Tagged: accredited

Real Estate Investment Platform EquityMultiple Gives up on Reg D 506c Highlighting Shortcomings in General Solicitation Rule

EquityMultiple, a real estate investment platform that caters to accredited investors has bagged general solicitation or accredited crowdfunding. No longer will EquityMultiple publicly promote its real estate offerings online and elsewhere. Previously, EquityMultiple has leveraged Reg D 506c – a new securities exemption created by… Read More

Rule 506, Reg D: Two Ways to Conform with SEC Exemption Law

According to the Securities Act of 1933, any company that sells securities must either register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or file for an exemption. The JOBS Act 2012 provides a way for companies to use crowdfunding as a means of selling securities,… Read More

2017 Holds Promise for Tax & Financing Policy for Startups

2016 brought with it many positive developments for startups in terms of capital access and tax policy. Investment crowdfunding finally went live, a number of bills to facilitate capital formation passed the House, and the startup community galvanized around a tax bill that would make… Read More

My 2017 Crowdfunding Wish List

2016 brought with it many developments in the crowdfunding industry, most notably the introduction of the long-awaited Title III crowdfunding. While admittedly not all crowdfunding legislation passed  was as influential, there have been significant strides made to improve existing securities regulations and to continue prying… Read More

Crowdfunding VC: Nin Desai Focuses on Investing in Tech

After years of working for firms like Merrill Lynch and Pacific Crest, Nin Desai decided to launch her own venture Nin.VC. Seeing opportunity in the JOBS Act of 2012 that legalized various iterations of crowdfunding, Nin launched a VC-hybrid firm that allows accredited investors access… Read More

An Explanation of Title II, Accredited Crowdfunding (Video)

The JOBS Act of 2012 legalized three different variations of investment crowdfunding. Title III or Reg CF, allows for anyone to invest in smaller companies that are raising up to $1 million.  Title IV, or Reg A+, allows issuers to raise up to $50 million… Read More

Reg D: Congress Must Act to Allow Sophisticated Investors Access to Private Placements

Under Reg D more than a trillion dollars is raised each year for companies that are not publicly traded. This market is huge – far larger than the annual rate of IPOs. Yet these private placements are only available to “accredited investors”: Individuals who earn… Read More

ACSEC Submits Final Recommendations on Definition of Accredited Investor

The SEC Advisory Committee on Smaller and Emerging Companies (ACSEC) has submitted its final recommendations to the Commission regarding the definition of an accredited investor. ACSEC has continued to advocate on behalf of its thesis that the SEC “should do no harm” and not reduce nor… Read More

Mary Jo White: SEC Staff Continues to Closely Monitor Reg CF, Reg A+

Two important elements of the JOBS Act are Title III and Title IV.  These two portions of the act created Reg CF, retail crowdfunding, and Reg A+, a scaled disclosure exemption for companies to raise up to $50 million.  In the opening remarks of the… Read More

Here is the Draft ACSEC Letter to the SEC on Definition of Accredited Investor

Below is the draft letter from the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (ACSEC) regarding the definition of an Accredited Investor. The Committee is working on the details now with one of the suggestions being a test of sophistication that allows a work-around from… Read More

SEC ACSEC Meeting to Review Reg A+, Elio Motors Experience

The SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (ACSEC) has published its agenda for its meeting next week and it should be a more interesting gathering. As part of the ACSEC program, the SEC Division of Corporate Finance will deliver an update on the… Read More

NASAA Tells SEC to Make Definition of an Accredited Investor Less Inclusive

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) has published a comment letter expressing their opinion on the definition of an Accredited Investor. As mandated by Dodd-Frank, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) must review the current definition on a periodic basis. As it stands today,… Read More

SEC Commissioner Piwowar Nails it in Remarks to ACSEC Discussion on Accredited Investor Definition

“Should the Commission consider doing away with the notion of a so-called “accredited investor” altogether?” The above question is posed not by this digital publication but by a sitting SEC Commissioner, Michael S. Piwowar. The Commissioner was speaking at the recent gathering of the Advisory… Read More

ACSEC Debates Definition of an Accredited Investor. SEC States 8 Cases of Possible Fraud Associated with JOBS Act Exemptions

    The SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies met yesterday at the SEC HQ on Capitol Hill. The main topic of discussion was the definition of an Accredited Investor. SEC Chair Mary Jo White was joined by her two remaining Commissioners, Michael… Read More

SEC ACSEC Committee Will Review Definition of an Accredited Investor on May 18th

The SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (ACSEC) has announced its next meeting scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 18th at SEC headquarters. According to information provided by the SEC, ACSEC will review and discuss the very important subject regarding the definition… Read More

Sara Hanks: Manageable Chaos on May 16th with Title III Crowdfunding

Sara Hanks is one of the most recognizable and vocal leaders in the investment crowdfunding sector. A securities attorney by training, Hanks has spent many years in and around Capitol Hill working on important policy issues.  Hanks is also a longstanding board member of the… Read More

The Fix Crowdfunding Act is Mostly About Investor Protection

  Last week the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets, part of the powerful House Financial Services Committee, debated several important bills that may boost access to capital for SMEs.  One of the bills, the Fix Crowdfunding Act (HR 4855), has the profound potential to turn… Read More

Knock, Knock … Who’s There? … A TON Of Potential New Real Estate Investors

  To date, most crowdfunded investment opportunities have been limited to wealthy investors who meet the current definition of “accredited investor.” This has left an absolutely HUGE market of potential investor capital, represented by those individuals who currently do not qualify as accredited investors, virtually untapped…. Read More

Verification of International Accredited Investors: What You Need to Do

International investors have always played an important role in providing capital to private placement offers.  The private placement market under Regulation D is enormous. Since Title II made actionable by the SEC in September of 2013, until the end of 2014, over $1.5 trillion in… Read More

Working To Change The Definition of Accredited Investor – A Tale of Two Schweikert Bills

  There has been a lot of chatter and debate lately on how, or even if, the current definition of “accredited investor” should be substantively changed. To date, however, there has only been one affirmative action taken to actually change the definition which I am… Read More