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SEC Watch: No Respite on Regulatory Reform in 2016

Joe Mont | January 5, 2016

If the staff and leadership at the Securities and Exchange Commission had hoped that clearing their plate of most Dodd-Frank Act and JOBS Act mandates would make 2016 a year to focus on their own initiatives, they may want to revisit that thinking.

Throughout the fall, talk in Washington was of Congress passing a “JOBS Act 2.0”—a sequel of pro-business regulatory reform pushed by Republicans and corporate lobbyists. Some of those hopes finally came into law through a highway spending bill Congress passed in December, and the deadlines attached to the legislation all but assure that it will capture the SEC’s time with the start of this year.

Among the regulatory reform items included in the 1,300-page, $300 billion, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act):

  • Rather than the current 21-day limitation, investor road shows may now begin 15 days after the confidential filing of an IPO registration statement is made public.
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