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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.

Challenges Faced by Small-Caps: The Results are in…

The Small Cap Survey

For unique insight into the small cap companies trading on our markets, we recently engaged their C-suite to shed light upon some of the challenges they face when trying to drive and increase investor interest in their stock. Continue reading “Challenges Faced by Small-Caps: The Results are in…”

Think an IPO is the only way to access the Public Markets?

The high cost to complete an IPO onto a U.S. stock exchange – on average $2.5 million*, combined with the declining bank appetite for small-cap IPOs, is forcing many small companies to stay private longer. However, the public markets offer tremendous benefits for small-cap companies seeking to raise capital and grow their businesses. Fortunately, an IPO isn’t the only method for small companies to gain the benefits of a public market. Continue reading “Think an IPO is the only way to access the Public Markets?”

3 Best Practices to Build an Effective IR Strategy

With more than 6,000 small and micro-cap companies trading on our markets, we are uniquely positioned to understand the issues they face, and help them effectively navigate the public markets. Continue reading “3 Best Practices to Build an Effective IR Strategy”

Leveraging the High Demand of Community Bank Stocks

The OTCQX Banks Index, a benchmark for community banks traded on the OTCQX market, gained 30 percent in the past 12 months, compared to 15 percent for the S&P 500.  How can community banks leverage this positive trend and deliver greater value to their shareholders? Continue reading “Leveraging the High Demand of Community Bank Stocks”

Addressing the SEC White Paper on OTC Equities

The SEC recently published a paper on OTC equity securities on their website. While I am always happy to see more research around OTC equities, I am surprised by the paper’s overly negative and misinformed conclusions about the growth in OTC dollar volumes. Continue reading “Addressing the SEC White Paper on OTC Equities”

Don’t Look Now: You’re Public

Recently, at a Crowdfunding conference in L.A., I met with three company CEOs all in the process of doing Reg A+ deals.  When I asked them about their plans for secondary trading, I was surprised by the answer.  All three responded with some variation of “we don’t plan on going public – we will just issue the shares, there won’t be a market.” Continue reading “Don’t Look Now: You’re Public”

6 Key Takeaways from Our Reg A+ Bootcamp

OTC Markets Group recently held a Regulation A+ Bootcamp at our OTC Market Center in Manhattan to educate public and private companies about how to do a successful Reg A+ offering and go public under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act). Continue reading “6 Key Takeaways from Our Reg A+ Bootcamp”

The Road Not (Yet) Taken

As part of the JOBS Act, Congress and the SEC updated and expanded Regulation A (Reg. A) to reduce some of the road blocks to capital formation faced by startups and emerging growth companies.  Many have argued that regulations implemented over the past two decades have removed the economic incentives for broker-dealers to engage in smaller offerings. Continue reading “The Road Not (Yet) Taken”

Regulation A+ Thoughts and Insights

In June 2015, the SEC adopted amendments to Regulation A (“Reg. A+”), easing the burdens emerging and growth companies face in raising capital. With all of the recent excitement surrounding Reg. A+, we wanted to share some thoughts and what we’re noticing in these early stages. Continue reading “Regulation A+ Thoughts and Insights”

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