Accredited investors meet standards defined by the US Securities and Exchange Commission which allow them to invest in certain private securities offerings. Most startups raising money do so from accredited investors only.
The SEC web site contains the full definition. In general, any of the following would meet the standard:
In order to fulfill the accreditation requirements with your crypto-asset holdings, you can either
I, <Signatory Name>, certify under penalty of perjury that <Investing Entity Name> is the sole owner of the cryptocurrency address associated with this message as of <Today's Date>.
Replace the angle brackets with your name, the name of the investing entity, and the date.
For Ether, use MyEtherWallet's message signing tool
Paste the message into the text field.
Select your wallet provider. (In this example, we use MetaMask.)
Click 'Connect'. Then, click 'Sign Message' to sign and approve the transaction. (There is no cost.)
Here is an example signed message:
For Bitcoin, most wallets implement the ability to sign a message with your Bitcoin address’ private key. See this tutorial about how to sign a messaging with a blockchain.info wallet. See here for Jaxx wallet.
Create a document with the message you signed, address, and message signature (sample information provided below):
I, John Smith, certify under penalty of perjury that I am the sole owner of the cryptocurrency address associated with this message as of Dec. 13, 2017.
You can upload this information via the CoinList sale registration process or email the information to our team at email@example.com.
In the event that your funds are spread across multiple wallets, you will need to include a signed message from each address.
Also, remember to provide documentation of your debts (e.g. via a credit report or letter from your accountant).
Yes, non-US investors can invest using CoinList as long as they meet US accredited investor or qualified purchaser requirements. In general, non-US residents must also meet local laws regarding investment compliance. The determination to accept non-US investors is something that must ultimately be made by the company raising money.
Your SSN is required under our KYC/AML policy, a process set by our banking provider. We verify US investor's social security number and birthdate against credit records then verify the investment signatory against OFAC and similar databases to flag prohibited or high risk persons and entities.
In order to accredit your company entity with CoinList, you need to meet any of these following SEC requirements:
In order to accredit a trust, you need to provide documents showing the trust's asset amount is over $5m. You can have your attorney or CPA write a letter attesting to this. Here is a set of templates that can be signed by them.
Documents you upload as evidence of accreditation are kept private and are only used to assess your accreditation status. Our team of licensed attorneys and CPA's review these documents to ensure that the relevant accredited investor thresholds are met.
In order to invest through CoinList, you need to pass identity verification and KYC/AML (Know Your Customer/Anti-Money Laundering) checks. These checks apply equally to US and non-US residents. In general, you will need to provide a government-issued ID.
You can learn more about KYC/AML here.
If you are providing evidence of your accreditation on the basis of having over $1 million in net assets, the company you are investing in is required to verify your debts in order to confirm that your net assets are greater than $1M. CoinList requests this credit report and includes only total debts (excluding mortgages) when verifying your accredited investor status.