Many individuals and business owners operate under the incorrect assumption that when looking to raise capital, they can simply sell securities to any person on the street. However, the general rule is that any public offering of a security must be registered with the SEC, unless an exemption exists.
For many small businesses, registration with the SEC is not feasible due to the expense. Luckily, several exemptions from registration are offered. Some of the most common exemptions are found under regulation D (specifically Rule 506, which is a Safe Harbor under Section 4(a)(2)). Yes, it’s confusing. A Private Placement Memorandum (or PPM) is a document that businesses use to take advantage of such exemptions.
Read on to learn more about PPMs and how they can benefit your business when raising capital.