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SEC Adopts Amendments to Crowdfunding Regulations

The SEC today published in the Federal Register its previously-announced amendments to Regulation CF that expand crowdfunding further than before. The new rules, which take effect March 15, 2021:

•            Raise the offering limit in Regulation CF deals from $1.07 million to $5 million;

•           Modify the limits on the amount that can be invested in Regulation CF offerings by:

  • eliminating limits for accredited investors; and
  • changing the limits for non-accredited investors to the greater of their (i) annual income or (ii) net worth;

•            Extending for 18 months the current temporary exemption applicable to some Regulation CF offerings regarding financial statement review requirements for issuers offering $250,000 or less of securities in reliance on the exemption within a 12-month period;

•            Permitting Regulation CF issuers to “test-the-waters” prior to filing an offering document with the Commission in a manner similar to current Regulation A and,

•            Establishing rules that permit the use of Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV) that function as a conduit for investors to facilitate investing in Regulation Crowdfunding issuers.

The new amendments are likely to increase interest among entrepreneurs utilizing Regulation CF as a vehicle to raised start-up capital. 

Specifically, the amendments simplify, harmonize, and improve certain aspects of the exempt offering framework to promote capital formation while preserving or enhancing important investor protections.

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