Tag Archives: Securities Act

Supreme Court Preserves State Courts as a Forum for IPO Securities Class Actions

In a unanimous decision issued Tuesday, March 20, 2018, the United States Supreme Court clarified that certain securities law class action cases may proceed in state courts.  The Court declined to find that Congress intended to make federal courts the exclusive or preferred forum for resolving such claims.

The case – Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund – involved the interpretation of the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998 (also referred to as SLUSA) and the changes that law made to the Securities Act of 1933. … More

Pre-IPO companies can have disclosure obligations, too.

A recent SEC enforcement action should serve as a potent reminder to pre-IPO and other private companies that SEC rules sometimes impose affirmative disclosure obligations on private companies that offer and sell securities to their employees.

Most well-advised start-ups and other emerging companies know that they need an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 in order to grant options or issue other equity awards to their employees.… More

SEC Increases Registration Fees

On October 1, 2017, fees for registration statements under the Securities Act will increase to $124.50 per million from $115.90 per million, a 7% increase.  The new fee rate will also apply to proxy statements for mergers and acquisitions and tender offer statements.

Issuers who anticipate a near-term need to file a registration statement, such as a shelf registration statement on Form S-3, should consider whether the filing can be made before the higher fee rate kicks in.… More