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SEC proposes rules to allow general solicitation and advertising in Rule 506 and Rule 144A securities offerings

USA - August 31 2012 When the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) became law in April of this year, one of its promised jump-start mechanisms was the elimination of the ban on using general solicitations and advertising in private offerings exempt from securities registration, subject to further Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rulemaking.

Edward Bion Piepmeier, Michael T. Rave

New HSR thresholds lowered for first time

USA - February 19 2010 New notification thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the "HSR Act"), will become effective as of February 22, 2010, for transactions closing after that date.