March 29, 2012
Authored by: Robert Klingler
On March 27, 2012, the House of Representatives approved the version of the JOBS Act, as amended by the Senate, by a vote of 380 to 41. Accordingly the legislation has been sent to President Obama for signature, who has previously indicated his support of the legislation. The White House has indicated that the President anticipates signing the JOBS Act early in the week of April 2, 2012.
The text of the final JOBS Act is available here. We have previously summarized the provisions of the JOBS Act generally applicable to the community banks, as well as the impact of the Senate amendment to the JOBS Act. In this post we focus on the timing implications for effectiveness of the amendments to Regulation D and shareholder thresholds for SEC registration and deregistration.
With regard to Regulation D, Section 201 of the JOBS Act requires the SEC to eliminate the prohibitions on general solicitation and general advertising in connection with Rule 506 and Rule 144A offerings, so long as the securities are only sold to accredited investors and qualified institutional buyers, respectively. The JOBS Act requires the SEC to implement these changes no later than 90 days after the JOBS Act is signed by the President. Until the SEC amends the existing regulations, general solicitation and general advertising will remain prohibited.
With regard to the shareholder threshold changes, Sections 501 and 601 of the JOBS Act immediately amend the statutory provisions related to the number of shareholders of record at which a company must register and when the company is permitted to register. The statutory changes are effective immediately upon enactment of the JOBS Act. However, the SEC has also adopted regulatory requirements based on the original statutory language that will likely need to be amended in order to fully take advantage of the revised thresholds.