1.0 CLE Credit (applied for)
Title: Raising Capital on the Internet: Developments in Private Offering Exemption and Crowdfunding Exemption
• Evolution of private offering exemption from securities registration in Section 4(2) of the Securities Act and gradual contraction of prohibiting general solicitation concepts.
• Crowdfunding exemption from securities registration in Section 4(a)(6) of the Securities Act, as adopted in Title III of the JOBS Act of 2012.
• Overview of SEC’s Regulation Crowdfunding adopted in 2015.
• Internet solicitation of investors and related regulatory issues
• Current developments in Crowdfunding
• Does Crowdfunding appear to be fulfilling the objectives of the JOBS Act?
Sheryl Hunter, Esq. is the founder of Hunter Business Law, The Entrepreneur's Law Firm®. For over 20 years Sheryl has worked with hundreds of businesses, from start-up to buy-out. Hunter Business Law models itself as outside general counsel for small businesses, giving them the edge of having a boutique firm of five attorneys as part of their management team.
Richard Leisner, Esq., Trenam Law. is the firm’s senior securities lawyer. He joined the firm in 1972 and has been a Shareholder since 1978. Richard’s broad-based corporate and securities law practice encompasses virtually all stages of the life cycle for public and private companies and their leaders and owners: all phases of capital formation and corporate transactions from start-up venture capital and Regulation D private placements through IPOs and ongoing SEC reporting, executive employment and equity-based benefits (stock options, etc), mergers and acquisitions (M&A), private equity, spin-offs and other reorganizations, takeover contests (offense and defense) and SEC and other regulatory investigations.
William R. Paul, Esq., Mechanik Nuccio Hearne & Wester, P.A. has a practice that spans a wide variety of business transactions, including the representation of public and closely held companies, securities issuers, underwriters, broker-dealers and venture capital investors in securities offerings, compliance activities, and administrative, licensing and enforcement proceedings. Prior to entering private law practice, Bill was a Senior Staff Attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., in its Division of Corporation Finance, for 3-1/2 years. He is a former arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, The New York Stock Exchange, and the NASD (now FINRA).
Gregory C. Yadley, Esq., Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, has extensive experience representing business entities of all sizes, including closely-held and family businesses and large and small public companies. He regularly represents these clients in financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiations and disputes, strategic planning, legal compliance and general corporate matters. Greg also has extensive experience in securities matters, including advising clients with regard to their private and public offerings of securities (including initial public offerings) and their ongoing disclosure obligations.