Securities Explained

Blue Sky Laws: History and Application to Private Investments

If you’re thinking of Willie Nelson crooning “Blue Skies,” you’d be in the right state of mind.  That’s because each state has its own state Securities laws, or “Blue Sky” laws, that further protect Investors from Securities fraud.   Here’s a brief overview of what those laws do for you.  More >

Blue Sky Laws: History and Application to Private Investments2019-02-22T19:37:24+00:00

Private Equity Term Sheet: Typical Terms and Conditions

You’re considering an equity investment in a private company with exciting prospects…  Great, but do you really know what your “equity” investment in the company will get you?  Investment characteristics of one type of private equity investment can be very, very different from another.  This guide can help you understand better what’s being offered to you. There More >

Private Equity Term Sheet: Typical Terms and Conditions2019-04-10T21:08:24+00:00

Private Lending Term Sheet: Typical Investment Terms and Conditions

What should you look for when making a private loan to a business?    It’s very important that you understand the standard commitments a business Borrower should be making to you… and that they are part of your loan documentation!  More >

Private Lending Term Sheet: Typical Investment Terms and Conditions2019-02-25T19:35:24+00:00

Private Placement Memorandum and Other Private Investment Documents

You’ve decided to invest in a short-term private debt Security. Or, perhaps, a private equity investment. Great! Now what? Let’s review what you can expect in the way of Closing Documents, such as the Private Placement Memorandum. Closing Documents include agreements between the Issuer and the Investor in which the parties commit to participate in the offering and state the specific terms of the investment relationship.  The More >

Private Placement Memorandum and Other Private Investment Documents2019-03-09T15:24:00+00:00

Why Invest in Alternative Investments? Here are 3 Reasons.

Been watching the stock market recently?  Does it make you feel warm and fuzzy, or, like many investors, do you feel a bit uncertain and powerless? If so, join other Investors seeking higher returns, lower volatility, less correlation, and greater flexibility across their portfolios by investing some of their wealth in “Alternative Investments.” More >

Why Invest in Alternative Investments? Here are 3 Reasons.2019-02-22T19:05:56+00:00

What Securities Laws and Regulations Govern Private Placements?

The Federal government, and its regulatory agencies, are hard at work protecting investors.  Here’s a handy précis of the rules and regulations that Issuers follow when introducing Private Placements. There is a broad body of law and regulations governing public Securities.  What surprises many is the extent of the same for private Securities. More >

What Securities Laws and Regulations Govern Private Placements?2019-02-25T19:47:20+00:00

What is a Broker-Dealer?

If a Broker-Dealer offers you Private Placement investment opportunities, wouldn’t you like to know that there’s some regulatory oversight over it? More >

What is a Broker-Dealer?2019-02-25T19:51:21+00:00

Regulation D, Rule 506(c) Private Placements

The information below provides a brief summary of SEC Rule 506(c) which allowed, for the first time, “general solicitations” of Private Placements to Accredited Investors. Regulation D was established by the SEC in the 1980’s to define more specifically a manner of privately offering Securities.  Most companies issuing private Securities do so by following one of More >

Regulation D, Rule 506(c) Private Placements2019-02-25T19:53:17+00:00

Regulation D, Rule 506(b) Private Placements

The following provides a brief review of the SEC Rules defining the manner of offering private Securities to Accredited Investors Regulation D was established by the SEC in the 1980’s to define, more specifically, a manner of privately offering Securities.  Most companies issuing private Securities do so by following one of the Rules within Regulation D.  More >

Regulation D, Rule 506(b) Private Placements2019-02-25T19:51:57+00:00

Accredited Investor Questionnaire

The following form is one of the Private Placement Closing Documents to be executed by an Investor.  It certifies that the Investor is Accredited. REGULATION D “ACCREDITED INVESTOR” INVESTOR QUESTIONNAIRE REGULATION D QUALIFICATION STATEMENT An investor represents to an issuer of securities that they undersigned qualify as an “accredited investor” pursuant to Regulation More >

Accredited Investor Questionnaire2019-02-25T19:54:47+00:00

Closing Documentation for Private Placement Investment Opportunities

The following describes the Closing Documents one is likely to receive from the Issuer of a Private Placement. Closing documents include agreements between the Issuer and the Investor wherein the parties commit to participate in the Offering and the specific terms of the investment relationship.  These documents are executed by the Investor and/or by the More >

Closing Documentation for Private Placement Investment Opportunities2019-02-25T19:57:35+00:00

Debt Investment Overview

The information below provides an overview of debt-related investment, in particular Private Placement Offerings. Debt financing is raised by companies through the issuance of Securities called Promissory Notes, Senior Notes, Senior Secured Notes or Subordinated Notes.  These terms indicated the underlying credit structure of a given debt Security and are described below. The amount of More >

Debt Investment Overview2019-02-25T20:15:45+00:00

Equity Investment Basics

The information below provides a brief overview of Equity Securities. Companies raise capital in the form of either equity or debt. Equity represents an ownership interest in a for-profit company where the Net Equity Value of the company (i.e., total assets less indebtedness) and any ongoing profits are owned proportionately by the holders of the More >

Equity Investment Basics2019-02-25T20:16:20+00:00

The Securities and Exchange Commission: What is its Role in the Private Equity and Private Finance Marketplace?

Enron. Bernie Madoff. WorldCom. Tyco International. Bre-X Minerals. Qwest Communications. Recognize these names? We’ve all heard the stories: rich schemers who deceive Investors, make false claims about their Companies, and pocket fraudulently generated profits while obliterating retirement savings from thousands of small (and large) Investors. Who protects us from cons like these? More >

The Securities and Exchange Commission: What is its Role in the Private Equity and Private Finance Marketplace?2019-02-22T19:20:12+00:00