Good Second Quarter for Reverse Mergers 2

Now that we have completed the Dodd-Frank Show here at the RM blog, it’s time to return to our title topic (though not much to report on SPACs, in fact there’s been no new SPAC Report from DealFlow since late May)! The good news is, according to The Reverse Merger Report, that reverse merger deal volume ...

Dodd-Frank VII: Big Picture Thoughts

If you are seriously A.D.D., and my summaries of summaries of the Dodd-Frank bill took too long, here I’ll give the big overview of the bill as it may affect smaller public companies. I want to give credit to Weil Gotshal & Manges, Davis Polk & Wardwell, as well as the Harvard Law School Forum on ...

Dodd-Frank Part VI: Exec Comp Changes

This is the last post before my conclusory entry on the new Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (one reader said we should call it “Donk,” but I’m just not feeling that one), which was signed into law by Pres. Obama on July 22. Here we cover some of the changes in the area ...

Dodd-Frank Part V: Sarbanes Relief at Last 2

As I write this taking a break from the M&A conference I’m speaking at in Chicago, Pres. Obama is speaking before signing the historic Dodd-Frank bill. By the way, I’ve changed my mind and no longer want to call it “Dank.” I thought it was a cute combination of Dodd and Frank, but I thought ...

Dodd-Frank ("Dank") Part IV: Not the End!

A memorandum from law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell makes it clear. The Dodd-Frank securities regulatory reform bill (I started calling it “Dank”) is just the beginning of reform. Much of the bill relates to instructing various agencies to conduct 243 rulemakings and 67 studies, according to the DPW memo. As mentioned in the prior part ...

Dodd-Frank ("Dank") Part III: "Accredited Investor" Definition Changed

Another meaningful change in the Dank bill affecting smaller companies: the definition of accredited investor as used in SEC Regulation D. When an offering is made under Reg D, a safe harbor is created assuring that the offering is not treated as a public offering. A key to this determination is to see how many ...

Dodd-Frank Part II: Managing Systemic Risk

Yesterday the US Senate passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, following the House of Representatives doing the same late last month. Last thing to do: Mr. Obama has to sign it. He will. When? Soon. On the news this morning he seemed very concerned about his daughter starting camp. But yes ...

Dodd-Frank Part I: Fund Adviser Registration

It appears the Senate is poised to pass the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in the next day or so, following the House’s passage late last month. The President is ready to sign it, possibly this weekend. Will Dodd and Frank’s names become as synonymous with securities law changes as Sarbanes and ...

RM Crowd Heads North – Part III

In this last report from the Toronto Reverse Merger Conference, there was some discussion about the latest developments in the stock markets and regulatory environment. A few snippets: FINRA’s plan to establish a “quotation collection facility” or QCF is meeting strong opposition from Pink OTC Markets and others as a method to “steal quotes” from ...

"Live Aid" and Thoughts on 25 Years Before the Bar

Remember “Live Aid”? I do. The day-long concert to help raise money to reduce famine in Ethiopia took place July 13, 1985. Two concerts were held simultaneously in London and Philadelphia. Two billion people in 60 countries watched it. Legends like Queen, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, David Bowie, U2 and a personal favorite, Adam Ant, performed ...