13-205 - Accredited Investor Exemption

13-205. Accredited Investor Exemption

Any offer or sale of a security by an issuer in a transaction that meets the requirements of this Rule is exempted from Sections 35-1-301 and 35-1-504.

A. Sales of securities shall be made only to accredited investors. "Accredited investor" is defined in 17 C.F.R. 230.501(a), as amended.

B. The exemption is not available to an issuer that is in the development stage that either has no specific business plan or purpose or has indicated that its business plan is to engage in a merger or acquisition with an unidentified company or companies, or other entity or person.

C. The issuer must reasonably believe that all purchasers are purchasing for investment and not with the view to or for sale in connection with a distribution of the security. Securities issued under this exemption may only be resold pursuant to a registration or an exemption under the South Carolina Uniform Securities Act of 2005 or other appropriate state or federal securities acts.

D.

(1) A general announcement of the proposed offering may be made by any means.

(2) The general announcement must include the following:

(a) The name and address of the issuer of the securities;

(b) The name, a brief description and price (if known) of any security to be issued;

(c) A brief description of the business of the issuer;

(d) The name, address and telephone number of the person to contact for additional information; and

(e) A statement that:

(i) sales will only be made to accredited investors;

(ii) no money or other consideration is being solicited or will be accepted; and

(iii) the securities have not been registered with or approved by any state securities agency or the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and are being offered and sold pursuant to an exemption from registration.

(3) The general announcement may include additional information permitted by the Securities Commissioner.

(4) The general announcement of the proposed offering shall only contain the information that is required or permitted in Subsections D(2) and (3) of this Rule.

(5) Dissemination of the general announcement of the proposed offering to persons who are not accredited investors shall not disqualify the issuer from claiming the exemption under this Rule.

E. The issuer, in connection with an offer, may provide information in addition to the general announcement under Section D above, once the issuer has determined that the prospective purchaser is an accredited investor.

F. No telephone solicitation shall be permitted until the issuer has determined that the prospective purchaser to be solicited is an accredited investor.

G. The issuer shall file with the Securities Commission a notice of the transaction, a copy of the general announcement, and a fee of three hundred ($300.00) dollars within fifteen (15) days after the first sale in this state.

(Added by State Register Volume 30, Issue No. 6, eff June 23, 2006.)

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