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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.

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Showing 85 posts by Spencer G. Feldman.

FINRA and the Stock Exchanges Take Aim at Underwriters to Address Small-Cap IPO “Ramp and Dump” Schemes

FINRA, NYSE and NASDAQ issue alerts to their members on the recent trend of significant unusual price increases on the day of or shortly after the IPOs of small-cap issuers, most of which involve issuers with operations in China and other foreign countries, as part of so-called “ramp and dump” schemes, and place the obligation to battle the schemes on underwriters as “gatekeepers to the public markets.” Read More ›

Recent SEC Enforcement Action Provides Cautionary Guidance for Adopting and Structuring 10b5-1 Plans

We continue to see a strong interest among executive officers and directors in adopting Rule 10b5-1 sales plans, despite the current market downturn.  With economic uncertainty, a recent SEC enforcement action should be of note to insiders when adopting and structuring a 10b5-1 plan. Read More ›

The Struggle to Disclose an Issuer’s Intended Uses of Proceeds in Registered Public Offerings

Investors need to understand the purposes for which an issuer’s net proceeds from a public offering are intended to be used. However, it appears lately that many issuers are routinely providing little specificity with regard to the allocation of their proposed net proceeds. Perhaps some issuers believe that the specific information required pursuant to Item 504 of Regulation S-K forces them to publicly reveal business plans that might put them at a competitive disadvantage. Even so, whether or not an issuer has a specific plan for its offering proceeds in place, there are many instances requiring special Use of Proceeds disclosure that an issuer may overlook. Read More ›

Kudos to the 2021 SEC Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation

On December 9, 2021, the SEC Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation released its 2021 annual report condensing a treasure trove of data related to exempt and registered offerings by small businesses for the period July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 and providing related policy recommendations to support such businesses. Read More ›

More than 2,000 Publicly Traded Companies Shifted to OTC’s Expert Market as Amended Rule 15c2-11 Goes into Effect

The SEC and OTC Markets Group follow through on prohibiting brokerage firms from quoting prices for OTC stocks for which brokers don’t have current, and thus reliable, financial information. Shareholders and investors of more than 2,000 publicly traded OTC Pink No Information companies (about 16% of all OTC companies and 18% of all OTC Pink companies) will now find it more difficult to buy and sell those stocks on the Expert Market. Read More ›

Finding Your Post-COVID Principal Executive Offices

The SEC has recently permitted public companies with remote-first operations to circumvent the requirement that they report an address and phone number for their principal executive offices on the cover page of their Form S-1 registration statements. Is this a reflection of the “new normal” and, if so, has the SEC answered through these filings the fundamental question whether there is any longer a purpose for disclosing the location of a registrant’s principal executive offices? Read More ›

The SEC Reminds Public Companies that All Filings Must Be Truthful and Complete, Even Form NTs to Extend a Periodic Report Deadline for a Few Days

Attacking information asymmetry between management and shareholders, the SEC charged eight companies for failing to disclose in Form 12b-25 filings that their reason for seeking a delayed annual or quarterly report was an anticipated restatement or correction of prior financial reporting. Public companies should be reminded that all filings – even arguably minor ones like Form NT – must be truthful and complete. Read More ›

The SEC Rebuilds the Integration Principles Guiding Concurrent Private and Public Offerings of Securities

The SEC’s new release amends the rules governing “integration” permitting private placements and registered public offerings to occur shortly before, after or at the same time with each other. The amendments replace the SEC’s prior five-factor test with practical updates for today’s markets that particularly benefit smaller publicly traded companies. Read More ›

The SEC Proposes a Safe Harbor for Permissible Capital-Raising Activities by Unregistered Finders

Recognizing the longstanding need for a new approach to the regulation of finders who help smaller businesses raise early stage capital, the SEC has published a notice of a proposed exemptive order and request for comment to formalize the regulatory status of unregistered finders. The proposed finders exemption from broker-dealer registration would facilitate a role for unregistered finders in the capital-raising process and clarify the circumstances under which issuers can legally compensate finders who comply with specified conditions. The author’s thoughts on the proposed finders exemption follow a summary of the rule proposal. Read More ›

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