Proposed Amendments to Accredited Investor Definition

On December 18, 2019, the SEC announced it voted to propose amendments to the definition of “accredited investor” to add new categories of individuals and entities.

Among other new categories, the amendments would include within the definition of “accredited investor” those individuals who have obtained certain professional certifications, such as a Series 7, 65 or 82 license or who are “knowledgeable employees” of a private fund that is being invested in. Furthermore, limited liability companies would qualify for accredited investor status if they have total assets in excess of $5 million and were not formed for the specified purpose of acquiring the securities being offered.

“Spousal equivalents”, which would be classified as cohabitants occupying relationships generally equivalent to that of spouses, are also included in the “accredited investor” definition, thereby allowing spousal equivalents to pool finances for the purpose of meeting the “accredited investor” thresholds.

The proposed amendments can be found here.

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