On May 3, 2016, the SEC approved amendments to revise the rules related to the thresholds for registration, termination of registration and suspension of reporting under Section 12(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These amendments implement provisions of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) and the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).

To implement the JOBS Act, the SEC proposed amendments to Exchange Act Rules 12g-1 through 4 and 12h-3 to reflect the new thresholds. The SEC also proposed to establish thresholds for savings and loan holding companies consistent with those for bank holding companies, as well as to revise the definition of “held of record” in Exchange Act Rule 12g5-1.

Subsequent to the SEC’s proposed amendments, the FAST Act revised the thresholds for savings and loan holding companies and the statutory changes were effective upon enactment of the Act. The final rules will become effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

The SEC press release is available at: http://www.sec.gov/news/pressrelease/2016-81.html and the final rule is available at: http://www.sec.gov/rules/final/2016/33-10075.pdf