- Tier I Finders will be limited to providing contact information of potential investors in connection with only one capital raising transaction by a single issuer within a 12-month period, provided that the Tier I Finder does not have any contact with the potential investors about the issuer.
- Tier II Finders may engage in a wider range of solicitation-related activities on behalf of an issuer but these are limited to: (i) identifying, screening, and contacting potential investors; (ii) distributing issuer offering materials to investors; (iii) discussing issuer information included in any offering materials (provided that the finder does not provide advice as to the valuation or advisability of the investment); and (iv) arranging or participating in meetings with the issuer and investor.
The Proposed Exemption is a step in the right direction for issuers that want to follow the rules and it provides participants in these arrangements greater regulatory clarity than exists today. However, this exemptive relief does not lessen the responsibilities for issuers’ legal and compliance professionals and it does not completely eliminate the regulatory uncertainty inherent in these arrangements.
Eric Chartan and Andrew Adams wrote about this in our Emerging Themes in Financial Regulation 2021 publication.
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