Thursday, November 10, 2011

SEC Approves New Rules to Toughen Listing Standards for Reverse Merger Companies

Today the SEC approved new rules of the 3 major U.S. listing markets that raise the standards that companies going public through a reverse merger must meet in order to be listed on those exchanges.

The press release states that "under the new rules, Nasdaq, NYSE, and NYSE Amex will impose more stringent listing requirements for companies that become public through a reverse merger. Specifically, the new rules would prohibit a reverse merger company from applying to list until:

The company has completed a one-year “seasoning period” by trading in the U.S. over-the-counter market or on another regulated U.S. or foreign exchange following the reverse merger, and filed all required reports with the Commission, including audited financial statements.

The company maintains the requisite minimum share price for a sustained period, and for at least 30 of the 60 trading days, immediately prior to its listing application and the exchange’s decision to list."

SEC Chairman Mary L. Schapiro said of the change, “Placing heightened requirements on reverse merger companies before they can become listed on an exchange will provide greater protections for investors.”

SEC Approves New Rules to Toughen Listing Standards for Reverse Merger Companies
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