Crowdfunding in the 2017 Landscape: Understanding Trends and Developments
With the increasing volatility of the financial markets today, more and more business owners and entrepreneurs are exploring the potential of crowdfunding. It's no secret that, over the years, alternative finance such as crowdfunding has been an effective validation tool for nonprofits and startups. As crowdfunding becomes increasingly accessible to those who seek for more opportunity to invest, it will likely continue to pick up steam in the coming years.
However, with the several restrictions highlighted in crowdfunding, companies can't help but notice other alternatives such as 506(c) and the Regulation A which also provide great capital raising flexibilities. Crowdfunding along with these alternatives are yet to make a profound change in the investment world. Thus, it is imperative for investors, business owners and entrepreneurs to understand and analyze the current and emerging trends in these areas to mitigate potential risks.
In this two-hour LIVE Webcast, a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders assembled by The Knowledge Group will provide the audience with an overview of the latest trends; critical issues and best practices in Crowdfunding. Speakers will also discuss and give highlights to other capital raising alternatives and will offer practical tips in ensuring compliance with securities laws.
Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are:
- Crowdfunding: Fundamentals and Critical Issues
- Federal Crowdfunding Rules
- Other Capital Raising Alternatives
- Basic Framework of 506(c) Offering and Reg A
- Crowdfunding vs. Other Capital Raising Alternatives
- Pros and Cons of 506(c) Offering and Reg A
- Risks and Legal Obligations
- Recent Crowdfunding Trends and Developments
- Practical Tips and Best Practices when Venturing to Crowdfunding
Rita Garry, Partner
Freeborn & Peters LLP
- Crowdfunding Overview
- Instrastate Offerings
- Regulatory Issues
- Market Changes and Consolidation
Darryl Steinhause, Partner
DLA Piper LLP
- Practical Aspects of Crowdfunding
- Role of Brokers Dealers
- Fundraising Alternatives
- Pros/Cons of Reg A, 506c
Rebecca G. DiStefano, Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
- Current Trends
- Growth in Reg A Deals
- 506c Deals Lag
- Regulatory Context
- Financial Statement Requirements of Regulation A+
- SEC Focus in Review period
- Post-Qualification Reporting Requirements
- SEC Compliance & Disclosure Interpretation
Who Should Attend:
- Fund Managers
- In-house Counsel
- Finance Executives
- Finance Lawyers
- Securities Lawyers
- General Counsel at Companies Interested on Obtaining Funding
- Investment, M&A, Securities, Capital Markets Attorneys and Consultants
Darryl Steinhause has more than 30 years of experience in complex securities and tax transactions, representing both sponsors and investors in a range of deal structures. The Daily Journal selected Steinhause as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California in 2014 for his work with clients looking to invest in new online real estate platforms. Steinhause was one of the first in his field to recognize the implications of the 2012 JOBS Act which amended Rule 506 of Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933, and has been advising clients on both the potential and the complications of such platforms. Steinhause has been recognized as an industry expert at the forefront of this exciting new area of opportunity, and has spoken on the subject of crowdfunding at numerous conferences since the Rule changed in 2012.
Darryl Steinhause has more than 30 years of experience in complex securities and tax transactions, representing both sponsors and investors …
Rita W. Garry is a Partner with Freeborn & Peters in Chicago, IL. Rita’s 30+ years of work serving as a trusted business advisor to many diverse start-up, emerging, and mature businesses includes entity design and formation, founders agreements, corporate tax and regulatory compliance, review and negotiation of a vast array of commercial contracts, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, debt and private equity financing transactions and private securities offerings. Rita is a published author on SEC private offerings under Regulation D and Crowdfunding under the JOBS Act and a frequent presenter on entrepreneurial law topics. Rita also served as an Illinois State Content Editor for Thomson Reuters’ Practical Law. Rita is a long-standing member of the ABA Business Law Section and its Middle Market and Small Business, Private Equity and Venture Capital, and Federal Securities Committees. Rita is a recognized authority on equity crowdfunding and given numerous presentations for Entrepreneurs Unplugged, National Business Institute, and The Knowledge Group on this exciting topic.
Ms. Garry received her law degree from Boston University and her B.A. in Politics from Lake Forest College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with High Honors. Ms. Garry also received her CFP license in 1991. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 360-6000.
Rita W. Garry is a Partner with Freeborn & Peters in Chicago, IL. Rita’s 30+ years of work serving as …
Rebecca G. DiStefano is a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, P.A. in Florida. She is both a transactional and regulatory attorney and advisor in the areas of securities regulation, mergers & acquisitions, and corporate law. In these practice areas, Rebecca primarily counsels clients in general capital formation matters, Regulation D, Regulation A+, Regulation Crowdfunding, registrations, as well as general solicitation under the JOBS Act of 2012 and the Securities Act of 1933, the continuing disclosure requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as well as exit strategies for founders and business owners through implementation of ESOPS, sales to private equity and synergistic buyers with attention to attendant corporate governance planning and best practices throughout the life cycle of the company. Rebecca also represents clients before government agencies and SROs including the Securities and Exchange Commission and FINRA. Her clients include investment banks, institutional corporate trustees, public and private companies as well as entrepreneurs and start-ups in a variety of industries including financial services, real estate, healthcare and technology.
Rebecca has been recognized in the 2016 and 2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© in the category of Corporate Law and in the 2009 edition of the Legal 500 United States. She is an advocate for children and adults diagnosed with Type One Diabetes and currently serves as Vice President of the Greater Palm Beach County Chapter of JDRF (formerly known as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and has served on its Board of Directors since 2013.
Rebecca G. DiStefano is a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, P.A. in Florida. She is both a transactional and regulatory attorney …
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