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SEC Issues Staff Report on Accredited Investor Definition

By | December 18, 2015

The SEC issued a staff report on the accredited investor definition. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act directs the Commission to review the accredited investor definition as it relates to natural persons every four years to determine whether the definition should be modified or adjusted.  Staff from the Divisions of Corporation Finance and Economic and Risk Analysis prepared the report in connection with the first review of the definition.

The report examines the history of the accredited investor definition and considers comments on the definition received from a variety of sources, including public commenters, the Investor Advisory Committee and the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. The report considers alternative approaches to defining “accredited investor,” provides staff recommendations for potential updates and modifications to the existing definition and analyzes the impact potential approaches may have on the pool of accredited investors.

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