On August 26, 2020, the SEC adopted certain amendments that expand the pool of eligible investors in exempt private offerings, which may provide additional sources of capital to business development companies, closed-end funds and other private funds. The Amendments:
- expand the definition of “accredited investor” under Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act), to add new categories of natural persons and entities that can qualify, irrespective of their wealth.
- also expand the entities eligible as “qualified institutional buyers” under Rule 144A offerings to be consistent with the amendment to the “accredited investor” definition.
- adopt revisions to certain related rules, such as testing the waters under Rule 163B of the Securities Act.