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May 13, 2021

Twelve Tips When Preparing to Sell a Family-Owned Business

Whether you started the business yourself or are “next generation,” selling a family-owned business is usually an experience that can bring both excitement and anxiety. Here are 12 tips to help you focus on the exciting parts:

Twelve Tips in Preparation

  1. Before you go to market, do a preliminary valuation analysis.
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May 11, 2021

Friends and Family Fraud: LLC Does It

On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) instituted an administrative proceeding under Rule 102(e) of the SEC Rules of Practice against Seth P. Levine, Esq., a 52-year-old New Jersey attorney (also admitted in New York) residing in Teaneck, Bergen County, New Jersey, regarding charges of fraud through his LLC.» Read More

Apr 29, 2021

Tightening the Reins: SEC Approves Proposed Rule Change to Clearing Agency Investment Policy

On March 8, 2021, the Depository Trust Company (“DTC”), the Fixed Income Clearing Corporation (“FICC”), and the National Securities Clearing Corporation (“NSCC”) (each a “Clearing Agency” and collectively the “Clearing Agencies”) filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) a proposal to amend the investment policy for each Clearing Agency.» Read More

Apr 27, 2021

“I Robot:” The SEC Evaluates the First Law of Robotics

One of the priorities announced in the 2021 Examination Priorities Report of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Examinations (“EXAMS”) is a review of robo-advisory firms that build client portfolios with exchange-traded funds (“ETF’s”) and mutual funds. EXAMS notes that these clients are almost entirely retail investors without investments large enough to support the costs of regular human investment advisers.» Read More

Jan 07, 2021

Tacking When Floating and Other Proposed Amendments to SEC Rule 144

Rule 144 was originally adopted by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in 1972 to improve liquidity for investors in privately-placed securities. Under Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “33 Act”), it is unlawful to sell any security unless it is registered with the SEC or exempt from that registration requirement.» Read More

Dec 31, 2020

Letting Qualified Experts Expand the Pink to Avoid the Grey: Proposed Conditional Waiver to SEC Rule 15c2-11

As discussed at length in my October 29, 2020, blog post, “Keeping Securities Disclosures in the Pink: Amendments to SEC Rule 15c2-11,” the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (‘SEC”) on September 16, 2020, adopted amendments (the “Amendments”) to its Rule 15c2-11 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “’34 Act”) which governs how broker-dealers may participate in trading markets for unregistered (not listed on a securities exchange such as the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ; and not necessarily registered with the SEC) securities (“Unregistered Securities”).» Read More

Dec 29, 2020

Direct Listing on the New York Stock Exchange: “Undertaking” the Underwriter REDUX

On Tuesday, December 22, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued Release No. 34 -90768 (the “Release”), approving the proposal by the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) to allow primary direct listings of securities on the NYSE without going through the Initial Public Offering process.» Read More

Oct 29, 2020

Keeping Securities Disclosures in the Pink: Amendments to SEC Rule 15c2-11

On September 16, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted amendments to its existing Rule 15c2-11, which governs the disclosure obligations of market professionals with respect to the so-called “Over-the-Counter” securities. One may see this as a simple update of a Rule that has not been addressed since 1991 (almost 30 years); alternatively one may see this as part of an effort to review and revise the entire U.S.» Read More