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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

SEC Commissioners Issue Comments on Proposed Improvements to Exempt Offering Framework

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed significant changes to the exempt offering framework that should benefit issuers, investors and regulated platforms that facilitate these types of offerings. So far, industry response has been overwhelmingly positive. The proposed amendments will impact Reg CF, Reg… Read More

SEC Proposes Raising Reg CF to $5 Million, Reg A+ to $75 Million, Adds Other Improvements to Security Exemptions

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed meaningful changes to multiple securities exemptions today. The pending rule change came following a closed meeting of the Commission without a public agenda. The proposals may dramatically impact platforms that facilitate online securities offerings and benefit smaller companies… Read More

OurCrowd Plans Retail Funds with Private Securities in Partnership with Stifel

In October 2019, OurCrowd, one of the leading securities crowdfunding platforms in the world, announced a new partnership with Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF). Simultaneously, it was announced that Stifel was taking a minority stake in the global investment platform. In its brief history, OurCrowd… 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

FCA CEO Andrew Bailey to Replace Mark Carney as New Governor of Bank of England

Earlier today, the UK government announced its selection Andrew Bailey to replace Mark Carney as Governor of the Bank of England. Carney’s departure has long been anticipated and, in fact, he extended his tenure at the Bank to help provide an element of stability in… 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 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

Doug Ellenoff Comments on SEC Concept Release on Regulatory Harmonization: “The SEC has considerable rule making authority to make the changes it believes necessary”

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a significant review of the securities exemption ecosystem in June of this year. During the past few decades, the Commission, with some help from Congress, has updated and added to the many rules that regulate private securities offerings…. Read More

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton: Main Street investors should be able to invest in the private market on terms similar to those available to institutional investors

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton has re-affirmed his belief that retail investors should have a compliant path to access more private securities offerings. While initial public offerings (IPOs) have morphed into an exit opportunity for big money where retail investors end up… Read More

SEC Chair Jay Clayton Comments on the Change in Public Capital Markets: A Lot of Growth is Happening in Our Private Markets

Today, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton was interviewed by Andrew Ross Sorkin during the annual Delivering Alpha event produced by CNBC. During the interview, Chair Clayton took the opportunity to address the shifting landscape of the private markets in comparison to public… Read More

SEC Chair Jay Clayton: We Should Increase the Attractiveness of Our Public Capital Markets & Increase Opportunities for Main Street Investors in Private Markets

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton tipped his hand a bit regarding the ongoing “concept release” – an SEC review of the private securities exemption ecosystem and how regulated private markets operate.  In a speech delivered at the Economic Club of New York this… Read More

SEC Chair Clayton on Bitcoin ETFs: Market Manipulation and Custody Still a Concern

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Jay Clayton has told a reporter at CNBC that manipulation in crypto markets remains a concern and that there is “still work to be done” before the Commission can approve Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETFs). Clayton told Bob… Read More

Quote: Private capital raising is now outpacing capital raising in our public markets, yet our Main Street investors have no effective access to investments in private capital offerings

In the US, the definition of an “Accredited Investor” is an individual who earns over $200,000 a year or has $1 million in net assets minus their primary residence. If you are married, that number moves higher. Yet, as it stands today, this definition does… Read More

SEC Chair Jay Clayton Schedules Meet Up for Main Street Investors in Chicago on the 15th

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton has booked an event for “Main Street investors” to be held in Chicago on Thursday, August 15. The event will come a day after the SEC’s annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation taking place in Omaha…. Read More

Concept Release: The Securities and Exchange Commission Asks for Feedback on Ways to Harmonize Securities Exemptions

The Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking comments on the current securities exemption structure. In a release yesterday, the SEC asked the public to provide feedback on “ways to simplify, harmonize, and improve the exempt offering framework to expand investment opportunities while maintaining appropriate investor… Read More

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton Discusses Cryptocurrencies and New Rules Covering Broker-Dealers, Won’t “Just Flip a Switch” on Crypto

The SEC has voted to implement a new rule compelling securities broker-dealers to act in clients’ best interests. SEC Chairperson Jay Clayton spoke about the new rule, as well as the SEC’s treatment of cryptocurrencies, in a televised interview for CNBC’s Squawk Box program June 6th. … Read More

Heard on F Street: SEC Fintech Forum Engages with Crypto Industry to Discuss Digital Asset Regulation

Last Friday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) held its first Fintech Forum in years. The topic of discussion was the regulation of digital assets and distributed ledger technology (DLT). The interaction between presenters and SEC staff provided a glimpse into the progress and struggle… Read More

The SEC and CFTC Join in Signing IOSCO Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding on Cross Border Enforcement

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) have both signed the IOSCO Enhanced Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Consultation and Cooperation and the Exchange of Information (EMMoU). The announcement comes following the 44th Annual International Organization of Securities Commissions… Read More

Has the SEC Slammed the Brakes on Blockchain Innovation?

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has talked up their innovation cred and support of Fintech for years. Under previous Chair Mary Jo White, the SEC held the very first Fintech Forum which saw both industry participants and policymakers engage with each other in collaborative… Read More

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