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We are a blockchain-driven investing platform that makes investments in real-world assets available to eligible individual investors.
We partner with existing owners of real-world assets to create digital tokens representing fractional investments. This makes it possible for eligible individuals to invest alongside the existing owners, who continue to manage the asset.
When you buy these tokens in our app, you can earn a share of any rental income or profit generated when the asset is sold or re-financed.
We help people access investments in things like commercial real estate and renewable energy infrastructure, otherwise known as 'real assets'. These types of asset can generate income and often appreciate over time.
Real assets with intrinsic value can provide stability and reassurance during stock market volatility while offering potential portfolio diversification benefits.
We use 'tokenisation' technology, underpinned by blockchain-based smart contracts, to offer digital tokens backed by income generated, directly or indirectly, by real-world assets. When investing via our platform, your token is a digital representation of your investment in a fund, such as a limited liability company or limited partnership, that pools money from investors in order to invest in the underlying asset. Instead of holding a paper certificate, you own a digital token.
Right now, it's from $1,000, depending on the asset.
Hedgehog does not charge any up front fees to our investors. Instead of Hedgehog charging fees to our investors, the owners of the assets listed on our platform pay us for the services we provide. The owners of assets may also charge a fee in relation to amounts invested by Hedgehog investors (in respect of their management of such investment).
For investments that appreciate in value over time, Hedgehog charges a fee on any profit gained once the asset has been sold or re-financed. Terms and conditions are outlined in each offering document.
To access to our investments, register here and start investing once your eligibility is confirmed.
Hedgehog uses ‘tokenization’ technology, underpinned by blockchain-based smart contracts, to offer digital tokens that are backed by income generated, directly or indirectly, by real-world assets. The technology helps Hedgehog remove barriers to entry and enables eligible individuals to have more control over the investments they own. Technology helps Hedgehog make it more accessible and efficient for people to invest through digital and automatic investment processes. Hedgehog envisages an exciting future, and tokenization is the first step in giving investors access to liquidity, which would otherwise not have been available for these asset classes.
Returns on investments in real assets typically come from appreciation and/or income. Asset values can go up due to factors associated with location, development or improvements. The asset itself can also generate income, for example rent from commercial or residential use.
We partner with asset owners to offer investment opportunities where your money is invested alongside the team managing the asset - it helps ensure a better alignment of interests.
You can access information on your assets 24/7 from the Portfolio section of the app. We'll also send you notifications when there's important information to share, such as an income distribution.
Hedgehog Invest Limited (FN 961050) is an Appointed Representative of MJ Hudson Advisers Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FN: 692447).
We currently pay out in USD via wire transfer.
When we receive your payment, the status of your order in your portfolio will change from ‘Pending’ to ‘Issuing tokens’. When the investment round closes, it'll change to ‘issued’. The money received through the issuance of tokens will then be used by the token issuer to enter into the underlying investment.
Our token issuance service provider issues all tokens together at the end of an investment round. Some rounds can be 90 days, but can sell out faster. So, if you're one of the first investors, you'll wait longer than the slow coach snapping up the final token. Details regarding the token issuance service provider, as well as other service providers, are set out in the offering documents for each token.
Tokens are initially issued to a digital wallet provided by a third party custodian chosen by Hedgehog. Investors can continue to use that wallet or transfer their tokens from this wallet to another digital wallet that is registered to them.
Hedgehog creates opportunities for eligible individuals to invest in assets that continue to be managed by their existing owners.
Hedgehog Tokens are exposed to US real estate. This means there are additional tax issues compared to a standard investment. We’ve prepared some general information of the possible tax issues affecting US and non-US taxpayers. A more detailed summary of the tax matters which may affect Tokens is contained in the token documentation.
These FAQs are provided for informational purposes only, and are not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or other financial advice. If you have any questions, or require investment or other advice, please contact your legal, financial or other professional advisors.
We expect that the Token Issuer will be treated as a partnership, and each Token Holder should be treated as a partner for US federal income tax purposes in each applicable series of the Token Issuer.
Token Holders who are US taxpayers will receive a Schedule K-1 for the Tokens. Token Holders may also receive reporting regarding state and local taxes.
Generally, a partner in a partnership must take into account its share of the partnership’s taxable income or loss in determining its own taxable income or loss for US federal income tax purposes. State and local filing and tax obligations may also apply.
Yes; US taxpayers must provide Hedgehog with an IRS Form W-9, which indicates your status as a US taxpayer. We’ll ask you to complete this form when purchasing a token. As well, Hedgehog, as a regulated company in the financial services industry, must ask customers to provide information on their tax residency when investing. We’re required to ask each investor to self-certify the following information:
Please note that we may be obliged to share this information with the relevant tax authorities.
No; Token Holders who are non-US taxpayers should not have to file any US tax returns or otherwise be subject to any US tax reporting obligations solely as result of investing in Tokens exposed to US real estate.
Any distribution to a non-US Token Holder will be subject to a 30% withholding tax, which rate may be reduced if the Token Holder is eligible for the benefits of a tax treaty with the US or, in respect of interest payments, qualifies for an exemption from withholding.
Subject to the Tokens achieving the desired tax treatment (as described in the token documentation), non-US Token holders will not be subject to withholding taxes on any capital gains realized in connection with an investment in Tokens.
Yes, you will need to provide an IRS Form W-8, which indicates your status as a non-US taxpayer. We will ask you to complete this form when purchasing a Token. As well, Hedgehog, as a regulated company in the financial services industry, must ask customers to provide information on their tax residency when investing. We’re required to ask each investor to self-certify the following information:
Please note that we may be obliged to share this information with relevant tax authorities.