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Dodd Frank Act provisions include change to definition of ‘accredited investor’ – KL Gates client advisory

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Opalesque Industry Updates - On July 21, President Obama signed into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). Among the many provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act is a change to the definition of "accredited investor" under the Securities Act of 1933, which takes effect immediately and may impact issuers currently engaged in private offerings…

The Dodd-Frank Act revises the accredited investor definition as it relates to natural persons to exclude the value of a person’s primary residence from the $1 million net worth test. This change will effectively increase the net worth requirement for many investors that are natural persons. The other provisions of the accredited investor definition, including the net income test for natural persons, remain unchanged at this time.

It is anticipated that the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), in applying the $1 million net worth test, will allow investors to exclude any mortgage or any other debt secured by the investor’s primary residence that does not exceed the fair market value of the residence. If, however, the amount of such debt exceeds the fair market value of the residence and the lender has recourse to the investor personally for any deficiency, investors would be required to deduct the excess liability from the net worth calculation…Full client update available: Source

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