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Securities Law Blog

The Securities Law Blog provides commentary and news on the latest securities law developments impacting established and emerging growth publicly-traded issuers and investment banks, as well as entrepreneurs and venture-backed private entities. Our blog closely follows SEC rulemaking in several key areas including public and private securities offerings, shareholder activism and equity investment, and mergers & acquisitions.

The authors of this blog are members of the Corporate/Securities practice of Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP.  Since our founding, this firm has been distinguished by responsive, independent and client-focused legal services provided by lawyers with a profound commitment to the companies they serve. This blog is an outgrowth of this representation of our clients in a wide range of capital market transactions.

U.S. Rep. Hensarling Says Aging Regulations Are Suffocating Startups and IPOs: It's Time to Breathe New Life Into Markets With JOBS Act 3.0

Rep. Jeb Hensarling’s op-ed in The Wall Street Journal highlights five key capital formation bills that are now being considered to build a steady stream of small businesses for strong long-term economic growth and to restore U.S. competitiveness. Read More ›

SEC Broadens “Smaller Reporting Company” Qualification Thresholds To Include Companies With Less Than $250 Million in Public Common Equity Float

To promote capital formation by reducing compliance costs for smaller public companies, the SEC expands the pool of registrants that can take advantage of the scaled disclosure accommodations under SEC regulations. Read More ›

NYSE and Nasdaq Pull Proposals to Ease Rules on Blank Check Companies

Despite the withdrawal of their proposals to the SEC, the Exchanges continue to see healthy gains by SPACs and their sponsors. Read More ›

Perceptions on the Role of Underwriting Fees in Accessing Public Markets

There is a continuing debate about contributing factors to a declining IPO market with some pointing to the high level of IPO costs, particularly underwriting fees. Narrative disclosure of these costs may serve to make issuers more aware of those costs (as compared to those of alternative capital formation strategies) and may lead to calibrating those levels more closely in relation to the costs of taking a company public. Read More ›

Public Benefit Corporations and Certified B Corporations: Adding Transparency into a Corporation’s Ideological View on its Role in Society

Younger companies increasingly seek clarity into their corporate social responsibilities by adopting a public benefit corporation structure and opting to be designated as a certified B corporation. Read More ›

Understanding Spotify’s Direct Listing on the NYSE

Spotify uses alternative method to “go public,” forgoing the traditional initial public offering process. Read More ›

Disclosing Cybersecurity Risks and Incidents and Concomitant Financial, Legal and Reputational Consequences

On February 21, 2018, the SEC published interpretive guidance to assist public companies in preparing disclosures about cybersecurity risks and incidents.  Below is a summary outlining this new disclosure category which impacts all public companies, regardless of their size, and applies to all prospectuses and periodic reports filed with the SEC. Read More ›

SEC Commissioner Lends Historical Perspective to Perpetual Dual-Class Stock Debate Suggesting it Leads to Corporate Royalty

Commissioner Jackson acknowledges that dual-class stock may benefit investors early in a company’s life cycle, but expresses concern that such benefit over time is both un-American and hurts a company’s trading value. Read More ›

Intel Corp. CEO’s Stock Sales May Draw SEC Examination

Rule 10b5-1 plans do not preclude questions about insider trading if entered into or amended improperly. Read More ›