SEC Approves FINRA Rule Related to Private Placements

On June 7, 2012, the SEC approved, on an accelerated basis, new FINRA Rule 5123 “Private Placements of Securities”).  The new rule will require, subject to certain exceptions, FINRA member firms that sell securities in certain private placements to submit a notice filing with FINRA, including disclosure documents, if any, utilized in the offering.  FINRA has noted that the filing requirement is a notice filing only.  Therefore, issuers and member firms should not expect to receive FINRA comments or input before commencing an offering.