The Campbell Law Review hosts an annual symposium, which brings students, legal scholars, and practitioners together from around the country to discuss salient legal issues. Each year, the Law Review chooses a theme to focus on and solicits both speakers and comments for publication based on that theme. Admission to the event is generally free, and CLE credit is usually offered for attendance.
2015 Campbell Law Review Symposium
Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: The Evolving Impact
of Investment Crowdfunding on Modern Legal Markets
Friday, October 16, 2015
Campbell Law School, Raleigh, NC
The Campbell Law Review sponsors an annual symposium on trending legal topics. In 2014, the topic was municipal bankruptcy. In 2015, the topic will be Investment Crowdfunding. The all-day symposium will feature five panels with over twenty speakers. Investment Crowdfunding is a relevant topic for any attorney dealing with securities or small business law. The Federal Jobs Act and intrastate crowdfunding exemptions have made Investment Crowdfunding legal in certain situations. This symposium will discuss the options available to new and small businesses, how to navigate the federal and state regulatory environments, and public policy.
Participants in planning the symposium include legal education professionals, legal professionals, representatives of the North Carolina Department of State, accounting professionals, technology professionals, and crowdfunding business owners. Special speakers include Secretary Elaine Marshall and Senator Tamara Barringer.
Traditionally the annual symposium is offered free of charge to participants, including CLE credit fees. Meals, refreshments and materials are provided free of charge, making the event accessible to any participant. The program begins at 7:45am on 16 October, 2015 and ends after 5:30pm 16 October, 2015. Five substantive panels of varying length are expected to have at least six and one half hours of substantive information. This time does not include breaks, meals or remarks. Questions and answers are expected to last no longer than fifteen minutes per panel.
Attendees will receive 6.5 NC CLE hours at no additional expense.
Registration and Breakfast
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Dean J. Rich Leonard, Campbell University School of Law
Katherine Reason, Editor in Chief, Campbell Law Review
What Choice is Best For You?
A panel of top local attorneys will review the basics of crowdfunding regulations, outline current and proposed crowdfunding options and identify the key issues companies should consider before starting a crowdfunding campaign.
Investment Crowdfunding in Action: What Are People Doing Today?
This panel will discuss the market for and implementation of investment crowdfunding offerings on real world platforms and examples of success stories. Investment crowdfunding under the Federal JOBS Act is here, growing rapidly, and doing well. We will also discuss some future directions we anticipate for this new form of financing for startups and small business.
Intermediaries: Technology, Audiences, and Exemptions
The panel “Intermediaries: Technology, Audiences, and Exemptions” will focus on the role of platforms in shaping an offering. We will look at the different technologies offered to issuers and take stock of the current technology landscape. We will also cover the utilization of this technology to target effective audiences while maintaining compliance within the desired exemption. This panel will provide an in-depth look into the services an intermediary provides and the responsibilities of the issuer in relation to the platform.
Lunch and Featured Address: Elaine Marshall, Secretary of State
Making Full Disclosure on a Low Budget
This panel will discuss the challenges that businesses with low budgets face in making full disclosure to many investors of varying levels of investing experience and sophistication. The panel will share the perspectives of lawyers, accountants, intermediaries and securities regulators. Primarily, this panel seeks to answer the questions: What should you do to protect yourself against securities law liability? How do you get the most “bang” for your disclosure protection budget? We must remember that not every investor is able to protect themselves like the investors on the TV show Shark Tank. What then happens if securities regulators think you are the Shark when you raise capital?
Policy and Legal Issues
Regulators and policy makers will discuss key policy and legal issues that impact current and future crowdfunding opportunities. Come learn about the local and national obstacles and objectives that shape the crowdfunding landscape.
Light hors d’oeuvres in foyer