Staff also suggests greater willingness to waive financial statement requirements
Following up on Chairman Jay Clayton’s promise to improve access to the capital markets, on June 29 staff in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance announced several welcome changes to the filing process for IPO and newly public companies. Beginning on July 10, 2017, the staff will accept nonpublic draft registration statements from all issuers covering IPOs and initial registrations under Exchange Act Section 12(b). This expands a benefit granted solely to “emerging growth companies” (EGCs) by the JOBS Act of 2012. The SEC will also grant nonpublic review to the first submission of a draft registration statement within one year after an IPO or initial registration under Exchange Act Section 12(b). Subsequent amendments to these registration statements must however be filed publicly.
This expansion of nonpublic review does not extend other EGC benefits to all companies, such as the ability to engage in “testing the waters” prior to the filing of a registration statement, or relief from auditor attestation of the effectiveness of internal control.