WSR 08-16-072

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
(Securities Division)

[ Filed July 31, 2008, 1:53 p.m. , effective September 15, 2008 ]


Effective Date of Rule: September 15, 2008.

Purpose: The securities division is amending the rules set forth in WAC 460-44A-500 and 460-44A-502 through 460-44A-506 to permit the filing of the newly adopted Temporary Form D as well as copies of the Form D to be filed in paper or electronic format with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In addition, the securities division is amending its rules to adopt a new safe harbor from general solicitation, to adopt the filing extension set forth in 17 C.F.R. 230.503 (a)(1) (effective September 15, 2008), adopt the text of the amendments to the SEC rules setting forth the requirements for filing amendments to Form D and for making annual filings, and to provide for the future electronic filing of Form D through a designee of the administrator. The text of WAC 460-44A-500 and 460-44A-502 through 460-44A-506 as adopted accompanies this notice.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 460-44A-500 and 460-44A-502 through 460-44A-506.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.320 (1), (9), (17).

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 08-06-049 on February 28, 2008.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: In response to comments received from the Committee on State Regulation of Securities of the Section of Business Law of the American Bar Association, the text of the rules proposed was revised to clarify that the division will accept paper copies of new Form D filed either in electronic or paper format with the SEC and that amendments to notice filings made for offerings made in reliance on Regulation D are required to be filed with the securities division consistent with the amendment filing requirements adopted by the SEC. The division also clarified that the filing of a uniform consent to service of process will continue to be required for issuers that file a notice using Temporary Form D.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 6, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 6, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 6, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: July 31, 2008.

Scott Jarvis

Director

OTS-1350.7


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-04-094, filed 2/2/00, effective 3/4/00)

WAC 460-44A-500   Preliminary notes.   (1) The rules of WAC 460-44A-501 through 460-44A-508 relate to transactions exempted from the registration requirements of the Federal Securities Act of 1933 that are also exempted or preempted from RCW 21.20.140. WAC 460-44A-504 is an exemption from registration for offerings exempted under Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 504 or Rule 147. WAC 460-44A-505 is an exemption from registration for offerings exempted under Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 505. WAC 460-44A-506 establishes certain conditions for offerings exempted under Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 506. Unless expressly provided otherwise, such transactions are not exempt from anti-fraud, civil liability, or other provisions of the federal and state securities laws. Issuers are reminded of their obligation to provide such further material information, if any, as may be necessary to make the information required under these rules, in light of the circumstances under which it is furnished, not misleading.

(2) Attempted compliance with the exemption of WAC 460-44A-504, 460-44A-505, or 460-44A-506 does not act as an exclusive election; the issuer can also claim the availability of any other applicable exemption.

(3) These rules are available only to the issuer of the securities and not to any affiliate of that issuer or to any other person for resale of the issuer's securities. The rules provide an exemption only for the transactions in which the securities are offered or sold by the issuer, not for the securities themselves.

(4) In any proceeding involving the rules in WAC 460-44A-501 through 460-44A-508, the burden of proving the exemption, an exception from a definition or condition, or preemption, is upon the person claiming it.

(5) For offerings commenced but not completed prior to the amendment of WAC 460-44A-501 through 460-44A-508, issuers may opt to follow the rules in effect at the date of filing notice of the offering.

(6) Securities offered and sold outside the United States in accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission Regulation S need not be registered under chapter 21.20 RCW. Regulation S may be relied upon for such offers and sales even if coincident offers and sales are made in accordance with Regulation D and WAC 460-44A-501 through 460-44A-508 inside the United States. Thus, for example, persons who are offered and sold securities in accordance with Regulation S would not be counted in the calculation of the number of purchasers under Regulation D and WAC 460-44A-501 through 460-44A-508. Similarly proceeds from such sales would not be included in the aggregate offering price. The provisions of this subsection, however, do not apply if the issuer elects to rely solely on Regulation D for offers or sales to persons made outside the United States.

(7) These rules have been amended in recognition of the amendment of Regulation D by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to authorize the filing of Form D in electronic format with the SEC through the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval System (EDGAR) in accordance with EDGAR rules set forth in Regulation S-T (17 CFR Part 232) as described in Securities and Exchange Commission Securities Act Release No. 8891. WAC 460-44A-503 (1)(b) authorizes an issuer to file Temporary Form D (17 CFR 239.500T) together with an executed uniform consent to service of process on Form U-2 while Temporary Form D remains in effect or a copy of the notice of sales on Form D filed electronically or in paper format with the SEC (17 CFR 239.500) until an electronic filing system acceptable to the administrator of securities of the department of financial institutions is implemented that permits the electronic filing of Form D with the administrator or his or her designee.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.320(9). 00-04-094, 460-44A-500, filed 2/2/00, effective 3/4/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.320(9), 21.20.320(1) and 21.20.320(17). 98-11-014, 460-44A-500, filed 5/12/98, effective 6/12/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450. 94-03-061, 460-44A-500, filed 1/14/94, effective 2/14/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.320 (1), (9) and (17) and 21.20.340(11). 90-09-059, 460-44A-500, filed 4/17/90, effective 5/18/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.320 (1) and (16) and 21.20.450. 89-17-076 (Order SDO-122-89), 460-44A-500, filed 8/17/89, effective 9/17/89; 88-15-024 (Order SDO-71-88), 460-44A-500, filed 7/12/88. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.320 (1) and (17). 86-15-003 (Order SDO-80-86), 460-44A-500, filed 7/3/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.320(1) and 21.20.450. 82-21-031 (Order SDO-98-82), 460-44A-500, filed 10/15/82.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 98-11-014, filed 5/12/98, effective 6/12/98)

WAC 460-44A-502   General conditions to be met.   The following conditions shall be applicable to offers and sales made under WAC 460-44A-504 or 460-44A-505:

(1) "Integration." All sales that are part of the same offering under these rules must meet all of the terms and conditions of these rules. Offers and sales that are made more than six months before the start of an offering or are made more than six months after completion of an offering, will not be considered part of that offering, so long as during those six month periods there are no offers or sales of securities by or for the issuer that are of the same or a similar class as those offered or sold under these rules, other than those offers or sales of securities under an employee benefit plan.


Note: The term "offering" is not defined in the securities acts. If the issuer offers or sells securities for which the safe harbor rule in WAC 460-44A-502(1) is unavailable, the determination as to whether separate sales of securities are part of the same offering (i.e. are considered "integrated") depends on the particular facts and circumstances. Generally, transactions otherwise meeting the requirements of an exemption will not be integrated with simultaneous offerings being made outside the United States in compliance with Securities and Exchange Commission Regulation S.


The following factors should be considered in determining whether offers and sales should be integrated for purposes of the exemptions under these rules:

(a) Whether the sales are part of a single plan of financing;

(b) Whether the sales involve issuance of the same class of securities;

(c) Whether the sales have been made at or about the same time;

(d) Whether the same type of consideration is received; and

(e) Whether the sales are made for the same general purpose.

See Securities and Exchange Commission Release No. 33-4552 (November 6, 1962).

(2) Information requirements.

(a) When information must be furnished.

If the issuer sells securities under WAC 460-44A-505 to any purchaser that is not an accredited investor, the issuer shall furnish the information specified in WAC 460-44A-502 (2)(b) to such purchaser a reasonable time prior to sale. The issuer is not required to furnish the specified information when it sells securities under WAC 460-44A-504, or to any accredited investor.


Note: When an issuer provides information to investors pursuant to WAC 460-44A-502 (2)(a), it should consider providing such information to accredited investors as well, in view of the anti-fraud provisions of the federal and state securities laws.


(b) Type of information to be furnished.

(i) If the issuer is not subject to the reporting requirements of section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, at a reasonable time prior to the sale of securities the issuer shall furnish to the purchaser the following information, to the extent material to an understanding of the issuer, its business, and the securities being offered:

(A) Nonfinancial statement information. If the issuer is eligible to use Regulation A, the same kind of information as would be required in Part II of Form 1-A, 17 CFR Sec. 239.90. If the issuer is not eligible to use Regulation A, the same kind of information as required in Part I of a registration statement filed under the Securities Act on the form that the issuer would be entitled to use.

(B) Financial statement information.

(I) Offerings up to $2,000,000. The information required in Item 310 of Regulation S-B, 17 CFR Sec. 228.310, except that only the issuer's balance sheet, which shall be dated within 120 days of the start of the offering, must be audited.

(II) Offerings up to $5,000,000. The financial statement information required in Form SB-2, 17 CFR Sec. 239.10. If an issuer, other than a limited partnership, cannot obtain audited financial statements without unreasonable effort or expense, then only the issuer's balance sheet, which shall be dated within 120 days of the start of the offering, must be audited. If the issuer is a limited partnership and cannot obtain the required financial statements without unreasonable effort or expense, it may furnish financial statements that have been prepared on the basis of federal income tax requirements and examined and reported on in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards by an independent public or certified accountant.

(C) If the issuer is a foreign private issuer eligible to use Form 20-F, the issuer shall disclose the same kind of information required to be included in a registration statement filed under the Securities Act of 1933 on the form that the issuer would be entitled to use. The financial statements need be certified only to the extent required by (2)(b)(i)(B)(I) or (II) of this subsection, as appropriate.

(ii) If the issuer is subject to the reporting requirements of section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, at a reasonable time prior to the sale of securities the issuer shall furnish to the purchaser the information required by Securities and Exchange Commission Regulation D, Rule 502 (b)(2)(ii) as appropriate.

(iii) Exhibits required to be filed with the administrator of securities or the securities and exchange commission as part of a registration statement or report, other than an annual report to shareholders or parts of that report incorporated by reference in a Form 10-K and Form 10-KSB report, need not be furnished to each purchaser that is not an accredited investor if the contents of material exhibits are identified and such exhibits are made available to a purchaser, upon his written request, a reasonable time prior to his purchase.

(iv) At a reasonable time prior to the sale of securities to any purchaser that is not an accredited investor in a transaction under WAC 460-44A-505, the issuer shall furnish to the purchaser a brief description in writing of any material written information concerning the offering that has been provided by the issuer to any accredited investor but not previously delivered to such unaccredited purchaser. The issuer shall furnish any portion or all of this information to the purchaser, upon his written request a reasonable time prior to his purchase.

(v) The issuer shall also make available to each purchaser at a reasonable time prior to his purchase of securities in a transaction under WAC 460-44A-505 the opportunity to ask questions and receive answers concerning the terms and conditions of the offering and to obtain any additional information which the issuer possesses or can acquire without unreasonable effort or expense that is necessary to verify the accuracy of information furnished under WAC 460-44A-502 (2)(b)(i) or (ii).

(vi) For business combinations or exchange offers, in addition to information required by Form S-4, 17 CFR Sec. 239.25, the issuer shall provide to each purchaser at the time the plan is submitted to security holders, or, with an exchange, during the course of the transaction and prior to sale, written information about any terms or arrangements of the proposed transactions that are materially different from those for all other security holders. For purposes of this subsection, an issuer which is not subject to the reporting requirements of section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 may satisfy the requirements of Part I.B. or C. of Form S-4 by compliance with (b)(i) of this subsection.

(vii) At a reasonable time prior to the sale of securities to any purchaser that is not an accredited investor in a transaction under WAC 460-44A-505, the issuer shall advise the purchaser of the limitations on resale in the manner contained in subsection (4)(b) of this section. Such disclosure may be contained in other materials required to be provided by this paragraph.

(3) Limitation on manner of offering. Neither the issuer nor any person acting on its behalf shall offer or sell the securities by any form of general solicitation or general advertising, including, but not limited to, the following:

(a) Any advertisement, article, notice or other communication published in any newspaper, magazine, or similar media or broadcast over television or radio; and

(b) Any seminar or meeting whose attendees have been invited by any general solicitation or general advertising:

Provided, however, that publication by an issuer of a notice in accordance with 17 CFR Sec. 230.135c or filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission by an issuer of a notice of sales on Form D (17 CFR 239.500) in which the issuer has made a good faith and reasonable attempt to comply with the requirements of such form, shall not be deemed to constitute general solicitation or general advertising for purposes of this section: Provided further, that, if the requirements of 17 CFR Sec. 230.135e are satisfied, providing any journalist with access to press conferences held outside of the United States, to meetings with issuer or selling security holder representatives conducted outside of the United States, or to written press-related materials released outside the United States, at or in which a present or proposed offering of securities is discussed, will not be deemed to constitute general solicitation or general advertising for purposes of this section.

(4) Limitations on resale. Securities acquired in a transaction under WAC 460-44A-501 through 460-44A-505 shall have the status of restricted securities acquired in a nonpublic offering transaction under section 4(2) of the Securities Act of 1933 and RCW 21.20.320(1) and cannot be resold without registration under the Securities Act of Washington or an exemption therefrom. The issuer shall exercise reasonable care to assure that the securities are restricted and that the purchasers of the securities are not underwriters within the meaning of section 2(11) of the Securities Act of 1933, which reasonable care may be demonstrated by the following:

(a) Reasonable inquiry to determine if the purchaser is acquiring the securities for himself or for other persons;

(b) Written disclosure to each purchaser prior to sale that the securities have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, and the Washington administrator of securities has not reviewed or recommended the offering or offering circular and the securities have not been registered under the Securities Act of Washington, chapter 21.20 RCW, and, therefore, cannot be resold unless they are registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Act of Washington chapter 21.20 RCW or unless an exemption from registration is available; and

(c) Placement of a legend on the certificate or other document that evidences the securities stating that the securities have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Act of Washington chapter 21.20 RCW and setting forth or referring to the restrictions on transferability and sale of the securities.

(d) A written disclosure or legend will be deemed to comply with the provisions of WAC 460-44A-502 (4)(b) or (c) if it complies with the North American Securities Administrators Association Uniform Disclosure Guidelines on Legends, NASAA Reports CCH Para. 1352 (1989).

While taking these actions will establish the requisite reasonable care, it is not the exclusive method to demonstrate such care. Other actions by the issuer may satisfy this provision. In addition, WAC 460-44A-502 (2)(b)(vii) requires the delivery of written disclosure of the limitations on resale to investors in certain instances.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.320(9), 21.20.320(1) and 21.20.320(17). 98-11-014, 460-44A-502, filed 5/12/98, effective 6/12/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450. 94-03-061, 460-44A-502, filed 1/14/94, effective 2/14/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.320 (1), (9) and (17) and 21.20.340(11). 90-09-059, 460-44A-502, filed 4/17/90, effective 5/18/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.320 (1) and (16) and 21.20.450. 89-17-076 (Order SDO-122-89), 460-44A-502, filed 8/17/89, effective 9/17/89; 88-15-024 (Order SDO-71-88), 460-44A-502, filed 7/12/88. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.320 (1) and (17). 86-15-003 (Order SDO-80-86), 460-44A-502, filed 7/3/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.320(1) and 21.20.450. 82-21-031 (Order SDO-98-82), 460-44A-502, filed 10/15/82.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 98-11-014, filed 5/12/98, effective 6/12/98)

WAC 460-44A-503   Filing of notice and payment of fee.   (1) An issuer offering or selling securities in reliance on WAC 460-44A-504, 460-44A-505, or 460-44A-506 shall file with the administrator of securities of the department of financial institutions or his or her designee a notice and pay a filing fee as follows:

(a)(i)(A) For an offering of a security in reliance upon the Securities Act of 1933, Regulation D, Rule 230.506 and RCW 21.20.327(2) and 21.20.320(1), the issuer shall file a notice on Securities and Exchange Commission Form D ((checking box)) marking Rule 506 and pay a filing fee of three hundred dollars no later than fifteen days after the first sale of such securities in the state of Washington, unless the end of that period falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, in which case the due date would be the first business day following.

(B) For an offering in reliance on Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 505 and WAC 460-44A-505, the issuer shall file the initial notice on Securities and Exchange Commission Form D ((checking box)) marking Rule 505 (((and box ULOE))) and pay a filing fee of three hundred dollars no later than fifteen days after the first sale of securities in the state of Washington which results from an offer being made in reliance upon WAC 460-44A-505, unless the end of that period falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, in which case the due date would be the first business day following;

(C) For an offering in reliance on Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 504 and WAC 460-44A-504, the issuer shall file the initial notice on Securities and Exchange Commission Form D ((checking box)) marking Rule 504 and pay a filing fee of fifty dollars no later than ten business days (or such lesser period as the administrator may allow) prior to receipt of consideration or the delivery of a signed subscription agreement by an investor in the state of Washington which results from an offer being made in reliance upon WAC 460-44A-504;

(D) For an offering in reliance on Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 147 and WAC 460-44A-504, the issuer shall file the initial notice on Washington Securities Division Form WAC 460-44A-504/Rule 147 and pay a filing fee of fifty dollars no later than ten business days (or such lesser period as the administrator may allow) prior to receipt of consideration or the delivery of a signed subscription agreement by an investor in the state of Washington which results from an offer being made in reliance on the exemption of WAC 460-44A-504;

(ii) ((Unless previously filed, the issuer shall include with the initial notice an executed uniform consent to service of process on Form U-2.)) The issuer shall include with the initial notice a statement indicating:

(A) The date of first sale of securities in the state of Washington; or

(B) That sales have yet to occur in the state of Washington.

(b) The issuer shall file with the administrator or his or her designee such other notices on Form D as are required to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. For purposes of this section, (("Form D" is defined as the document,)) the initial notice on Securities and Exchange Commission Form D shall consist of either the Temporary Form D (17 CFR 239.500T) as adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission ((and)) together with an executed uniform consent to service of process on Form U-2 while Temporary Form D remains in effect ((on)) from September ((1, 1996)) 15, 2008 through March 15, 2009, ((entitled Form D; Notice of Sale of Securities Pursuant to Regulation D, Section 4(6), and/or Uniform Limited Offering Exemption, including Part E and the Appendix)) or the notice of sales on Form D filed in paper or electronic format with the Securities and Exchange Commission through the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval System (EDGAR) in accordance with EDGAR rules set forth in Regulation S-T (17 CFR Part 232) and in effect on September 15, 2008.

(c) ((Section E of the initial notice)) If the issuer files a notice of sales on Temporary Form D or a copy of the notice of sales on Form D filed in electronic format with the Securities and Exchange Commission, it shall either be manually signed by a person duly authorized by the issuer or a photocopy of a manually signed copy.

(((2))) (d) By filing for the exemption of WAC 460-44A-504 or 460-44A-505, the issuer undertakes to furnish to the administrator, upon request, the information to be furnished or furnished by the issuer under WAC 460-44A-502 (2)(b) or otherwise to any purchaser that is not an accredited investor. Failure to submit the information in a timely manner will be a ground for denial or revocation of the exemption of WAC 460-44A-504 or 460-44A-505.

(2) An issuer may file an amendment to a previously filed notice of sales on Form D at any time.

(3) An issuer must file an amendment to a previously filed notice of sales on Form D for an offering:

(a) To correct a material mistake of fact or error in the previously filed notice of sales on Form D, as soon as practicable after discovery of the mistake or error;

(b) To reflect a change in the information provided in the previously filed notice of sales on Form D, as soon as practicable after the change, except that no amendment is required to reflect a change that occurs after the offering terminates or a change that occurs solely in the following information:

(i) The address or relationship of the issuer of a related person identified in response to Item 3 of the notice of sales on Form D;

(ii) An issuer's revenues or aggregate net asset value;

(iii) The minimum investment amount, if the change is an increase, or if the change, together with all other changes in that amount since the previously filed notice of sales on Form D, does not result in a decrease of more than ten percent;

(iv) Any address or state(s) of solicitation shown in response to Item 12 of the notice of sales on Form D;

(v) The total offering amount, if the change is a decrease, or if the change, together with all other changes in that amount since the previously filed notice of sales on Form D, does not result in an increase of more than ten percent;

(vi) The amount of securities sold in the offering or the amount remaining to be sold;

(vii) The number of nonaccredited investors who have invested in the offering, as long as the change does not increase the number to more than thirty-five;

(viii) The total number of investors who have invested in the offering;

(ix) The amount of sales commissions, finders' fees or use of proceeds for payments to executive officers, directors or promoters, if the change is a decrease, or if the change, together with all other changes in that amount since the previously filed notice of sales on Form D, does not result in an increase of more than ten percent; and

(x) Annually, on or before the first anniversary of the filing of the notice of sales on Form D or the filing of the most recent amendment to the notice of sales on Form D, if the offering is continuing at that time.

(4) An issuer that files an amendment to a previously filed notice of sales on Form D must provide current information in response to all requirements of the notice of sales on Form D regardless of why the amendment is filed.

(5) Amendments to notices filed before September 15, 2008 and to notices filed on or after September 15, 2008 in paper format using Temporary Form D (17 CFR 239.500T) must use Temporary Form D but need only report the issuer's name and the information required by Part C and any material change in the facts from those set forth in Parts A and B.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.320(9), 21.20.320(1) and 21.20.320(17). 98-11-014, 460-44A-503, filed 5/12/98, effective 6/12/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450 and 21.20.320 (1), (9), (17). 96-15-063, 460-44A-503, filed 7/17/96, effective 8/17/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.320 (1), (9) and (17) and 21.20.340(11). 90-09-059, 460-44A-503, filed 4/17/90, effective 5/18/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.320 (1) and (16) and 21.20.450. 89-17-076 (Order SDO-122-89), 460-44A-503, filed 8/17/89, effective 9/17/89; 88-15-024 (Order SDO-71-88), 460-44A-503, filed 7/12/88. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.320 (1) and (17). 86-15-003 (Order SDO-80-86), 460-44A-503, filed 7/3/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.320(1), 21.20.340(11) and 21.20.450. 82-21-031 (Order SDO-98-82), 460-44A-503, filed 10/15/82.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-23-027, filed 11/7/00, effective 12/8/00)

WAC 460-44A-504   Exemption for limited offers and sales of securities not exceeding $1,000,000 to not more than twenty purchasers.   (1) Exemption. Offers and sales of securities by an issuer in compliance with the Securities Act of 1933, Regulation D, Rules 230.501 through 230.504 and 230.508 as made effective in Release No. 33-6389, and as amended in Release Nos. 33-6437, 33-6663, 33-6758, 33-6825, 33-6863, 33-6949, 33-6996, 33-7300, ((and)) 33-7644, and 33-8891, or in compliance with the Securities Act of 1933, Rule 230.147 as made effective in Release No. 33-5450, that satisfy the conditions in subsections (2) and (3) of this section shall be exempt under RCW 21.20.320(9).

(2) General conditions to be met. To qualify for exemption under this section, offers and sales must satisfy all the terms and conditions of WAC 460-44A-501 through 460-44A-503 and 460-44A-508.

(3) Specific conditions to be met.

(a) Limitation on aggregate offering price. The aggregate offering price for an offering of securities under this section, as defined in WAC 460-44A-501(3), shall not exceed $1,000,000, within or without this state, less the aggregate offering price for all securities sold within the twelve months before the start of and during the offering of securities under this section in reliance on any exemption under RCW 21.20.320(9) or sections 3 (a)(11) or 3(b) of the Securities Act of 1933 or in violation of RCW 21.20.140 or section 5(a) of the Securities Act of 1933.

(b) No commissions. No commission, fee, or other remuneration shall be paid or given, directly or indirectly, to any person for soliciting any prospective purchaser in the state of Washington.

(c) Limitation on number of purchasers. There are no more than or the issuer reasonably believes that there are no more than twenty purchasers of securities in this state from the issuer in any offering in reliance on this section.

(d) In all sales to nonaccredited investors in this state under this section the issuer and any person acting on its behalf shall have reasonable grounds to believe and after making reasonable inquiry shall believe that, as to each purchaser, one of the following conditions, (i) or (ii) of this subsection, is satisfied:

(i) The investment is suitable for the purchaser upon the basis of the facts, if any, disclosed by the purchaser as to his other security holdings and as to his financial situation and needs. For the purpose of this condition only, it may be presumed that if the investment does not exceed ten percent of the purchaser's net worth, it is suitable. This presumption is rebuttable; or

(ii) The purchaser either alone or with his purchaser representative(s) has such knowledge and experience in financial and business matters that he is or they are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of the prospective investment.

(e) Disqualifications. No exemption under this section shall be available for the securities of any issuer if any of the parties described in the Securities Act of 1933, Regulation A, Rule 230.262 is disqualified for any of the reasons listed in WAC 460-44A-505 (2)(d) unless inapplicable or waived as set forth in WAC 460-44A-505 (2)(d)(vi) and (vii).

(f) Notice filing. The issuer shall file a notice, with a consent to service of process, and pay a filing fee as set forth in WAC 460-44A-503.

(g) Advice about the limitations on resale.

The issuer, at a reasonable time prior to the sale of securities, shall advise each purchaser of the limitations on resale in the manner contained in WAC 460-44A-502 (4)(b).

(4) Transactions which are exempt under this section may not be combined with offers and sales exempt under any other rule or section of the Securities Act of Washington, however, nothing in this limitation shall act as an election. Should for any reason the offer and sale fail to comply with all of the conditions for the exemption of this section, the issuer may claim the availability of any other applicable exemption.

(5) WAC 460-44A-504 is not the exclusive method by which issuers may make offerings under Securities and Exchange Commission Rules 504 and 147. For example, offers and sales of an issuer in compliance with Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 504 or Rule 147 may also be registered by qualification under chapter 21.20 RCW. An issuer that qualifies may elect to register an offering pursuant to the Small Company Offering Registration (SCOR) program as set out in chapter 460-17A WAC.

(6) Issuers are reminded that nothing in these rules alters their obligation under RCW 21.20.010. RCW 21.20.010(2) renders it unlawful "to make any untrue statement of a material fact or to omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements made, in the light of the circumstances under which they are made, not misleading..." In addition, issuers must otherwise comply with the anti-fraud provisions of the federal and state securities laws. No format for disclosure is prescribed. However, issuers may wish to consider the question and answer disclosure format of the SCOR Form of chapter 460-17A WAC in determining the disclosure they make. If the SCOR form is used, the issuer should indicate that the Form is being used for an exempt offering under this section rather than in an offering registered under chapter 21.20 RCW and chapter 460-17A WAC.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450 and 21.20.320(9). 00-23-027, 460-44A-504, filed 11/7/00, effective 12/8/00; 00-04-094, 460-44A-504, filed 2/2/00, effective 3/4/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.320(9), 21.20.320(1) and 21.20.320(17). 98-11-014, 460-44A-504, filed 5/12/98, effective 6/12/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450. 94-03-061, 460-44A-504, filed 1/14/94, effective 2/14/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.320 (1), (9) and (17) and 21.20.340(11). 90-09-059, 460-44A-504, filed 4/17/90, effective 5/18/90.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 94-03-061, filed 1/14/94, effective 2/14/94)

WAC 460-44A-505   Uniform offering exemption for limited offers and sales of securities not exceeding $5,000,000.   (1) Exemption. Offers and sales of securities by an issuer in compliance with the Securities Act of 1933, Regulation D, Rules 230.501 through 230.503; 230.505; and 230.508 as made effective in Release No. 33-6389, and as amended in Release Nos. 33-6437, 33-6663, 33-6758, 33-6825, 33-6863, 33-6949, ((and)) 33-6996, and 33-8891 that satisfy the conditions in subsection (2) of this section shall be exempt transactions under RCW 21.20.320(17).

(2) Conditions to be met.

(a) General conditions. To qualify for exemption under this section, offers and sales must satisfy all the terms and conditions of WAC 460-44A-501 through 460-44A-503.

Note: In order to comply with this section the issuer must comply with the provisions of Rule 505 (17 CFR Sec. 230.505) of the Federal Securities and Exchange Commission.


(b) Specific conditions.

(i) No commission, fee, or other remuneration shall be paid or given directly or indirectly, to any person for soliciting any prospective purchaser that is not an accredited investor in the state of Washington unless such person is registered in this state as a broker-dealer or salesperson.

(ii) It is a defense to a violation of (b)(i) of this subsection if the issuer sustains the burden of proof to establish that he did not know and in the exercise of reasonable care could not have known that the person who offered or sold the security was not appropriately registered in this state.

(c) In all sales to nonaccredited investors in this state under this section the issuer and any person acting on its behalf shall have reasonable grounds to believe and after making reasonable inquiry shall believe that, as to each purchaser, one of the following conditions, (i) or (ii) of this subsection, is satisfied:

(i) The investment is suitable for the purchaser upon the basis of the facts, if any, disclosed by the purchaser as to his other security holdings and as to his financial situation and needs. For the purpose of this condition only, it may be presumed that if the investment does not exceed ten percent of the purchaser's net worth, it is suitable. This presumption is rebuttable; or

(ii) The purchaser either alone or with his purchaser representative(s) has such knowledge and experience in financial and business matters that he is or they are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of the prospective investment.

(d) No exemption under this rule shall be available for the securities of any issuer if any of the parties described in Securities Act of 1933, Regulation A, Rule 230.262:

(i) Has filed a registration statement which is the subject of a currently effective registration stop order entered pursuant to the Securities Act of Washington, chapter 21.20 RCW, or any other state's securities law, within five years prior to the filing of the notice required under this exemption.

(ii) Has been convicted within ten years prior to the filing of the notice required under this exemption of any felony or misdemeanor in connection with the offer, purchase or sale of any security or any felony involving fraud or deceit, including but not limited to forgery, embezzlement, obtaining money under false pretenses, larceny, or conspiracy to defraud.

(iii) Is currently subject to any state administrative enforcement order or judgment entered by the Washington state administrator of securities or any other state's securities administrator within five years prior to the filing of the notice required under this section or is subject to any state's administrative enforcement order or judgment in which fraud or deceit, including but not limited to making untrue statements of material facts and omitting to state material facts, was found and the order or judgment was entered within five years prior to the filing of the notice required under this exemption.

(iv) Is subject to an order or judgment of the Washington state administrator of securities or any other state's administrative enforcement order or judgment which prohibits, denies or revokes the use of any exemption from registration in connection with the offer, purchase or sale of securities.

(v) Is currently subject to any order, judgment, or decree of any court of competent jurisdiction temporarily or preliminarily restraining or enjoining, or is subject to any order, judgment or decree of any court of competent jurisdiction, permanently restraining or enjoining, such party from engaging in or continuing any conduct or practice in connection with the purchase or sale of any security or involving the making of any filing with this or any state entered within five years prior to the filing of the notice required under this exemption.

(vi) The prohibitions of (d)(i), (ii), (iii), and (v) of this subsection shall not apply if the person subject to the disqualification is duly licensed or registered to conduct securities related business in this state and the Form B-D filed with this state discloses the order, conviction, judgment or decree relating to such person. No person disqualified under (d) of this subsection may act in a capacity other than that for which the person is licensed or registered.

(vii) Any disqualification caused by (d) of this subsection is automatically waived if the Washington state administrator of securities or the state securities administrator or other agency which created the basis for disqualification determines upon a showing of good cause that it is not necessary under the circumstances that the exemption of this section be denied.

(viii) It is a defense to a violation of this paragraph (d) if the issuer sustains the burden of proof to establish that the issuer did not know and in the exercise of reasonable care could not have known that a disqualification under this paragraph existed.

(e) The issuer shall file a notice, with a consent to service of process, and pay a filing fee as set forth in WAC 460-44A-503.

(3) Transactions which are exempt under this section may not be combined with offers and sales exempt under any other rule or section of the Securities Act of Washington, however, nothing in this limitation shall act as an election. Should for any reason the offer and sale fail to comply with all of the conditions for the exemption of this section, the issuer may claim the availability of any other applicable exemption.

(4) The Washington state administrator of securities may, by rule or order, waive the conditions of this section.

(5) The exemption authorized by this section shall be known and may be cited as the "Washington uniform limited offering exemption."

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450. 94-03-061, 460-44A-505, filed 1/14/94, effective 2/14/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.320 (1) and (16) and 21.20.450. 89-17-076 (Order SDO-122-89), 460-44A-505, filed 8/17/89, effective 9/17/89. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.320(16) and 21.20.450. 88-15-024 (Order SDO-71-88), 460-44A-505, filed 7/12/88. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.320(17) and 21.20.340(11). 86-15-003 (Order SDO-80-86), 460-44A-505, filed 7/3/86.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 98-11-014, filed 5/12/98, effective 6/12/98)

WAC 460-44A-506   Conditions pertaining to the offer and sale of securities pursuant to Rule 506 of the Securities Act of 1933.   (1) Offers and sales of securities by an issuer in compliance with the Securities Act of 1933, Regulation D, Rules 230.501 through 230.503; 230.506; and 230.508 as made effective in Release No. 33-6389, and as amended in Release Nos. 33-6437, 33-6663, 33-6758, 33-6825, 33-6863, 33-6949, ((and)) 33-6996, and 33-8891 shall satisfy the conditions in subsections (2) and (3) of this section.

(2) To qualify for preemption under this section, offers and sales must satisfy all the terms and conditions of WAC 460-44A-503.


Note: In order to comply with this section the issuer must comply with the provisions of Rule 506 (17 CFR Sec. 230.506) of the Federal Securities and Exchange Commission.


(3) Offers or sales which are exempted under this section may not be combined in the same offering with offers or sales exempted under any other rule or section of chapter 21.20 RCW; however, nothing in this limitation shall act as an election. Should for any reason an offering fail to comply with all of the conditions for this section, the issuer may claim the availability of any other applicable exemption.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.320(9), 21.20.320(1) and 21.20.320(17). 98-11-014, 460-44A-506, filed 5/12/98, effective 6/12/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450. 94-03-061, 460-44A-506, filed 1/14/94, effective 2/14/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.320 (1) and (16) and 21.20.450. 89-17-076 (Order SDO-122-89), 460-44A-506, filed 8/17/89, effective 9/17/89; 88-15-024 (Order SDO-71-88), 460-44A-506, filed 7/12/88. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.320 (1) and (17) and 21.20.340(11). 86-15-003 (Order SDO-80-86), 460-44A-506, filed 7/3/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.320(1) and 21.20.450. 85-01-062 (Order SDO-196-84), 460-44A-506, filed 12/17/84; 82-21-031 (Order SDO-98-82), 460-44A-506, filed 10/15/82.]

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