Is there a legitimate way to raise more than the $50 mill cap with Regulation A+?
Yes. For businesses that lend themselves to segmenting their market by geographic regions, it is possible to make multiple offerings for one parent entity by establishing one subsidiary for each region. This method can be used for Venture Capital Funds that use 60% or more debt and 40% or less in equity holdings. Another suitable use is for Real Estate offerings, which can easily be segmented by geography.
For example, let's say a company is planning to lend its capital across the USA. A company can establish say six regional subsidiaries that are responsible for a clearly defined geography of the US and raise capital for each region's entity using a dedicated Reg A+ for each. In this example, the maximum per year would be 6x50 = $300 million per year.
It is also possible to use this method to raise capital for a Venture Capital Fund that is primarily Debt based. It can have up to 40% of its assets in the form of equity holdings. By taking the multi-region, multi-subsidiary approach a parent fund can be raised that could be very large.