On December 14, 2012, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) published the OSC Staff Consultation Paper 45-710 Considerations for New Capital Raising Prospectus Exemptions. The Consultation Paper sets out four concept ideas for new prospectus exemptions in Ontario, together with a number of specific consultation questions. The concept ideas are: a concept for an exemption to allow crowdfunding subject to limits for issuers and retail investors, a concept for an offering memorandum exemption, a concept for an exemption based on an investor’s investment knowledge, and a concept for an exemption based on an investor receiving advice from a registrant.
Wales Capital participated in a forum along with other industry thought leaders such as Crowdfund Capital Advisors, SomoLend, Arctic Island, GATE Technologies, Nehemiah Investments, and Ellenoff Grossman & Schole, LLP.
Subsequently, Wales Capital provided comment letters to the OSC for consideration as related to a). Investment Size; b). Oversubscription; c). Two Business Day “cooling period”; d). Revenue Models; e). Rescission Period (Withdrawal Rights).