Tag: M&A broker

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UNITED STATES: Goodbye M&A Brokers No Action Letter, Hello Federal Exemption
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United States: A Holiday Gift for M&A Brokers: Congress Passes New Exemption from Securities Broker Registration

UNITED STATES: Goodbye M&A Brokers No Action Letter, Hello Federal Exemption

By Eden L. Rohrer and Jessica D. Cohn

On 29 March 2023, the federal exemption from securities broker registration for qualifying mergers and acquisitions brokers (M&A brokers) became effective. That exemption was signed into law on 29 December 2022 as a policy rider to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 (H.R. 2617) (the M&A Brokers Exemption) and was described in our previous blog post and client alert

The M&A Brokers Exemption can now be found in subsection (13) “Registration Exemption for Merger and Acquisition Brokers” of Section 15(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

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United States: A Holiday Gift for M&A Brokers: Congress Passes New Exemption from Securities Broker Registration

By: Eden L. Rohrer and Jessica D. Cohn

On December 23, 2022, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2617, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023,” following Senate passage on December 22.   President Biden is expected to sign the legislation before December 30.  Among the routine federal funding provisions, the bill includes a holiday surprise “policy rider” on qualifying mergers and acquisitions brokers (“M&A brokers”) in Division AA, Title V, Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales and Brokerage Simplification (“Title V”), effective 90 days after enactment. (H.R. 2617, 117th Cong. Div. AA, Title V, § 501 (2022)).

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