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Association of Online Investment Platforms Ask SEC to Immediately Boost Reg CF Cap to Help Alleviate Challenges of COVID-19

In a public statement, the Association of Online Investment Platforms (AOIP) has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to move quickly and to improve the regulatory environment to support small businesses during the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. Addressed to SEC Chairman Jay Clayton, and… 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

Sebastian Gomez Abero Appointed as Deputy Director of the SEC’s Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation

Longtime Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) staffer Sebastian Gomez Abero has been named Deputy Director of the SEC’s Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation (OASB). Gomez Abero has been serving as Senior Advisor to SEC Chairman Jay Clayton. The OASB was created… Read More

During House Hearing, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton Queried about US Attorney in Southern District of New York Selection, Expects Much of the Exempt Securities Ecosystem Review to be Finished by End of Fiscal Year

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton parried with members of the House Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets today. The topic of the hearing was, “Capital Markets and Emergency Lending in the COVID-19 Era,” but too few of the questions aligned with the subject the… Read More

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton to Testify Before House Subcommittee

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton is scheduled to testify on June 25th, at 12 pm ET, before the House Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship. and Capital Markets. The topic of the hearing is, “Capital Markets and Emergency Lending in the COVID-19 Era.” The hearing is a… Read More

SEC Small Business Committee Tells Commission to Raise Reg CF Cap, Reg A+ Too

In May, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee met to discuss pending decisions by the SEC regarding an update to the exempt offering ecosystem. The SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee was established by the SEC Small Business… Read More

US Department of Labor Allows Private Equity Investments in 401Ks, the SEC Applauds Move

  Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor (DLO) issued an Information Letter under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) pertaining to private equity investments as a component of a professionally managed funds offered as an investment option for participants in defined contribution plans. Effectively,… Read More

Social Distancing: Annual SEC Small Business Forum to be Virtual this Year

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that its annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation will be virtual this year. During SEC Chairman Jay Clayton’s tenure, the Forum has moved outside the beltway. Before Clayton, the Forum was held at SEC HQ… Read More

SEC Announces New Investor Advisory Committee Members, Still No Fintechs

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has added six new members to its Investor Advisory Committee. The Committee is required under law and it seeks to advise the Commission on regulatory priorities regarding securities, trading and investment, disclosure, and investor protection issues. The new members… Read More

SEC Relaxes Certain Reg CF Rules to Aid Smaller Firms in Need of Funding

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that temporary rule changes regarding Reg CF (Regulation Crowdfunding) in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a release, the SEC is following suggestions made by members of the SEC’s Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee. The… Read More

It’s Going to be Really Bad: SEC Small Business Committee Discusses COVID-19 Impact

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee met today in a teleconference to discuss the impact of COVID-19 and small business. In brief, several Committee members expressed the opinion that it is going to be really bad. Martha Legg Miller,… 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

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

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