Key Elements To A Successful Reg A+ Offering and Why DSTLD Is A “Perfect Fit”


Now I don’t usually use this blog to discuss particular crowdfunding offerings. However, after seeing a recent MSNBC piece on DSTLD, and their current Regulation A+ equity offering, I simply had to highlight their truly model story. I believe many wannabe Reg A+ issuers could learn a lot from the DSTLD team, both in terms of what is needed to conduct a successful Reg A+ offering and what to expect.

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To Disclose or Not To Disclose, That Is The Question

Title IIITitle IIDisclosureIn connection with a private offering of securities the issuer will provide potential investors with some form of disclosure document. Regardless of what type of offering it is (e.g. Rule 506, Title III, Intrastate, or other private offering), the intent of this disclosure document is to give potential investors all material information about the company and the deal before they invest. Unfortunately many issuers see this exercise as more of a burden and typically opt for providing only the minimum amount of information possible. This type of approach can often lead to trouble later and with all of the new private offering options available to issuers I thought I would share some my thoughts on the subject.

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The “Fix Crowdfunding Act” – What It Fixes And What It Doesn’t Fix

Fix ItIn early June, the U.S. House of Representatives, Financial Services Committee, approved the “Fix Crowdfunding Act” bill (or HR 4855). Maybe it’s the title of the bill that is misleading, but since then I have seen multiple articles which incorrectly describe what this bill, if fully passed, would do. As a result I felt it necessary to do a detailed review of the bill itself to point out what in fact it actually does and doesn’t do.

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Follow The Leader: Why The U.S. Needs A Federal Tax Credit For Angel Investors

Angel Tax CreditThe UK crowdfunding market is the leading, and most successful, crowdfunding market for several reasons. Arguably the primary reason for their success is that the UK tailored, and continues to tailor, their securities laws specifically to promote crowdfunding/P2P lending. A lesser known reason however, is the availability of certain tax incentives for angel investors. Tax incentives which the U.S. currently does not, but certainly should, have available.

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Intrastate Crowdfunding: The Often Overlooked Option

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.

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