If an issuer of a securities wishes to generally advertise their private offering of securities, they can do so under Rule 506(c) of Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933, which would exempt the offeror from registration as an “Investment Company” under the Investment Company Act. Although offering securities under the 506(c) restriction allows the issuer of the securities not to register as an “Investment Company,” the issuer will still have to file a “Form D” with the SEC once the securities are sold, notify each state in which the securities have been sold with what are called “Blue Sky” filings, and provide certain other disclosures to prospective investors.Continue Reading Complying with Rule 506(c): Investor Verification Methods Explained

Emerging growth companies commonly search for an influx of cash through funding provided by investors. Venture capital firms, angel investor groups, and high net-worth individuals (collectively, “Investors”) are common sources tapped for obtaining that much-needed cash. In these scenarios, the Investors provide cash to the corporation in exchange for shares of the corporation’s preferred stock. Each time a corporation offers its stock for cash, a new series of preferred stock is created. The name of the financing round generally corresponds to the name of the series stock. Typically, the initial rounds of financing are known as a “Series Seed” or “Series A” round, followed by a “Series B,” then “Series C,” and so on and so forth as further funding is taken in over the years. When going through these financing rounds, whether the very first Series Seed round to the last financing round before an exit, the same agreements are entered into and amended to memorialize the rights, privileges, and preferences of the various series of preferred stock offered.Continue Reading Venture Capital Financing: An Overview of Financing Documents

On January 1, 2021, Congress enacted the Corporate Transparency Act (the “CTA”) as part of the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 and its annual National Defense Authorization Act. The new legislation requires certain entities to report information about their owners, management and the individuals who helped create the entities to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”). The information reported to FinCEN is intended to assist law enforcement in combating money laundering, tax fraud, terrorist financing, and other unlawful activities that occur through shell and front companies.Continue Reading The Corporate Transparency Act (Part 1): An Overview

Summary:

  • Overview of the diligence process from start to finish
  • What to expect as a startup and how to prepare
  • Key areas of focus in venture capital due diligence
  • Financial diligence: what does it entail, and how to survive it

Speakers: 

Ryan Valenza, Winstead PC
Daniel Bell-Garcia, Winstead PC
Ali Daubert, Baker Tilly
Continue Reading Legal & Financial Due Diligence: Looking Under the Hood (On-Demand Webinar)