A new federal law may have an impact on business mergers, capital and acquisitions, and an Omaha group will meet this month for a panel discussion on the subject.

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, was enacted last April. The Association for Corporate Growth is hosting the event, part of its corporate development series, at 4 p.m. Feb. 12 at Happy Hollow Country Club.

The law is designed to encourage funding of small businesses by easing some securities regulations. It has become a topic of discussion among attorneys, accountants, bankers and business operators, including people starting new businesses or those looking to buy or sell businesses.

Panelists for the discussion are David Gardels and Victoria Sitz of Husch Blackwell law firm, Matt Plooster of Bridgepoint Merchant Banking and Ted Roth of Roth Capital Partners.

To register, go to acg.org/nebraska/events. Fees are $25 for ACG members and $50 for nonmembers. The panel discussion is followed by a networking reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. with drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

Gardels will moderate the discussion. Sitz will summarize the law's key provisions. Plooster will talk about the law's new capital-raising tools and their impact on early-stage capital planning. Roth will discuss later-stage transactions and how the law will affect initial public stock offerings.

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