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Securities Act Rule 506(C) - A Few Things to Think About if You Decide to Engage in General Solicitation - July 26, 2013

Beverly Evans

A few things to think about if you decide to engage in General Solicitation:

  • Develop a plan as to type and content of the communications. You need to be in control so that all communications are appropriate and consistent.
    • Limit the persons who are permitted to speak on behalf of your company. 
    • Identify those persons in your communications. 
    • Do not allow employees and other unauthorized persons to engage in general solicitation on your behalf. 
    • Review your social media policy to control and coordinate who communicates during an offering process.  Social media is a danger zone as well as a tool. 
    • Consider your future offering needs, remembering that once you engage in general solicitation you cannot accept funds from non-accredited investors until you are safely beyond the 6-month integration period.  SEC rules in this area are not clear, so be careful. 
    • While there are no specific disclosure/information requirements in a 506(c) offering, remember that you are still obligated to provide information needed for your potential investors to make an informed decision.
  • You will want to develop director/officer questionnaires. "Bad actors" will disqualify you from relying on Rule 506(c).
  • 506(c) will be effective September 23, 2013.