US - Reform for Securities Offering by Closed-End Investment Companies
On 20 March 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted to propose rule amendments to allow business development companies and registered closed-end funds (collectively, “affected funds”) to use the registration, offering, and communications reforms the Commission already adopted for operating companies.
The proposal would improve access to capital and facilitate investor communications by business development companies and registered closed-end funds. Business development companies—or “BDCs”—are a type of closed-end fund established by Congress that primarily invest in small and developing companies. . The proposal also includes other amendments designed to help implement the congressionally-mandated amendments by further harmonizing the disclosure and regulatory framework for these funds with that of operating companies and by providing tools to help investors assess these funds and their offerings.