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SEC's Crenshaw & Lee Vote Against Direct Listings

The Commissioners are right to highlight the importance of a traditional underwriter as a crucial investor protection throughout the IPO process.




WASHINGTON – The American Securities Association (ASA) today applauded Securities and Exchange (SEC) Commissioners Caroline Crenshaw and Allison Lee for standing up to protect America’s investors by voting against a proposed rule approving the use of direct listings in primary offerings.

“ASA applauds Commissioners Crenshaw and Lee for standing up to protect America’s investors over the interests of Wall Street and Silicon Valley,” said ASA CEO Chris Iacovella. “The Commissioners are right to highlight the importance of a traditional underwriter as a crucial investor protection throughout the IPO process. While we are disappointed that one of this Commission’s final acts is a massive regulatory rollback that swings the investor protection pendulum in the wrong direction, we look forward to working with a new SEC Chair to quickly reverse this misguided policy and put America’s investors first.”

Last week, ASA called on the SEC to reject this proposal and outlined concerns regarding the Commission’s lack of transparency which threatens the democratic process, its action to circumvent the will of Congress, and its disregard for the Administrative Procedure Act. In September, ASA sent a letter to the Commission reiterating its investor protection concerns and highlighted how Chinese companies will use the direct listings process to defraud American investors and retirement savers.



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