April is, indeed, the cruelest month for law professors--law review submissions season is grinding on, classes are ending, we're scrambling to fit in last lectures, review sessions, and pre-graduation festivities. With these important claims on my attention, is it any wonder that I haven't gotten up to speed on the biggest change to U.S. securities laws since 1933? Hmmm. I, for one, am feeling some guilt about not having made time to focus on the JOBS Act.
So we at the Glom are holding a special forum on the JOBS Act's effect on U.S. securities laws for four days next week. Our main posters will be current Master Joan Heminway and special guest and friend-of-Glom Bob Thompson. I'm hoping that Glommers and Masters will chime in, and of course we hope all of our readers will participate via comments.
In need of a crash course, I asked our trusty librarian to run down some law prof blogosphere discussion of JOBS, roughly divided into overview, pro, and con.
Here's a link, via M&A Law Prof Blog, to a Proskauer Rose client memo summarizing the key components of the Act.
Here's a summary from the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.
FAQs on JOBS from the SEC.
Steven Davidoff says time will tell on the net benefit, but Congress' lawmaking made sausagemakers look good.
Peter Henning argues internal controls matter for small corporations.
Barbara Black worries about the overly inclusive definition of emerging growth companies, relaxation of rules on analysts, and crowdfunding.
[to follow?] [maybe?]
Tune in next Monday for the start of our special forum!
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