On a mission to fix the damage of ICO-mania
In 2017-2018 the explosive growth of blockchain technology triggered the ICO-mania among the general public with a quick proliferation of Utility Tokens. Unfortunately, many projects received inflated valuations, that were not justified by their underlying business models. The long lag time that it took the regulator to react allowed many ICOs to take place without compliance with the existing securities regulations, leading to fraud and exit scams on a large scale. The study conducted by two researchers from Boston College, Hugo Benedetti and Leonard Kostovetsky, revealed that 81% of ICOs were scams.
Smart Sherpas Advisors are determined to fix the broken ICO fundraising model by applying traditional business logic and valuation techniques to prepare a client-company for a Private or Public Offerings to raise funds or digitize/tokenize their assets. By following the established regulatory framework Smart Sherpas ensure full legal protection of the investors and compliance in applicable jurisdiction(s).
We foresee long-term benefits of the DLT technology in the Finance & Capital Markets industry and have made it our mission to restore investors trust to Token Offerings by providing high-caliber advice to economically viable projects. Scroll down to learn more about our four areas of expertise.
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Smart Sherpas Advisory was founded by graduates from one of the worlds top-ranking Executive MBA programs. Our growing team is staffed with seasoned executives with 15+ years of experience on average. Our ‘Sherpas” will navigate you through all the preparatory stages for a Security Token Offering across the following four areas of expertise:
STO Strategy Review & Advisory
While planning and execution of an STO offering take 4-6 months, preparation for a successful STO takes a longer period of time and requires a consistent track-records of financial performance. Smart Sherpas Advisors will work closely with you to conduct due diligence and valuations to determine the best strategy for the offering, identify price scenarios, test market conditions and identify capital raising potential.
Blockchain & Smart Contracts
We are able to offer our clients a wide range of solutions ranging in complexity from simple token creation leveraging templates on STO Sherpas’ platform to custom implementations. Our SmartSec™ Technology enables the creation of pre-programmed self-executing Smart Securities (a.k.a. SmartSec™) powered by smart contracts on blockchain: e.g. instant voting by debt or equity holders during referendums and corporate events.
Legal & Regulatory
Through our advice, we’ll help you navigate regulations in the unchartered territory of the nascent crypto industry across multiple jurisdictions in Asia, 28 countries of the European Union and the UK. In North America we offer support for the following types of securities offerings:
- Reg. CF (Crowdfunding) with a fundraising target of up to $1 million
- Reg. D targeting accredited investors and HNW individuals
- Reg. A (+) “mini-IPO” to raise up to $50 million from the general public
- Reg. S offering outside the United States and excluding the U.S. persons
STO Marketing & Solicitation
For your Private Sale to get traction with sophisticated/accredited and institutional investors, Smart Sherpas Advisors will leverage our own list of investors. For Public Offerings, our advisors will devise tailor-made marketing strategies and deploy cost-efficient digital marketing techniques including SEO & re-targeting, email list advertising, targeted PPC, Social Media, PR, community management, industry events and more to help you achieve your fundraising target.
Smart Sherpas Advisory pricing model has attributes of the traditional investment banking fee structure with two layers: a non-refundable flat fee consulting retainer and a percentage success fee dependent on the size of the transaction, type of capital raised and overall complexity of the offering.
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