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SEC Guidance for JOBS Act

Bankers and financial institution executives should note that the Securities and Exchange Commission has released guidance and other information regarding the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012, or JOBS Act, that became law a few weeks ago.

The JOBS makes significant changes to how banks and other businesses can raise capital. It does this by:

·         Easing the IPO process and reporting requirements for emerging growth companies;

·         Reducing general solicitation and general advertising restrictions for certain private placements;

·         Creating a new $50 million small public offering exemption;

·         Creating a “crowdfunding” private placement exemption; and

·         Perhaps most importantly, for community banks and bank holding companies, increasing the number of shareholders a private company may have without having to publicly report under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including specific thresholds for banks and bank holding companies.

A summary of the JOBS Act is provided here.

The recent SEC guidance and other information is outlined below.

JOBS Act Impact on Community Banks

The U.S. House of Representatives, by a vote of 380 to 41, has passed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act [link to House Bill], in the form previously approved by the Senate last week [link to Senate Amendment]. The bill now goes to President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law. The JOBS Act could significantly impact community banks, among other businesses, regarding the categories summarized below.

SEC Registration

The JOBS Act increases the threshold for SEC registration from 500 shareholders of record to 2,000 shareholders of record for banks and bank holding companies. The increase allows some banks to raise capital by selling stock to new investors without having to register under Section 12(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.…