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SNAP IPO Debuts On NYSE

SNAP Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, went public yesterday with a valuation of approximately $33.4 billion. The Company raised $3.4 billion at $17 per share, and is now trading well above the IPO price. While SNAP has reported growing revenues ($404.5 million in 2016, up from $58.7 million in 2015), it has also reported growing … Continue Reading

SEC Eliminates the Prohibition on General Solicitation for Rule 506 and Rule 144A Offerings

On July 10, 2013, the SEC adopted the amendments required under the JOBS Act to Rule 506 that would permit issuers to use general solicitation and general advertising to offer their securities, subject to certain limitations. In addition, the SEC amended Rule 506, as required by the Dodd-Frank Act, to disqualify felons and other bad … Continue Reading

SEC Adopts Rules to Remove Ban on General Solicitation for Rule 506 Offerings

This morning the Securities and Exchange Commission, by a 4 to 1 vote of the Commissioners, approved implementing rules under Title II of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act to remove the ban on general solicitation for offerings to accredited investors under Regulation D, Rule 506. The SEC has not yet released the final … Continue Reading

SEC Freezes Assets and Brings Civil Charges against EB-5 Investor Visa Project

In the first SEC enforcement action of its kind, the SEC announced on February 8, 2013 that it had filed civil charges against, and received an emergency order to freeze assets of, the Intercontinental Regional Center Trust of Chicago, a designated Regional Center under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration … Continue Reading

At Long Last, A Divided SEC Publishes Proposals To Enable General Solicitation And Advertising For Regulation D And Rule 144A, But Further Delays Effectiveness

At an open meeting held on August 29, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a proposed rule pursuant to Section 201(a) of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (“JOBS”) Act that would amend: Regulation D and Rule 506 under the Securities Act to remove the ban on general solicitation and general advertising for offerings sold … Continue Reading

Update on Timeline for SEC Rulemaking to Implement the JOBS Act and Dodd-Frank Act

In recent weeks, the SEC has given notice of matters that SEC Commissioners will consider at an open meeting on August 22, 2012, including: general solicitation rulemaking required by Title II of the JOBS Act disclosure and reporting rules for conflict minerals and resource extraction issuers that are required under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform … Continue Reading

President Obama Signs JOBS Act: Landmark Reform for Small and Emerging Growth Companies Now Law

On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, enacting it into law. The JOBS Act is intended to make it easier for smaller and earlier stage companies to raise capital and also to revitalize the U.S. market for initial public offerings, which has been in decline since the beginning … Continue Reading

House Passes Modified JOBS Act and sends to President Obama – Expected to Become Law this Week

On March 26, 2012, the House of Representatives passed the version of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act that was approved by the Senate on March 22, 2012. The House vote was 380-41. President Obama is expected to sign the bill this week. We discussed the JOBS Act and the Senate’s modifications to the … Continue Reading

Senate Passes Modified JOBS Act – Regulatory Reform for Small and Emerging Growth Companies Speeds Closer to Fruition

On March 22, 2012, the Senate passed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act by a vote of 73-26. The House of Representatives passed the JOBS Act on March 8, 2012 by a vote of 390-23. The Senate bypassed its typical committee process to rush the bill to a floor vote. Legislators in both parties … Continue Reading

The March Towards Meaningful Reform for Small and Emerging Growth Companies Moves Forward – House Passes Measures to Open Private Capital Raising and Facilitate an On-Ramp of New IPOs

Building on months of momentum in Congress, on March 8, 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act by a bi-partisan vote of 390-23. A similar bill, S. 1933, has been introduced in the Senate and may be voted on this month. The JOBS Act is intended to address … Continue Reading

Regulatory Update: SEC Adopts Final Rules Defining “Accredited Investor” Consistent with Dodd-Frank

Just before 2011 year-end, the SEC adopted final rules first proposed in January 2011 to exclude the value of an investor’s home when determining if an investor meets the net worth test for an accredited investor. A person’s status as an accredited investor affects eligibility, sophistication and information requirements for certain unregistered securities offerings. The … Continue Reading

Delaware Supreme Court Clarifies When a Series of Dispositions will not Trigger an “All or Substantially All” Indenture Covenant

In The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Co., N.A., v. Liberty Media Corp., No. 284, 2011 WL 4376552 (Del. Sept. 21, 2011), the Delaware Supreme Court held that Liberty Media Corp’s proposed split-off was not sufficiently connected to previous transactions to warrant aggregation of both the proposed and previous transactions, and thus the proposed … Continue Reading

SEC Rulemaking: Guide to Newly Effective Eligibility Criteria to Replace Credit Ratings in Public Offerings

On July 26, 2011, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission adopted new rules to phase-out and eventually eliminate credit ratings from the transaction eligibility requirements of Forms S-3 and F-3, the short forms that eligible issuers can use to register securities under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”). These forms enable eligible issuers to … Continue Reading

SEC Announces Slight Decrease in Fee Rates for Section 6(b), Section 13(e) and Section 14(g) in Fiscal Year 2012

Public companies and companies registering to go public should be aware of recent fee rate adjustments made by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The following fee rates will be affected by the adjustment:   the Section 6(b) fee rate applicable to the registration of securities,  the Section 13(e) fee rate applicable to the repurchase of … Continue Reading

SEC Considering New Regulations Governing Capital Formation for Smaller Companies, Crowdfunding, Social and Other New Media

On April 6, 2011, Mary L. Schapiro, Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") sent a letter to Darrell E. Issa, Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, responding to a March 22, 2011 letter from Rep. Issa concerning capital formation issues. In her letter, Chairman Schapiro indicated that the SEC would … Continue Reading

SPACs 2.0: New SPAC Rules Changes Approved By NASDAQ And NYSE AMEX And New Market Features Make SPACs A More Attractive Investment Vehicle In 2011

The last three quarters have seen a rebirth of initial public offerings by special purpose acquisition corporations (“SPAC”) brandishing new features and creative solutions to the problems that contributed to the demise of the SPAC market in 2008. National securities exchanges have responded with new rules to facilitate new listings for SPACs.  … Continue Reading

New SEC Proposal To Modify Short Form Registration Statement Eligibility Requirements And Repeal Credit Rating-Based Eligibility For Public Offerings Of Non-Convertible Debt Securities

As previously discussed in our August 17, 2010 blog posting “Registered Public Offerings Of Debt Securities And The Use Of Credit Ratings Information In SEC Filings After Dodd-Frank,” the practice of marketing registered public offerings of debt securities with credit ratings information and related disclosure of issuer credit ratings in SEC filings is undergoing changes … Continue Reading

SMRH ALERT: NASDAQ Moves Toward Mandatory Electronic Filing

In July 2010, NASDAQ OMX began permitting companies applying for listing in US markets to submit Listing Applications via its online Listing Center, moving toward its stated goal of migrating all paper-based forms to its electronic platform. Currently the Listing Center supports the electronic submission of Listing Applications and Listing of Additional Shares Notifications. The Listing … Continue Reading

SEC Proposes Amendments To Reflect Dodd-Frank’s Definition Of “Accredited Investor”

On January 25, 2011, the SEC proposed new amendments to conform the definition of “accredited investor” under Rule 215 of the Securities Act of 1933 and Rule 501 of Regulation D to requirements imposed by Congress under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”). Various exemptions for private or other limited offerings of … Continue Reading
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