On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the JOBS Act).  The new legislation enlarges the menu of choices that private companies will have to raise capital while also reducing the burdens on “emerging growth companies” that ultimately resort to the public markets.  It also offers benefits for private investment funds. Many aspects of the JOBS Act are effective immediately; others require rulemaking by the SEC, generally on an expedited basis.

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