Underwriting agreements and purchase agreements typically require the delivery of one or more comfort letters as a condition to pricing and closing a securities offering. In this brief Practical Guidance video, Mayer Brown partner, Ryan Castillo, discusses practices pointers that can help in reviewing and negotiating comfort letters. Watch the full video.

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What do bankruptcy, mine safety violations, change in control and asset acquisition have in common?  Each may trigger a public company’s obligation to file a Form 8-K.  All U.S. reporting companies are responsible for filing Forms 8-K with the SEC to disclose recent material transactions or occurrences.  What reportable events trigger a Form 8-K filing? 

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. Lock-up

On March 23, 2022, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed amendments to remove references to credit ratings from Regulation M, replace them with alternative measures of creditworthiness and impose related recordkeeping obligations on broker-dealers (the “Proposal”). Our Legal Update discusses key elements of the SEC’s Proposal.

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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