Globally, the total volume of fintech deal activity, which includes financings by private companies, IPOs, and M&A activity, has declined for three consecutive quarters.  Activity in the second quarter of 2022 was down 67% from the peak, which was recorded in the third quarter of 2021.  Financings by private companies in the sector were at

On March 30, 2022, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) proposed new rules and amendments to existing rules and forms (the “Proposed Rules,” see summary) addressing the treatment of initial public offerings (“IPOs”) by special purpose acquisition companies (“SPACs”) and subsequent business combination transactions (“De-SPAC Transactions”) between SPACs and operating companies

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We updated our popular series and published a new compendium. It includes brief discussions in plain English on popular financing methodologies, securities law issues, and practice pointers. With over 170 pages of content, the compendium is available online now to print. See also the tab on the left.

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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

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On March 30, 2022, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed new rules and amendments to existing rules and forms (the “Proposed Rules”) addressing the treatment of SPACs in connection with their IPOs and subsequent de-SPAC transactions. The Proposed Rules, if adopted, would represent a sea change

In connection with a registered securities offering, the underwriters of the offering typically enter into an underwriting agreement with the issuer of the securities and any selling stockholders. The underwriting agreement sets forth the terms and conditions pursuant to which the underwriters will purchase the offered securities and distribute them to the public. Both the

What’s new in the 2021 update of Corporate Finance and the Securities LawsQuite a lot. 

Highlights in the update include discussions addressing: digital currencies, electronic document delivery, “green bonds” and sustainability-linked bonds, developments in the convert market, which was particularly active in 2020 and 2021, and developments in the insurance-linked market. The update

As we start the new year, over 116 IPOs remain in the queue, predominantly from issuers in the biotech, life sciences, and technology sectors. One of the most important steps in completing an IPO is publicly filing the registration statement, marking the commencement of the post-filing period.

In this What’s the Deal? guide, we