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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.

The SEC's Small-Cap Acquisition Anomaly

Smaller publicly-traded companies that do not meet the public float requirements for Form S-4 incorporation by reference face an expensive and time-consuming public M&A process; the SEC’s focus on capital formation by smaller public companies should not overshadow efforts to aid in their future growth through acquisitions. Read More ›

NYSE Submits New Proposal to Ease Rules on Blank Check Companies

Following withdrawal of its prior proposal to the SEC, the NYSE again seeks to ease certain listing standards for SPACs, which have seen a resurgence in recent years. Read More ›

Airbnb Proposes Unique New Class of Sharing Economy Participant to Be Eligible for SEC Rule 701’s Registration Exemption

Acknowledging that there are substantial, but non-traditional relationships between workers and their 21st century companies, Airbnb makes its case to broaden the exemption from registration that allows private companies to issue compensatory equity to employees to also extend to contractors such as hosts on its network. Read More ›

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 ›

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