Private Capital-Raising Inched Ahead In '16, But Hurdles Loom

By Tom Zanki (December 12, 2016, 4:15 PM EST) -- Private companies saw their capital-raising avenues expand in 2016 — aided by the enactment of landmark rules governing equity crowdfunding and the defeat of a legal challenge that threatened to block so-called mini-initial public offerings — but experts say the novel funding methods are only slowly gaining acceptance.

The private-capital raising landscape continued to evolve over the past 12 months, four years after the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act expanded the menu of choices for smaller, private issuers.

Equity crowdfunding launched as U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules took effect May 13 following years of debate in which the agency sought...

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