M&A Brokers Receive No-Action Relief from Broker-Dealer Registration
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The SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets recently issued an important No-Action Letter that effectively permits “M&A Brokers” to advise on and arrange certain securities transactions in connection with the purchase or sale of privately-held companies without registration as broker-dealers, subject to conditions. Notably, the relief does not restrict either the types of compensation that eligible M&A Brokers can receive or the size of the privately-held company that is the subject of the transaction.