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Chairman Jeb Hensarling sponsored the Financial Choice Act (H.R. 5983) on September 13, 2016. This bill alters many parts of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, as well as addressing long-standing and recent issues. Financial Policy Regulation Changes: Leverage Ratio Under a leverage ratio, all assets are treated the same regardless of […]
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The Depository Trust Company (DTC) is proposing a new Rule 33, which would establish new circumstances under which the DTC would be allowed to release a Deposit Chill or Global Lock, in addition to the opportunity that Issuers have to challenge the restriction. The DTC is a critical component for the National Clearance and Settlement […]
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The SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies met on February 25, 2016 to discuss access to capital and private offerings. This Committee was organized by the SEC to provide advice on any rules, regulations, and policies and was designed to protect investors. In the Committee’s discussion of capital and private offerings, they listened […]
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The SEC recently proposed several amendments to the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, commonly referred to as the “Advisers Act.” These amendments specifically focus on rule 203(l)-1 and rule 203(m)-1, the definition of a venture capital fund, and the private fund adviser exemption. They are designed to better reflect changes from the Fixing America’s Surface […]
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The OTC Markets group recently implemented several amendments regarding the initial qualification process for the OTCQX that became effective June 13, 2016. These rules will affect companies who are performing an IPO while attempting to join OTCQX. These amendments also apply to companies that have not had a prior public market or a Form 211 […]
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This act, if approved by the senate and the President, will direct the SEC to revise its previous regulations regarding the qualifications of natural persons as accredited investors. This act amends Section 2(a) (15) of the Securities Act by striking “; or” and inserting certain sections. Under the act, an accredited investor will now include […]
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The H.R. 3784 SEC Small Business Advocate Act was passed by the House of Representatives to establish an Office for the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation. If passed into law, the Act will allow the office to provide the SEC with advice regarding the interests and well being of small businesses and investors. However, […]
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The House Resolution 1675 for Capital Markets Improvement Act of 2016 passed on February 3, 2016 and is currently awaiting Senate approval. H.R. 1675 directs the SEC to revise its rules to increase the threshold amount, after which issuers are required to disclose certain information relating to compensatory benefit plans. This act includes 5 smaller […]
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The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) was signed into law on December 4, 2015 by President Barrack Obama. The FAST Act contains many securities related bills which required SEC guidance following the implementation of these new rules. The SEC released interim rules regarding two provisions of the FAST Act that will be effective […]
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The House of Representatives passed the Accelerating Access to Capital Act on September 8th, 2016 by a vote of 236-178. This act was designed to help small companies gain access to capital, through three important pieces of legislation. H.R. 2357: Accelerating Access to Capital This act proposed that the SEC revise Form S-3 within 45 […]