One of the changes Congress introduced in the Jumpstart our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012 was the creation of a new securities offering exemption for smaller companies. In March 2015, the SEC introduced rules implementing this provision, known as Regulation A+. The track record for Reg. A+ offerings has been mixed, as discussed further below. Recent events involving Longfin Financial, a blockchain fintech company that just completed a Reg. A+ offering in December 2017 highlights many of the questions and concerns about Reg. A+ offerings. Longfin’s share price plunged over 80% after the company announced on Monday that its offering and a subsequent acquisition are the subject of an SEC investigation. Now the company has been hit with a securities class action lawsuit. As discussed below, these recent developments have a number of implications.
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Jay Knight
Will Lay

In March 2015, the SEC released its final rules implementing the provision of the JOBS Act to try to facilitate small companies’ access to capital and to provide new investors with new investment choices, in the form of Regulation A+. In the following guest post, Jay Knight and Will Lay of the Bass, Berry & Sims law firm provide an overview of Regulation A+, as well as the specifics of the kind of offerings that the regulation authorizes. I would like to thank Jay and Will for their willingness to allow me to publish their article as a guest post on this site. I welcome guest post submissions from responsible authors on topics of interest to this blog’s readers. Please contact me directly if you would like to submit a guest post. Here is Jay and Will’s guest post.
Continue Reading Guest Post: FAQs about Regulation A+ Securities Offerings

seclogoEarlier this year, the SEC rules adopted rules amending Regulation A under the Securities Act to provide companies with an intermediate path between, on the one hand, exempt offerings to qualified investors only, and, on the other hand, a full-blown initial public offering of registered securities. Since the amended rules, known as Regulation A+, took effect, a number of companies have initiated offerings taking advantage of the new rules. Perhaps because of unfamiliarity, many D&O insurance underwriters have reacted very cautiously with regard to these new Reg. A+ offerings. The purpose of this post is to briefly review the background regarding these new offerings and to provide links to relevant resources, in the hope of addressing some of the D&O underwriters’ concerns.
Continue Reading Sharpening the Focus on Regulation A+ Offerings