SEC Rules Allowing Non-Accredited Oil, Gas Investment Expected Soon

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is expected to implement this month or in November rules on Title III of The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS Act) – which addresses crowdfunding platforms – that would allow non-accredited investors to invest in private offerings, including oil and gas drilling projects, for the first time in 80 years.

In preparation for these rules, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has proposed rules that would regulate crowdfunding platforms on a day-to-day basis, EnergyFunders CEO Philip Racusin told Rigzone.

Rigzone spoke with Racusin in June for a feature on crowdfunding and its potential for the oil and gas industry. Since that time, Racusin has seen a ton of interest from both accredited and non-accredited investors looking to invest in oil and gas projects. Since that time, the company has raised $1.8 million online from accredited investors, and plenty of interest among non-accredited investors.

The projects available for investment through EnergyFunders are primarily onshore, due to their lower capital expenditure requirements versus offshore, said Racusin. In discussions with all kinds of oil and gas dealmakers, Racusin has heard of plenty of opportunities for investors to get enter projects, as low oil prices is prompting companies to look at writing down and liquidating assets.

Karen Boman has more than 10 years of experience covering the upstream oil and gas sector. Email Karen at kboman@rigzone.com

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Response | Oct. 19, 2015
... The O&G company is not taking accredited or non-accredited investors. Rather, the accredited investors are investing through EnergyFunders, which invests in the O&G co.. This is why an O&G co. doesnt necessarily need to be hard up but can be a O&G co. with a good balance sheet who wants to raise equity investment to diversity their capital mix or investor base. When the regulations are finalized, non-accredited investors can invest through a special, regulated structure--this doesnt currently exist yet; for now, its accredited investors only under the proven, existing Reg D investment structure.

fred katz | Oct. 19, 2015
a lawyers delight. only a fool would take non accredited or even accredited investors from crowd funding. or a real hard up O&G co.


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