In the International Financial Law Review’s latest publication, A Deep Dive Into Capital Raising Alternatives, Mayer Brown provides context on the changes in market structure and market dynamics that led to the enactment of the JOBS Act. Specifically, the trend for many private companies to remain private longer, defer or dispense with traditional

More and more SPACs are choosing to undertake PIPE transactions in connection with their initial business combinations.  The capital raised in the PIPE transaction, which closes concurrent with the closing of the initial business combination, helps to mitigate the risks associated with potential SPAC stockholder redemptions.  In addition, as SPACs undertake larger initial business combinations,

This practice note provides 10 practice points to consider in drafting and negotiating lock-up agreements. In connection with securities offerings, the underwriters or placement agents generally negotiate a lock-up agreement with the issuer, as well as with the issuer’s directors, officers, and, in the case of initial public offerings, control persons and other stockholders. The

On September 11, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted, in substantially the form it had proposed, amendments to the requirements for statistical disclosures that bank and savings and loan registrants provide to investors.

The rules rescind Industry Guide 3, Statistical Disclosure by Bank Holding Companies (Guide 3); codify certain Guide 3 disclosures

On August 6, 2020, the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets (“Working Group”) released its Report on Protecting United States Investors from Significant Risks from Chinese Companies (“Report”). The Working Group is chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury, and includes the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Chairman

This practice note discusses 10 practice points that can help you, as counsel to underwriters or initial purchasers, skillfully navigate the task of reviewing and negotiating comfort letters. A comfort letter is a letter delivered by an issuer’s independent accountants to the underwriters or initial purchasers that provides certain assurances with respect to financial information

On July 9, 2020, SEC Chief Accountant Sagar Teotia and SEC Division of Enforcement Co-Director Stephanie Avakian moderated a panel discussion concerning limitations on inspection and enforcement in emerging markets, and auditors’ oversight of members firms in emerging markets. This was Panel 2 of the SEC staff’s roundtable on emerging markets and comprised of PCAOB

On July 9, 2020, the SEC hosted a virtual roundtable discussion on the risks of investing in emerging markets, including China.  The roundtable featured four separate panels that included representatives from the PCAOB, DOJ, NYSE, Nasdaq, MSCI, investor groups, auditing firms, academia and other market participants, with SEC staff members acting as moderators.

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US reporting companies that are planning or have completed a significant acquisition of a business may be required to file separate target financial statements and related pro forma financial statements under Rule 3-05 and Article 11 of Regulation S-X.  The specific US Securities and Exchange Commission rules and financial reporting obligations triggered by a significant