Digital Offering Announces Its Launch as Next Generation Investment Bank
Launch Coincides With the Effective Date of Rules by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission Under the Jobs Act of 2012
NEWPORT BEACH, CA–(Marketwired – September 23, 2013) – Taking advantage of one of the few acts of Federal legislation in recent memory to create opportunity for American entrepreneurs, Digital Offering (www.digitaloffering.com), a next generation, technology-driven investment bank, today announced its public launch. The move corresponds with the first day that rules promulgated by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, in response to the passage of the JOBS Act of 2012, make it possible for companies to raise private placement capital from accredited investors through the use of general solicitation and advertising. Digital Offering is focused on raising capital for private and public companies through widely marketed private placements to professional and high net worth investors.
Unlike crowdfunding sites, which focus largely on startups and are limited to offerings of less than $1 million, Digital Offering is focused on $3 – $50 million private placements in market segments, which will initially include energy, minerals and mining, and new media. The firm hopes to serve the market by thoroughly vetting issuers through a comprehensive and transparent due diligence process. The platform will include significant amounts of information for investors to determine if particular opportunities are suitable for their objectives.
The technology that underpins Digital Offering has been used by some of the world’s largest investment banks to administer more than $1 billion in traditional private placements.
Gordon McBean, the CEO of Digital Offering, said, “The JOBS Act has created a new world for private placements and Digital Offering has the tested and secure technology platform, strategic relationships, and professional team needed to take advantage of these new realities.”
Digital Offering, which officially became a FINRA/SIPC member firm in August 2013, is affiliated with Peter Schiff, the internationally renowned author, investor, and CEO of brokerage firm Euro Pacific Capital, who is conspicuous for his criticisms of U.S. financial regulations, which he believes have limited opportunities for private investors.
“These new SEC rules implementing the JOBS Act are a game changer,” said Mr. Schiff, who is a majority shareholder of Digital Offering. “The new rules remove arcane and unnecessary regulatory hurdles and provide issuers and placement agents with significant new avenues for the distribution of private offerings. These rules help to finally break Wall Street’s grip on private investing.”
The Digital Offering technology platform provides tailored tools and programs for different types of investors, including hedge funds, family offices, or other professional or individual investors, and provides each with access to the specific types of offerings and information that is most suitable to their needs. It also will manage automated marketing programs on behalf of issuers for special interest investment groups, such as physicians, who may be particularly interested, and capable, of exploring opportunities in such fields as medical device manufacturing.
Digital Offering also announced today that it published a white paper titled “The Investor Perspective on Publicly Advertised Private Placements” co-authored by international law firm, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, discussing how an investor in an advertised private offering should handle concerns such as the quality of the issuer and protection of the investor’s privacy. The white paper is available through the Digital Offering website at www.digitaloffering.com.
About Digital Offering
Digital Offering is a next generation investment bank that utilizes state of the art technology to facilitate the private placement of securities. Digital Offering leverages recent regulatory changes that permit the general solicitation and general advertising of private placements to develop targeted advertising campaigns for its issuer clients. Through a strategic partnership with Euro Pacific Capital, Digital Offering provides issuers with access to thousands of active, high net worth investors. Digital Offering’s technology platform levels the playing field by automating the private placement process and giving investors the ability to participate in private placements brokered by Digital Offering exclusively or as co-agent with a variety of other investment banks through Digital Offering’s website from any place at any time.