Crowdfunding Securities

Crowdfunding is a method for raising capital whereby many individuals network and pool their funds, usually via the internet or social media. Crowdfunding methods are used in a variety of circumstances including,... more +
Crowdfunding is a method for raising capital whereby many individuals network and pool their funds, usually via the internet or social media. Crowdfunding methods are used in a variety of circumstances including, but not limited to, supporting charitable organizations, disaster relief, product development, artistic projects, and financing start-up companies. The passage of the JOBS Act of 2012 sought to broaden the use of crowdfunding in developing private capital for start-up companies by relaxing certain SEC investor registration requirements. less -
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Are There Silver Hills In Other States?

In Silver Hills May Tarnish Crowdfunding, I wrote about Justice Roger J. Traynor’s alternative definition of “security” under the predecessor to the Corporate Securities Law of 1968. Silver Hills Country Club v. Sobieski, 55...more

Crowdfunding Alert: OSC Extends Comment Period For New Prospectus Exemptions

The Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”) is actively taking steps to make capital raising easier for start-ups. In late 2012, the OSC published Staff Consultation Paper 45-710, seeking feedback on proposed new prospectus...more

Crowdfunding For Canadian Entertainment Projects

One of the inevitable challenges faced by independent entertainment entrepreneurs, such as film producers or videogame developers, is obtaining financing for the development, production and eventual delivery of their project....more

Nevada Secretary of State Cites Three Criminal Convictions As Warning To Crowdfunders

The Nevada Securities Law (Chapter 90 of Nevada Revised Statutes) is administered and enforced by the Securities Division of the Nevada Secretary of State. Last week, Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller issued this press...more

FINRA Releases FAQs On Private Placement Notice Filing Rule

On December 3, 2012, FINRA released a set of FAQs relating to new Rule 5123, which went into effect on December 3 and requires FINRA members to file with FINRA copies of the private placement memorandum, term sheet, or other...more

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