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On September 24th of this year, all five SEC commissioners were invited to attend a House Financial Services Committee Hearing. This marked the first time the full commission attended a hearing since 2007, a full dozen years prior. The hearing was officially entitled “Oversight of the Securities and Exchange Commission: Wall Street’s Cop on the […]
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Listing on NASDAQ or NYSE can be a ticket to new growth for many companies. However, it is difficult to meet the listing requirements for such large national exchanges. Many businesses find that they simply have no hope of premiering on such markets after their IPOs. For those companies, there are OTC markets. OTC markets […]
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Is your company is considering a public offering? Does it plan to trade on an over the counter (OTC) market? If so, you may consider a Regulation A+ (Reg A+) IPO. Reg A+ IPOs are relatively new, streamlined, micro-IPO’s. They are different from traditional IPOs in that they are size-restricted, and have fewer regulations. There […]
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In the US, it is typically required for publicly traded companies to have at least a few corporate officers. Some companies have dozens. It is also not uncommon for private or non-profit companies to create corporate officer positions. As with any job title, the duties assumed by a corporate officer at one firm may differ […]
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In addition to federal and state corporate law, companies which trade on public markets are also subject to institutional regulation. In other words, your publicly-traded company must follow rules created by the exchange on which you trade. It is simply the price of playing ball. The most relevant exchanges are NASDAQ and the New York […]
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Meetings are an importation part of running an organization or a large project. At meetings, issues are addressed, important decisions made, and plans created for the future. In public companies, annual meetings are held for the benefit of the owners in the company called Annual Shareholder Meetings. Annual Shareholder Meetings are a required assembly for owners […]
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In the governance of any organization there must be a means to address issues, make changes, and set needed regulations. Public companies in the United States make major decisions about business and future strategies via proposals made at annual shareholder meetings. These proposals are akin to bills in the legislature of the United States government. […]
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The SEC published a Framework for Investment Contract Analysis of Digital Assets on April 3, 2019. The analysis provides guidance for applying the Howey test to digital assets to determine if they are investment contracts or securities. The test was created in the 1946 U.S. Supreme Court case, SEC v. W.J. Howey Co.   The Howey test […]
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Regulation A+ (“Regulation A+”), also known as the “mini IPO”, is an alternative to the traditional IPO, through Form S-1, as filed to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Regulation A+ was passed into law to encourage small businesses to raise capital, by removing restrictions that limited access to private investor funds. Regulation A+ became […]
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The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has revealed its examination priorities for the year 2019, on December 20, 2018. Every year OCIE publishes its examination priorities to emphasize its commitment to transparency, and promote it in the examination programs. The OCIE examination priorities are provided to give […]
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