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Yes, Consumer, Real Estate, and Business Finance Companies, You Too Can Take the IPO On-Ramp

by Phillip J. Kardis II, Robert K. Smith, and Barry Spatzer Excerpt: Just as HOV lanes were created to ease the commuting burden for those who meet certain requirements, the recently enacted Jumpstart Our Business Startups ("JOBS") Act created the "IPO On-Ramp" to ease the...

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...

Twitter Files Confidentially for IPO

Social media company Twitter has filed a registration statement with the SEC to go public in an IPO. They told the world about it, of course, in a tweet. What’s interesting is that the company, with over 200 million users, chose to file confidentially for now, not revealing any details about the...

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...

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...

This is Real Law: Risky Business: More IPOs Could Lead to More Litigation

Few public entertainers have topped the showmanship of Jean François Gravelet-Blondin. The 19th-century French tightrope walker and acrobat was famous for many astounding feats, including crossing Niagara Falls numerous times—while blindfolded, pushing a wheelbarrow, on stilts and even carrying...

What to Watch in the World of D&O

Every year just after Labor Day, I take a step back and survey the most important current trends and developments in the world of Directors’ and Officers’ liability and D&O insurance. This year’s survey is set out below. Once again, there are a host of things worth watching in the...

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...

5 Reasons SEC Regulation A+ Is Revolutionary

March 25 was a significant day for the world of IPOs, small business and the small-cap markets. The SEC voted unanimously to adopt final rules implementing changes to Regulation A which were mandated by the Jumpstart our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012. It took a while to get the rules completed...

Regulation A+ Rules Effective June 19

April 2012. That’s when the Jumpstart our Business Startups (JOBS) Act was signed into law by Pres. Obama. The Act directed the SEC to make changes to Regulation A, as my faithful blogees should be well aware. In fairness, the Act did not give the SEC any time limit to effect those changes. And...