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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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Same Sex Marriage and Accredited Investors

The US Supreme Court is likely to come out shortly with its ruling on same sex marriages. The ruling may have an impact on fundraising for private funds and other private placements. One of the standards for private placements of securities is that the investors generally need to meet the definition of “accredited investors.” For […]

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Steps to Determine if an Investor is Accredited

Private funds will be able to advertise and solicit for investor, provided all of the investors are “accredited investors.” The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act will dramatically change the way capital raising for private funds operates. The drawback is the loss of 35 non-accredited investors in the fund. That exception has been eliminated. Funds will […]

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Accredited Investors and the JOBS Act

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act repeals the SEC’s ban on general solicitation and advertising under Rule 506. That is the exemption from registration used by most private fund managers. Is this a good thing? I didn’t like the ban, mostly because it was so broad. The SEC gave little guidance as to what was […]

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The New Accredited Investor Standard

After thinking about it for almost year, the Securities and Exchange Commission has finalized the new definition of “accredited investor.” On January 25, 2011, the SEC proposed amendments to the accredited investor standards in the rules under the Securities Act of 1933 to implement the requirements of Section 413(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform […]

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Proposed “New” Standard for Accredited Investor

If you are involved in the private placement of securities, then you have been waiting to hear how the SEC was going to change the definition of “accredited investor.” Section 413(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act requires the definitions of “accredited investor” to exclude the value of a person’s primary […]

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