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Securities Expert Concerned that SEC Agenda Could Hobble Capital Formation for Early Stage Firms

Earlier this month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) shared its regulatory agenda for the next couple of years. The list is quite long and includes many areas of the securities industry. At the top of the list, was the exempt offering ecosystem with the… Read More

House Financial Services Committee Testimony Highlights the Need to Improve IPO Market, Increase Access to Private Securities Offerings

Late last month, the House Committee on Financial Services held a hearing addressing the topic of capital formation and the state of the US initial public offering market. While several witnesses focused on the rapid rise of SPACs, one witness pointed to the precipitous decline… Read More

SEC Outlines Regulatory Agenda, Exempt Securities Top the List Including Reg D, Accredited Investor Definition

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has outlined its regulatory agenda for the coming months and at the top of the list are exempt securities that include Reg D and perhaps other exemptions such as Reg CF and Reg A+. Of note, is that the… Read More

SEC Commissioner Peirce Touts Ways to Improve Access to Capital Including Clarity Regarding Finders, an Update to Accredited Investors and a Micro-Exemption

Earlier today the SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee held a meeting on facilitating access to capital to underserved segments of the country. As most people understand, small businesses and entrepreneurs drive the majority of job growth and wealth creation. While policies that encourage… Read More

SEC Adopts Massive Changes To “Accredited Investor” Definition

Its official, the “accredited investor” definition, which has not changed significantly since its enactment almost 40 years ago, has been massively upgraded. On August 26, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted final amendments to the “accredited investor” definition which fundamentally change and broaden… Read More

SEC Broadens Definition of Accredited Investor to Include Certain Sophistication Measures

As widely anticipated, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) updated the definition of an Accredited Investor expanding the rule by adding certain sophistication criteria. The current definition defines an individual who earns over $200,000 a year ($300,000 if married) as accredited. If an individual has… Read More

Who is Against Expanding the Definition of an Accredited Investor?

It should be obvious to most everyone that the current definition of an Accredited Investor not only disenfranchises the vast majority of the population it is not really an effective proxy to evaluate an individual’s ability to assess risk and the opportunity affiliated with private… Read More

It’s Time for the Definition of an Accredited Investor to Change and Allow Greater Access to Individual Investors

Later this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will update the definition of an Accredited Investor – a rule that has been in place for decades. An open meeting of the Commission is scheduled for Wednesday, August 26, 2020. The current rule allows individuals… Read More

SEC to Hold Open Meeting to Address Accredited Investor Definition

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has scheduled an open meeting of the Commission to address several regulatory issues including an update to the current definition of an Accredited Investor. Regarding the Accredited Investor definition the SEC states it will consider: “whether to adopt amendments… Read More

Comment Period Ends on Proposal to Update the Definition of an Accredited Investor. So Who Said What?

Towards the end of 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed an update to the definition of an accredited investor. The rule change is part of a broader “concept release” that the SEC has issued to review the exempt offering ecosystem and how this… Read More

NASAA Slams SEC’s Proposal to Update Accredited Investor Definition to Enable Sophisticated Individuals to Qualify

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), the entity that lobbies on behalf of state and provincial regulators, is “urging the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) not to move forward with its proposal to expand access to high-risk private securities offerings to individual investors.” NASAA… Read More

Scott Purcell Slams the SECs Proposed Update to the Accredited Investor Rule: “it still remains policy that only rich people are permitted to get rich”

Outspoken entrepreneur and CEO of Prime Trust Scott Purcell has shared his thoughts on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) proposal to modernize the current definition of an accredited investor. At the moment, an accredited investor in the US is measured by a wealth metric…. Read More

Not Just About Startups: Democratizing the Accredited Investor Definition Will Allow More People Access to Lower Risk Real Estate Investments

While investment crowdfunding rules initially were targeted at early-stage ventures in need of growth capita,l the new rules have fueled the rise of investment platforms for another asset class: real estate investment opportunities. Early-stage ventures, from seed rounds to later-stage venture rounds, tend to include… Read More

The New Proposed “Accredited Investor” Definition Changes And Why They Are A BIG Deal

While it passed somewhat under the radar with the holiday season, on December 18, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released a proposal to significantly amend the existing “accredited investor” definition; which is integral in determining who can participate in private securities transactions. The… Read More

Have Your Say: The SEC is Accepting Feedback on Update to the Definition of an Accredited Investor

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is on the cusp of a significant update to the definition of an accredited investor (AI). Depending on the final rules, the Commission could broadly expand access to private securities offerings – a sector of the capital markets that… Read More

The North American Securities Administrators Association Hammers SEC’s Move to Broaden the Definition of an Accredited Investor

The President of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), Christopher W. Gerold, has issued a statement regarding the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) proposal to modernize and improve the definition of an accredited investor. NASAA is the advocacy and lobbying group that represents state… Read More

SEC Proposes Update to Accredited Investor Definition, Includes Sophistication Amendments

Today, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) held a public meeting to discuss, and vote on, various rules impacting the securities markets. Included in the meeting was an update to the definition of an accredited investor. Currently, the definition is determined by a wealth metric…. Read More

SEC to Review Accredited Investor Definition in Public Meeting of the Commission

Tomorrow (December 18, 2019), in a public meeting by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commissioners will review the definition of an accredited investor. In a revised agenda, the public meeting outlined the specific topics to be addressed by the Commission, with the definition… Read More

SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee Tells Commission to Update Accredited Investor Definition with a Sophistication Qualification

This week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee (SBCFAC), submitted a recommendation to the Commission on the definition of an accredited investor. The SEC will look for guidance from the Committee as it values the feedback of front line… Read More

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton Testifies in Front of Senate Banking Committee

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton spent his morning today (December 10, 2019) testifying in front of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. In prepared testimony (embedded below), Chair Clayton addressed multiple issues including those that impacting regulatory modernization as… Read More

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