In this Lexis Practice Advisor® Practice Note, we provide answers to questions frequently asked by securities lawyers and their clients regarding the federal securities laws applicable to Business Development Companies (BDC’s). Specifically, this practice note includes questions related to:

  • Securities offering process;
  • Disclosure and corporate governance obligations;
  • Stock exchange requirements;
  • Commercial and regulatory

On July 15, 2019, the staffs of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the North American Securities Administrators Association issued a joint summary explaining the application of the federal and state securities laws to investments in qualified opportunity zone funds (“QOFs”).  The summary discusses the opportunity zone program and when interests in QOFs would

On June 20, 2019, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) proposed amendments to FINRA Rule 2210 (Communications with the Public) and FINRA Rule 2241 (Research Analysts and Research Reports) to further the rules adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) last year as required by the Fair Access to Investment Research Act of

On June 18, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a concept release requesting public comment on ways to simplify, harmonize and improve the exempt offering process to expand investment opportunities while maintaining investor protections. The concept release solicits public input on whether changes should be made to improve the consistency, accessibility and

Business development companies (BDCs) are closed-end investment management companies that are specially regulated by the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the 1940 Act). This Lexis Practice Advisor® market trends article covers recent commercial and regulatory trends affecting BDCs, particularly focusing on various types of securities offerings by public and private BDCs.

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In recent years, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has been providing comments regarding companies’ presentations of non-GAAP financial measures in public filings.  Working with Audit Analytics, we surveyed SEC Staff comment letters provided to mortgage real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) in 2018 and 2017 and observed a significant increase in

On March 20, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved a New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) rule modifying the price requirements that companies must meet to avail themselves of certain exceptions from the NYSE shareholder approval requirements.  Shareholder approval was not previously required if an issuance of securities was made at a price at

On February 28, 2019, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management issued a no-action letter to the Independent Directors Council permitting board members of a business development company to vote by telephone, video conference or other remote means in certain circumstances.  This modernized position softens, but does not eliminate, the

Global REIT IPOs decreased dramatically – down 47 percent – from 49 REIT IPOs in 2017 to 26 REIT IPOs in 2018. This decrease reflects a difficult capital-raising market, with pressures from rising interest rates and a softening real estate market in the United States, and signals changes in future REIT fundraising activities.

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On January 18, 2019, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Congressman Patrick McHenry introduced legislation that would require the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) to carry out a study of Rule 10b5-1 trading plans. Rule 10b5-1 trading plans are passive investment agreements that provide an affirmative defense for companies and insiders (directors, officers and affiliated shareholders)