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Next Steps for the JOBS Act

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, as amended by the Senate, was voted on by the House of Representatives yesterday and passed 380 to 41. That makes it a very bi-partisan bill, even though a ll 41 "Nays" were Democrats . If I remember my Schoolhouse Rocks song correctly, it's...

In Spite of What You May Have Heard, the Senate Just Effectively Killed Crowdfunding

This last week, the Senate passed the " JOBS Act ," leaving it one step away from final passage by Congress and Signature by President Obama. The JOBS Act contains a number of provisions which are aimed at reducing the securities compliance burdens of small companies and startups. One of...

Steps to Determine if an Investor is Accredited

Private funds will be able to advertise and solicit for investor, provided all of the investors are " accredited investors ." The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act will dramatically change the way capital raising for private funds operates. The drawback is the loss of 35 non-accredited...

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...

The Practical Implications of the "JOBS" Act for EB-5 Practice

On March 22, 2012 Washington, DC, "Jumpstart Our Business Startups" (JOBS) Act was passed by the Senate, following its passage on March 8, 2012 by the House of Representatives. The purpose of the said legislation is to ease the regulatory burden on small companies for raising capital...

Dick Phillips, Alan Berkeley and Stan Keller Discuss the JOBS Act.

On this edition, Dick Phillips and Alan Berkeley of K&L Gates and Stan Keller of Edwards Wildman discuss the JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act), which was signed into law April 5 by President Obama. They provide an overview of the legislation and explore some of the controversies of the...

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...

Crowdfunding Under the JOBS Act: The Bottom Line Impact on Private Equity Issuers and Market Intermediaries

by Jonathan B. Wilson and Dianne L. Trenholm Excerpt: On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the "JOBS Act"), H.R. 3606, into law calling it "a potential game-changer" for startup companies. President Obama signed the JOBS Act just...

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 ...

JOBS Act Heralds New Era for Startup and Emerging Growth Company Financing

by Karl J. Ege, Martin E. Lybecker, Danielle Benderly, and James T. Carroll The JOBS Act's stated purpose is to spur job creation and economic growth by improving access to capital for emerging growth companies. To do so, the JOBS Act will make some of the most significant changes to the U...

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...

What the JOBS Act Means for Private Offerings

by David Mishel, Nicholas S. Hodge, Kay Gordon, Yusef Alexandrine, and Remsen M. Kinne IV The JOBS Act contains number of provisions that will directly impact private funds, their advisers, and broker-dealers that participate in private fund offerings which are addressed in this Emerging Issues Analysis...

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...

A Masterstroke of Some Kind: Crowdfunding and the JOBS Act

"Everyone agrees the title was a work of pure genius," says Dick Phillips of K&L Gates in a recent podcast , referring to the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. "It's impossible to vote against in an election year." When a law is so well named, it's important...

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...

The SEC’s Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Broker-Dealer Registration Exemption

The legal world is patiently waiting for the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") to enact rules implementing Title II of the JOBS Act. One of the recent developments in this field is the issuance by the SEC Staff of frequently asked questions ( FAQs ) regarding the broker-dealer...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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 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...