Securities Law

Most small businesses will work with banks at some point in their existence, often for loans but also for initial public offerings or other large transactions. If you want your business to sell stocks, it's important to become familiar with federal and state securities laws. Securities laws provide a strict set of rules and procedures related to selling shares of stock to the public, and require strict compliance. FindLaw's section on Securities Law provides information and resources that will help you get a better understanding of this detailed and fairly complicated area of law, including basic terms for shareholders and investors. More specifically, you can find articles on planning an effective annual shareholder meeting, choosing a financing option, the do's and don'ts of insider trading, things to think about before making an initial public offering, a due diligence checklist for going public, and other related information.

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