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Regulating Public Offerings Of Truly New Securities: First Principles, Merritt B. Fox Jan 2016

Regulating Public Offerings Of Truly New Securities: First Principles, Merritt B. Fox

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The public offering of truly new securities involves purchases by investors in sufficient number and in small enough blocks that each purchaser’s shares can reasonably be expected to be freely tradable in a secondary market that did not exist before the offering. Increasing the ability of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to make such offerings has been the subject of much recent discussion.

At the time that a firm initially contemplates such an offering, unusually large information asymmetries exist between its insiders and potential investors. These can lead to severe adverse-selection problems that prevent a substantial portion of worthy ...