Confidential Registration Statements Q & A – Going Public Lawyers

Confidential Registration Statements

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (“JOBS Act”) allows an “emerging growth company” to submit a draft of its registration statement and exhibits to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on a confidential basis.  This Q & A addresses the common questions we receive about confidential registration statement submissions.

Q. When does an emerging growth company have to file its registration statement if I want it to be a confidential submission?

A. The JOBS Act requires that emerging growth companies file the initial confidential submission of their registration statement and all amendments to the registration statement with the SEC within 21 days prior to the registration statement’s anticipated effectiveness or road shows. These prior confidential submissions should be included as exhibits to the company’s later publicly filed  registration statement, if any.

Q. How long will my company’s registration statement remain confidential?

A. Registration statements submitted to the SEC on a confidential basis do not remain confidential if a company completes its Direct Public Offering, Initial Public Offering (“IPO”) or pre-IPO offering.

Q. Will SEC comment letters to a registration statement and company responses to the registration statement remain confidential?

A. The  registration statement comments and responses will become publicly available after the completion of the securities offering but not earlier than 20 business days following the effective date of the registration statement.

Q. What are the benefits of confidential submission of a registration statement to the SEC?

A. The confidential submission of a registration statement allows a company to keep the registration statement confidential and out of the public domain until it decides whether it will proceed with its public offering. If a company abandons its offering before its registration statement becomes effective, its submission remains confidential.

Q. If I submit my company’s registration statement on a confidential basis, can the company still announce its registration statement or IPO?

A. SEC Rule 135 allows an issuer to announce limited information about the confidential submission of a registered securities offering submitted to the SEC.

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