Sunday, June 12, 2016

Intrastate Crowdfunding is a Good Option

Attorney Anthony Zeoli of Chicago explains why intrastate crowdfunding is a good but sometimes overlooked option for startups and small businesses that are raising capital. He also compares recent Federal Title III crowdfunding rules with the intrastate exemptions such as the one in Illinois that he helped create.

Intrastate Crowdfunding: The Often Overlooked Option
By Anthony Zeoli
Anthony Zeoli
With the Federal Title III rules recently becoming effective, there is certainly a lot of excitement surrounding national level “retail” crowdfunding to non-accredited investors. That’s obviously great news for the industry, but it’s important to remember that the majority of the states currently have some form of “intrastate” retail crowdfunding laws already in effect; many of which offer significantly more favorable terms to issuers and investors than the federal rules. Moreover, the number of states passing these laws, and their use, continues to grow making them viable capital options for many companies.
State of the States and Title III: 
You may not know it but currently thirty (30) states have enacted Intrastate crowdfunding exemptions (or have enacted amendments to their existing blue sky laws to permit some type of Intrastate crowdfunding) and another eight (8) states are in various stages of enacting/considering such legislation.  Just like the highly anticipated Title III rules, each of the state laws allows for crowdfunding to non-accredited investors. That being said, the laws of each state are somewhat unique and a discussion of the nuances between the various state laws would literally take all day. Luckily for those that might be interested I maintain, what I believe to be, the definitive comparative matrix of current Intrastate crowdfunding laws.
Read the complete post on Anthony's blog.

It is time for North Carolina to pass the NC PACES Act S481 and enable this new way of financing startups and small businesses as 30 other states have already done.


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