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Convertible equity term sheet

Convertible equity term sheet

4th December 2014 by Karen Kerrigan

As a follow up to the two-page plain English Seedrs Term Sheet, we now have a document for convertible campaigns. Raising capital should be transparent and simple, including nuanced fundraising structures like convertible equity.

The new plain English convertible equity crowdfunding term sheet from Seedrs contains a summary of the key legal terms.

Seedrs convertible investments use exactly the same nominee structure, and go through the same due diligence process, as equity investments. For more information on the structure and due diligence process, please see our Term Sheet for equity investments.

Because Seedrs convertibles are a different type of investment to standard Seedrs equity, the investment process and documentation are a bit different. Our convertible equity term sheet summarises the differences between convertible and “normal” equity investments and sets out the key terms of the documentation.

For later stage companies which are between fundraising rounds, convertible equity campaigns serve as a useful way of raising bridge finance. You don’t need to establish a valuation at the time of the convertible.

Convertible equity on Seedrs is very similar to regular equity crowdfunding on Seedrs, but rather than shares being issued as soon as the investment in the company is made, shares are issued at a later date. Effectively investors are pre-paying for their shares. Unlike traditional convertible notes the Seedrs convertible doesn’t contain a loan element, and there are no interest payments or a repayment requirement.

In return for pre-paying for the shares of a company, an investor is given a discount on the price of the shares issued on “conversion” of their investment. This means they get more shares for their money. When the time comes, investors’ pre-payments convert to shares in the company.

View and download the Seedrs Convertible Term Sheet (Right click to download the PDF).

We’d love to hear your feedback and thoughts on how we can make things clearer for people buying into businesses and sharing in their success.

Karen Kerrigan

I'm Chief Legal Officer for Seedrs and a Director of the UK Crowdfunding Association.

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