The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that on February 27, 2023, the Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee will hold a meeting, which will be webcast. The SEC Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation will provide an overview of its 2023 report, about which we previously blogged. The Committee will then

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently published its report on the Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation, which generates recommendations from participants that the SEC considers. The recommendations from participants included, among others, the following:

  • Expand the accredited investor definition
  • The Securities and Exchange Commission recently an announced an upcoming meeting to be held on September 19, 2023.  The agenda includes a discussion with the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance relating to its role in capital formation.  There have not been any recent SEC proposed rulemakings related to this area recently.  However, the agenda does

    In early June, the US House of Representatives passed two sets of bills focused on promoting capital formation. The bipartisan effort included bills that amend the accredited investor definition in order to increase the diversity of investors participating in the private markets. In addition, as the IPO market continues to suffer, the packages include bills that would

    On May 9, 2023, FINRA issued Regulatory Notice 23-09 (the “Notice”), seeking comment on any modifications that could be made to FINRA’s rules, operations and administrative processes to further promote capital formation while maintaining investor protection.

    In addition to the open-ended request, the Notice sets forth the following ten questions for commenters to consider: 

    • Are

    The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Investor Advocate held the 42nd Annual Small Business Forum—this time convening panels over four days on various topics, including trends and challenges affecting early stage businesses, smaller funds, and accessing the public markets and raising capital by smaller public companies.  The Small Business Forum also solicits

    According to data aggregated by Carta, an ownership and equity management platform, private capital raising trends noticeably shifted in 2022.  Companies in Carta’s database raised $107 billion in 6,123 deals in 2022.  Overall, deal count declined by 29% and capital raised dropped by 50% in 2022 compared to 2021.  While venture deals in 2021 broke

    CB Insights’ State of Insurtech 2022 provides a perspective on trends in the sector.  In 2022, global insurtech funding fell over 50% to $8.4 billion, following 2021’s record-breaking total funding of $17.8 billion.  With about $1 billion in funding, the fourth quarter of 2022 marked the lowest amount raised since the second quarter 2018.

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    Today, February 7, 2023, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee will host a meeting to discuss several matters.  The Committee will discuss alternatives to traditional bank and venture capital funding for small and mid-size private companies.  Next, the Committee will discuss rules and amendments first proposed in February 2022 pertaining

    Commissioner Crenshaw’s remarks on January 30, 2023, once again, touched on Regulation D and the private markets.  It is understandable that, given companies in the United States have become increasingly reliant on private capital to fuel their growth, a regulator would seek to focus on the private markets.  The “how did we get here” part