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SEC Commissioner Wonders if SAFEs are Safe for Crowdfunding

In remarks at the Annual SEC/NASAA Conference, SEC Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar focused on the suitability and adequacy of disclosure of a security known as a “SAFE” that has been used in crowdfunding transactions. SAFE is...more

5/11/2017  /  Capital Raising , Crowdfunding , SAFE , SEC

Read the New Rules before You Make Your Next SEC Filing

The SEC has issued final rules that reflect self-executing provisions of the JOBS Act. Because they were self-executing provisions of the JOBS Act, they do not change existing practice and were already well known. In...more

A Window into Trump’s SEC?

Insights into an SEC composed of Trump appointees can be gleaned from Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling’s (R-TX) opening statements at a committee hearing on SEC oversight, with testimony by outgoing SEC...more

Revised SEC Rule 504 and Minnesota Offerings

The SEC recently revised Rule 504 of Regulation D to increase the amount of securities that can be offered in any 12-month period from $1,000,000 to $5,000,000. Among other things, Rule 504 allows companies to solicit or...more

New SEC Rules for Intrastate and Regional Securities Offerings

The SEC has adopted final rules to modernize intrastate securities offerings under Rule 147, adopted new Rule 147A to broaden the availability of the existing safe harbor for intrastate securities offerings and amended Rule...more

Secondary Trading in Regulation A+ Securities; $4.4 Million Committed by Investors Under Regulation Crowdfunding

In connection with the SEC meeting of the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies, the SEC posted a presentation which deals in part on secondary trading of Regulation A+ securities. Among other things, it includes...more

Fix Crowdfunding Act and Venture Capital Bill Pass House

The Fix Crowdfunding Act (H.R. 4855) passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 394 to 4. It doesn’t look much like the original bill we reported on here. As passed by the House, the bill allows special purpose...more

Court Rejects Regulation A+ Challenge

The States of Montana and Massachusetts had previously challenged Regulation A+’s preemption of state securities registration and qualification requirements in Tier-2 offerings. The United States Court of Appeals for the...more

Crowdfunding Begins With 17 Issuers

Monday May 16, 2016 was the first day JOBS Act Title III crowdfunding could be used. Below are links to some portals and other information....more

First Crowdfunding Portal Application Appears on EDGAR

CFS, LLC became the first crowdfunding portal application available on EDGAR. Actually, the initial application and two amendments are available. The company will conduct business under the name uFundingPortal and its website...more

FinCEN Proposes Amendments to Bank Secrecy Act to Cover Crowdfunding Portals

FinCEN, a bureau of the Department of the Treasury, has proposed amendments to the definitions of “broker or dealer in securities” and “broker-dealer” under the regulations implementing the Bank Secrecy Act. This rulemaking...more

Fix Crowdfunding Act Improves JOBS Act

The Fix Crowdfunding Act has been introduced by Representative Patrick McHenry, who was one of the architects of the FAST Act provisions simplifying securities laws. The Fix Crowdfunding Act increases the $1,000,000...more

Crowdfunding Portals Begin to Register With the SEC

The SEC registration process for Title III crowdfunding portals was recently commenced. So far we are aware of one Form Funding Portal that has been filed to begin the registration process. ...more

SEC Release on Transfer Agents Addresses Restricted Securities and Crowdfunding

The SEC has issued a release soliciting comment on the regulation of transfer agents. After some initial background, it’s divided into two parts. The first is an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, seeking comment on...more

SEC Permits EDGAR Test Filings of Crowdfunding Offerings

The SEC is permitting EDGAR test filings of Regulation Crowdfunding offerings. Under new SEC rules that take effect on May 16, 2016, companies will be permitted to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding....more

Crowdfunders and Crowdfunding Service Providers Beware

If you are planning to move into the crowdfunding consulting or platform area make sure you are familiar with the SEC broker-dealer rules, which require registration before performing broker-dealer services. If you plan on...more

SEC Qualifies Largest Crowdfunding Offering Ever; Offered On StartEngine

The SEC has qualified the Regulation A+ offering of Elio Motors which plans to make small cars costing about $7,000. Elio plans a maximum offering size of $25 million. The offering is being made through the facilities of...more

SEC Updates EDGAR to Accommodate Regulation Crowdfunding

The SEC has released an updated draft EDGAR filer manual. According to the draft manual, EDGAR will be updated to include the following new submission form types required by Regulation Crowdfunding...more

SEC Finalizes Regulation Crowdfunding – Additional Funding Portal Requirements

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission has issued final rules on Regulation Crowdfunding. This post analyzes the “Additional Funding Portal Requirements” and “Miscellaneous” sections of the SEC’s adopting...more

SEC Finalizes Regulation Crowdfunding

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission has issued final rules on Regulation Crowdfunding. Our summary is set forth below. The final rules and forms are effective 180 days after publication in the Federal...more

SEC Proposes to Increase Rule 504 Offering Limits to Create Another Crowdfunding Exemption

The SEC has issued a rule proposal that would increase the aggregate amount of securities that may be offered and sold in any twelve-month period pursuant to Rule 504 from $1 million to $5 million and to disqualify certain...more

SEC Proposes to Ease Intrastate Offering Exemption to Facilitate Crowdfunding

The SEC has proposed amendments to Rule 147 under the Securities Act of 1933, which currently provides a safe harbor for compliance with the Section 3(a)(11) exemption from registration for intrastate securities offerings....more

Crowdfunding: FINRA Proposes JOBS Act Portal Rules

Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, enacted in 2012 with the goal of increasing American job creation and economic growth, contains key provisions relating to securities offered or sold through...more

Minnesota Adopts Crowdfunding Law

Minnesota has adopted an intrastate crowdfunding exemption referred to as “MNvest.” The legislation is meant to work in tandem with the federal exemption for intrastate offerings under Section 3(a)(11) of the Securities Act...more

SEC Denies No-Action Request for “Publisher Exclusion” for Recommendations of Crowdfunded Investments

The SEC denied a no-action request that was submitted by Jonathon Hendricks. The no-action request inquired about a Wyoming based business that would make available a list of securities from a loan crowdfunding site that...more

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