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Latest commentary on Market Structure, Compliance, Small Cap and Reg A+ issues, including insights on the news and trends that affect the public markets.

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Jason Paltrowitz

Jason Paltrowitz is Executive Vice President, Corporate Services at OTC Markets Group, where he is responsible for managing the firm’s international and domestic Corporate Services business. Drawing upon his expertise in cross-border trading and as a recognized proponent of Reg A+ and small company capital raising, Jason is an advocate for small cap issuers, start-ups, and entrepreneurial innovators working to alleviate the cost, time and complexity associated with being a public company. Prior to joining OTC Markets in October 2013, Jason was Managing Director and Segment Head at JP Morgan Chase responsible for the custody, clearing and collateral management business in the Corporate and Investment Bank division. Jason also held multiple senior management positions at BNY Mellon, most notably, as Head of M&A for the Financial Markets and Treasury Services Sector and 11 years as the Head of the Global Capital Markets Group in the Depositary Receipt Division. Jason currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA) and also served as a member of the Board of Directors at OTC Markets Group from 2008 – 2011. Jason holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from Boston University and received his MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.

Why Now is the Time for Global Companies to Attract U.S. Investors

If there is a “new normal,” as the pundits are fond of saying, it involves learning to live with the risk of the unknown. And for foreign companies that are adaptable and tolerant of today’s macroeconomic uncertainties, these trying times provide an opportunity to diversify their shareholder base beyond their home market.

Investors, investor relations officers and C-suite executives alike appreciate certainty and predictability, and that is something in short supply in 2020. Yet, in the midst of unprecedented times, there’s a silver lining for foreign companies looking to expand and diversify their investor base in the U.S.

Continue reading “Why Now is the Time for Global Companies to Attract U.S. Investors”

Investors Be Alert—“Penny Stocks” Can also Trade on Exchanges

In my most recent blog post, Capital Raising During Times of Uncertainty—Issuers Beware!, I discussed the issues facing small and micro-cap companies as they confront critical funding issues and the heightened need to secure growth capital. The companies that do all the right things and provide quality disclosure deserve a public market that provides a mechanism for investment funding to keep their businesses going.  However, some may still fall victim to bad actors. We cautioned issuers to beware of “too good to be true” financings with terms that dump shares, dilute shareholder value and destroy companies. Continue reading “Investors Be Alert—“Penny Stocks” Can also Trade on Exchanges”

Capital Raising During Times of Uncertainty — Issuers Beware!

As the public market for thousands of early stage and growth companies, OTC Markets Group has seen the good, the hard and the plain ugly when it comes to what happens after a capital raising.  Even in the best of economic times, issuers often fall prey to bad advisors offering “too good to be true” financings with terms that dump shares, dilute shareholder value and destroy companies. Continue reading “Capital Raising During Times of Uncertainty — Issuers Beware!”

Navigating Investor Engagement in the Wake of Travel Restrictions

As guidance from the World Health Organization continues to evolve, many organizations and businesses are encouraging remote work and limiting travel as a way to help protect their teams.

With more and more conferences and company road shows being cancelled daily, we are seeing an increased interest from issuers, conference organizers, investment banks and IR firms looking for an alternative approach to help their companies continue to execute their IR strategy.

One solution that is gaining traction is our Virtual Investor Conference series.  This 100% Virtual event platform gives company executives the ability to present live to a global audience of investors directly from their headquarters or home office.

Continue reading “Navigating Investor Engagement in the Wake of Travel Restrictions”

Davos: A Glimpse Into The Global Innovation Economy, The World Economic Forum gives valuable insight into the trends of the next decade.

Each year, the World Economic Forum (WEF) meets in Davos, Switzerland to engage the most influential political, business, cultural and other society leaders to shape global agendas. At the WEF, there is the shared understanding that the themes discussed at the Forum are often more widely representative of broader social trends. This year, increased pressure from geopolitical and economic instability brought with it a greater commitment to the original intentions of the WEF: identify leaders who are making waves in the world economy today and encouraging the growth of emerging markets all over the world. All discussions resulted with one underlying theme: progress happens when people who have the drive and influence to make positive change come together. Continue reading “Davos: A Glimpse Into The Global Innovation Economy, The World Economic Forum gives valuable insight into the trends of the next decade.”

The Results are in… Congratulations to the 2020 OTCQX® Best 50

OTC Markets is pleased to announce the 2020 OTCQX Best 50 – an annual list of the top 50 U.S. and international companies traded on the OTCQX Best Market.  This year’s roster of industry leaders demonstrates the breadth, depth and diversity of the companies that trade on our premium market. Continue reading “The Results are in… Congratulations to the 2020 OTCQX® Best 50”

Rising Above with a Winning IR Strategy

When the fundamentals of Investor Relations – telling a compelling story to the right investors – are upheld, the results can be extremely positive. However, it can be difficult for small and microcap companies to properly resource IR given that their smaller teams are often tasked with multiple responsibilities. Continue reading “Rising Above with a Winning IR Strategy”

Technology Can Help You Reach New Investors

Investor targeting is an important task for smaller companies that want to improve their liquidity and market capitalization. For these companies to grow their business, it’s essential to find efficient ways to engage the right investors.

New technology is making it easier and more cost effective to reach investors in contrast to the more traditional methods of attending roadshows and investor conferences. Continue reading “Technology Can Help You Reach New Investors”

More Efficient Access to U.S. Capital Markets

Many foreign issuers are unaware that there are limitations as to what can be achieved by solely listing in their home (primary) market.  At a time of continued uncertainty around fiscal and monetary policies, the influence of geopolitical factors and their impact on the global economy, gaining access to the U.S. capital markets is imperative for many international companies.  Now more than ever, companies must consider efficient ways to expand their global footprint and engage a U.S. audience to broaden and diversify their shareholder base. Continue reading “More Efficient Access to U.S. Capital Markets”

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