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506(c) Enforcement Actions

Although I had a lot of hope that the changing of private placement advertising restrictions by the Securities and Exchange Commission would remove potential foot-faults from the fundraising process, the end result proved challenging. Now it appears that the SEC is on the brink of challenging firms that took at advantage of the loosened restrictions. […]

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SEC Takes a Look at the “accredited investor” definition

The Securities and Exchange Commission left a new Report on the Review of the Definition of “Accredited Investor” as an early Christmas present under your compliance tree. [Feel free to replace Christmas with New Years or the year end celebration of your choice.] We will need to keep an eye on what happens with this […]

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Why I think the Accredited Investor Standard Should Not Change

The SEC Investor Advisory Committee is scheduled to vote on a reform plan from a subcommittee at its Oct. 9 meeting. That plan calls for the SEC to rethink the income and net-worth minimums used to define an “accredited investor.” Much of the concern about private placements is about risk. They seem to be universally […]

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Narrowing the Safe Harbors

The Securities and Exchange Commission rolled out the accredited investor verification requirement and made it principle-based for purposes of Rule 506(c). You have to take reasonable steps to verify that an investor meets the accredited investor standard. In the same release it created four non-exclusive safe harbors that would deemed to be taking “reasonable steps.”  The […]

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Guidance on Accredited Investor Verification

The Securities and Exchange Commission revised the private placement rules last year to permit public private-placements. Of course it took some prodding from Congress in the JOBS Act to get that change. The law and the new regulation require the issuer to take “reasonable steps” to determine that the investor is an “accredited investor.” The […]

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Accredited Investor Verification

When Congress imposed a lifting of the ban on advertisements for private placements, it also imposed a mandate that the fundraiser “take reasonable steps to verify that purchasers of the securities are accredited investors.” The methods for verification were to be determined by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC, to its credit, did not […]

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The Upcoming Changes to the Accredited Investor Standard

Section 413 of the Dodd-Frank Act requires the Securities and Exchange Commission to review the accredited investor definition by July 21, 2014, the fourth anniversary of President Obama’s signing of the  law. In a letter to Congressman Scott Garrett, SEC Chair Mary Jo White said that the Commission staff has begun a comprehensive review of the accredited […]

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The Confusing Analysis of Whether You Are An Accredited Investor

There are few commentators who think the current definition of “accredited investor” is a particularly good definition for individuals who should be investing in private placements of securities. Basing the standard on income and net worth does give you a perspective that the person could withstand the potential loss of investment. The definition has become […]

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What’s Next For Private Funds Now that the SEC has Lifted the Ban on General Solicitation

On Wednesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a new rule that will allow private funds to advertise. (Perhaps “private fund” is not the right label anymore.) Of course it’s not as simple as merely removing the word “not” and allowing public advertising of private placements. The new rule creates a new option. It creates […]

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DOMA, the SEC, and the Accredited Investor

The US Supreme Court ruled on same sex marriages and removed the broad federal definition of marriage that applies to over a thousand laws and regulations. Decision in US v. Windsor (.pdf) One of those regulations is from the Securities and Exchange Commission and affects fundraising for private funds and other private placements. One of […]

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