SEC Eliminates the Ban on General Solicitation, and Disqualifies Participation by "Bad Actors," in Certain Private Securities Offerings
On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules (Final Rules) eliminating the ban on general solicitation and general advertising for private securities offerings under Rule 506 of Regulation D under the Securities Act (Regulation D) and Rule 144A under the Securities Act (Rule 144A). The Final Rules also make Rule 506 unavailable for offerings if the issuer or any related "covered person" is a "bad actor" (i.e., has engaged in a "disqualifying event"). The adoption of these rules by the SEC was required under Section 201(a) of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) and Section 926 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), respectively. The Final Rules will go into effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.