Confused About SEC And State Filings? We Set The Record Straight And Make It Simple

Confused About SEC And State Filings? We Set The Record Straight And Make It Simple

In the world of private securities offerings, navigating the regulatory landscape is crucial for both issuers and investors. Among the pivotal frameworks governing these transactions in the United States is Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933. This regulation provides exemptions from the registration requirements for certain private offerings, making it a favored route for startups, small businesses, real estate funds and syndications, and investment funds seeking capital. However, leveraging Regulation D’s exemptions is not without its complexities, especially when it comes to the requisite filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and state securities authorities. This blog delves into the intricacies of SEC and state notice filings under Regulation D, offering insights to demystify the process and ensure compliance.

Understanding Regulation D Exemptions

Before diving into the filing requirements, it’s essential to grasp the exemptions under Regulation D. The most commonly used exemptions are found in Rules 506(b) and 506(c), each tailored to specific conditions of the offering and its investors. Rules 506(b) and 506(c) cater to unlimited fundraising efforts, with distinctions in investor accreditation and solicitation practices.

The Role Of Form D In Regulation D Offerings

At the heart of SEC notice filings for Regulation D offerings is Form D, a brief notice that must be filed by companies after they first sell their securities. This form contains vital information about the company’s offerings, the executives, and the promoters involved. Notably, Form D must be filed within 15 days of the first sale of securities in the offering, marking a crucial compliance milestone.

Key Components Of Form D

1.     Issuer Information: Details about the issuer, including name, address, and contact information.

2.     Offering Data: Information on the exemption being claimed, the type of securities offered, the amount of securities sold, and the use of proceeds.

3.     Related Persons: Identification of executive officers, directors, and promoters connected with the offering.

4.     Timing: The Form D must be filed with the SEC within 15 days of the first sale of securities under your offering. Pro Tip: You can and probably should file the Form D with the SEC before you start raising capital.

Navigating State Blue Sky Laws

In addition to SEC filings, issuers must also contend with state securities regulations, commonly known as “Blue Sky Laws” or “State Notice Filings.” These laws vary by state and often require issuers to file a notice, pay a filing fee, or both, even when a federal exemption under Regulation D is claimed. Compliance with Blue Sky Laws is paramount to avoid penalties and ensure the smooth progress of the securities offering.

Strategies For Effective State Compliance

1.     Timely Filings: Ensure state filings are made within 15 days of the first sale of securities to an investor from the state. State filings are typically a one-time requirement, meaning that once you file in a state, you do not need to file again, even if you get additional investors from that state later on. Note that state filings may expire after 12 months, depending on the state. In addition, it is important to avoid filing late, as state securities commissions may open inquiries, investigations, and/or charge late filing fees.

2.     Understand State Variations: Familiarize yourself with the specific requirements of each state where securities will be offered or sold, as Blue Sky Laws differ significantly.

3.     Maintain Accurate Records: Keep detailed records of all filings and communications related to the offering to streamline compliance and address potential inquiries from regulators.


Navigating SEC and state notice filings under Regulation D can be complex, but understanding the requirements and strategizing for compliance can demystify the process. By meticulously preparing and submitting Form D and adhering to state Blue Sky Laws, issuers can leverage Regulation D exemptions effectively, paving the way for successful securities offerings. As always, consulting with legal experts specializing in securities law, like PPM LAWYERS, can provide tailored guidance and ensure that your offering proceeds smoothly and within regulatory bounds.

What Next?

Are you planning a securities offering under Regulation D and seeking expert guidance on SEC and state filings? Contact PPM LAWYERS for comprehensive support tailored to your unique needs in real estate funds/syndications, investment funds, startups, and more.

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