During the busiest capital markets boom most practitioners, including myself, have ever experienced, on October 13, 2021, in a whopping 432-page release, the SEC amended and modernized the filing fee payment methods and disclosure requirements. The amendments revise most fee-bearing forms, including Securities Act registration statements, schedules, and related rules to require companies and funds to include all required information for filing fee calculation in a structured format. The amendments also add new payment methods including ACH and debit and credit card options while eliminating the antiquated paper checks and money orders as a payment option.
The amendments are generally effective January 31, 2022. The changes in payment type options will be effective May 31, 2022. Pursuant to the transition provision, large-accelerated filers will become subject to the structuring requirements for filings they submit on or after 30 months after the January 31, 2022, effective date. Accelerated filers, certain investment companies that file registration statements on Forms N-2 and N-14,