The SEC is struggling with the concept of an accredited investor, a system that was established in 1982 and has remained largely unchanged. The call to modify these rules comes at a time when more companies are choosing to stay private longer and avoid the expense of meeting the regulatory compliance requirements of a public filing. As the Regulation D unregistered offerings increase, some believe the situation puts investors at risk. Hugh D. Berkson, president of PIABA, believes the current structure is “a particularly attractive tool to promote fraudulent” dealings. Others argue that investors should not be limited in their choices and don’t need protection.
Hugh Berkson is a Securities Attorney with McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman, Co. LPA. Hugh is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®.
He obtained a business degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989, and is a 1994 graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Barristers and received both the American Jurisprudence Award, (National Mock Trial) in 1993 and the Jonathan M. Ault Mock Trial Prize for 1993-1994.