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Raising Capital Gets a Bit Easier with New SEC Rule


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Long-standing securities laws have constrained the ability of private companies to publicly promote their capital-raising efforts.

Now, after years of consideration and many delays, the Securities and Exchange Commission has rolled out a new rule lifting the ban on general solicitation for private offerings.

So notes Roger Quinland, a partner at Gordon & Rees, and Nancy Cass, co-founder of MerchantCass Advisors. They outline the new rule, known as 506(c), in an article being prepared for the next print issue of Franchise Times.

Here’s the short story: As of September 23, businesses can use general solicitation, otherwise known as advertising targeted to the public at large, to offer securities to investors.

They call the change a “revolutionary” method of fund-raising for franchise companies, but add detailed caveats. Business owners should check with their advisers—and read the full article in the November/December issue.

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