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Showing 37 posts by Nicholas M. Oertel.

Title III Crowdfunding: What is a Funding Portal?

In a previous blog post, we discussed the key highlights of the new Title III crowdfunding rules. In short, businesses are now permitted (subject to certain rules and restrictions) to use equity crowdfunding to offer and sell securities to non-accredited investors.

One of the key investor protections of Title III is that crowdfunding transactions must take place through an SEC-registered intermediary – either a funding portal or a registered broker-dealer. Broker-dealers are likely to be hesitant to serve as an intermediary in a Title III crowdfunding campaign. The reason is that broker-dealers are subject to extensive rules and regulations. Broker-dealers usually pass along their regulatory compliance costs to customers. However, Title III crowdfunding campaigns involve such small amounts (i.e., $1 million or less) that broker-dealers will likely find it unprofitable to serve the market.  Read More ›

Categories: Crowdfunding, News & Events, Venture Capital/Funding

SEC Finalizes Long-Awaited Title III Crowdfunding Rules

The long awaited SEC Title III crowdfunding final rules have arrived.

The new rules will open the equity crowdfunding gates to non-accredited investors. Non-accredited investors include individuals: (A) with a net worth less than $1 million, or (B) who have an annual gross income of less than $200,000 (or $300,000 together with their spouse). In other words, businesses will now be permitted to utilize crowdfunding to raise capital by selling their securities to “everyday folks.”

Below are some of the key highlights from the new rules. Read More ›

Categories: Crowdfunding, News & Events, Venture Capital/Funding

Crowdfunding 101

What is crowdfunding? Is it legal? Learn the response to these questions and much more in this short video clip:

Categories: Crowdfunding, Venture Capital/Funding

Michigan Enacts Law Allowing Local Stock Exchanges

On October 22, 2014, Governor Snyder signed Public Act 355 of 2014 into law.  The cardinal rule of securities laws is that a person cannot sell a security unless the security is: (A) registered, or (B) exempt from registration.  Public Act 355 creates a new exemption for secondary sales facilitated by a Michigan Investment Market. Read More ›

Categories: Crowdfunding, News & Events, Venture Capital/Funding

Kickstarter and Crowdfunding can provide much needed business funds – and a big tax bill

Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform for creative projects. It has helped a wide range of people fundraise to help finance a variety of projects. Often time people overlook the tax implications to successful Kickstarter campaigns. Check out our Tax Law Blog post to learn more about the tax implications>

Categories: Crowdfunding, Tax

New Michigan Crowdfunding Website

Since the passing of the Crowdfunding Act in December 2013, many questions concerning the applicability of the law have surfaced. This past month, the Michigan Municipal League launched CrowdfundingMI.com, a website pertaining to crowdfunding in Michigan. It is an excellent resource intended to answer basic questions and importantly, aimed to help local businesses connect with investors. The website provides general information, along with frequently asked questions, and tutorials regarding the benefits of crowdfunding Read More ›

Categories: Crowdfunding, News & Events, Venture Capital/Funding

PART 3: New Michigan Law Permits Intrastate Crowdfunding

Part 1 and 2 of this series discussed the basic requirements that must be met to utilize Michigan’s new intrastate crowdfunding exemption.

This post will discuss the definition of an “accredited investor.” The distinction between accredited and non-accredited investors is important. Non-accredited investors cannot invest more than $10,000 under Michigan’s new intrastate crowdfunding exemption. Accredited investors, on the other hand, are not subject to the $10,000 investment cap. Read More ›

Categories: Crowdfunding, News & Events, Venture Capital/Funding

Part 2: New Michigan Law Permits Intrastate Crowdfunding

Part 1 of this series discussed the 12 basic requirements that must be met to utilize Michigan’s new intrastate crowdfunding exemption.

This post will take a deeper look at Requirement 2. As noted in Part 1, Requirement 2 states that the offer must meet the requirements for the federal exemption for intrastate offerings under Section 3(a)(11) of the Securities Act of 1933 (the “1933 Act”). Read More ›

Categories: Crowdfunding, News & Events, Venture Capital/Funding

New Michigan Law Permits Intrastate Crowdfunding

Note: This post is Part 1 of a multi-part series regarding Michigan's new crowdfunding law

It's official, crowdfunding is legal in Michigan. So, what does that mean for your business? Let's start with the basics.

Federal and state law prohibit a business from selling a security unless: (A) the security is registered with the SEC, or (B) an exemption from registration is applicable. Registration is expensive, so nearly all businesses try to satisfy an exemption from registration. Historical exemptions have made it difficult for businesses to receive investment from "non-accredited" investors and flat out prohibit "general solicitation" (i.e., public advertising of the investment, including advertising on the Internet). Those historical difficulties, however, have recently been eased. Read More ›

Categories: Crowdfunding, News & Events, Venture Capital/Funding

How Secure Is Your Cloud?

Business owners are increasingly turning to cloud storage as an alternative to maintaining their own servers. The three most popular cloud storage services are Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive. Each service comes with a specific amount of free storage and allows users to upgrade for a fee. For a helpful comparison of these three choices, see here. Cloud storage providers are promising upgraded security, but there are certain steps business owners can take themselves to protect their data. Read More ›

Categories: Cloud Computing, Privacy