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At Last! Relaxation of Federal Securities Regulations for Private Company Stock Incentive Awards may be on the Horizon

Many privately held companies rely on equity compensation awards (typically stock options) to recruit, retain and motivate key employees and other service providers.  The issuance of such equity compensation awards generally needs to comply with, among other things, federal securities laws.  Most commonly, private company issuers of equity compensation awards rely on federal Rule 701 … Continue Reading

The SEC and ICOs: Putting the SEC’s Determination that DAO Tokens are Securities in Context

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a report (“Report”) detailing its investigation into whether the DAO (an unincorporated “decentralized autonomous organization”), Slock.it UG (“Slock.it”), Slock.it’s co-founders, and intermediaries violated the federal securities laws. The SEC determined that the tokens issued by the DAO are securities under the Securities Act of 1933 (“Securities … Continue Reading

SEC Prevails in Regulation A+ Litigation

Regulation A+, which became effective on March 25, 2015, permits the offering of up to $50,000,000 in securities in any twelve-month period, subject to the certain requirements (a “Tier 2 Offering”).  Tier 2 Offerings are not subject to state securities laws registration and qualification requirements due to federal preemption provided by Section 18 of the … Continue Reading

S.E.C. Adopts Final Rules Amending Regulation A

On March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted final rules amending its Regulation A, i.e., the so-called “Regulation A+ Rules”. Regulation A has been a little used provision in the securities laws due to, among other shortcomings, the limit on offering size to $5 million in any 12-month period and the requirement that … Continue Reading

Toward a Transactional Exemption for Emerging Company Investments

In “Bringing the Individual Accredited Investor Definition into the 21st Century,” which was posted on December 18th of last year, it was suggested that there might be certain common venture capital transactional structures that  provide protections that could justify eliminating the additional disclosures and limitations required when non-accredited investors participate in an offering under Regulation D.  … Continue Reading

Setting The Record Straight On The New General Solicitation Rules

On September 23, 2013, the final rules eliminating the prohibition on general solicitation and advertising for certain offerings under Rule 506 went into effect.  While this development was anticipated with much excitement by the angel and venture capital communities, the final rules have created some uncertainty.  In this blog post, we address some of the … Continue Reading

Rules Eliminating the Prohibition on General Solicitation for Rule 506 and Rule 144A Offerings Become Effective September 23, 2013

The final rules for eliminating the prohibition against general solicitation and general advertising in Rule 506 and Rule 144A offerings will become effective on September 23, 2013, which is 60 days after the July 24, 2013 date they were published in the Federal Register. The rules prohibiting certain “bad actors” from participating in securities offerings … Continue Reading
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