Summary of JOBS Bill and Update

I got a few emails asking if I can congeal the five part blog summary of the "JOBS" bill passed by the US House into one. Below is the meat of the bill without comment. As an update, it appears the bill is facing growing political opposition from the left, although President Obama supports...

The Impact of the JOBS Act on D&O Liability

On March 27, 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (of the JOBS Act as it is more popularly known). President Obama is expected to sign the Act shortly. The Act is intended to facilitate capital-raising by reducing regulatory burdens. The Act also...

SEC Small Business Forum Gets Some Stuff in JOBS Act – Part I

Very recently the SEC published its final report on the SEC Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation from the November 17, 2011 event, which I attended in DC. Participants breathlessly await this report each year to see what recommendations make the hot list for the upcoming...

SEC Small Business Forum Gets Some Stuff in JOBS Act – Part II

In this part II, let's hit some key recommendations from the SEC Small Business Forum that did not make it into the JOBS Act and that advocates are still hoping will get some attention: Allowing "finders" in M&A and private offerings to have a simplified registration and...

New York’s Carolyn Maloney More Focused On Politics Than Investors

With Democrats like Representative Carolyn Maloney of New York, who needs the Republicans? When special interests pursue self-interested legislation - or seek to block legislation that affects their interests - Maloney waves the jobs and economic growth flag for campaign contributors rather than...

Emerging Growth Companies: You Have Been Warned

In order to try to boost the number of companies going public, the recently enacted JOBS act provides for certain procedural and reporting advantages for "Emerging Growth Companies," which are defined in the Act as companies within five years of their IPO and with revenues less than $1 ...

Go Twitter IPO!

Social media giant Twitter starts trading following its IPO today. One hopes the lessons of the Facebook IPO debacle are learned. In fact Facebook is now trading $14 above its IPO price, after a very disappointing start. Plus Twitter is choosing a day following a record high on the Dow Industrials index...

JOBS Act Provisions Fuel IPO Surge, Raise Concerns

All eyes may be on the record-setting IPO of Chinese Internet firm, Alibaba, but the real IPO story for 2014 may be the significant number of IPOs this year involving smaller companies. The number of companies completing IPOs this year is on pace for the highest annual level since 2007, a surge in initial...