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Other Voices: Last chapter of the JOBS Act rules regarding general solicitation not yet written

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Jay B. Gould
This article was authored by Jay B. Gould, Partner at San Francisco-based law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP:

When can private fund managers start posting performance numbers on their websites and sponsoring the Super Bowl? Not yet, according to Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) in letters dated October 5,2012 and October 12, 2012, (the "Levin Letters") rebuking the SEC for having missed the point of the legislation in the SEC rulemaking process. As you recall, on August 29, 2012, the SEC proposed rules pursuant to Section 201 of the Jumpstart our Business Startups Act ("JOBS Act") that, if adopted in final form, would allow private issuers, including private funds, to generally solicit and advertise as long as the investors are all "accredited investors."

Of most importance to hedge fund and private equity fund managers that have been anticipating a more relaxed and flexible approach of communicating with the public and soliciting new investors, the Levin Letters flatly accuse the SEC of failing to grasp the scope of the JOBS Act in applying it to private investment vehicles. According to Lev......................

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