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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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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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

SEC Recoveries from Whistleblower Tips about Securities Law Violations Top $1 Billion

On November 30, 2017, the SEC announced that it awarded more than $16 million to a pair of whistleblowers reporting securities law violations by a public company, ranking it among the ten largest awards since the inception of the whistleblower program.  With this case, SEC enforcement actions triggered by whistleblowers have now resulted in more than $1 billion in financial remedies ordered against wrongdoers. Read More ›

SEC Proposes Amendments to Modernize and Simplify Regulation S-K Disclosure Requirements

First open meeting under Chair Clayton includes unanimous approval of proposed revisions to SEC disclosure rules and forms Read More ›

The Wall Street Journal’s Streetwise Columnist Explores Reinventing the Traditional IPO Process by Combining Aspects of the SPAC Model to Address Drawbacks Feared by Tech Unicorns

In an exceptionally thoughtful column using the recent Social Capital Hedosophia SPAC IPO as his test case, author James Mackintosh suggests it's time to fix IPOs with smarter lock-ups, an auction process variant for price setting and more say by issuers over who gets stock. Read More ›

SEC Sets Increased Registration Filing Fee Beginning in October 2017

Public companies and first-time issuers will pay 7.4% more to register their securities with the SEC starting next month. Read More ›

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