- Companies can now raise up to € 1 million through equity crowdfunding portals. Compared to the previous limit (i.e. € 100,000) this is a significative improvement, that will allow French start-ups to use crowdfunding as a valid alternative to traditional equity capital sources. Equity crowdfunding platforms won’t be restricted to professional investors - any adult will be able to invest.
- The bureaucratic documents that companies need to present to be listed on crowdfunding platforms have been drastically reduced. The new regulation only requires a document of 4-5 pages with information concerning the company, its activities and its financial situation.
- The new rules also introduce an investment limit for lenders and borrowers on P2P lending portals: lenders won’t be able to invest more than € 1,000 per project, while borrowers will be able to raise up to € 1 million of debt capital per year.
- Equity crowdfunding platforms will need to register as “conseiller en investissement participatif” (CIP) - i.e. crowdfunding investment advisor - while P2P lending portals as “intermédiaire en financement participative” (IFP) - i.e. crowdfunding intermediary. In order to be nominated as a CIP or IFP, the platforms will have to comply with certain transparency requirements.
The French Minister for SMEs has announced that the new regulation aims to bring a breath of fresh air to French companies and startups and its effectiveness will be evaluated in six months’ time.
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Born and raised in Milan, Italy, Irene is an International Business graduate, with a strong interest for innovative ideas that can simplify our lives.
During her studies, she co-founded an online community for sportspeople and worked in marketing positions at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising and at the European Business Angel Network, in Brussels. She is a passionate blogger about crowdfunding and the startup ecosystem.