from the crackdown-time dept
Of course, I've also wondered how these were legal, as they often appeared to be offering up shares outside of the basic rules of equity offerings under the SEC. It appears that the SEC has finally noticed this as well:
Securities regulators took enforcement action against an online trading platform and two private funds offering Facebook shares on Wednesday, the first action in a year-long probe into the lightly regulated world of private company-share trading.Of course, this is all going after the symptoms of the larger problem, rather than dealing with the actual problem, created by excessive SOX rules. Allow for a more reasonable setup for successful companies to actually access the public markets, and there's no more demand for these private offerings.
The Securities and Exchange Commission charged SharesPost, which matches buyers and sellers of private shares, and its CEO Greg Brogger with failing to register as a broker-dealer before offering the securities.
The SEC also brought charges against two private funds and their managers for allegedly misleading investors about hidden fees in Facebook stock offerings.