General Solicitation Startups

General Solicitation typically refers to the soliciting of investors to purchase securities. Prior to the passage of the JOBS Act in 2012, general solicitation was banned in connection with privately offered... more +
General Solicitation typically refers to the soliciting of investors to purchase securities. Prior to the passage of the JOBS Act in 2012, general solicitation was banned in connection with privately offered unregistered securities. Issuers were only permitted to offer such securities to investors with whom they had a pre-existing substantive relationship. Section 201(a) of the JOBS Act lifted the ban on general solicitation, but only with respect to accredited investors.  less -
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Angels in Limbo: Congress and SEC Consider Regulatory Changes with Potential for Profound Effects on Start-Up Investments

Three events occurred during 2013 that have the potential to significantly affect angel investment around the country: (1) the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) lifted the prohibition on general solicitation for...more

New Senate Bill Introduced to Clarify Definition of General Solicitation

The text of S. 2498, introduced by Senator Murphy in late June, was finally released. The bill is titled the “HALOS Act”, or “Helping Angels Lead our Startups Act.” Angel investors have expressed concerns regarding the...more

Verifying Accredited Investors in Public Rule 506 Offerings: SIFMA Guidance

On June 23, 2014, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) published a memo outlining several specific methods for verifying accredited investor status that SIFMA believes would satisfy the...more

HALOS in the Making: Helping Angels Lead our Startups Act

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted new rules to eliminate the prohibition against general solicitation and general advertising in certain securities offerings under Rule 506(c) of...more

Why Startups Are Stepping on the Brakes Despite SEC Giving Green Light to General Solicitation

In September 2013, the SEC significantly relaxed restrictions that had been in place for over 80 years on companies’ ability to advertise for investors. The old rule, generally referred to as the “ban on general...more

Crowdfunding in Texas – When?

The Texas intrastate crowdfunding rules were adopted in April and the Texas Securities Board will consider comments to the rules through the end of June (even though the official deadline for comments is June 8th). The...more

SEC Proposes Regulation A+ For Small Businesses

With all eyes focused on the lifting on the ban on solicitation and the new proposed equity crowd funding rules, one major rulemaking proposal mandated under the JOBS Act did not get the attention it deserves: the new small...more

The Uncertain Status of Demo Days and Pitch Days Requires Special Care

We've all heard the statistics, that the private market for fundraising is larger than the public market, and that angel investors in the private market are responsible for nearly all seed and early-stage deals. In 2012, for...more

Small Business Securities Bulletin: By Popular Demand - SEC Proposes Crowdfunding Rules

By way of background, pursuant to Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act) and state securities laws, any offer and sale of a security must be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and...more

SEC Issues Proposed Rules on Crowdfunding Capital Markets

Yesterday, the SEC proposed rules to permit companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding, as required by the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012. Crowdfunding, which has become popular in recent years...more

SEC to Vote on Crowdfunding Proposal to Ease Investor Verification Requirements

On October 23, 2013, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) is expected to vote on a SEC proposal that would ease investor verification requirements under the crowdfunding rule. The crowdfunding...more

Route 506: The General Solicitation Highway

A new route to soliciting direct securities investments has opened. For the first time in 80 years, start-ups and small businesses can broadly advertise and broadly solicit to raise money for private offerings. ...more

Crowdfunding And JOBS Act News Roundup – October 1, 2013

This article talks about how someone “raised $250K in 53 minutes . . . But the server for my site crashed and was exceptionally slow for about 20 minutes … I have no doubt that, for a growth round … I could raise a couple...more

Demo Days, Pitch Events and the New Reg D

I. Introduction / Background - With the passage of the JOBS Act, the regulation governing most private securities offerings is undergoing a dramatic makeover. Congress tasked the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel (Cumulative)

As forecast, there is no shortage of law firm memos describing Regulation D changes, including the final rules eliminating the general solicitation ban (here) and prohibiting "bad actor" participation (here) and the proposed...more

JOBS Act Delivers New Opportunities

The recent finalization by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of certain rules necessitated by the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act related to private securities offerings creates a new environment in which a...more

Lawmakers Claim SEC Proposals Are Contrary To JOBS Act

The SEC recently issued proposals related to Regulation D which, among other things, require a Form D to be filed fifteen days before a general solicitation under Rule 506(c) can commence....more

SEC Approves JOBS Act Requirement to Lift General Solicitation and Advertising Ban Under Rule 506

On July 10, 2013, the SEC voted to lift the ban on general solicitation and advertising for offerings limited to accredited investors under Rule 506 and for offerings under Reg. 144A of the Securities Act of 1933....more

Crowdfunding Not Quite As Open As Recent Reports May Suggest

My friends in the start-up community are excited about recent headlines suggesting the SEC has greenlighted crowdfunding. Leave it to the lawyer in the crowd to suggest they temper their excitement. As lawyers, we are used...more

SEC Says Crowdfunding VC Site Not A Broker-Dealer

Thefundersclub.com operates a really cool website. The publicly available page advertises “The best way to invest in startups. Insider access to pre-vetted startups. Low minimum investment sizes. Free membership. Join...more

The SEC Proposed Rule 506(c) To Permit General Solicitation

On August 29, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) released its first proposed rule for the implementation of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”): “Eliminating the Prohibition Against...more

The SEC Proposed Rule 506(c) To Permit General Solicitation

On August 29, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) released its first proposed rule for the implementation of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”): “Eliminating the Prohibition Against...more

JOBS Act Means New Funding Opportunities for Start-Ups and Other Small Businesses

On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act into law. The JOBS Act seeks to reduce securities law burdens on start-ups and small businesses to make capital more accessible. In a...more

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