When it comes to securities law, “pre-sales” of ICOs are still sales

Following the release of the “Simple Agreement for Future Tokens” or “SAFT” documentation by Protocol Labs and Cooley LLP, the possibility of doing blockchain token sales has been expanded to companies at even earlier stages of development. When selling a token, companies needed to have more architecture developed with respect to their platforms so that they […]

Compliance with Reg CF: Is your accountant “independent”?

Every company offering securities to investors under Regulation Crowdfunding (“Reg CF”) is required to provide financial statements that are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. For offerings seeking over $107,000, those financial statements are required to be reviewed by an independent public accountant (second helpings under Reg CF may require financial statements audited […]

Recent update to the CrowdCheck Issuer-Dealer Memo

Our memo regarding issuer-dealer registration for companies considering an offering under Tier 2 of Regulation A has been updated with the inclusion of Nebraska following recent pronouncements from its Department of Banking and Finance. The updated memo can be obtained here, https://www.crowdcheck.com/sites/default/files/Reg%20A%20Issuer-Dealer%….

Preparing for an A+ grade: Don’t forget your state notice filings

One of the great benefits to issuers under the SEC’s rules for offerings under Tier 2 of Regulation A, effectively created by the JOBS Act, is the preemption of state requirements for registration of the offer and sale of securities. Known as “Blue Sky Laws”, these state specific rules added considerable cost to qualifying an […]

Compliance with Reg CF: Is your crowdfunding platform compliant?

Just as with issuer compliance, investment platform compliance with Regulation CF has been all over the map since Regulation CF went into effect in May. Under Rules 300 to 305 of Regulation CF, all intermediaries in Regulation CF offerings have specific requirements that they must meet. For instance, they must register with the SEC and […]

Preparing for an A+ grade: Ongoing reporting under Tier 2

On September 16, 2016, the SEC filed its first suspension of the Regulation A exemption(link is external) against an issuer for failure to file its required annual statement. A suspension of the Regulation A exemption is a Bad Act, disqualifying the company from raising capital under Regulation A, Regulation CF, and Rule 506 of Regulation D. The […]

Compliance with Reg CF: Current liquidity and capital resources

While never intended to be the type of discussion that accompanies the management’s discussion and analysis of a registered securities offering, the SEC expects issuers making offerings under Regulation CF to discuss all the material information regarding their current liquidity and capital resources. Under Rule 201(s), this discussion must cover each period for which the […]

Compliance with Reg CF: Financial statements under Rule 201

The financial statements and corresponding discussion of financial condition of an issuer undertaking a securities offering under Regulation CF is arguably the most important set of information for an investor to make an informed investment decision. While the story of the company is critical for gaining investor interest, it is the financials that help an […]