NASAA Announces Form D Electronic Filing Portal
The North American Securities Administrators Association (“NASAA”) has launched its Electronic Filing Depository (“EFD”) for Rule 506 Form D filings. NASAA’s EFD was created to allow companies to post Form D’s for Rule 506 offerings online through NAASA’s EFD website. Rule 506 of Regulation D is a “safe harbor” for private offerings under Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act. Issuers relying on the Rule 506 do not have to register their securities offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) or state securities regulators.
Even though registration is not required, issuers must file a “Form D” with the SEC and state securities regulators after they first sell their securities. The Form D contains limited information about the securities being offered and the issuer offering those securities.
More than 40 states have elected to participate in NASAA’s EFD. Some states have already made the filing of Form D through the EFD mandatory. NASAA’s EFD system offers issuers and securities attorneys an accommodating method of submitting Form D’s online. NASAA has also imposed a one-time set-up fee of $150 which issuers using the service must pay. NASAA’s fee is in addition to applicable state blue sky filing fees.
NASAA’s system will benefit investors somewhat by allowing them to search and view Form D filings though Form D filings are also available on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website. Filings can be searched by issuer name, CIK number, accession number or EFD number.
We expect NASAA’s new EFD to be a valuable tool for issuers and their securities attorneys seeking to make Form D filings. A list of the states participating in NASAA EFD can be found here.
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