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Parker MacIntyre welcomes Thomas W. Zagorsky as a guest contributor to the RIA Compliance Blog.  Tom is a long-time friend of, and collaborator with, our firm.  His wealth of legal experience includes serving as Assistant Commissioner of Securities for the State of Georgia from 2013 to 2015 and a practice of law, both with private law firms and investment banking and private funds, for nearly 15 years.  He specializes in hedge fund formation, private securities offerings and other aspects of securities and investment services law.  Tom is well-versed in the rules and regulations relating to investment advisers, including private fund advisers, managers of private equity funds and other pooled investment vehicles.

Tom has kept a keen eye on recent statutory and rule developments impacting issues such as crowdfunding, private placement reform, and other statutory and regulatory innovations relating to corporate finance and capital formation.


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On April 11, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced it will accept comments prior to creating rules required by the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The SEC believes it is important to hear the public’s opinion before releasing proposed rules. It previously requested comments before rulemaking when the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was passed.

The SEC will disclose all information pertaining to the JOBS Act on its website. This will include all meetings with interested parties. The meeting participants must provide an agenda of intended topics in advance, which will be released to the public. The participants will also be encouraged to submit written comments to the public file in order for other interested parties to review the information.
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The President signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) on April 5 during a Rose Garden signing ceremony. He called the bill a “game changer” that would remove barriers that prevent small businesses from growing and hiring. He stated that this bill was so important that he “called on Congress to remove a number of barriers that were preventing aspiring entrepreneurs from getting funding.” We have previously discussed the JOBS Act in JOBS Act Passes Both Chambers and Will be Sent to President and House of Representatives Pass Crowdfunding Bill for the Second Time in JOBS Act.

The purpose of the JOBS Act is to provide mechanisms for small businesses to raise capital more easily and efficiently, which proponents say would promote the creation of more jobs. The President stated “because of this bill, start-ups and small business will now have access to a big pool of potential investors – namely, the American people. For the first time, ordinary Americans will be able to go online and invest in entrepreneurs that they believe in.”
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With an overwhelming majority, 390 to 23, the House of Representatives passed another crowdfunding bill on March 9, 2012. The House had previously passed a similar bill in November 2011 called the “Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act” which we previously discussed in a blog, New “Invest Georgia Exemption” Helps Small Businesses Raise Capital. That Republican bill stalled in the Democratic-controlled Senate, as did another bill related to crowdfunding requirements which included lower investment amounts and the requirement to use a “crowdfunding intermediary.” The Senate currently has three crowdfunding bills before it, although none of the bills have yet to move out of committee. The Senate Banking Committee did hold another hearing on the topic of crowdfunding earlier this week.

The bill that passed most recently in the House was originally introduced by Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC) and was rolled into a broader package called the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS), which included six bills bundled together. Rep. McHenry stated, “Crowdfunding is a key component of the JOBS Act. Economists predict the legislation will lead to a ten percent increase in new business startups, helping to create at least 170,000 jobs in the next five years. The bill is critical in getting our economy back on the right track.”
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