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Create a Crowd Funding Business in France

Updated on Wednesday 13th December 2017

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Create-a-crowd-funding-business-in-FranceFrance was one of the first countries in the world to create a legal framework for crowd funding. In order to adhere to new international financial standards, France amended the crowd funding regulations is 2014 when the number of platforms through which startups could raise money rose to 70. Also, at the time the French crowd funding market was worth more than 250 million euros. At this moment, France is the second largest crowd funding market in Europe.

Foreign investors seeking to open a crowd funding business in France should know that under the current legislation they can raise up to 1 million euros for companies seeking funding. Our company registration agents in France can assist investors who want to create crowd funding platforms in this country.

Registering a crowd funding company in France

The company formation of a French crowd funding business is the same as for any other financial company. However, the French market has certain particularities to which crowd funding companies must adhere. Among these are:

  • -          crowd funding companies can raise money through online platforms, case in which it must obtain a crowd-financing intermediary license;
  • -          platforms raising money through security offerings must obtain a crowd-sourced investment advisor license or a financial services provider license with the French Financial Supervisory Authority.

The managers of the platforms must have a financial background and a good reputation. Also, French crowd funding companies must disclose the risk related to investing in the securities issued through their platforms.

 There are also regulations which French companies seeking to gather funds through crowd funding. Our company formation advisors in France can explain these rules.

Types of crowd funding platforms in France

Local and foreign enterprisers who want to create crowd funding platforms in France have several choices on the type of services they want to offer. The French legislation accepts the following types of crowd funding companies:

  • -          debt-financing platforms;
  • -          equity-based crowd funding companies;
  • -          donation-based companies;
  • -          loan-based platforms;
  • -          crowd funding platforms raising money through security offerings.

For assistance in setting up a crowd funding company in this country, please feel free to contact our French company formation consultants.

 

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