WASHINGTON, DC – At a Senate hearing today, National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) Board Member Patricia Nakache, General Partner at Trinity Ventures, testified on the competition in digital technology markets and how venture capitalists think about acquisitions of early-stage companies by larger competitors. Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Protection at a hearing entitled, “Competition in Digital Technology Markets: Examining Acquisitions of Nascent or Potential Competitors by Digital Platforms,” Nakache shared with lawmakers the considerations of venture capitalists as they invest and partner with entrepreneurs that are taking on large companies. She also outlined the diverse views the VC industry has regarding using antitrust law against large digital platforms and made recommendations as policymakers consider action in this area. Read more
WASHINGTON, DC – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) recommended key changes to the Volcker Rule in a proposal submitted yesterday in response to multiple federal agencies’ request for comment regarding the “covered fund” definition under the Volcker Rule. NVCA’s letter outlines the harmful consequences that the broad scope of the covered fund provision has had on the startup ecosystem. Read more
WASHINGTON, DC – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) applauds today’s passage of the JOBS and Investor Confidence Act of 2018 in the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 406-4. The bill includes a number of provisions that will support capital formation for U.S. growth companies. These pro-innovation provisions include relief for many venture capital firms from having to become Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs), a designation that was not intended for VC firms and which adds a number of costs and challenges for VC firms. Even firms that do not have to register often need to manage their portfolio and limit or refrain from certain investments to avoid the regulatory morass of registration. Read more
The DEAL Act Would Improve Access to Capital for U.S. Startups
WASHINGTON, DC – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) was pleased to see that today the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services passed the Developing and Empowering our Aspiring Leaders (DEAL) Act by a voice vote. Sponsored by Representative Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN), the DEAL Act will encourage capital formation for startups by directing the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to make a percentage of secondary investments qualifying for purposes of the definition of a venture capital (VC) fund. The modification would be limited in scope to equity investment by venture capital funds, activity that is generally a bipartisan priority. This bill would improve the ability of VC funds to continue to follow their portfolio companies along their growth path through more follow-on investments without fear of triggering a significant regulatory burden. Read more
WASHINGTON, DC – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) was pleased to see that today’s proposal from the Federal Reserve to simplify the Volcker Rule includes questions on whether the rule’s exclusion of banks from investing into U.S. venture capital funds should be revised. Currently, the Volcker Rule prohibits U.S. financial institutions from investing into venture capital funds as limited partners. This has had a disproportionate impact on cities and regions with emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems—areas outside of Silicon Valley and other traditional technology centers. Read more
WASHINGTON, DC – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) today joined with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other organizations to release “Expanding The On-Ramp: Recommendations to Help More Companies Go and Stay Public,” a report providing public policy recommendations to encourage more U.S. public companies. The report was produced in partnership with a number of organizations, including The Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, Nasdaq, TechNet, SIFMA, Biotechnology Innovation Organization, American Securities Association and Equity Dealers of America.
The recommendations in the report provide a blueprint for policymakers to address the challenges to both launching IPOs and remaining a public company. The policy recommendations include enhancements to the reforms put in place by the JOBS Act, proposals to encourage more research of emerging growth companies (EGCs), improvements to corporate governance, disclosure, financial reporting and regulatory requirements, and enhancements to equity market structure. Read more
WASHINGTON, DC – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) today recommended key changes to the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) of 2017 on behalf of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. NVCA submitted its views on the legislation in a submission to the House Financial Services Committee in connection with its hearing on “H.R. 4311, the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2017.”
FIRRMA expands the mandate of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to review minority investments into U.S. critical technology companies, unless the investment is a passive investment. NVCA is recommending key changes be made to FIRRMA that maintain the intent of the bill but mitigate damage to U.S. startups that need capital to grow. Read more
WASHINGTON, DC – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) will convene tomorrow venture investors, policymakers and other stakeholders from the entrepreneurial ecosystem for two days of policy discussion and meetings to support new company creation at the NVCA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.
“We are totally rewriting the script this year for the NVCA Annual Meeting to focus exclusively on policy and direct engagement with policymakers,” said Bobby Franklin, President and CEO of NVCA. “We are bringing VCs to DC to so that the venture community can better understand how policymakers approach our policy issues and in turn how policymakers can better understand how the policies they are working on are impacting new company formation. Read more
WASHINGTON, DC – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) today submitted to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs proposals to increase economic growth and enable consumers, market participants and financial companies to better participate in the economy. The submission came at the request of Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the committee respectively.
Specifically, NVCA proposed that the committee (1) Exempt investment in venture capital from the Volcker Rule; (2) Modify the venture capital exemption from registered investment advisor (RIA) requirements to fully exempt venture capital activity; and (3) Prioritize capital markets reforms to encourage more U.S. IPOs. Read more
WASHINGTON, DC – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) today issued the following statement on the fifth anniversary of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act being signed into law by President Obama April 5, 2012.
“Led by the tireless efforts of former NVCA Board Chair Kate Mitchell of Scale Venture Partners, NVCA played a leading role in pushing the JOBS Act across the goal line in 2012 and the benefits to the entrepreneurial ecosystem have been tremendous,” said Bobby Franklin, President and CEO of NVCA. Read more
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