Businesses raising capital in the United States through the sale of securities have a choice of registering those securities and selling them in a public offering or selling them in a transaction exempt from registration, or a private placement. State and federal regulation provide a number of alternatives in structuring private placements, which include friends and family investments, angel investments, and institutional and venture capital investment. Any kind of security can be offered in a private placement, including notes, common stock, preferred stock, convertible notes, SAFEs (security agreement for future equity), warrants, and options among others.
Our attorneys are adept at navigating federal and state securities regulation to determine the most appropriate structure and exemption for a particular offering. Most importantly, we have helped clients of all sizes raise capital in various industries across the spectrum from breweries and banks to major league baseball teams.