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wendy grossman on we robot April 24, 2012

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Here. Lots to think about. Some videos of the conference are available from discourse.net.

we robot April 20, 2012

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The We Robot conference is happening here this weekend. Looks interesting (here is the program), and there’s to be a live video feed.

sec consultation on jobs act implementation April 11, 2012

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The SEC invites public comment on implementation of the JOBS Act:

Under a process first utilized with the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the public will be able to comment before the agency even proposes its regulatory reform rules and amendments.
The SEC is generally required by law to establish a public comment period at the time it proposes rules or rule amendments. However, similar to the Commission’s action with the Dodd-Frank Act, the public will have an opportunity to voice its views before rules or amendments are proposed under the JOBS Act. The public also will be able to see what others are saying to the agency about these issues.

There are separate web comment forms with respect to different titles of the Act, which are available here. The forms don’t include questions which might influence the responses, which is a good thing, but responding by means of the forms really requires some knowledge of the statute. The SEC does provide a link to the statute but the language in which it is drafted is pretty impenetrable to those who aren’t familiar with the federal securities laws. This does raise some questions about what the SEC thinks it is achieving by asking for public comment.

sec jobs act faq April 10, 2012

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Is here. The SEC also published a document analysing Reg. D filings. Here’s a brief excerpt:

If there were a built-in bias against private offerings as suggested in a recent Wall Street Journal article.. it is not manifested through dominance in capital raised through public offerings or supported by current capital raising trends. Moreover, the estimated amount of capital raised through Reg D offerings in 2010 ($878 billion) is similar in magnitude to the estimated amount of capital raised in 2000 prior to start of the Sarbanes-Oxley regulatory environment ($960 billion..). In this respect, and given the pace of 2011 Reg D offerings, there is no evidence that the Reg D offering market has shrunk over this period.

transparency and international investment April 10, 2012

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The Statement of the European Union and the United States on Shared Principles for International Investment includes the following principle:

Governments should ensure the highest levels of transparency and public participation in the development of domestic laws and other measures relating to investment.

Note, the highest levels not only of transparency, but also of public participation.

excellent (but snarky) comment on the jobs act by the deal professor April 3, 2012

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Is here.

april is national financial literacy month April 3, 2012

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The CFPB asks for stories. There have been quite a few of these financial literacy months now, and the problems persist. And I would bet that the Jobs Act will not help.