PRESS RELEASE: 2nd Hearing of the GA House Ad Hoc Committee on Investment Policy in Georgia (May 26th)

This is a manifestation of a blog I wrote at the end of last year on LinkedIn- Politics & Policy: How It Affects Your Access to Capital. As an elected official, I am constantly encouraging individuals to get involved in the policy making process as much as possible–policy affects your life more than you know it and those around you. But now I am urging businesses, who are made up of individuals, to get involved in the process as well. Remember that voting is the BARE minimum that you can do to get involved in the decision making process that affects that lives of millions of Americans.

As a member of the Georgia House of Representatives, I am able to directly influence the process of policy making. I decided to focus on private investing policy as my summer project given my background and passion for securities and capital markets. I serve on an ad hoc committee made up of my colleagues in the House and we are holding public hearings to listen to Georgia residents and investors to explore Georgia’s investment policy. You can review notes from our first hearing HERE. It was a good first step but there is still much to learn and do.

Well, we are on the move and have set a 2nd hearing that I hope you can all join us in attending. (Download PRESS RELEASE and share!)

I hope to see some of you there! If you’d like to be added to future announcements of hearings and events, please email dkendrick@kendrickforgeorgia.com, Subject: Private Investment Policy in GA.

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I am Dar’shun Kendrick, Private Securities Attorney and Owner of Kendrick Law Practicehelping businesses raise capital the LEGAL way. We work with “for profit” companies seeking to raise $250,000 or more through private capital (including crowdfunding) that have a line item budgeted for legal services. I have served in the Georgia House of Representatives since 2011, representing over 54,000 Georgians in East DeKalb and South Gwinnett. I serve on the Juvenile Justice, Judiciary Non-Civil (Criminal Law) and ranking Democrat on the Small Business Development & Job Creation committee.  I have 2 B.A.s from Oglethorpe University, a law degree from the University of Georgia and an M.B.A. from Kennesaw State University. View past and upcoming speaking engagements and request me to speak to your organization.

You may be interested in my non-profit organization as well to EDUCATE and EMPOWER minorities:

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May 16th, 2016 It Begins: Federal Crowdfunding Rules Change the Capital Formation Conversation

In many ways this blog is a recap of previous blog I wrote on the new federal crowdfunding rules (also known as “regulation crowdfunding”) that will become effective on May 16th of this year. (I am so excited that I am counting down on my social media posts!) But before I go further, I would not be a good lawyer unless I gave a disclaimer or two so here it goes. Disclaimer: We are NOT responsible for your reliance on this blog. Please review the full rules and related material before you raise capital via crowdfunding or otherwise. (Sources: 1- The full S.E.C. press release. 2- The final crowdfunding rules in their entirety.)

Alright, now that that is done, let’s continue. To understand why I am so excited you have to realize the process and length of time it took to get to this place on May 16th. The JOBS Act was passed and signed into law in April of 2012 with the requirement that rules be promulgated by the Securities & Exchange Commission (“S.E.C.”) in the 6 months after the bill was passed. The S.E.C. didn’t finalize the rules until October 30th, 2015, over 3 years AFTER the law mandated the rules be finalized.  I can only predict the hundreds of thousands of businesses have been waiting for these rules to be finalized and then become effective (Fun fact: Once S.E.C. rules are finalized and published in the Federal Register, they take 6 months to become effective.)

In fact, many states, like Georgia, grew tired of waiting on the finalized rules and therefore came up with their own intrastate crowdfunding exemptions likeGeorgia’s Invest Georgia Exemption or “IGE”. However, there are limitations to intrastate crowdfunding such as only being able to sell to resident investors within each respective state and most states have a raise cap of $1MM-$5MM. (See comparison chart)

So these final federal rules are important to expand the pool of investors throughout the United States by which companies can raise capital. The federal crowdfunding rules now permit individuals to invest in equity based crowdfunding subject to certain investment limits based on income or net worth.

Before you through up a RED FLAG for the potential for investor fraud, it’s notables that the rules also do the following to protect the investing public (so this is not a “free for all” regulation):

  1.  Limit the amount of money a company can raise using the crowdfunding exemption;
  2. Impose disclosure requirements on issuers for certain information;
  3. Create a regulatory framework for broker-dealers and;
  4. Limit the amount of money an investor can invest based on income or their networth; and
  5. Dictate the manner and mode of funding portals for facilitation.

Now I am about to give you a GENERAL overview of equity based federal crowdfunding. Please remember my lawyer disclaimer I gave at the beginning of this blog; there are many, many details that you will need to consult knowledgeable counsel about before starting a campaign fundraising campaign under these new rules.

TOPIC I: GENERAL OVERVIEW OF RULES

Generally speaking, the federal crowdfunding rules:

  1. Permit a company to raise a max. of $1M in 12 months;
  2. Permit individual investors to invest a certain amount based on annual income OR networth;
  3. Permit during a 12 month period, the max sold to any individual investor may not exceed $100k; and
  4. Permit an issuing company to raise money through general solicitation that must be conducted through a crowdfunding portal registered with the S.E.C.

(Source: Visit our slideshare account for a more detailed explanation.)

TOPIC II: INELIGIBLE COMPANIES

Certain companies would not be eligible to use the exemption under the Rules. This includes non-U.S. companies, Exchange Act reporting companies,certain investment companies, companies that have failed to report during 2 years prior and companies with no specific business plan. (Disclaimer: Review the full rules for more detailed explanations.)

TOPIC III: RESTRICTION ON RESALE

There is still a restriction on sale for one year.

TOPIC IV: INTERMEDIARY NEEDED TO RAISE FUNDS

In addition, all transactions relying on the new rules would need an intermediary. The intermediary could be a broker-dealer or funding portal. The funding portal would have to register with the S.E.C. and the funding portal would also need to be a member of FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority).

A company would be required to only use 1 platform at a time. There are responsibilities on the funding portal as well.

TOPIC V: DISCLOSURE BY COMPANIES

Companies would need to file certain info with the S.E.C. and companies would also need to provide the following info to investors:

  1. The price of to the public of the securities or method;
  2. A discussion of the company’s financial condition;
  3. Financial statements of the company with review or audit or tax returns;
  4. A description of the business and the use of proceeds; and
  5. Certain related-party transactions.

If you have a comprehensive business plan, this information would be covered.

DISCLAIMERS & OTHER INFO

  • To view the full S.E.C. press release on this topic: View here.
  • To view the full final rules in their entirety: View here.
  • Please contact us for a services consultation to see how we can help you with your crowdfunding campaign.

 

Hopefully this blog has given you a general overview of what to expect from issuing companies on or after May 16th when the rules become effective and crowdfunding portals can actually start helping companies raise money under these new rules. The final rules are several hundred pages long so—-always seek knowledgeable legal counsel to help you navigate the details.

OR, if you are reading this blog before May 5th, join me for an event and learn even more about intrastate crowdfunding and federal regulation crowdfunding:

Sign up HERE and join me! Happy Crowdfunding!

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I am Dar’shun Kendrick, Private Securities Attorney and Owner of Kendrick Law Practicehelping businesses raise capital the LEGAL way. We work with “for profit” companies seeking to raise $250,000 or more through private capital (including crowdfunding) that have a line item budgeted for legal services. We do NOT find investors or introduce companies to investors; that is the job of “broker-dealers” and we are prohibited under federal securities law from doing so.  I have 2 B.A.s from Oglethorpe University, a law degree from the University of Georgia and an M.B.A. from Kennesaw State University. View past and upcoming speaking engagements and request me to speak to your organization.

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IGE (Invest Georgia Exemption): How Georgia is leading the crowd in crowdfunding

I’ll admit. The state where I was born and raised has been no. 1 in a lot of bad things over the years—transportation issues, traffic problems, education failure. But I am proud to say that Georgia is one of the top states if not THE top state to do business and that makes this Georgia peach proud. (Source)

Luckily I have the opportunity to serve in the Georgia legislature and create and push for policies that I believe will help Georgia continue to lead other states with respect to business friendliness. One of my projects leading up to the 2017 legislative session is to examine our private investment policy in Georgia and provide recommendations to stakeholders to strengthen our flow of private capital through the State.

One of the important measures that Georgia took the lead on was its intrastate crowdfunding exemption. The Invest Georgia Exemption, or IGE (2011), is an exemption to the 1933 federal Securities Act that allows Georgia to create its own regulations around intrastate crowdfunding (not interstate–that’s across state lines).Georgia was one of the FIRST states to pass this intrastate exemption and now there are 31 other states that have passed similar regulations to make it easier to raise capital within a state.

After taking a look at the states across the country, Georgia really is leading the states in intrastate offerings because of its raised cap, notice only 2 page filing requirement, a higher than normal cap on investment amounts and the fact that crowdfunding portals are not required in order to raise capital.

 

 

 Here is the gist of the IGE regulations: (Legal Disclaimer: Please consult the full regulations of IGE before proceeding.)

  1. Issuer has to be a for profit entity formed under the laws of Georgia and registered with the Secretary of State (so no partnerships or sole proprietorships);
  2. The maximum amount an issuer can raise is $5MM (up from $1MM as of the Fall of 2015);
  3. The issuer cannot accept any more than $10,000 from a single purchaser UNLESS purchaser is an “accredited investor” as defined under Rule 501 of the S.E.C. (that rule may be changing soon under federal law so watch for that legislation);
  4. All funds must be deposited into a bank authorized to do business in Georgia;
  5. Upon or before either of 2 triggering events, the issuer must file a notice with the Commissioner in writing or electronic form with specific information; and
  6. This exemption cannot be used with any other exemption under the Rules or Act EXCEPT for officers or sales to certain people.

That’s it. To date, Georgia has had 38 companies apply for the IGE Exemption.

Compare the raise cap and investor cap of Georgia with other states:(Data provided by GA House of Representatives Research Office)

  • Alabama- $1MM; $5k per investor
  • Arizona– $1MM or $2.5MM if GAAP financial statements are audited and presented; $10k per investor [Only 1 company has filed for exemption]
  • Colorado– $1MM; Unlimited [No companies have filed for exemption.]
  • DC- $500k or $1MM if GAAP used; For “natural persons”: $10k per investor if the investor’s gross incoem is less than $100k; $25k per investor if the investor’s gross incoemi s $100k-$200k; for non natural persons, $0 unless gross net worth is greater than $1MM
  • Florida– $1MM; The lesser of $2k or 5% of investor’s annual net worth per investor per year if the investor’s annual gross income or net worth is less than $100k or the lesser of $100k or 10% of the investor’s annual net worth per investor per year if the investor’s annual gross income or net wroth is over $100k
  • Idaho- $2MM; The lesser of $2,500 or 10% of the investor’s net wroth per investor exlcuding home auto and furnishings. [Idaho has issued orders authorizing crowdfunding in 5 instances.]
  • Illinois- $2MM or $4MM is the insurer provides independently reviewed and officer certified financial documents; $5k per investor per offering
  • Iowa- $1MM; $5k per investor per offering, treating relatives and people in the same household as one investor
  • Indiana-  $1MM or $2MM if GAAP used; $5k per investor
  • Kansas– $1MM; $10k per investor
  • Kentucky- $1MM or $2MM is GAAP used; $10k per investor
  • Maine- $1MM; $5k per investor
  • Maryland– $100k, $100 per investor
  • Massachusetts- $1MM or $2MM if the insurer provides independently reviewed and officer certified financial documents
  • Michigan– $1M or $2MM if the insurer provides independently reviewed and officer certified financial documents
  • Minnesota- $2MM or $5MM is GAAP used with periodic increases beginning in 2018
  • Mississippi- $1M; limited to qualified purchasers are defined in Code and none of the company’s officers and directors can purchase more than 15% of offering; notwithstanding, the limit is the greater of $50k or 10% of investors’ annual income or net worth if an “accredited investor” under Rule 501 of the S.E.C. OR the greater of $5,000 or 5% of the investor’s annual income or net worth is the investor is NOT an “accredited investor”
  • Montana– $1MM; $10k per investor
  • Nebraska- $1M or $2MM if GAAP used; $5k per investor
  • New Jersey- $1MM; $5k per investor, per offering
  • New Mexico– $2.5MM with no aggregate cap; $10k per investor per offering
  • Oregon- $250k; $2,500 per investor
  • South Carolina– Unlimited; Unlimited
  • Tennessee- $1MM; $10k per investor
  • Texas- $1MM; $5k per investor
  • Vermont- $1MM or $2MM if the insurer provides independently reviewed and officer certified financial documents; $10k per investor
  • Virginia- $2M; $10k per investor
  • Washington- $1M; the greater of $2k or 5% of the investors annual net worth per investor per year if the investor’s annual gross income or net worth is less than $100l or the lesser of $100k or 10% of investor’s annual net worth per investor per year if the investor’s annual gross income or net worth is over $100k
  • West Virginia- $1MM or $2MM if the insurer provides independently reviewed and officer certified financial documents; $10k per investor
  • Wisconsin- $1M or $2MM if the insurer provides independently reviewed and officer certified financial documents; $10k per investor (Cap may not apply if investor qualified as a Certified Investor under Wis. Stat. Section 551.102(4m).)
  • Wyoming-$1MM or $2MM if the insurer provides independently reviewed and officer certified financial documents; $5k per investor

 

My Thoughts: I like that South Carolina, whom many would argue is our biggest rival with respect to business competition, has an unlimited raise cap so companies are not restricted to how much money they can raise. However, as many states have done, I would suggest making sure that GAAP are used and that the financial statements are independent reviewed and audited before taking the cap off IGE. The cap on investor contributions should remain the same under IGE and not go to the complicated percentage scale so many states use based on income and/or net worth. Let’s keep it simple.

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I am Dar’shun Kendrick, Private Securities Attorney and Owner of Kendrick Law Practicehelping businesses raise capital the LEGAL way. We work with “for profit” companies seeking to raise $250,000 or more through private securities (equity and/or debt) that have a line item budgeted for legal services. We do NOT find investors or introduce companies to investors; that is the job of “broker-dealers” and we are prohibited under federal securities law from doing so.  I have 2 B.A.s from Oglethorpe University, a law degree from the University of Georgia and an M.B.A. from Kennesaw State University. I also serve as the ranking Democrat on the Georgia House Small Business Development and Job Creation Committee. View past and upcoming speaking engagements and request me to speak to your organization.

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If you have a gift to offer the world, it doesn’t need to be nicely wrapped. Just do it!

Many of you have seen or heard my rants on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,YouTube or anywhere else that I think I have an audience. And the rant is typically the same—-WHERE ARE ALL THE MINORITIES (WOMEN AND RACIAL MINORITIES) WHEN INVESTORS AND OTHERS ARE DISCUSSING PRIVATE CAPITAL? Many times, I look to my left—and my right—-and I am the only woman or person of color in the room or at the table (and if I am having a really depressing week—I’m the only one of for both). And this doesn’t make sense given the Business FAQs about Georgia (Georgia is #1 in the growth of women owned businesses and metro Atlanta is #1 in the US for black owned businesses) and the amount of private capital being infused into Georgia (see below).

So I decided to develop a personal and professional pledge—the DK Pledge I call it—-as a constant reminder to myself why I must continue to break down the walls of access, education and communication between minority businesses and the world of private capital.

But the pledge was not enough. You see, I am a woman of action—I’ve been raised that if I don’t like something, I don’t complain, I do something about it (which is probably why I was elected to the GA House of Representatives at age 27 but I digress). So I decided to start a non-profit with the FOCUS on “Educating and empowering minorities, especially women and racial minorities, on how to access private capital to grow their companies and create generational wealth.”I started with a small interest group in January and now we have a 8 member Board of Directors, approved by-laws, registration with the Secretary of State, and as of April 1, 2016 we are now a 501(c)(3) under the IRS Code with tax exempt status!—Just in time for our April 28th meeting which I hope you will join us in attending!

Now I wish that I could say that I did this alone but I didn’t. I had help as we all need rather we want to admit it or not. Say hello to my fabulous Board Members who believe in my vision and have supported this effort:

 

Carleton Moten

Board Member

VP of Finance

Maurice Jackson

Vice Chair of Board

VP of Programs

 

 

Rod Echols

Board Member

VP of Technology

 

Shannon Weaver

Board Member

VP of Sponsorships

 

Sylvester Ford

Board Member

VP of Membership

 

Dar’shun Kendrick

Founder/Board Chair

 

 

And a SPECIAL shout out to the tax attorney that helped us to get it all done—Mr. Keith Miles.

You can contact any of the above mentioned Executive Board Members by downloading this CONTACT LIST and letting us know if you’d like to be involved with our organization. Here are other ways to connect with us as well:

So…if you are a finance professional out there, minority or not, are you ready to help us in our mission to empower and educate minority entrepreneurs on how to obtain a piece of the almost $2 Trillion in private capital that has been invested over the last 10 years? If so, contact me and let me know.

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I am Dar’shun Kendrick, Private Securities Attorney and Owner of Kendrick Law Practicehelping businesses raise capital the LEGAL way. We work with “for profit” companies seeking to raise $250,000 or more through private securities (equity and/or debt) that have a line item budgeted for legal services. We do NOT find investors or introduce companies to investors; that is the job of “broker-dealers” and we are prohibited under federal securities law from doing so.  I have 2 B.A.s from Oglethorpe University, a law degree from the University of Georgia and an M.B.A. from Kennesaw State University. View past and upcoming speaking engagements and request me to speak to your organization.

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The Future of Private Investing in Georgia: Fitting All the Pieces Together

Last week, on March 31st, I was honored to chair my first ad hoc committee meeting of the Georgia House of Representatives, where I have served since 2011. As a member of the minority party, you can imagine how many times I get the opportunity to chair a meeting but this is a space where I am not only comfortable, but possess a particular expertise in this subject matter: private capital. This is what I do….help companies with the legal compliance and agreements needed for successful capital raises and keep the S.E.C. and state governments off their back.

This ad hoc committee came out of an idea I had the last few days of the 2016 Georgia legislative session in which I saw the need to have a series of public hearings to discuss private investing in Georgia and how to make it easier to invest in Georgia. My first thoughts were just to update the existing Georgia securities code, which have not been updated since 2008 since there are various federal laws and regulations that have been passed in recent months. But then  I decided that since I am going to open the Georgia securities code, I may as well take testimony and hear some innovative ways to move private capital into Georgia (and away from neighboring states but shhhh…don’t tell them I said that.) You see…it all works together…the securities code…the regulations from the Securities and Exchange Commission…rules and regulations from the GA Secretary of State..the state budget. Everything works together and we didn’t need any missing pieces to this puzzle of encouraging capital investments in Georgia. So I wanted to make sure that didn’t happen….and I’m on a one woman mission to make sure that doesn’t happen as you can see from my upcoming speaking schedule.

Being the stubborn lawyer-legislator that I am, I decided to approach the Chair of the Small Business Development and Job Creation committee Chairman Bubber Epps where I serve as the ranking Democrat on that committee. I also approached the Chair of the Economic Development & Tourism committee Chairman Ron Stephens. These seemed like the most logical committees to ask to go down this complex road of capital investments in Georgia and luckily, they both agreed that it was a good idea and agreed to let me chair the meeting since this is the type of work I do for my “day job”. So an ad hoc committee was appointed from these two committees that included the brightest minds in the Georgia House: Reps. Stacey Evans, Buzz Brockway, Steve Tarvin, Al Williamsmyself, and Chairmen Ron Stephens and Bubber Epps.

The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce hosted the first public hearing of this ad hoc committee. I choose the Gwinnett Chamber because I not only represent South Gwinnett but the Gwinnett Chamber has been an innovative organization committed to developing the whole entrepreneur (see flyer to left). I’m happy they were able to partner with us for this important topic.

And so we met last week at the beautiful building in Duluth that houses the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and the public hearing lasted about 1.5 hours as we discussed everything from intrastate crowdfunding, updating the Georgia securities code, investments through the university system, etc. The room was filled with those that were interested in private capital, those that had invested their own private capital into businesses, those seeking private capital and those that regulate (the Secretary of State’s Securities Division) and legislative private capital (members of the committee).

The Gwinnett Post wrote a brief overview of the hearing in this article that was posted a day later. Below are some specific highlights/bullet points from the hearing and you can also view the YouTube video I uploaded to my YouTube channel (feel free to subscribe to my channel.)

  • From Noula Zaharis, the Secretary of State’s Securities Division: Georgia has some of the most “reasonable” fees in the nation, has one of the simplest processes for intrastate crowdfunding (a 2 page form), and in October of 2015, raised the Invest Georgia Exemption from $1MM to $5MM.
  • From Dan King, Member of Gwinnett Tech Angels, an affiliate of Atlanta Tech Angels: One possible reason why only 2% of the angel investor tax credit is being used is because of the number of companies that qualify and take advantage of the tax credit for its investors, for example a $1MM raise is the cap for company qualification; the average deal for a company depends on many factors but can range anywhere between $1-$1.5MM (in response to my question about the Invest Georgia Fund which is scheduled to be allocated $100M up to FY 2018 but currently only has $10MM in funding)
  • From Heather Maxfield with Technology Association of Georgia: The SBIR Program (Congressional Fund) is matched in other states and Georgia should seriously consider doing the same.
  • From Delray Wannemacher of First Look Equities: His company is looking for qualifies companies; portals are required for federal crowdfunding but not for IGE.

If you are interested in this subject matter and want to be on the list for our next public hearing, please email me atdkendrick@kendrickforgeorgia.com, SUBJECT: Private Investing in Georgia. Stay tuned as we come up with GREAT opportunities to invest in Georgia!

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I am Dar’shun Kendrick, Private Securities Attorney and Owner of Kendrick Law Practicehelping businesses raise capital the LEGAL way. We work with “for profit” companies seeking to raise $250,000 or more through private securities (equity and/or debt) that have a line item budgeted for legal services. We do NOT find investors or introduce companies to investors; that is the job of “broker-dealers” and we are prohibited under federal securities law from doing so.  I have 2 B.A.s from Oglethorpe University, a law degree from the University of Georgia and an M.B.A. from Kennesaw State University. View past and upcomingspeaking engagements and request me to speak to your organization.

You may be interested in my non-profit organization as well to EDUCATE and EMPOWER minorities:

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Choosing the Right Investors For Your Business

Minority Access to Capital, Inc. (MATC) had a GREAT general body meeting on March 10th, 2016 with partners J.R. McNair of Strongbox West and Gregg with Allstate. (Pictured above). If you missed the meeting, here are the audio notes and the powerpoint is below. Topic: Choosing the Right Investors For Your Business.


Text of Presentation:

  1. 1. CHOOSINGTHE RIGHT INVESTORS FORYOUR BUSINESS Prepared Specifically For: Minority ATC (Access to Capital), Inc. March 10th, 2016 Dar’shun Kendrick, Esq./MBA Kendrick Law Practice, LLC
  2. 2. About Me  Started Kendrick Law Practice in January of 2010  Boutique law firm focused on private securities (legal compliance for companies raising private capital)  2 B.As (Oglethorpe University), J.D. (University of GA), M.B.A. (Kennesaw State)  FINRA Non-Public Arbitrator  Follow me on social media
  3. 3. DISCLAIMER: This presentation does not create an attorney-client relationship nor will specific legal advice be given. Furthermore, this presentation does NOT include all the laws, rules and regulations required for a proper and legal private placement offering. Please consult a knowledgeable securities attorney before making a solicitation to an investor.
  4. 4. The Numbers • $17.B in angel investing in 2009 to 57,255 businesses • $4B inVC funding in 1982  Almost $300B in 2007 • $1.6T in private equity overall from 2000-2009 • Quarter before last saw MOST private equity investment in a quarter since early 2000s
  5. 5. What is private capital? • Hedge funds • Venture Capital • Leveraged Buy outs • Angel investors • F & F • Convertible notes
  6. 6. What is NOT private capital? • Rewards based crowdfunding • Grants • Publicly held companies • Traditional loans
  7. 7. Ways to Raise $$Through an Exemption • Mini-IPO (Regulation A+) of $20- $50MM • Regulation D (3 rules) • Equity based crowdfunding
  8. 8. Not all investors are created equal!
  9. 9. 2 Important, Non Exclusive Factors RE: Investors Type of Capital Raise • Some exemptions will limit the NUMBER of “unaccredited investors” you can raise money from • Some exemptions will limit the WAY (no “general solicitation”) in which you raise • Some exemptions will limit RE-SALE in and of the secondary market • Some exemptions will limit the AMOUNT of money raise • Some exemptions will limit the LOCATION of those you raise money from Type of Relationship • Rule ofThumb: If you wouldn’t have dinner with the investor, don’t go into business with them.
  10. 10. Types of Investors • Institutional Investors (Morgan Stanley, SunTrust Rob Humph, Citibank, etc.) [$100M +] • Venture Capital Firms [$1M+; 10 year partnership; high return and usually “high growth” industries and preferred equity rights] • Angel investors [$2,500+; lesser restrictions on high growth and return; typically individuals or small groups]
  11. 11. So CAN YOU and SHOULDYOU just start raising money (in exchange for equity) from investors, including family and friends?
  12. 12. PIECE OF ADVICE Hire a knowledgeable securities attorney who will be able to guide you through the LEGAL COMPLIANCE and BUSINESS DECISIONS of who to go to dinner with for 6 months- 1 year.
  13. 13. Pitfalls • Corporate form set up has to be specific and in a certain order • “Time triggers” for solicitation • Agreements that you will need to have to investors (limit on the secondary market, unregistered security disclaimer, risk disclaimer, PPM, etc.) • Financials required to be provided to investors • Founder protections to be discussed (Dilution and bad math caused a company who thought they owned 66% of a company to go down to less than 10%) • M & A strategy needed for an exemption that allows for “general advertising” under a Reg. D exemption • State “blue sky laws” requirements • REMINDER: The S.E.C. can recommend CRIMINAL PROSECUTION to the Department of Justice, like the I.R.S.
  14. 14. Thank you! Dar’shun Kendrick, Esq./MBA Kendrick Law Practice http://www.kendricklaw.net(678) 739-8109 Find us on social media

JOIN US AT OUR NEXT MEETING!


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I am Dar’shun Kendrick, Private Securities Attorney and Owner of Kendrick Law Practicehelping businesses raise capital the LEGAL way. We work with “for profit” companies seeking to raise $250,000 or more through private securities (equity and/or debt) that have a line item budgeted for legal services. We do NOT find investors or introduce companies to investors; that is the job of “broker-dealers” and we are prohibited under federal securities law from doing so.  I have 2 B.A.s from Oglethorpe University, a law degree from the University of Georgia and an M.B.A. from Kennesaw State University.

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Intro to Private Capital: Join me!

(Pictured above: Live participants in the Minority Access to Capital, Inc. Feb. 24th meeting)

I had such a WONDERFUL time speaking with investors and entrepreneurs about private capital—which is a vital subject for entrepreneurs but can often be complicated. Below are the details from my presentation! I hope you see you all at our March 10th meeting which will be a continuation of this topic.

Text of Presentation: Intro to Private Capital by Dar’shun Kendrick (2.24.16)

  1. INTRO TO PRIVATE CAPITAL Prepared Specifically For: Minority ATC (Access to Capital) February 24, 2016 Dar’shun Kendrick, Esq./MBA Kendrick Law Practice, LLC
  2. The Numbers • $17.B in angel investing in 2009 to 57,255 businesses • $4B inVC funding in 1982  Almost $300B in 2007 • $1.6T in private equity overall from 2000-2009 • Quarter before last saw MOST private equity investment in a quarter since early 2000s
  3. What is private capital? • Hedge funds • Venture Capital • Leveraged Buy outs • Angel investors • F & F • Convertible notes
  4. What is NOT private capital? • Rewards based crowdfunding • Grants • Publicly held companies • Traditional loans
  5. The Securities Act of 1933 vs. 1934 1933 • Created out of Great Depression • Established the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission)- http://www.sec.gov • Regulates initial offerings 1934 • Regulates on going reporting requirements • Has fraud provisions that apply to 1933 Act, i.e. initial offerings
  6. 2 Options when selling “securities” Register (IPOs, stock exchanges, etc.) OR Find an exemption (Either to “securities” or transaction) *Some issuers cannot use an exemption
  7. Parties Involved in an Exemption • The almighty S.E.C. • Broker-Dealers (Investment Act of 1940) • Investors (institutional, angels,VCs, family and friends, family offices) • Issuer (Company raising funds) • FinancialTeam: Lawyers, accountants, business consultants, etc.
  8. What does DK do? Issuer > Broker-Dealer > Investors > DK > Issuers/Investors AND Issuers/SEC
  9. Ways to Raise $$Through an Exemption • Mini-IPO (Regulation A+) of $20- $50MM • Regulation D (3 rules) • Equity based crowdfunding
  10. So can you just start raising money (in exchange for equity) from investors, including family and friends?
  11. PIECE OF ADVICE Hire a knowledgeable securities attorney.
  12. Pitfalls • Corporate form set up has to be specific and in a certain order • “Time triggers” for solicitation • Agreements that you will need to have to investors (limit on the secondary market, unregistered security disclaimer, risk disclaimer, PPM, etc.) • Financials required to be provided to investors • Founder protections to be discussed (Dilution and bad math caused a company who thought they owned 66% of a company to go down to less than 10%) • M & A strategy needed for an exemption that allows for “general advertising” under a Reg. D exemption • State “blue sky laws” requirements • REMINDER: The S.E.C. can recommend CRIMINAL PROSECUTION to the Department of Justice, like the I.R.S.
  13. Thank you! Dar’shun Kendrick, Esq./MBA Kendrick Law Practice http://www.kendricklaw.net (678) 739-8109 Find us on social media.

*Here is an audio version of the above presentation. The first 30 minutes is MATC business meeting.**

I hope you can join me March 10th for continuation of this topic.

If you CANNOT make our March 10th meeting, set your calendar for March 24th and sign up for our enewsletter here.

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I am Dar’shun Kendrick, Private Securities Attorney and Owner of Kendrick Law Practicehelping businesses raise capital the LEGAL way. We work with “for profit” companies seeking to raise $250,000 or more through private securities (equity and/or debt) that have a line item budgeted for legal services. We do NOT find investors or introduce companies to investors; that is the job of “broker-dealers” and we are prohibited under federal securities law from doing so.  I have 2 B.A.s from Oglethorpe University, a law degree from the University of Georgia and an M.B.A. from Kennesaw State University.

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