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H.R. 2064 (114th): Improving Access to Capital for Emerging Growth Companies Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 14, 2015 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 152

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2064

[Report No. 114–203]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 28, 2015

(for himself and Mr. Delaney) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services

July 14, 2015

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on April 28, 2015


A BILL

To amend certain provisions of the securities laws relating to the treatment of emerging growth companies.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Improving Access to Capital for Emerging Growth Companies Act.

2.

Filing requirement for public filing prior to public offering

Section 6(e)(1) of the Securities Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. 77f(e)(1)) is amended by striking 21 days and inserting 15 days.

3.

Grace period for change of status of emerging growth companies

Section 6(e)(1) of the Securities Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. 77f(e)(1)) is further amended by adding at the end the following: An issuer that was an emerging growth company at the time it submitted a confidential registration statement or, in lieu thereof, a publicly filed registration statement for review under this subsection but ceases to be an emerging growth company thereafter shall continue to be treated as an emerging market growth company for the purposes of this subsection through the earlier of the date on which the issuer consummates its initial public offering pursuant to such registrations statement or the end of the 1-year period beginning on the date the company ceases to be an emerging growth company..

4.

Simplified disclosure requirements for emerging growth companies

Section 102 of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (Public Law 112–106) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(d)

Simplified disclosure requirements

With respect to an emerging growth company (as such term is defined under section 2 of the Securities Act of 1933):

(1)

Requirement to include notice on Forms S–1 and F-1

Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Securities and Exchange Commission shall revise its general instructions on Forms S–1 and F-1 to indicate that a registration statement filed (or submitted for confidential review) by an issuer prior to an initial public offering may omit financial information for historical periods otherwise required by regulation S–X (17 C.F.R. 210.1–01 et seq.) as of the time of filing (or confidential submission) of such registration statement, provided that—

(A)

the omitted financial information relates to a historical period that the issuer reasonably believes will not be required to be included in the Form S–1 or F-1 at the time of the contemplated offering; and

(B)

prior to the issuer distributing a preliminary prospectus to investors, such registration statement is amended to include all financial information required by such regulation S–X at the date of such amendment.

(2)

Reliance by issuers

Effective 30 days after the date of enactment of this subsection, an issuer filing a registration statement (or submitting the statement for confidential review) on Form S–1 or Form F-1 may omit financial information for historical periods otherwise required by regulation S–X (17 C.F.R. 210.1–01 et seq.) as of the time of filing (or confidential submission) of such registration statement, provided that—

(A)

the omitted financial information relates to a historical period that the issuer reasonably believes will not be required to be included in the Form S–1 or Form F-1 at the time of the contemplated offering; and

(B)

prior to the issuer distributing a preliminary prospectus to investors, such registration statement is amended to include all financial information required by such regulation S–X at the date of such amendment.

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July 14, 2015

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed