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CALIFORNIA CORPORATE & SECURITIES LAW

SEC Staff Declares Performance History Is Not Factual

The Securities and Exchange Commission staff recently issued a series of additional Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations with respect to what might constitute a “general solicitation” under Regulation D.  These interpretations illustrate the logical contortions that must be endured when trying to regulate speech.  After admitting that an issuer may disseminate factual information about itself, the…

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Why The SEC’s Pre-Existing Relationship Test Is The Mirror Image of California’s

One significant condition to California’s limited offering exemption is that all purchasers have a “pre-existing relationship”: All purchasers either have a preexisting personal or business relationship with the offeror or any of its partners, officers, directors or controlling persons, or managers (as appointed or elected by the members) if the offeror is a limited liability…

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All The World’s A Stage, But The SEC Isn’t Allowing All Actors To Play Upon It

Every Rule Must Play It’s Part, But This Part Is A Sad One There is much to dislike in the SEC’s recent “bad actor” rule amendments.  While Congress conceived the idea of disqualifying bad actors (Section 926 of the Dodd-Frank Act), the SEC was more than a midwife.  Here are a few reasons why I believe that the SEC’s naughty…

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With General Solicitations Soon To Be Permitted, It’s Time To Recall The Commissioner’s Advertising Rules

Over a year ago, Congress directed the Securities and Exchange Commission to amend its rules to permit general solicitations in Rule 506 and Rule 144A offerings.  The SEC failed to meet Congress’ deadline by over a year.  See The Most Important Thing You Need To Know Now About The Lifting Of The General Solicitation Ban.  When…

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The Most Important Thing You Need To Know Now About The Lifting Of The General Solicitation Ban

I’m tempted to begin this post with the following: Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission lifted the ban on general solicitation in Rule 506 and Rule 144A offerings. The problem with that sentence is that it simply isn’t true.  The SEC did not lift the ban – Congress lifted the ban over a year…

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Could The Product Of Two Debts Really Be A Fortune?

In 628 in the Gurjar capital city of Bhillamala (now, Bhinmal, India), the mathemetician Brahmagupta set out to explain how zero and negatives numbers work.  In his book, Brahmasphutasiddhanta, he set forth the rule that the product of two negative numbers (debts) is a positive number (fortune).  Translating this fundamental mathematical concept into the present century, I’m pondering (pondering, not…

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SEC Faces A Swarm Of Legal Issues In Considering The Investor Advisory Committee’s Recommendations Concerning General Solicitation

The SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee held another meeting last week with Elisse B. Walter making her first public appearance as SEC Chairman.  She and Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar had many kind words for the Committee’s recommendations with respect to lifting the ban on general solicitations in Rule 506 offerings.  The insouciance of their remarks, however,…

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Revealed! The Investor Advisory Committee’s Recommendations On Lifting The General Solicitation Ban In Rule 506 Offerings

I was not the only one who was perturbed by the Investor Advisory Committee’s procedures for considering the Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed rulemaking to lift the ban on general solicitation and Advertising in Rule 506 offerings.  Niels Holch, the Executive Director of the Coalition of Mutual Fund Investors, submitted this comment letter that concludes:…

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Can The SEC Eliminate The Prohibition On General Solicitation Retroactively?

In Section 201(a)(1) of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, Congress ordered the Securities and Exchange Commission to amend Regulation D to permit general solicitation or general advertising in offerings made under Rule 506, provided that all purchasers of the securities are accredited investors.  See Chowing Down On The JOBS Act And Ralston Purina. …

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Hedge Fund Advertising – What’s The Wall Street Journal Talking About?

Last week, the Wall Street Journal published an article stating: “The JOBS Act, signed by President Obama on April 5, lifted a decades-old restriction on how hedge funds can go after new investors, clearing the way for managers to speak more publicly about their strategies and performance and even to advertise.” Later, a WSJ blog asserted:…

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