On August 26, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted amendments to the definition of “accredited investor” and related amendments to the definition of “qualified institutional buyer.”  The accredited investor definition is central to the regulation of exempt offerings.  Consistent with the initial proposal, the amendments broaden the categories of individuals and entities

Today, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted long-awaited changes to the definition of “accredited investor,” as well as some conforming changes to the definition of “qualified institutional buyer.”  The SEC Fact Sheet released today highlights a number of the most significant changes, which, among others, include expanding the accredited investor definition to include natural persons,

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently announced that it will not take final action before April 24, 2020, regarding the following five proposed actions, which have comment periods expiring in March, to allow commenters additional time to submit comments. The SEC is concerned that “challenges associated with COVID-19 may delay the completion and

On December 18, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed amendments to the definition of “accredited investor” and related amendments to the definition of “qualified institutional buyer.” The proposed amendments would have the effect, if adopted, of broadening the universe of individuals and entities that would qualify as accredited investors.

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Today, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted to approve a proposing release for comment that would amend the definition of “accredited investor,” as well as amend the definition of “qualified institutional buyer.”

Amendments to the accredited investor definition have been discussed for many years now. The Dodd-Frank Act in 2010 amended the definition in certain

At the Wall Street Journal’s CFO Network annual meeting held in Washington DC on June 11, 2018, Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Jay Clayton provided some insights on areas of focus for the Commission.  Chair Clayton noted that the Commission remains focused on measures designed to promote capital formation without sacrificing investor protection.  Chair Clayton

The recently updated Securities and Exchange Commission agenda (see here and here) provides some insight on what to expect in upcoming months.  The amendments to the smaller reporting company definition, which were widely supported when proposed, remain in the “final rule stage.”  Likewise, the amendments to implement the FAST Act report and disclosure update

In recent remarks, Commissioner Peirce commented on capital formation, repeating some statistics about the decline in the number of IPOs in recent years and the relatively small number of public companies (about 4,500).  She noted that many companies are able to raise capital in private placements or exempt offerings; however, fewer investors are able to

Today, Bill Hinman, Director of the Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance testified to the House Financial Services Subcommmittee.  Mr. Hinman provided an overview of the Division’s ongoing projects and its priorities.  He noted that the Commission remains focused on capital formation related initiatives designed to promote interest in having more companies undertake IPOs.   In this