Raising capital or investing in private companies used to be something that was very difficult and out of reach for many Americans. Thanks to the Jobs Act, new securities regulations have made it easier for investors and companies to connect.
Our venture capital attorney in Tampa and St. Petersburg provide guidance and counsel to start-ups, investors, and established companies that are interested in raising or placing capital through private placement, convertible debt, debt financing, 401(k) or IRA accounts, or through crowdfunding.
Generally, individuals and companies are not allowed to raise capital for their companies unless they register their securities with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission or meet certain qualifications that exempt them from registration. Additionally, the State of Florida has enacted the Florida Securities Act which prevents an individual from selling securities unless it is registered with the Florida Office of Financial Regulation or qualifies for an exemption.
At FL Patel Law, we work without our clients to ensure that their plan to raise capital qualifies for an exemption under both state and federal securities laws. Our clients are pleasantly surprised to discover that the quality of our work is comparable to larger firms but at a fraction of the cost.
Thanks to the rise of social media influencers and entrepreneur gurus, there is a lot of misinformation out there. There can be dire and unexpected consequences for cutting corners that can ruin a company or worse, subject the entrepreneur to personal, civil, and criminal liability. Structuring your investment deal properly from the start can ensure that there are no road bumps when it matters.
- Private placement of $50,000 in an e-commerce start-up
- Private placement of $125,000 in a product manufacturer and distribution company
- Private equity transfer for $250,000 for a minority stake in the company