Benji's Blog

“Blah-Blah-Blah-BLOG!” by Benji Jones

Let me introduce myself – I’m Benji Jones, a Partner at Smith Anderson focusing on corporate and securities work (particularly private offerings), and this is my “introductory” blog post. 

I teach some at Campbell Law and have a family here in Raleigh.  It’s also no secret that I acted pretty seriously growing up and in my 20’s (still do, on occasion).  I never played a team sport, and I wasn’t in a sorority in college – I just was: “DRAMA.”  Now I am LAWYER . . . and mother and wife and teacher and daughter and friend . . . blah, blah, blah. 

That reminds me, what does every actor think before walking on stage? 
Benji Jones


“Blah, blah, blah – where’s my light?”

Selfish, yes, but basically it’s all about finding the light and telling the story.  And that’s kind of why I’m starting this blog.  I think I can “shed some light” on some of the important developments going on in the private offering world.  It can be tough to keep things straight with all of the buzz about crowdfunding, Regulation A+, “intrastate” crowdfunding, funding portals, general solicitation, the JOBS Act.  It’s pretty complicated, understanding how offerings are regulated – the overlap between the SEC and state regulators – I mean, didn’t NASAA build the Space Shuttle?  Why are they talking about suing the SEC?  And how can the JOBS Act be law but so much of it not really matter yet?  What can companies do now to raise money -- can we advertise on the internet, use a billboard or old-school cold calling? 

Some questions are easier to answer than others, but I’ll try my best to explain what I can, without getting too technical or just plain “blah.”

There are tons of blogs out there, following the JOBS Act, private offerings, etc.  I’m not going to regurgitate what anyone can find on the internet with a well-crafted Google search. And I’m certainly not giving legal advice.  (Imagine an appropriate legal disclaimer: blah, blah, blah.  Seriously, no blog or internet search can beat talking through your questions with a well-qualified securities attorney, no matter what firm they work with.)   But I do think I’ve got some ideas and stories to share – and hopefully folks will find it interesting, maybe even helpful. 

So, stay tuned soon for the first installment of Benji’s Blog – in the meantime, if you have questions or comments, feel free to reach me by email at: benjisblog@smithlaw.com.

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