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General Solicitation

General Solicitation typically refers to the soliciting of investors to purchase securities. Prior to the passage of the JOBS Act in 2012, general solicitation was banned in connection with privately offered... more +
General Solicitation typically refers to the soliciting of investors to purchase securities. Prior to the passage of the JOBS Act in 2012, general solicitation was banned in connection with privately offered unregistered securities. Issuers were only permitted to offer such securities to investors with whom they had a pre-existing substantive relationship. Section 201(a) of the JOBS Act lifted the ban on general solicitation, but only with respect to accredited investors.  less -

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

Legal Considerations in Pre-IPO Crossover Financings

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An increasingly common financing strategy for companies expecting to conduct an initial public offering (IPO), particularly in the life sciences space, is to conduct a ‘‘crossover’’ financing shortly prior to the IPO....more

Weekly Update Newsletter - August 2017 #2

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FEDERAL AGENCIES - “Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: DFARS Subgroup to the DoD Regulatory Reform Task Force, Review of DFARS Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses.” Federal Register, August 10,...more

Interesting Facts About U.S. Private Placements

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

This week the SEC Division of Economic and Risk Analysis published a new report including a wealth of data regarding recent trends in public offerings and private placements of securities. The report includes a number of...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - July 2017

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CAPITOL HILL - “Assessment and Enforcement of Domestic Preferences In Accordance with Buy American Laws.” June 30, 2017. Retrieved from whitehouse.gov. The Office of Management and Budget and Department of Commerce...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

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

Taking Credit for Subcontractor Past Performance

- Procurements under FAR Part 8 are subject to a different default rule than FAR Part 15 procurements, GAO rules. - Absent clear direction from the solicitation, an agency conducting a Part 15 procurement must consider...more

Touched by an Angel – The HALOS Act

On January 10, 2017, the House of Representatives passed “Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act” (the “HALOS Act”), which is intended to ease formal restrictions on general solicitation. The HALOS Act still needs to be...more

January 2017 Protest Roundup

Two common themes run through the cases we have chosen for this month’s bid protest roundup. The first three decisions explore some pitfalls relating to the timeliness of proposals and protest grounds. The last two...more

House of Representatives Passes the HALOS Act (Again), But Is It Really Necessary?

On January 10, 2017, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 79, the “Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act” (the “HALOS Act”). The HALOS Act was originally passed by the House of Representatives as H.R. 4498 on April 27,...more

Changes In Intrastate Crowdfunding Rules: Will They Make A Difference?

On October 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission amended its existing safe harbor rule for intrastate investing, Rule 147, and added a new intrastate safe harbor, Rule 147A in an effort to reflect the realities of...more

SEC Staff Issues New C&DI on Integration Analysis of Successive Offerings Made Under Different Provisions of Regulation D

On November 17, 2016, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued new guidance, in the form of Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation (C&DI) Question 256.34,...more

U.S. Department of Transportation Solicits Project Applications for $850 Million in FASTLANE Grants

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is calling for project applications for $850 million in transportation infrastructure grants, representing the second opportunity for funding from a program that has already...more

Beware the Booty-Encrusted Hook: Cybersecurity Vendors Should Use Caution Approaching GSA’s IT-70 Solicitation for Highly Adaptive...

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Machiavelli – yes, that Machiavelli – knew a thing or two about working with a powerful government. In his most well-known writings, Machiavelli opined on both the application of power and importance of intellect when...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

OSC panel provides guidance on fundamental securities law concepts

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On May 4, 2016, an Ontario Securities Commission panel (the Panel) issued its Reasons and Decision In the Matter of Future Solar Developments Inc., containing interpretive guidance on three central concepts in securities...more

Practice Pointers on Navigating the Securities Act’s Prohibition on General Solicitation and General Advertising

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

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

House of Representatives Passes the HALOS Act; Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2016 is Introduced

On April 27, 2016, the House of Representatives passed the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act (H.R. 4498) (the “HALOS Act”), which was first introduced on April 16, 2015. The HALOS Act directs the SEC to amend Regulation D...more

Private Placements: A Primer

A private equity offering or “private placement” of securities is the process of offering and selling securities to prospective investors without first registering the securities with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

House Committee on Financial Services Reports Favorably on the HALOS Act

United States Representative Steve Chabot of Ohio first introduced the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act (the “HALOS Act”) on February 9, 2016. Less than a month later, on March 2, 2016 the House Committee on Financial...more

SEC Helps Issuers Avoid Relationship Drama in Capital Raising: New Guidance on General Solicitation

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On August 6, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) staff issued important guidance concerning general solicitation and general advertising (collectively, general solicitation), including the use of online...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

Offer Expired: The FAR’s 30-Day Offer Expiration Rule Applicable to Commercial Items

The language of FAR 52.212-1(c) states that an “offeror agrees to hold the prices in its offer firm for 30 calendar days from the date specified for receipt of offers, unless another time period is specified in an addendum to...more

2015-16 Compliance Developments & Calendar for Private Fund Advisers

Registered investment advisers (RIAs) are required to review their policies and procedures on at least an annual basis. As an aid to the required review and to assist with timely completion of required compliance tasks, below...more

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