Seyfarth Events

Equity Crowdfunding - A Brave New World for Startups

What if the Oculus Rift Kickstarter backers had received equity instead of perks?

4/30/2014

Cost: There is no cost for Seyfarth guests to attend but registration is required and seating is limited.

New York Office

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
620 Eighth Avenue, 32nd Floor
New York, New York 10018
(212) 218-5500

Meet & Greet: 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Networking & Cocktail Reception: 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP and TiE invite you to join us as we listen to a panel of crowdfunding experts discuss how you may soon be able to use equity crowdfunding to fund your startup. Those interested in investing in crowdfunding, starting a crowdfunding portal, creating other products and services related to crowdfunding would also greatly benefit from this event. Georgia Quinn of Seyfarth Shaw LLP will serve as the Moderator. 

On October 23, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed rules to implement Title III of the JOBS Act, setting the stage for legalized equity crowdfunding. Once effective, companies will be able to raise up to $1,000,000 per year in exchange for equity or debt in hundreds or thousands of small investments from the masses (i.e. "Kickstarter" style).

The act creates new opportunities for entrepreneurs seeking to raise capital across a variety of verticals serving this new industry (crowdfunding portals, payment solutions, escrow services, due diligence services, advisory services... the list goes on and on).

While the act opens up many possibilities, it comes laden with regulation, disclosure requirements, and increased liability exposure. Anyone seeking to take advantage of these opportunities must have a good understanding of the legal, regulatory, and market framework that is developing right before our eyes.

Panelists include: Thomas M. Selman, Executive Vice President - Regulatory Policy at FINRA, Ryan Feit, Founder and CEO of SeedInvest, and Arie Abecassis, Venture Partner, DreamIt Ventures, Founder, Appstori.

Kiran Lingam will serve as the host representative form The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).  

REGISTER

If you have any questions, please contact jllee@seyfarth.com and reference this event.