On October 30, 2015, more than three years after the passage of the Jumpstart Our Small Business Startups Act of 2012 (the “JOBS Act”) the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted rules that implement the “crowdfunding” provisions of Title III of the JOBS Act.
Title III of the JOBS Act and the SEC’s rules promulgated thereunder (referred to herein as “Regulation CF”) have been called some of the most sweeping changes to U.S. securities laws since the passage of the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”). They permit, for the first time, small business issuers to generally solicit investments in their securities using public advertising, and permitting investment by both accredited and non-accredited investors. Intended to spur investment in small business start-ups, Title III of the JOBS Act was a bi-partisan effort that attempts to apply the power of crowds–made possible by the Internet–to the market for startup for capital.
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About the Author
Jonathan B. Wilson is a partner in the Atlanta business law firm of Taylor English Duma. He has practiced as an attorney for nearly 25 years and has served as the in-house general counsel for two public companies. He represents Fortune 100, middle-market and start-up companies in matters involving securities, corporate finance and governance, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property. He is a frequent speaker and writer on the JOBS Act, crowdfunding and Regulation A+.