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Reg A+

6 Key Takeaways from Our Reg A+ Bootcamp

OTC Markets Group recently held a Regulation A+ Bootcamp at our OTC Market Center in Manhattan to educate public and private companies about how to do a successful Reg A+ offering and go public under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act).

Speakers included the team behind Elio Motors’ Reg A+ offering – Ron Miller of StartEngine Crowdfunding, Inc., Darren Marble of CrowdfundX, Scott Purcell of FundAmerica, LLC, and Seth Farbman and Yoel Goldfeder of VStock Transfer, LLC – as well as other crowdfunding industry experts who discussed everything from the current state of the Reg A+ market to how to crowdfund an offering to legal and accounting considerations, the escrow process, selecting a transfer agent and making shares tradable in a public market. Continue reading “6 Key Takeaways from Our Reg A+ Bootcamp”

The Road Not (Yet) Taken

As part of the JOBS Act, Congress and the SEC updated and expanded Regulation A (Reg. A) to reduce some of the road blocks to capital formation faced by startups and emerging growth companies.  Many have argued that regulations implemented over the past two decades have removed the economic incentives for broker-dealers to engage in smaller offerings.  In many cases, the prohibitively high costs associated with being public have also left smaller companies unable or unwilling to look at the public markets.  The amendments to Reg. A not only lower the hurdles in securities offerings, but allow for flexibility when structuring transactions – bridging the gap that existed between private and public offerings, thus reducing the cost and complexity of being public.  Diverging from prevailing discussions around online capital raising and equity crowdfunding, below is a look at some of the more practical applications of Reg. A. Continue reading “The Road Not (Yet) Taken”

Regulation A+ Thoughts and Insights

In June 2015, the SEC adopted amendments to Regulation A (“Reg. A+”), easing the burdens emerging and growth companies face in raising capital. With all of the recent excitement surrounding Reg. A+, we wanted to share some thoughts and what we’re noticing in these early stages. Continue reading “Regulation A+ Thoughts and Insights”

How Warm is the Water?

At its core, raising capital is about building relationships.  Companies seek investors who clearly understand their stories, want to help them achieve their objectives and believe in their investment potential.  Thus, companies may want to view Testing the Waters (“TTW”) in a broader context than just “how much can I raise?” TTW can be a part of a company’s overall investor relations strategy.  It’s the courtship before marriage.   Continue reading “How Warm is the Water?”

Swipe Left or Swipe Right – Finding the Right Partner Online

General solicitation, crowdfunding, and testing the waters have fundamentally changed the public offering process. Raising capital online is emerging as an exciting, innovative new way for companies to access capital directly from investors. While technology and the internet have transformed the way we shop and access goods and services over the past two decades, it’s only in recent months that companies are able to market themselves and solicit interest on the web when selling their stock. Continue reading “Swipe Left or Swipe Right – Finding the Right Partner Online”

Liquidity: What you Need to Know Before Jumping In

Reg. A+ allows companies an easier, more cost effective route to going public by providing investors with unrestricted, freely-tradable shares, similar to a fully SEC registered offering.  Reg. A+ closes the gap between being privately-held and doing a full-blown exchange listed IPO.  It can also function as an interim liquidity event for growing companies, benefiting founders and employees while providing the opportunity for individual, non-institutional and institutional investors to become early shareholders.  Before starting down this path it’s important to understand what it means to “go public” and have secondary market liquidity, especially if you end up with potentially thousands of new investors.   Continue reading “Liquidity: What you Need to Know Before Jumping In”

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