In May of 2016, the SEC issued its final rule release implementing changes to the registration requirements under Section 12(g) of the Exchange Act. The revised rule mandates an annual test for accredited investor status, requiring that each issuer to establish a reasonable belief, at the end of each fiscal year, that it does not have 500 investors that are not accredited investors.
Phoenix American makes the process easy with online investor verification as part of Account Connect, our investor web portal solution. When investors log in to their online account, they will be prompted, each year, to check a box verifying that they remain accredited investors. Re-verification will be tracked and reported on an ongoing basis in the STAR-XMS accreditation module.
To maximize participation in the re-verification of investors and to establish the required “reasonable belief” that a sufficient number of investors remain accredited, Phoenix American may conduct mail or email campaigns on the issuer’s behalf encouraging investors to log in to their online account and verify their status.
For more information on Phoenix American Transfer Agent and Back Office Outsourcing Services, contact David Fisher at (415) 485-4673.