On December 19, 2018, the SEC adopted final rules allowing reporting companies to Rely on Regulation A to conduct securities offerings. On May 24, 2018, President Trump signed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (the “Act”) into law requiring the SEC to amend Regulation A to allow for its use by Exchange Act reporting companies. Since that time, the marketplace has been waiting, somewhat impatiently, for the final rule change to be implemented.
Section 508 of the Act directed the SEC to amend Regulation A to remove the provision making companies subject to the SEC Securities Exchange Act reporting requirements ineligible to use the offering exemption and to add a provision such that a company’s Exchange Act reporting obligations will satisfy Regulation A+ reporting requirements.
I have often blogged about this peculiar eligibility standard. Although Regulation A is unavailable to Exchange Act reporting companies, a company that voluntarily files reports under the Exchange Act is not