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November 21, 2015 by Sara Hanks
Here's hoping that everyone in the crowdfunding community is planning to respond to the SEC's proposals on Rule 147 and 504. Even if they think the SEC got it right. And that they will comment on all aspects of the proposals, even the bits that the SEC got right. Here's why. Let's say the SEC proposes a rule that says companies must disclose whether pets are permitted at the company's offices. Let's imagine nearly everyone thinks "Well, that's reasonable. I want to know how pup-friendly a company is." They don't comment because they assume the SEC will adopt the rules as proposed. But in the proposing release the SEC has asked whether this disclosure is...
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November 15, 2015 by Sara Hanks
Actually, the SEC has no views specifically on singing kittens that I know of (although I am aware of at least one SEC staffer smuggling a cat into the building). The issue arises, though, in the context of "notices" of offerings under the new crowdfunding rules. As you probably know, the provisions of the JOBS Act limit the extent to which a company issuing securities can advertise the terms of the offering anywhere other than on the website of the broker-dealer or funding portal hosting the offering. The SEC's rules clarify what is permitted in these notices. The issuer can post a brief notice including information about the company and what it does and...
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November 12, 2015 by Sara Hanks
This is my least favorite bit of the SEC's Regulation CF: the fact that the exemption from Section 12(g) is conditional. What does this mean? Section 12(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 says that if you acquire a certain number of shareholders of any class of equity securities, you have to register that class with the SEC and become subject to the SEC's ongoing reporting requirements. The shareholder number for non-accredited investors is 500. Lots of crowdfunding companies will want to have at least 500 investors in their crowd. Regulation CF exempts crowdfunding companies from full SEC registration, BUT this exemption is conditioned on the companies...
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November 11, 2015 by Sara Hanks
I had a few spare minutes yesterday after making our fifth Regulation A filing with the SEC and after a quick scamper round the internet I found that there is an amazing amount of bad information about Regulation A out there. It's getting so deep we are going to have to start shovelling. So I'm going to start picking on bits of misinformation and shovelling them out. We'll start with this one: "Non-affiliates can sell their shares after one year under SEC Rule 144." Nope. Rule 144 has nothing to do with Regulation A. Rule 144 gives affiliates and people who are holding "restricted" securities a way to sell their securities without being treated as underwriters...
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November 08, 2015 by Sara Hanks
Issuers of securities under Regulation CF will be required to provide financial statements prepared in accordance with US Generally Accepted Accounting Practices (U.S. GAAP) covering the two most recently completed fiscal years (or shorter period since inception). The type of review that these financial statements have to undergo depends on the amount sought, the amount of securities that the issuer has already sold in reliance on Regulation CF in the preceding 12 months, and whether the issuer has previously sold securities in an offering under Regulation CF: ·         If current offer plus previous raises amounts to $100,000 or less, the financial...
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November 01, 2015 by Sara Hanks
As we all know by now, the SEC on Friday voted in favor of adopting the regulations that will permit securities-based crowdfunding. The rules will go into full effect 180 days after publication in the Federal Register, which may mean just around May 1. Which seems like a very fine time for a fundamental change in the funding of early-stage companies. We'll be blogging about various aspects of the new rules here. And we'll be producing a practical guide to Regulation Cf which we'll distribute to everyone and post in "Resources". So keep visiting! And long live the financial revolution!
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October 28, 2015 by Andrew Hanks takes a look at the impact of Regulation A+ since it became available this past summer. The Current State of Reg A+ Investment Crowdfunding With all the excitement around the big SEC Title III Equity Crowdfunding announcement on Oct 30th it’s easy to overlook the fact that the SEC already enabled a potentially much more powerful set of rules earlier this year, which we are only now starting to see the effects of.
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October 18, 2015 by Sara Hanks
We've discussed previously the fact that in a Regulation A offering the SEC gets to see all your stuff. Of course, it's not just the SEC who gets to see stuff, but anyone with an internet connection. And some of the stuff that they get to see in a Regulation A filing consists of your "material contracts." What are these? Well, they are described here, but basically they consist of contracts with management, such as employment agreements, stock option plans and important agreements such as supply or manufacturing contracts. What if you have confidential information in those contracts that you don't want to share with the public? Or the contract has a...
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September 24, 2015 by Andrew Hanks
Thomson Reuter's Practical Law interviews CrowdCheck CEO Sara Hanks  on trends in equity crowdfunding and key issues for companies considering a crowdfunding offering.   Expert Q&A on Equity Crowdfunding
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September 18, 2015 by Andrew Stephenson
Here at CrowdCheck, we have been worried about how state regulators would respond to the SEC's new testing the waters rules for Tier 2 Offerings under Regulation A.  As we previously addressed on this blog, the new rules exempted testing the waters communications from federal securities registration requirements, but left some ambiguity with respect to the application of "state notice" filings (which are permitted even in Tier 2 offerings).  After all, testing the waters communications are offers of securities.  And when those communications are made through open, online forums —such as through an investment platform or social media — those are offers of...
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