The Fine Line Between Crowdfunding & An Illegal Securities Offering Part II: SEC Fines Ad Execs Over Pabst Stunt
from the saw-that-one-coming dept
From the description from the SEC, it sounds like no money changed hands here. It's just that these guys agreed to "cease" making such offerings. I'm assuming that the SEC spotted this independently of me bringing it up, but if I brought it to their attention, sorry guys. I can definitely see the reasoning behind the SEC getting involved here, as there's certainly a reasonable risk of fraud on some random website offering people an opportunity to buy a company. However, the internet has certainly opened up new ways to raise money -- such as via crowdfunding. While most crowdfunding offerings don't involve an "ownership" stake, and thus no equity that the SEC might be concerned about, it does make you wonder if the tight regulation from the SEC over such matters might squeeze out some interesting, and entirely legitimate opportunities.