Crowd-sourced equity funding (or equity crowdfunding) is an innovative form of fundraising that allows a large number of individuals to make small equity investments in a company.

The Government is looking at ways to facilitate equity crowdfunding and has released details of its proposed regulatory framework for public companies. However, a key part of the Government’s public consultation is to also examine whether its proposed regulatory framework for public companies should be extended to proprietary companies.

The Government notes that proprietary companies are subject to limitations under the Corporations law on the way they can raise funds. These limitations make it difficult for proprietary companies to effectively use equity crowdfunding to raise funds from a large number of small shareholders. Accordingly, the Government is seeking views on way it could amend the law to make capital raisings by small proprietary companies more flexible. Public consultation closes on 31 August 2015.


Exclusive New Client Offer

Contact our team today to get a FREE 30-minute meeting with one of our expert business accountants, including an ADDITIONAL free Financial Safety Checklist to help you on your journey to financial freedom.