Proposed SEC move might expand options for private company stock transactions

BVWireIssue #103-2
April 13, 2011

Mary Shapiro (Chairman, SEC) has forwarded a letter to Representative Darrell Issa (R. CA) (Chairman, House Oversight Committee) detailing SEC plans to expand the availability of capital to start-up companies through private sales of stock that do not require full disclosure. Oddly enough, though there will be less obvious transparency (including more private buyers without requiring SEC reporting), private companies soliciting more buyers through small exchanges will yield more publicity, and perhaps more data for valuators.

The SEC is responding to a dramatic drop in IPOs. See more on the rule-changing plan in Jean Eaglesham’s article in the WSJU.S. Eyes New Stock Rules” (subscription required).

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