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S-3 Eligibility

February 19, 2019 in Form S-3

The ability to use an S-3 registration statement is significant for exchange traded companies.  An S-3 allows forward incorporation by reference and can be used for a shelf registration among other benefits.  S-3 eligibility is comprised of both registrant or company requirements and transaction requirements.  In this blog I will discuss the general company and Read the full article…

SEC Cautionary Statement on Audits of Public Companies Operating in China

February 12, 2019 in SEC

Eight years following the crash of the Chinese reverse merger boom and a slew of SEC enforcement proceedings, the SEC is once again concerned with the financial reporting by U.S. listed companies with operations based in China. In December 2018, the SEC issued a cautionary public statement from SEC Chair Jay Clayton, SEC Chief Accountant Wes Read the full article…

Updated Disclosures for Mining Companies

In the 4th quarter of 2018, the SEC finalized amendments to the disclosure requirements for mining companies under the Securities Act of 1933 (“Securities Act”) and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”). The proposed rule amendments were originally published in June 2016.  In addition to providing better information to investors about a company’s Read the full article…

An IPO Without The SEC

January 29, 2019 in Blockchain Technology, IPO, NASDAQ, NYSE, SEC

On January 23, 2019, biotechnology company Gossamer Bio, Inc., filed an amended S-1 pricing its $230 million initial public offering, taking advantage of a rarely used SEC Rule that will allow the S-1 to go effective, and the IPO to be completed, 20 days from filing, without action by the SEC.  Since the government shutdown, Read the full article…

The Treasury Department Report To The President On FinTech And Innovation

January 22, 2019 in Uncategorized

This summer, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a report to President Trump entitled “A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities; Nonbank Financials, Fintech and Innovation” (the “Treasury Report”). The Treasury Report was issued in response to an executive order dated February 3, 2017 which has resulted in a series of such reports. The Read the full article…

SEC Solicits Comment On Earnings Releases And Quarterly Reports

January 15, 2019 in SEC

On December 18, 2018, the SEC published a request for comment soliciting input on the nature, content, and timing of earnings releases and quarterly reports made by reporting companies. The comment period remains open for 90 days from publication. The request is not surprising as earnings releases and quarterly reports were included in the pre-rule Read the full article…

SEC Updates CDI Related to Smaller Reporting Company Definition

January 08, 2019 in SEC, Smaller Reporting Company

On June 28, 2018, the SEC adopted the much-anticipated amendments to the definition of a “smaller reporting company” as contained in Securities Act Rule 405, Exchange Act Rule 12b-2 and Item 10(f) of Regulation S-K.  For more information on the new rules, see HERE Among other benefits, it is hoped that the change will help encourage smaller companies Read the full article…

Regulation A+ Now Available For Publicly Reporting Companies

January 02, 2019 in Regulation A, Regulation A+, SEC

On December 19, 2018, the SEC adopted final rules allowing reporting companies to Rely on Regulation A to conduct securities offerings. On May 24, 2018, President Trump signed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (the “Act”) into law requiring the SEC to amend Regulation A to allow for its use by Exchange Read the full article…

SEC Provides Enforcement Driven Guidance On Digital Asset Issuances And Trading

December 26, 2018 in ICOs, Initial Coin Offerings

On November 16, 2018, the SEC settled two actions involving cryptocurrency offerings which settlement requires the registration of the digital assets. On the same day, the SEC issued a public statement stating, “[T]hese two matters demonstrate that there is a path to compliance with the federal securities laws going forward, even where issuers have conducted an illegal unregistered offering Read the full article…

Nasdaq Amends Its 20% Dilution Shareholder Approval Rule

Effective September 26, 2018, Nasdaq amended Rule 5635(d) to provide greater flexibility and certainty for companies to determine when a shareholder vote is necessary to approve a transaction that would result in the issuance of 20% or more of the outstanding common stock or 20% or more of outstanding voting power in a PIPE or Read the full article…

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