Topic: Private Placements

Nasdaq Temporarily Permits Certain COVID-Related Private Offerings Without Shareholder Approval

On May 4, 2020, the Nasdaq Stock Exchange adopted a new temporary rule that permits listed companies to issue more than 20% of their presently outstanding common stock at a discount from current market prices without the shareholder approval that such a transaction would normally require.

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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 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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SEC Proposes Sweeping Changes for Exempt Offerings

The Securities and Exchange Commission on March 5, 2020 proposed sweeping changes ‎to the rules governing capital raising through private offerings and other offerings exempt from ‎registration under the Securities Act. If adopted, these amendments, along with the previously ‎proposed expanded definition of “accredited investor,” will be the most significant changes in ‎the regulation of exempt offerings in many years, expanding opportunities for capital raising ‎without registration. ‎

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SEC Proposes to Broaden and Update Accredited Investor Definition

On December 18, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission, on a 3 to 2 vote, proposed ‎amendments to the definition of “accredited investor” in order to update that definition and ‎expand the investors that would qualify as accredited investors able to participate in private ‎offerings.‎ ‎ The definition of “accredited investor” is important principally for determining who ‎can invest in private offerings under Rule 506(b) without limitation as to number and without ‎any information required as a condition of the exemption and as to who is eligible to invest in an ‎offering with general solicitation under Rule 506(c).‎

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