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Regulation A

Five Regulatory Implications for Blockchain Tokens as an "Asset Class"

by McDermott Will & Emery on

As 2017 fades in the rear view mirror of the speeding car that is blockchain, five significant regulatory issues will likely be speedbumps for blockchain tokens in 2018. Pundits spend much time talking about blockchain tokens...more

The SEC’s Shutdown of the Munchee ICO

Commission’s action shows the limited utility of the utility token-security token distinction. Regulator finds that sellers of blockchain-based digital coins cannot dodge securities law by calling the coins “utility...more

Federal Reserve Board Proposes to Amend Regulation A

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Federal Reserve Board issued a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding amendments to Regulation A. The proposed amendments would revise the provisions with regard to the establishment of the primary credit rate at the...more

Capital Formation Bills Pass House Financial Services Committee

On November 15, the House Financial Services Committee approved 23 bills, which included various bills that facilitate capital formation and reduce certain regulatory requirements.? Chairman of the Committee, Jeb Hensarling,...more

SEC's warning shot to ICOs call for Expertise in Regulatory Affairs and Marketing.

by Slim Ventures LLC on

As reported in the Wall Street Journal today, the SEC Chief stated that he has not seen an ICO yet that is not a security. As expected, the market will continue to be more difficult both from a marketability and a regulatory...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - October, 2017 #3

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Building Your Founding Team—Is There a Magic Number? In case you missed it elsewhere on this blog, our own Jeff Stein and Jason Kropp shared a few thoughts on...more

ICOs at the End of 2017: What We Think We Know and What We Don't Know

Initial coin offerings (ICOs), token pre-sales, and similar sales of blockchain-based coins and tokens are quickly becoming an important fundraising option, and an important method of attempting to seed a token-based platform...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

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 38

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Provides Regulatory Relief to Companies Impacted by Recent Hurricanes - On September 28, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its issuance of an order and its adoption of interim...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

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 36

SEC/CORPORATE - Implementation of Pay Ratio Disclosure Requirement Not Expected to Be Delayed - On September 15, at the ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of...more

Blog: A few new CDIs on Rules 147, 503 and 504, as well as Reg A

by Cooley LLP on

Today, Corp Fin posted a number of new CDIs that reflect updates for the amendments to Rule 147 (intrastate offers and sales) and Reg D Rules 503 and 504, and withdrew some CDIs in light of the repeal of Rule 505. There are...more

Proposed Legislation May Afford Broader Use of Regulation A

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives approved in a landslide vote the Improving Access to Capital Act (HR 2864), which would extend the use of Regulation A, an exemption from registration under the Securities Act,...more

SEC Issues New C&DIs on Regulation A

On September 14, 2017, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (the “Staff”) issued three new compliance and disclosure interpretations (“C&DIs”) addressing Regulation A offerings with a concurrent Exchange Act...more

SEC Advisory Committee Meeting on Small and Emerging Companies

On September 13, 2017, the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies held an open meeting to discuss the Sarbanes-Oxley (“SOX”) auditor attestation requirement, the final report that will be issued prior to the...more

Regulation A+ May Become Available To SEC Reporting Issuers

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On September 5, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed (by a vote of 403-3) the Improving Access to Capital Act. The Act directs the SEC to amend Regulation A+ to allow SEC reporting issuers to use...more

New House Bill to Broaden Availability of Regulation A

The House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved legislation to expand the pool of issuers who may rely on the SEC’s Regulation A rules for smaller exempt offerings. ...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

The Guide to Social Media and the Securities Laws

The growing use of social media has created challenges for federal securities regulators, who must enforce antifraud rules that were written at a time when the prevailing technology was the newspaper. This Guide...more

Access to Capital and Liquidity

The SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA) recently produced a Report to Congress regarding the impacts of the Dodd-Frank Act on access to capital for consumers, investors, and businesses, and market liquidity. ...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

Improving Access to Capital Act Moves Forward in the House

The House Financial Services Committee met on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 and approved four bipartisan bills. Among them, H.R. 2864, the Improving Access to Capital Act, was approved by the Committee by a vote of 59-0....more

California’s Regulation A Notice Filing Requirement

by Allen Matkins on

Two years ago, I posed the question: Will California Require Notice Filings For Regulation A Offerings? Corporations Code Section 25102.1(a) provides that offers and sales of to “qualified purchasers”, as defined by the...more

Raising Capital from Individual Investors Using Regulation A+

by Varnum LLP on

Raising capital is essential to startups, and a new option to fundraising allows you to raise money from individual investors through the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Regulation A+. We'll explore the different...more

California Lags Behind The SEC In Permitting Testing Of The Waters In Regulation A Offerings

by Allen Matkins on

In 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted amendments to Regulation A and other rules and forms to implement Section 401 of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. One significant enhancement to...more

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