EB-5 Practice under the JOBS Act

Since the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) was passed by Congress this past April, the EB-5 community has waited in anticipation for the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) to revise its rul es to remove the prohibition on general solicitation and general advertising under Regulation...

Capital Markets Relief: JOBS Act Eases Regulatory Barriers to IPOs and Other Capital Raising Alternatives

by Phillip J. Kardis II , Robert K. Smith, and Barry Spatzer Excerpt: On April 5, 2012, the President signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act (H.R. 3606), which incorporates several initiatives aimed at easing the regulatory burdens of traditional IPOs and private placements...

EB-5 Practice under SEC Proposed Rules to Implement the JOBS Act

Regional Centers [1] lawfully raise capital within the EB-5 Program [2] pursuant to one or more exemptions from registration set forth in the United States securities laws. The most commonly utilized exemptions in EB-5 offerings are Regulation D (the Private Placement exemption) and Regulation S...

JOBS Act SEC Proposed Rules: Solicitation & Advertising for Private Offerings

by Karl J. Ege, Mel Wheaton, Danielle Benderly, and James T. Carroll Excerpt: The SEC recently issued long-awaited proposed rules to remove existing general solicitation and advertising prohibitions for private offerings and sales of securities under Rule 506 and Rule 144A under the Securities...

SEC Delays Rules on Key EB-5 Section in JOBS Act

When the JOBS Act was enacted in April 2012, it raised a significant amount of excitement in the EB-5 community. At the time, there was a general consensus that the Act could change the landscape of EB-5 private offerings. However, the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SECs) indefinite delay...

The JOBS Act After One Year

A year ago, President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, a legislative product of rare bipartisan collaboration that was intended to improve employment and make it easier for smaller firms to raise private equity. (For an overview of the Act's provisions, refer here...

Lifeline or Rising Tide? Understanding Emerging Growth Companies under the JOBS Act

Laws don't often get their own parties. But for the irresistibly named Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, President Obama held a rare public ceremony in the White House's Rose Garden in its honor. Even more notably, this party was quite bipartisan-Republican House Majority Leader...

The JOBS Act, a Year Later – Part 4: Online Angel Investment Platforms

This post is the fourth in a series examining the impact of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (or JOBS Act) one year after its passage and focuses on the provisions related to online angel investment platforms. In the last post of this series , I discussed the progress of implementing the...

Crowdfunding Update for May 2013

We are still patiently waiting for the SEC to develop rules implementing the crowdfunding provisions of the JOBS Act. While we are waiting, the industry prepares for the crowdfunding transactions. Recently, two interesting articles about crowdfunding caught my attention. First, thecrowdcafe.com...

The JOBS Act, a Year Later – Part 5: Crowdfunding

This post is the fifth in a series examining the impact of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (or JOBS Act) one year after its passage and focuses on the provisions related to crowdfunding. Previously in this series, I discussed the progress of implementing the JOBS Act, specifically Titles...

The JOBS Act, a Year Later – Part 6: Regulation A+

This post is the sixth in a series examining the impact of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (or JOBS Act) one year after its passage and focuses on the provision instructing the SEC to create a new securities registration exemption commonly known as "Regulation A+." Previously...

The JOBS Act, a Year Later – Part 7: Titles V and VI and Concluding Thoughts

This post is the seventh and final in a series examining the impact of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (or JOBS Act) one year after its passage and focuses on Titles V and VI of the law and provides some final concluding thoughts. Titles V and VI of the JOBS Act are closely related in ...

First Enforcement Action Taken Against Crowdfunding Site

For the first time, regulators are taking action against one of the many crowdfunding sites that have sprung up since the passage of the JOBS Act. The Ohio Division of Securities issued a notice of intent to issue a cease-and-desist order against the Cincinnati-based crowdfunding platform SoMoLend and...

Demo Days, Pitch Events and the New Reg D

by Trent Dykes , Megan Muir and Kiran Lingam I. Introduction / Background With the passage of the JOBS Act, the regulation governing most private securities offerings is undergoing a dramatic makeover. Congress tasked the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with developing new rules allowing...

SEC Crowdfunding Rule Proposal to be Announced Next Week

Bloomberg reports today that the SEC plans to announce long-awaited proposed rules on “crowdfunding” next week. There is no notice yet on the SEC website, but apparently the news outlet heard from those in the know. The Jumpstart our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012 mandated that the...

SEC Chair White: Move on New Regulation D Proposal

As many know, when the SEC passed rules allowing companies and private funds to use general solicitation and advertising in certain private securities offerings as mandated by the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, they also proposed a series of rules that would add investor protections in such...

SEC Releases Proposed Crowdfunding Rules

On October 23, 2013, the SEC finally approved (unanimously) and released for public comment the proposed rules implementing the crowdfunding provisions of the JOBS Act. The rules will not become effective, subject to any revisions, until the end of a 90-day comment period, meaning that the rules will...

Overview of Proposed SEC Crowdfunding Rules

by Trent Dykes and Nathan Luce Earlier today, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) took an important step in making securities-based crowdfunding a reality for many small companies with the release of its proposed rules governing crowdfunding. The proposed rules, called “Regulation Crowdfunding...

M&A Brokers Closer to Congressional Relief

As reported by my friend and attorney Scott Gluck, the House last week started hearings on the next generation of JOBS-type relief for smaller companies, fashioned after the original Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012. The “JOBS 2.0″ hearing discussed a number of different...

Crowdfunding and EB-5: What Insights do the New SEC Rules Offer for EB-5 Practice?

On October 24, 2013 the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released the proposed rules governing crowdfunding, which is an evolving method of raising capital through Internet and social media websites. Title III of the “Jumpstart Our Business Startups” (JOBS) Act and SEC’s proposed...

Thoughts on the Proposed Crowdfunding Regulations

On October 23, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued proposed regulations to implement Title III of the JOBS Act, which will allow for the public sale of securities using crowdfunding under an exemption from registration under securities laws. Since it has been some time since the regulations...

Regulation A+ Proposal: State Preemption Critical

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA, not to be confused with the space agency) is pushing to allow states to have a chance to complete a merit-based review of offering documents under the newly proposed Regulation A+ (see prior posts). Recall that this has the potential to...

Which Crowdfunding is Which? A Primer

Many seem a little confused by the flurry of regulatory activity in Congress and the SEC the last few years when it comes to small business and capital formation. Regulation D? Regulation A? Kickstarter? Crowdfunding? Which is which? Here’s a few sentences so you can keep a scorecard: Kickstarter...

House Committee Starts Exciting Work on JOBS 2.0

A key subcommittee of the US House Financial Services Committee has announced a hearing tomorrow morning to begin consideration of a group of 7 bills that could coalesce into a large initiative to benefit small businesses and smaller public companies. Some are saying this, along with a previous bill...

JOBS Act 2.0 Bills Officially Pass House Committee

It took until just before Memorial Day, but apropos timing as the House Financial Services Committee, on May 22, officially approved 11 bills to help small businesses with capital formation and growth. Many on the Hill are fashioning this group of bills JOBS Act 2.0, as a natural follow to the Jumpstart...