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Crowdfunding occurs when a large number of people pool small sums of money and other resources to support efforts initiated by individuals and organizations. Such pooling of money and resources typically occurs via the Internet for any variety of purposes, including funding political campaigns, disaster relief, small loans (microcredit), artists, non-for profit projects, and startups. Until recently, in the U.S., this has largely been done on a donation basis or a loan, where the lender has minimal repayment expectations. Securities based crowdfunding is a new and emerging field, where the rules are still in the process of being written. Moreover, real estate crowdfunding (that is raising capital, owning a direct interest in a hard asset coupled with an expectation of earning a return on such capital) has emerged as an industry in and of itself. 

Let us help you explore the regulatory landscape for the new capital raising opportunity that crowdfunding presents.

S&W’s Crowdfunding Group incorporates a multi-disciplinary team comprised of attorneys with backgrounds in Capital Markets, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital, Real Estate, and Environment & Natural Resources. Our Crowdfunding Practice advises on issues relating to company and fund formation, private and public financings, JOBS Act compliance, securities laws compliance, real estate investments, and solar and distributed generation.

We help clients to meet the challenges of state and federal rules, the JOBS Act, and the Dodd-Frank Act, while being ever mindful of the companies we are helping to build and the projects we are helping to fund.

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