Topic: COVID-19

SEC Provides Temporary Relief to Permit Expedited Crowdfunding Offerings in a Time of COVID-19

Picking up on suggestions from its Small Business Capital Formation Advisory ‎Committee, the SEC has adopted a temporary rule to permit small businesses eligible to do a ‎Regulation Crowdfunding offering that have been operating for at least six months to have ‎access to capital through August more quickly by streamlining some of the crowdfunding ‎exemption requirements as follows‎

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NYSE Also Extends Relief From Price-Based Listing Requirements

The NYSE extended the cure periods available to listed companies who have fallen out of ‎compliance with ongoing listing requirements based on their share prices. Beginning April 21, ‎‎2020, the extension will give more time to a number of companies whose stock price and market ‎capitalization have suffered since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.‎

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Nasdaq Extends Date for Compliance With Price-Related Listing Requirements

In response to the effect of the COVID-19 crisis on the public equity markets, Nasdaq is extending the time it will give a listed company to regain compliance with Nasdaq’s listing standards if its closing bid price falls below $1.00 for 30 consecutive trading days. The rule change allows for extra time from April 16, 2020 through June 30, 2020.

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ISS and Glass Lewis Announce Flexibility In Corporate Governance Policies During COVID-19 Crisis

ISS and Glass Lewis have issued guidance on their corporate governance voting policies that ‎adds flexibility to reflect the realities of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and the challenges in ‎responding to it. Public companies will want to consider this guidance since many institutional ‎investors are influenced in their voting by the positions taken by these leading proxy advisory ‎firms.‎

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SEC Emphasizes Meaningful Disclosure Amid COVID-19 Uncertainties

In a Statement (available here) on April 8, 2020, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton and Corporation Finance Division Director Bill Hinman supplemented earlier SEC guidance (discussed here) to emphasize the importance of disclosures by public companies about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their operations, financial condition and liquidity and their plans for handling those effects.

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NYSE Gives Temporary Relief to Listed Companies for Private Placements with Insiders

In times of economic distress, insiders can sometimes be the only source of capital for a company ‎with urgent liquidity needs. Applying lessons learned in the 2008-2009 financial crisis to the ‎current COVID-19 market disruptions, the NYSE temporarily relaxed its shareholder approval ‎rules on April 6, 2020, effective immediately and extending through June 30, 2020.‎

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