In the paper, “Unicorniphobia,” Alexander I. Platt counters the viewpoint held by many legal scholars and regulators, including the SEC, that unicorns pose regulatory, financial, and social risks.  Many recent articles argue that unicorns pose concerns because: they are not subject to SEC reporting and SEC scrutiny and oversight; unicorn CEOs/founders are usually innovative but

October 6, 2022 Webinar

10:00am – 11:00am CDT

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Please join us for Mayer Brown’s Benefits & Compensation University. During this series of webinars, we are exploring ERISA, benefits and compensation issues in depth and hearing from leading Mayer Brown lawyers about the changing regulatory landscape. The Mayer Brown team will provide practical

Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) released its report to Congress summarizing the principal policy recommendations made at the 41st Annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation (the “Small Business Forum”).  The Small Business Forum was led by the SEC’s Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation in cooperation with

On June 9, 2022, the staff (“Staff”) of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) added Question 101.01 to its Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DI”), addressing forward contracts on restricted securities. The new CD&I clarifies that forward contracts on restricted securities would not be considered “intended to be physically settled” under certain circumstances as discussed

In various public statements of late, representatives of the Securities and Exchange Commission have noted concern regarding the growth of the private markets.  The statements have pointed to the fact that fundraising in the private markets has surpassed fundraising in the public markets.  For example, a recent speech cited statistics that private assets under management

Webinar | Hosted by the Practising Law Institute (PLI)
October 13, 2021, 1:00pm – 2:00pm EDT

Recently proposed legislation in the US along with rising tensions between the US and China present significant challenges for US-listed companies with substantial operations in China.

During this PLI-hosted event, Mayer Brown LLP partners, Jason T. Elder and Christina

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

Today, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission issued two statements relating to special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs). Neither statement provided any guidance or interpretation. Both seemed directed at emphasizing existing regulations.

The first statement from the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (see: https://www.sec.gov/news/public-statement/division-cf-spac-2021-03-31) noted a series of considerations that private

On December 22, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) approved the proposal submitted by the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) that allows companies to conduct concurrent primary offerings as part of a direct listing on the exchange.  The NYSE’s proposal had been put on hold since August, following the SEC’s receipt of a