Commitment Increases in Carta Closings

What’s new?

Fund managers using Carta Closings can now easily increase their LP’s commitments directly in the Carta platform. 

We made closings even easier for you and your investors 

Save time by using our new, standard template that allows you to quickly execute a commitment increase for an LP who has subscribed to your Fund or SPV. Simply enter the details of the commitment change, sign, and share with you LP. 

How does it work?

1. On the Partners tab, select the LP whose commitment or contribution you would like to increase.

2. Enter the information required on our template:

  • Manager name: The name of the managing entity for the Fund or SPV
  • LP signatory: The LP, or the contact who will be signing on behalf of the LP
  • New commitment amount: The additional commitment amount the LP will be agreeing to
  • Effective date: You have the option of designating an effective date or making the effective date the date the LP signs the document 

Then, review and sign the document that reflects the adjustment to the commitment amount. 

3. Last, your LP will receive an email notification that the document is ready for their review and signature. They can easily e-sign the document using their LP Portal.


After the LP signs, the commitment increase is automatically booked in the Carta platform. Plus, Carta will share the countersigned documents with all parties. 

Carta makes this standard template available to all fund administration and SPV customers. You must first check with your counsel to ensure this template is suitable for your needs, and that you understand the legal and regulatory implications of increasing an LPs commitment amount prior to using this feature. 

How do I learn more?

To learn more about this feature, please reach out to your account manager.

Have additional questions about Carta Closings? Check out our fund manager resource and LP support article, or request a demo.
 

Redesigned 409A Acceptance Flow


What’s new?

We have redesigned the way you review and accept your 409A valuation on Carta. This new design presents you first with a quick summary of the analysis along with a note from your analyst letting you know the next steps in finalizing your fair market value (FMV). Once you have reviewed the report, if you have any questions you can contact our team of valuation experts through the support module in the valuation review portal. Lastly, receive board approval from within or outside of Carta to finalize the current FMV on your account. 

How it Works

Once you receive an email notifying you that your valuation is ready for review, you can follow the link within that email to access the 409A ledger where you are able to review and download your valuation. Alternatively, you can navigate to the page within Carta at Compliance > 409A Valuation.




Review your valuation

From the 409A Ledger, once you select ‘Review 409A report’ you will be directed to the valuation review portal. Here you will find an overview of the analysis performed and the concluded FMV along with a note from your valuation analyst informing you of next steps and noting any details within the report that warrant extra attention. Once you have reviewed the analyst’s note and valuation summary, you can download the full report or access the support module from the valuation review portal to access support articles or get in touch with our team of valuation experts. 


Get board approval

Now that you have reviewed the valuation, the next step is to send it to your board for review. You can do so using the board consent feature within your Carta account to easily track acceptance from each board member within the Carta platform. Once all board members have submitted their board approval through the platform, your valuation will automatically be accepted on Carta. If you got approval outside of Carta, that’s great too, simply select ‘My board has approved’ to accept the valuation to finalize the current FMV in your account. Once finalized, the new FMV will be visible to your option holders on Carta.




Carta Closings

What’s New

We revamped the entire limited partner (LP) experience of our closings product. Built with the feedback of the 20,000 LPs who have already closed on Carta, we’re excited to release Carta Closings, providing LPs the quickest and easiest way to subscribe to a Fund or SPV. 

How it Works

Carta Closings guides LPs through the subscription process and ensures that all LPs, from first-time investors to experienced institutions, have a smooth experience.

Improvements include:

A Shorter & Smarter Questionnaire

A typical investor questionnaire contains dozens of questions, most of which are irrelevant to a majority of LPs. We reduced the time your LPs will spend on subscription documents by building a smarter workflow that adds or subtracts questions based on LPs responses to previous questions.

Guided Support

Investor questionnaires can contain legal and industry terms that are confusing to some LPs. Now, LPs will see a dynamic in-app sidebar that defines these terms and provides answers to frequently asked questions throughout the questionnaire. 

Pre-Filled Investor Questionnaire

Once an LP fills out Carta’s Investor Questionnaire, their information is saved and will be auto-populated for all subsequent entities they subscribe to. This allows returning LPs to subscribe to new entities in seconds. 

Additional improvements: 

  • Forwarding subscription agreements: LPs can easily forward the documents to another individual to complete on their behalf, like a wealth manager or assistant. LPs will be notified when the documents are ready for their final review and signature.
  • Integrated data room: Carta Closings allows you to share fundraising documents with LPs at any time during the subscription process through our secure data room. Plus, LPs will be able to access their data room at any point during the subscription process. 
  • Wiring instructions & capital calls: Display wiring and initial payment instructions to LPs (optional) as soon as they submit their documents, and have your initial capital call automatically shared once the LP has been admitted to the entity. 
  • Instant KYC: Built directly into Carta Closings, receive instant KYC/AML compliance checks for your LPs (optional). 
  • Pre-filled W-9s: For U.S.-based LPs subscribing as individuals, Carta can now pre-fill a W-9 for them to review and e-sign. The W-9 is pre-filled based on the information the LP already provided as part of their subscription.

See how it works:

Who this affects

Carta Closings is an optional, free product available to all fund administration clients raising new funds or SPVs. 

More Resources

Support Article for LPs
Support Article for Fund Managers
Request a Demo

409A Ledger Redesign

What’s new?

We have redesigned the 409A Ledger Page where you come to request and review the 409A Valuations of your company and enter the Fair Market Value (FMV) of your company’s options. The goal of this refresh is to help you navigate the valuation process with ease and access resources quickly whenever you need assistance. 

With this updated design you will quickly and easily identify where you are in the valuation process and what to expect next. Carta is here to help you along the way with curated support articles and a variety of options to get in touch with us if you have questions not covered within the articles.

How it Works

Under Compliance > 409A you will find a number of new features designed to help you navigate the Carta Valuation process with confidence.

Valuation Status Tracker

The Valuation Status Tracker at the top of the page clearly indicates where your company is in the valuation request process. Whether you are in the middle of completing your request, if your draft is ready for review or if you are anywhere in between, the tracker will let you know what your next step is as soon as you land on the 409A Ledger page. Also included are tools and support articles to help answer common questions that you may have based on where you are in the valuation process.



Review and accept your valuation

Once you have received your valuation, you can download it for review directly from the Valuation Tracker on the 409A Ledger page. After you have had a chance to review the report and are ready to accept, you will be directed to the final step in The Valuation Tracker, the acceptance workflow. 



Get in touch with our team

Have a question? Navigate to our Support Module on the page and select the contact method that works best for you, our team of experts will follow up with a response typically within 1 business day.



Viewing your 409A Valuations

Now that you have completed the valuation process, your most recent valuation will be displayed at the top of the table at the bottom of the page along with any previous valuations saved to your Carta account. If you have any questions for our Valuation team in between valuations, simply navigate to the new 409A Ledger Page to access our Support model to get in touch with our team of Valuation Experts.




Capital Calls on Android

General partners now have the ability to view and track capital calls from the Carta Android app. Investment firms can now track the progress of on-going and completed calls along with investor details, on the go, straight from the Carta mobile app.

Who this affects

  • Fund administration clients

Supported platforms

  • Android (Previously available on iOS)

What's new

Fund Administration clients can now access their capital call details and investor information from the Carta Android app.

  • The home screen now provides a summary of active capital calls with the ability to view individual call details.
  • Navigating to a capital call allows you to view further call and investor details along with a full investor list which can be filtered by Paid and Unpaid calls.
  • The Fund Details page now also provides a capital summary and the ability to view a list of Active, Drafted, and Completed calls.


Notifications for Qualified Small Businesses

What’s New

Users with holdings in companies identified as Qualified Small Businesses (QSB) will now be notified of the potential tax benefit. Carta determines QSB eligibility when performing a 409A valuation and email notifications will be sent to all users associated with the company once the valuation is accepted. In addition, vesting emails will include information about the qualified small business stock (QSBS) tax benefit.

Furthermore, users can now find a banner in the company overview page within their portfolio that informs them about QSBS eligibility, linking to a blog post to learn more. Finally, users will be notified if their exercise qualifies for QSBS once they submit an exercise request.

Who this affects

US Companies using Carta for 409A valuations that are QSBS eligible and all their stakeholders, prioritizing “Vested” option holders. 

How it works

Email notifications

Emails are sent to all users associated with a company that qualifies as a QSB. If Carta determines the company is a qualified small business, emails are sent once the 409A valuation is accepted. Extra emails are sent to all users each time the company’s valuation includes eligibility. 

Vesting emails

Vesting emails will now include information about QSBS eligibility to help make a more informed decision about exercising. 

Company’s overview page

A banner informing users of the QSBS Eligibility Tax Benefit can be found next to the company’s name in their portfolio. This banner appears for companies identified as qualified small businesses, including information about the potential tax benefit from exercising and the expected timeframe of the company’s eligibility. 

Exercise submission message

Upon submitting an exercise request, the Congratulations page will inform users that the shares are QSBS-eligible. It summarizes the conditions and links to an Equity Education article to learn more (highlighted in red).

Timing

  • General availability for all 409A customers by the end of Q1

Additional Resources

Pre-filled W-9s in LP Closings Tool

What's New

LPs subscribing to Funds and SPVs using Carta's Closings Tool can now E-Sign a pre-filled W-9 while filling out subscription documents. 

Having LPs submit a tax form is an important part of the closings process for any Fund or SPV to ensure tax teams correctly prepare LP K-1s. We received feedback from LPs about the friction of printing, signing, and uploading W-9s and wanted to streamline the process.

How it Works

For Individuals

For U.S. based LPs subscribing as an Individual, we can now optionally pre-fill a W-9 for them to review and E-sign in just three clicks. The W-9 is pre-filled based on the information the LP already provided as part of their subscription. 

For Partnerships and LLCs

For LPs subscribing as a partnership or through a LLC we'll ask some additional questions to ensure we are accurately representing the LPs federal tax classification on the W9.

With the initial release of this product we will not be pre-filling W-8s or W-8BEN-Es for non-US LPs but will still allow them to upload their own form.

Who this affects

This is now available to any LPs using Carta's Closings Tool. The Closings Tool gives LPs a quick and easy way to fill out Fund and SPV subscription documents. 

Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS)

What’s new

Companies using Carta for 409A will now be additionally assessed for qualified small business eligibility at no extra cost to the company.

Certificates issued by a qualified small business as determined by Carta will have a "QSBS" tag in the product to indicate that the shares represent Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS). The goal of these tags is help stakeholders make more informed selling decisions.

The IRC’s definition of a qualified small business is restrictive yet vague and open for interpretation at the edges, so potential holders of QSBS should consult their tax advisor before making decisions to sell and claiming the QSBS tax benefit.

How it works

Based on company-provided information during the valuations process, Carta will assess the following criteria for qualified small business eligibility:

  • Company's gross assets are $50M USD or less
  • Company is an active business
  • Company is a C-corp
  • Company does not operate in excluded industries

If a company is identified as a qualified small business, a new badge will appear in the 409A dashboard:

If a stakeholder receives a certificate from a qualified small business but hasn't yet met the 5 year holding period for QSBS, they'll see a "QSBS eligible" tag in their portfolio:

Drilling into the security, the stakeholder will see some additional information about the QSBS status of the certificate:

Stakeholders who have held shares issued by a qualified small business for 5 years will see a "QSBS" tag in their portfolio instead:

Additional Resources

For detailed information about QSBS in Carta, please refer to our QSBS support article.

Who this affects

Companies using Carta for 409A and their stakeholders.

Timing

  • Available now to 50 randomly selected 409A customers
  • General availability for all 409A customers coming in two weeks

Instant KYC for Non-Individual LPs Completing Subscription Documents

Non-individual Limited Partners who complete subscription documents on Carta can now be KYC’ed instantly.

What’s New

This release is a follow-up to our KYC for Individual LPs feature. If your fund leverages Carta’s KYC/AML service and you have non-individual Limited Partners (LPs) completing subscription documents in Carta, these LPs can now be instantly KYC’ed on the platform. Carta instantly KYCs the LP's control person and beneficial owner(s) in addition to the LP entity itself.

Carta’s instant KYC feature is made possible by Carta integrations with identity and verification databases like LexisNexis, Ekata, Socure, and more.


Limitations

  • For this release, only US-based LPs are supported for instant KYC. Future releases will extend support to non-US LPs


How it Works

  1. As an LP completes their subscription documents, non-individual LPs (for funds that avail of Carta’s KYC/AML service) will see a dedicated Know Your Customer section. Upon landing here, LPs will first be asked if their control person and beneficial owner(s) are all US persons - 





  2. If the control person and beneficial owner(s) are all US persons, then the LP will be shown forms to enter KYC information for these individual(s) -






  3. Finally, the LP is also able to upload any entity formation documents and photo IDs here:



  4. Once subscription documents are signed by the LP, the following are instantly KYC'ed: the LP entity, control person, and beneficial owner(s). If all pass KYC, this is immediately reflected in the Carta UI and General Partners are notified to countersign -


    Timing: Rolled out to all on Aug 31, 2021

    Audience: US-based Limited Partners, General Partners


VC Firm Access Update

What’s new

We're updating firm permissions to be more granular for larger firms, while keeping them easy to manage for emerging managers.

Fund Admin clients on Carta will now have the ability to grant users on their accounts access to only the information they need: Investments, Limited Partner information, Fund Admin, and Fund performance data.


How it works

Admins on a VC firm account have the ability to add users and update their permissions. Permissions are controlled under Settings on a firm account. Non-admins can go to the Settings page to see who the admin on their account is.

Basic VC firm accounts on Carta will be able to grant users Admin or Investments access.

Firms that use Carta for additional services have the ability to grant users additional permissions for each fund in the firm.

Permission

Grants access to

Admin

  • Add, update, or remove other users on the firm
  • Accept securities on behalf of the funds in the firm
  • Update payment information for the funds in the firm
  • Complete tender offers on behalf of funds in the firm
  • Use the portfolio merge tool

Investments

  • Company information for companies that fund has invested in
  • Schedule of investments

Partners

  • Access to partner information, including contact information, commitment amount, and parter documents
  • Access to fundraising and closings tools

Fund Admin

  • Access to fund administration information, including capital calls, distributions, and quarterly reports
  • Ability to communicate with fund admin team through Carta
  • Ability to request and approve fund admin updates

Fund Performance

  • Access to fund performance data

Audit

  • View only access to investments, partners, fund admin, and fund performance data
  • Users with audit access cannot have other access to the fund

Defaults

For each user, an Admin can grant them “default” access to the firm. Defaults will automatically give users these permissions for new funds that are added to the account.


Additional Resources


Who this affects

This update affects all VC firm users on Carta. Users will not see a difference to their existing access with this change, but going forward Admins can update permissions.


Timing

We are rolling this out to a small number of firms starting on August 30 and plan to roll out to all firms within a few weeks.

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