Morrison & Foerster is pleased to share with you the 11th edition of our Capital Markets and Securities FAQs. The FAQs (or Frequently Asked Questions), written and published by MoFo lawyers, provide plain English explanations of the most popular types of financing or capital formation transactions, as well as discussions of securities law issues. Our FAQs are available for download on iOS, Kindle and Nook devices. To download your copy, visit iTunes, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
IFLR recently published The JOBS Act Quick Start, a book authored by David Lynn and Anna Pinedo, which is available online here. We also invite you to request hard copies of the book for free for you and your colleagues by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLI’s Exempt and Hybrid Securities Offerings is the first practical, accessible resource to provide you with comprehensive legal, regulatory, and procedural guidance regarding these increasingly popular offering methodologies. Authored by Anna Pinedo and James Tanenbaum, Exempt and Hybrid Securities Offerings gives you a useful understanding of the applicable regulations and legal framework for these transactions, as well as the implications of these regulations for structuring transactions. For more information, click here.
In our EGC Corporate Governance Practices Survey, we consider the characteristics of the EGCs that completed IPOs and the corporate governance, compensation and other practices adopted by them. Specifically, we examined the filings of (i) the approximately 680 EGCs (on an aggregated basis) that completed their IPOs in the period from January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2016, and (ii) the 100 EGCs (on a standalone basis) that completed their IPOs during the year ended December 31, 2016. The survey focuses on EGCs that have availed themselves of the provisions of Title I of the JOBS Act. Access our review here.
The growing use of social media has created challenges for federal securities regulators, who must enforce antifraud rules that were written at a time when the prevailing technology was the newspaper. Our publication, The Guide to Social Media and the Securities Laws, summarizes how federal regulation of securities has evolved in the face of the growing use of social media by investors, securities issuers, broker-dealers, investment advisers and investment companies. Given the fast pace of changes, this Guide is a work in progress.
The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act reinvigorated the IPO market for several years and made the US market more hospitable to emerging companies. Successful privately held companies and foreign issuers have a broader array of alternatives given that the private markets offer funding at attractive valuations. Nonetheless, an initial public offering remains an objective for many companies. In our recently updated Short Field Guide to IPOs we provide an overview of the path to an initial public offering and address a number of recent developments. Access a copy here.
The 2016 proxy season occurs in an environment of heightened shareholder activism and an ever-increasing focus on compensation and corporate governance disclosures. This Proxy Season Field Guide, which was prepared by Morrison & Foerster’s Corporate Finance Practice, provides you with an overview of recent legislative, regulatory and shareholder developments, and provides guidance on how these developments will impact you in the 2016 proxy season. Access a copy here.
Our recently updated Quick Guide to REIT IPOs provides an overview of the path to an initial public offering for a REIT. The guide also addresses regulatory, tax and accounting considerations relevant to sponsors considering forming a REIT. Access a copy here.
SEC Reporting Issues for Foreign Private Issuers
Recently updated for various Dodd-Frank Act related executive compensation and other measures, JOBS Act and FAST Act changes, and accounting developments, this volume has been republished and reissued. The guide is intended to serve as a practical resource for both practitioners and foreign private issuers. Written by Partners Anna T. Pinedo and James R. Tanenbaum, this Portfolio is divided into two principal sections: “Regulatory Framework Applicable to Foreign Private Issuers,” and “Preparing Annual Report on Form 20-F: A Guide.” For more information or to order please click here.