public Companies Quarterly: Capital Formation, Dividend Notice and Pay Ratio Q3 Updates

by McDermott Will & Emery on

During the previous quarter, the SEC confirmed that CEO pay ratio disclosure will go into effect as scheduled for the 2018 proxy season. They further announced a new policy permitting qualifying issuers to submit draft...more

Life Sciences Quarterly: A View From Washington: What to Expect From the SEC

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

What should we expect from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the status of new and existing initiatives by Congress and SEC policy, and how will it affect disclosure, governance and capital formation? In...more

Treasury Issues Report and Recommendations on Capital Markets

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 6, 2017, the US Department of the Treasury released a 220-page report on reforming the US regulatory system for the capital markets (Capital Markets Report). The Capital Markets Report includes 91 recommendations...more

Welcome to Stockholm! We Are Learning To Love Our Regulatory State

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As an industry, we remain in high dudgeon over the inanity of much of Dodd-Frank, the ideological and often unhinged regulatory instincts of our various governments and the vast amount of effort, time and money it takes to...more

Treasury Report, Part II: Regulation of the Capital Markets

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury Department” or “Treasury”) issued its second report (of four reports), titled “A Financial System that Creates Economic Opportunities, Capital Markets” (the “Report”). The...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

SEC Chairman Testifies About SEC’s Direction And 2016 Cyberattack

On September 26, 2017, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton testified before the Senate’s Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee regarding the direction of the SEC under his Chairmanship. He also took the opportunity to address the...more

SEC Chair Clayton’s Testimony

Earlier in the week, SEC Chair Clayton provided testimony in Congress regarding the Commission’s agenda. In his testimony, Chair Clayton noted that the Commission remains focused on regulatory initiatives required by the FAST...more

LNG Development and Financing in the US – Market Update

Recent growth in domestic natural gas production, together with expectations of continued growth, has positioned the U.S. to be a significant gas exporter for the foreseeable future. The timing of this shift for the U.S. is...more

China Halts ICOs and Token Sales and China-Based Trading Platforms Suspend Trading Amid Reports of Additional Government...

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The government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has formally announced a suspension to all ICOs and token offerings and financing activities by releasing two notices, namely, the Notice of Seven Ministries Including...more

Capital Formation Bills Advance in the Senate

Last week, the Senate passed three bipartisan bills that promote access to capital for small businesses and startups. The Senate bills, the House corollaries of which originally passed on March 9, 2017, include the...more

A Conversation with the Division Director

At the September 15, 2017 meeting of the American Bar Association, the Director of the Division of the SEC’s Corporation Finance provided some comments regarding the Division’s work and priorities. Mr. Hinman reiterated the...more

SEC to ICO Players: Our Game, Our Rules

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) published an investigative report (the “Report”) cautioning market participants that the offer and sale of digital assets such as “coins” or “tokens,”...more

SEC Focuses on Initial Coin Offerings: Tokens May Be Securities Under Federal Securities Laws

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has recently taken several actions to make clear that it is focused on and actively monitoring the rapidly growing market for so-called “token sales” or “initial coin...more

SAFEs: The (Not So) Simple Agreement for (Potential) Future Equity

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Historically, most startup companies were funded either by the offering of equity or by loans in the form of convertible promissory notes. Recently, however, there have been some hybrid instruments created to fund startups....more

Congress Passes H.R. 2864 (Improving Access to Capital Act), Expanding Scope of Regulation A to Cover Reporting Companies

On September 5, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 2864 (Improving Access to Capital Act) by a vote of 403-3. The bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Krysten Sinema and previously amended by the Committee on...more

Unicorns: Stats and Figures

Since 2004, the number of companies valued at over $1 billion, known as unicorns, has grown exponentially. Pitchbook’s recently published Unicorn Report notes that unicorns currently make up one-fifth of 2017’s total deal...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Zimbabwe

1 .What role does the government of Zimbabwe play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The Government established the Zimbabwe Investment Authority (ZIA) to promote, coordinate and approve investment...more

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