Regulation A Amended to Expand Access to Capital for Smaller Companies

June 19 will be the effective date for amendments to Regulation A under the Securities Act of 1933 recently adopted by the SEC. The amendments implement a mandate under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) that directed the SEC to adopt rules exempting offerings of up to $50 million of securities annually from Securities Act registration. The new offering regime, christened “Regulation A+” by some, represents an attempt by Congress to revive a moribund exemption by overhauling the existing rules to increase access to capital for smaller companies. Among other benefits, the amended regulation is expected to open public markets for offerings of up to $50 million at reduced costs.

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