Now a key equity funding option for Kiwi businesses, lawyers need to be aware of what equity crowdfunding is, how it works and the business profile for which this opportunity is most suited. They also need to be aware of the risks involved. Given the extraordinary level of growth in funding through this channel in New Zealand, becoming updated in this area is something which should not be delayed.
- Understand the legal context for equity crowdfunding, including the relatively low level of regulation and scrutiny involved.
- Become aware of the role of the platform provider and the limited parameters of its obligations.
- Understand when equity crowdfunding may be a suitable option for your client (either as a funder or investor).
- Gain insight into the distinction between debt, reward and equity crowdfunding.
Who should view?
Commercial lawyers and general pracitioners with SME, entrepreneurial and/or start-up business clients. Accountants and company directors may also benefit from attending.
Hayley is a partner in the firm’s corporate team. She specialises in the sale and purchase of businesses, raising capital, and financial services advice.
She has significant regulatory experience in the financial services sector and has assisted a number of national and international companies with their licensing, authorisation and compliance requirements in New Zealand.
Hayley is recognised as one of New Zealand's leading legal advisers in equity crowdfunding. She was heavily involved in the consultation and policy phase of the legislation enacted in 2014 to give effect to equity crowdfunding. Hayley advises Snowball Effect, New Zealand's leading, and first licensed, equity crowdfunding platform.
Hayley has significant European and international experience.
Co-Founder/Head of Platform
Josh began his professional career in the corporate department of Bell Gully, with a focus on M&A, public securities offers, and commercial law. He then started and operated a freelance business consultancy, Soup Kitchen. Building on his passion for New Zealand SMEs and the fast-growing crowdfunding phenomenon, he joined the Snowball Effect team in 2013. Josh loves the outdoors and enjoys escaping to remote corners of the country.