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Improving the Legal Environment for Start-Up Financing by Rationalizing Rule 144

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  • Ganor, Mira
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    Private Equity is a crucial form of financing for start-ups and, therefore, important for economic innovation and growth. The securities laws have an enormous impact on the ability of start-ups to obtain private equity investment. One of the most important of these laws is the SEC's Rule 144. Surprisingly, there has been little academic analysis on the efficacy of this rule. This paper shows that Rule 144 is likely to impair and distort the financing of start-ups. The paper also explains how Rule 144 can be modified to reduce these costs without interfering with any of the functions for which it was designed.

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    Paper provided by Berkeley Olin Program in Law & Economics in its series Berkeley Olin Program in Law & Economics, Working Paper Series with number qt1467f53t.

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    Date of creation: 01 Jul 2004
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    Handle: RePEc:cdl:oplwec:qt1467f53t

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    1. Cécile Carpentier & Jean-Marc Suret, 2004. "Le placement privé et la dimension réglementaire du financement des entreprises," CIRANO Working Papers 2004s-51, CIRANO.

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