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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

SEC Comment about “Affiliate” Stockholder in Public Float Calculation

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In monitoring SEC comment letters, we came across this SEC comment letter made public this month. It serves as a reminder to registrants that, when calculating a company’s public float, there is an informal presumption that a...more

Blog: NASDAQ—Oops, I Mean Nasdaq—Acknowledges Reality

by Cooley LLP on

Last week, Nasdaq filed with the SEC a proposed rule change that finally recognized the reality that compliance with the “all-caps” presentation of “NASDAQ,” as in “The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC,” has been inconsistent at best...more

It’s “Nasdaq”, not “NASDAQ”, According to Nasdaq

Nasdaq has filed an immediately effective rule change with the SEC to reflect a corporate branding change to Nasdaq’s name. Specifically, current references in Nasdaq’s governing documents and rules will be changed as...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - October 2017

by Vedder Price on

New Rules, Propsed Rules, Guidance and Alerts - SEC STAFF GUIDANCE AND ALERTS - SEC Staff Extends No-Action Relief on Auditor Independence and the “Loan Provision” - On September 22, 2017, the staff of the SEC’s...more

NASDAQ Company Discusses Plan for Initial Coin Offering

Social Reality, Inc. (NASDAQ:SRAX) discussed its plans for an initial coin offering with analysts on October 17, 2017. Its stock closed up 70% on the news....more

Nasdaq Proposes Changes to SPAC Listing Rules

On October 11, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published for comment a proposal by NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (Nasdaq) to modify its initial and continued listing requirements for special purpose acquisition...more

A Busy Quarter for IPOs

EY’s recently published Global IPO trends: Q3 2017 reports that 2017 is on course for the busiest IPO year in 10 years–largely due to the level of activity outside the United States. According to the report, 1,156 IPOs have...more

Practice Pointers on Pre-funded Warrants

What Are Pre-funded Warrants? - Pre-funded warrants are a type of warrant that allows its holder to purchase a specified number of a company’s securities at a nominal exercise price. The nominal exercise price is...more

A blockchain overview

by DLA Piper on

Blockchain and distributed ledger technology offers significant and scalable processing power, high accuracy rates, and apparently unbreakable security at a significantly reduced cost compared to the traditional systems the...more

Trying To Get Listed on NASDAQ By Marking-the-Close

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The goal was to get the pink sheets traded firm listed on NASDAQ. A key requirement is that the share price be at or above $2.00 for ninety consecutive trading days. ...more

Private Company Liquidity Programs

Nasdaq Private Market reports increased activity in private company liquidity programs. Companies that are choosing to stay private longer are using structured and controlled liquidity as a recruitment and retention tool,...more

Blockchain's Steady March to Legitimacy

by White & Case LLP on

Four separate events during the second half of July signal that virtual currency and blockchain are steadily becoming part of mainstream financial services. The interconnected histories of Bitcoin (the most common virtual...more

Blog: CII Updates Its Best Practices For Proxy Access

by Cooley LLP on

As proxy access bylaws have continued to proliferate—with 60% of the S&P 500 now having adopted some form of proxy access provisions—the Council of Institutional Investors has decided that the time is right to update its 2015...more

Delaware Encourages Blockchain Technology Through Legal and Technological Innovations

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On July 21, Delaware governor John C. Carney Jr. signed into law a series of amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) that will allow companies to keep shareholder information on blockchain technology-based...more

Moody’s Chief Economist: “More Immigration is the Single Best Way to Consistently Lift Economic Growth and Standards of Living”

At a panel discussion in New York this week, the Chief Economist for Moody’s Investors Service, Mark Zandi, said that “[m]ore immigration is the single best way to consistently lift economic growth and standards of living.” ...more

NASDAQ Proposes Revisions to Shareholder Approval Rules

by Dechert LLP on

Nasdaq, Inc. recently requested comments regarding possible updates to its “20% voting rule.” That rule, adopted in 1990, requires Nasdaq listed companies to obtain shareholder approval when issuing 20% or more of its stock...more

Why Energy Companies Will Be Major Users of Blockchain Technology

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Dan Nossa recently attended a conference at Rice University focused on blockchain technology. It was a first of its kind for the city and one of the things the attorney at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC’s Houston office noted was the...more

News Round Up - June 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

More on the IPO Market from the SEC Investor Advisory Committee - The SEC Investor Advisory Committee devoted its June 22, 2017, session to a discussion of the decline in the number of U.S. IPOs. Chair Clayton addressed...more

Nasdaq Is Advocating for U.S. Public Market Reform

by Blank Rome LLP on

In May 2017, Nasdaq published a report titled The Promise of Market Reform: Reigniting America’s Economic Engine. The report stems from Nasdaq’s concern about the state of U.S. pubic markets, which have become “more complex...more

NASDAQ Solicits Comments on Shareholder Approval Rules

Nasdaq posted the following notice and request for comment: “Last year, Nasdaq, solicited comments on our shareholder approval rules. These rules were adopted in 1990 and have remained largely unchanged since then. The...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Even as the administration is mulling over withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, Exxon Mobil’s shareholders have voted to demand a more detailed accounting of the climate change policy risks facing the company—an...more

Dubai: Memoranda of Understanding to Foster Institutional Real Estate Investment

by Morgan Lewis on

Memoranda of understanding recently entered into by the Dubai Land Department with the Dubai International Finance Centre Authority and Nasdaq Dubai, respectively, aim to facilitate institutional real estate investment in...more

Dual-Class Stock and Private Ordering: A System That Works

Dual-class stock has become the target of heightened attention, particularly in light of Snap’s recent IPO. While the structure remains popular for companies trying to respond to the short-term outlook of public...more

A Compliance Calendar Tip: Update for T+2

A few weeks ago, the SEC finalized rules to shorten the standard settlement period for securities transactions from three business days (T+3) to two business days (T+2). Amended Exchange Act Rule 15c6-1(a) will prohibit a...more

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