On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act). The new law eases restrictions on the ways start-up companies can raise capital and go public. It also rolls back requirements that these companies uphold certain corporate governance and other investor protections. During congressional debate on the IPO reform law, CII urged lawmakers not to weaken these investor safeguards. CII believes strongly that all companies, including those in the process of going public, should adhere to corporate governance best practices.

In July 2012, CII commissioned five issue briefs that explain in plain English the relevance for institutional investors of key elements of the JOBS Act. 

Resources & Advocacy
Teleconference: JOBS Act Past, Present and Future (members only) 
View JOBS Act Issue Briefs (members only)
Teleconference: JOBS Act Issue Briefs (members only)


July 23, 2014 CII Letter to Subcommittee on Capital Markets re SEC hearing
Apr. 30, 2014 CII letter to Congress on proposed bills to amend JOBS Act
March 11, 2014 CII letter to SEC on Draft Strategic Plan
Sept. 27, 2012 CII letter to SEC on proposed general solicitation rule
Aug. 16, 2012 CII letter to SEC on general solicitation
Aug. 8, 2012 CII letter to the SEC on Title I of the JOBS Act
July 20, 2012 CII letter about JOBS Act Issue Briefs to Senate Banking and House Financial Services Committees, Treasury and other agencies
March 22, 2012 Joint letter from CII and CAQ to Senate about the JOBS Act
March 7, 2012 CII letter to House leadership on capital formation
March 1, 2012 CII letter to Senate Banking Committee on Capital Formation