Regulation D, Rule 506(c) Blind Pool Offering – Brilliant option of raising funds
Regulation D, Rule 506(c) Blind Pool Offering is a brilliant option to raise a fund in the USA.
Why would I need to register a fund? Well, it’s a simple answer. The financial sector is heavily regulated, and you cannot start raising money without proper registration of your fund with a regulator. If you’re raising money from a few investors, you would need to contact a lawyer and have a set up just a basic Incorporation and prepare Articles of Association or Shareholders Agreement. If you are pooling more money for the further investment, you should register your company with SEC. There are a few different options to explore 506(b) or 506(c).
I would prefer to go with 506(c). Here are the reasons:
- Allows general solicitation and advertising in private placement offerings so long as sales are made only to accredited investors. You can advertise your fund (general solicitation) through online media.
- The fund is registered as the exempted fund.
Purpose of the private equity fund:
- Private equity (acquiring other companies).
- Venture Capital Fund.
- Property Investment.
When you set up your fund, you will need to prepare:
- Private Placement Memorandum
- Subscription Agreement
- Securities Notice Filings
- Formation of a Management entity and drafting its Operating Agreement
- Formation of a “Fund” entity and drafting its Operating Agreement
- Formation of a Single Purpose, Title-holding entity for your first project and drafting its Operating Agreement
- Marketing materials (flyers, postcards, website, etc.)
- Investment Summary
Filing with SEC, you will need to:
- Open EDGAR (EDGAR is the electronic filing system created by the Securities and Exchange Commission for corporate filings.) account with SEC.
- Submit Form D to SEC through EDGAR website.
- “State Blue Sky” notify the state securities agencies when a security has been sold to one or more or their residents and giving those states information and jurisdiction.
- Submit soliciting materials to SEC for their approval.
- Verify that the investors are accredited investors, which could include reviewing documentation, such as W-2s, tax returns, bank and brokerage statements, credit reports and the like.
Timing: The normal time-frame to complete an offering like the Blind Pool Offering is 60-90 days.
I wouldn’t suggest you get this done yourself. It’s heavy lifting. Hire a lawyer and use this article just as a checklist :).