On March 22, 2022, the staff (Staff) of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued six compliance and disclosure interpretations (C&DIs) impacting mergers and acquisitions. Two of the new C&DIs relate to Item 1.01 of Form 8-K. Three of the C&DIs interpret proxy solicitation requirements. One addresses a tender offer issue relating to special

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On February 10, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed amendments to the rules governing reporting on Schedules 13D and 13G. These proposed amendments are intended to modernize the rules by, among other things, making information available to the public in a more

According to CB Insights’ latest State of Venture Report, global startup financing in Q2’21 reached $156.2 billion, a 157% year-over-year increase and a record quarter high.  U.S. startup funding accounted for the largest portion of the global quarter total, raising $70.4 billion, followed by Asia raising $42.2 billion.  Meanwhile, funding to China-based companies continued

Global venture-backed fintech funding reached almost $23 billion in the first quarter of 2021, a 110% quarter-over-quarter increase, according to CB Insights’ latest report and webinar, The State of Fintech.  Accounting for the increased investment in fintech companies were 57 mega rounds, or financings, that raised over $100 million.  Overall, there were 614 fintech

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Hosted by Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), this three-day conference will combine four robust categories, including independent mortgage banking, secondary and capital markets, servicing, and technology into one event. The conference is intended for lenders and servicers, as well as technology, secondary market, and capital

In a new paper, Alternative Venture Capital: The New Unicorn Investors, professor Anat Alon-Beck explores the rise of alternative venture capital (AVC) investors and the ways in which these investors are affecting unicorn companies.  The paper cautions that that many of the calls being made by industry groups, such as the Institute for Portfolio

Funding in the fintech sector increased 17% quarter-over-quarter, after two quarters of declines, to $9.3 billion according to CB Insights’ recent State of Fintech report. Despite the funding increase, the number of deals continued to decline globally, continuing the decline since the fourth quarter of 2019. In the second quarter of 2020, 397 global venture-backed

Special purpose acquisition companies (“SPACs”) are public shell companies that use their initial public offering (“IPO”) proceeds in order to acquire private companies within a specific timeframe.   Although SPACs have existed for decades, merging into a SPAC has recently become an attractive alternative for private companies in lieu of undertaking traditional IPOs.  Today, SPACs have

This First Analysis article discusses the amendments adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on May 21, 2020 in connection with financial statement disclosures on business acquisitions and dispositions as required by Regulation S-X’s (17 C.F.R. §§ 210.1-01 – 12-29) Rule 3-05 (Financial Statements of Businesses Acquired or to be Acquired (Rule 3-05)), Rule