Minnesota Franchise Regulatory Considerations | Minnesota Blue Sky Laws

A company selling securities to residents of the state of Minnesota must comply with federal and state securities laws. State securities laws are collectively and individually referred to as “Blue Sky Laws.” These Blue Sky Laws vary among the states, sometimes to a significant degree. It is important to note that the Minnesota Legislature recently enacted a version of the Uniform Securities Act, which provides for substantial revisions to the current version of the Minnesota Securities Act. The Minnesota Uniform Securities Act (“MUSA”) became effective in August 2007. This section highlights the most frequently used exemptions from the securities laws of the state of Minnesota and summarizes certain changes that will result from the enactment of MUSA, where applicable.

The securities laws of Minnesota require registration with the Minnesota Department of Commerce of all offers and sales of securities made to residents of Minnesota unless a particular exemption is available. If registration is required, it should be noted that, prior to the passage of MUSA, Minnesota was a “merit” review state, Minnesota is now a “disclosure” only state. Generally, this means that as long as the issuer satisfies the information disclosure requirements under MUSA, the Minnesota Department of Commerce cannot prohibit the issuer from selling its securities within the state.


CREDITS: This is an excerpt from A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota, provided by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Small Business Assistance Office, Twenty-eighth Edition, January 2010, written by Charles A. Schaffer, Madeline Harris, and Mark Simmer. Copies are available without charge from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Small Business Assistance Office.