As is always the case, in the SEC's proposed crowdfunding regulations, the information an issuer (the company that is raising capital) is required to include in its offering statement is quite detailed. We present a high level overview below. Read More ›
Deadline for Comments. The SEC's proposed crowdfunding regulations have now been published in the Federal Register. The deadline for submitting comments is February 3, 2014. As noted in our prior article, comments can be submitted electronically through the SEC's website, www.sec.gov, and at times, the SEC chooses to extend the comment period.
Format for Issuer Disclosures. Under the JOBS Act, the issuer (the company raising capital) must file specific disclosures with the SEC, and provide these disclosures to investors and the registered intermediary hosting the offering. The proposed regulations require the disclosures filed with the SEC to be filed through EDGAR (the SEC's Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval System) on a new Form C. Read More ›
Speed Date USA, Inc. is suing the online dating company Match.com for $5.65 million for allegedly breaching its contract and misappropriating trade secrets. In essence, the lawsuit claims that Match.com terminated the contract early and then breached its obligations to hold joint events. Match.com terminated the contract, according to the lawsuit, upon learning Speed Date's trade secrets. Match.com then allegedly began to run its own speed dating events without compensating Speed Date USA.
Trade secrets are commonly defined by state statues and generally consist of four elements for the information to constitute a trade secret. The elements of a trade secret are: (i) information; (ii) that has independent economic value; (iii) which is not generally known or readily available; and (iv) such information is subject to reasonable efforts to maintain its secrecy. Read More ›
As a reminder, under the JOBS Act, each investor is limited as to how much the investor can invest in an issuer (the company raising capital) using the crowdfunding exemption during a 12-month period of time. There were some ambiguities in the language of the Act. The SEC proposes to clarify the ambiguities such that the limitations are as follows:
Use of Intermediary. The proposed crowdfunding regulations require the issuer (the company raising capital) to make an offering through only a single intermediary. The SEC apparently believes that in order for an intermediary to perform the necessary monitoring functions, the intermediary needs to be the sole provider of intermediary services. Furthermore, the SEC sees value in having all public comments and discussions about an offering posted in one place. Read More ›
Platform for Offering. The SEC is proposing to limit the availability of the crowdfunding exemption to offerings that are made through a registered intermediary on an Internet website or similar electronic medium, referred to in the proposed regulations as a “platform.” Accessibility through mobile devices is permitted. What the SEC wants to assure is that the offering occurs in a technology environment that will be accessible to the public and allow members of the crowd to share information and opinions. The JOBS Act does not require this limitation. It appears that the SEC is placing considerable emphasis on the benefits of the role of online discussion forums. Read More ›
In his recent blog posting, my colleague, John Mashni, noted that on October 23, 2013, the SEC issued a release containing the long awaited proposed crowdfunding regulations.
The SEC release is 568 pages long with an additional 17 page exhibit. Reviewing the release is not for the faint of heart!
We will share some of the highlights from the release and proposed regulations in bite sized pieces over a period of several weeks. We hope this will make the information easier for you to digest. Read More ›
Bitcoin is an application of crypto-currency, which is based on the premise that money can be any object or record that is accepted as payment. Bitcoins use a peer-to-peer networking system and are not managed by any central authority. They can be transferred by a computer or a smartphone without a mediating financial institution. Bitcoins are rumored to have been originated by a computer programmer going by the name of Satoshi Nakamoto, whose real identity remains mysterious. Learn more about Bitcoins ›
Have you heard? The Securities and Exchange Commission has voted to propose rules under the JOBS Act permitting companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding. Public comment on the proposed rules will be sought for a 90-day period following the publication in the Federal Register by the SEC. Crowdfunding is a new way of raising money from people online, some would even say a new social networking platform. Check out this press release with more information on this breaking news.
Is your company thinking about utilizing crowdfunding? Before you venture into this new opportunity contact your Foster Swift attorney and make sure you comply with the new rules. Contact Attorney John Mashni at 517.371.8257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The days of carrying around a work phone and personal phone are quickly dwindling, if not already gone. Instead, businesses are implementing bring-your-own-device ("BYOD") policies that allow employees to access corporate information from their personal mobile device. On one hand, providing employees with mobile access to information increases productivity by allowing employees to work from anywhere. On the other hand, allowing corporate information to be accessed on devices that are mobile and capable of falling into the wrong hands produces a host of new security issues. This creates a difficult balancing act for employers who want their employees to be productive, but still want to maintain control over the information being accessed. Read More ›