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SEC Approves FINRA Portal Rules, Forms for Crowdfunding Under Title III

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.'s (FINRA) crowdfunding Portal Rules for companies that want to operate an intermediary “funding portal” pursuant to...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 5

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Approves FINRA’s Funding Portal Rules - On January 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s funding portal rules and related forms for...more

Securities Law Considerations in Online Marketplace Lending

Online lending marketplaces have recently emerged as a prominent feature in credit markets. The rapid growth of the marketplace lending industry is reflected in the profusion of names that have been used to describe this type...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #13

FCA reinstates unfair contract terms library - FCA has reinstated its unfair contract terms library, which it has reorganised in the light of the Consumer Rights Act (CRA) and CMA guidance. FCA does not intend to publish...more

CFPB Takes Action Against Colorado-Based “Buy-Here Pay-Here” Auto Dealer

On January 21, the CFPB filed a consent order to resolve allegations that a Colorado-based subprime auto dealer violated the TILA and the CFPA by engaging in abusive financing and marketing schemes. Specifically, the CFPB...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

Joining the Crowd: SEC Adopts Final Crowdfunding Regulations - Part III - Intermediaries

On October 30, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted final rules in the form of Regulation Crowdfunding to implement the securities-based crowdfunding exemption in Section 4(a)(6) of the Securities Act...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.25.16

So the bull market may be on its way out of town after a nearly 7-year stretch [care to jump on the “blame the Fed” bandwagon?], but even when combined with usual predictors like declines in industrial production and...more

FinTech in the UK: Regulating Disruption

The United Kingdom Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser in its 2015 FinTech Report considered “FinTech” as the integration of “finance and technology in ways that will disrupt traditional financial models and businesses and...more

FinTech White Paper: Treasury’s Marketplace Lending RFI

Reed Smith has issued the first comprehensive white paper discussing the comments submitted in response to Treasury’s July 2015 Request for Information (RFI) on marketplace lending. The RFI, entitled “Public Input on...more

Elio Motors Poised to Raise Nearly $16 Million in Crowdfunding Offering

We previously noted that the SEC had qualified Elio Motors Regulation A+ offering – the largest to date. Now, StartEngine, the platform on which the offering is being conducted, has announced that Elio Motors has raised...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.11.16

Ready for another rollercoaster ride? Asian markets suggest it could be a long Monday on Wall Street – WSJ... The latest from the ongoing battle between the SEC and billionaire investor Steven A Cohen appears to be a...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.7.16

China’s once again halted trading after the CSI 300 dropped 7% in early trading. Worries about China led to a rough day throughout Asian markets, likely setting the stage for another big drop on Wall Street ahead – WSJ and...more

Overview of Regulation Crowdfunding

Regulation Crowdfunding – which becomes effective May 16, 2016 -- implements the requirements of Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The new rules will enable individuals to invest in startup...more

New Regulations on “Crowdfunding” Your Start-Up

With the so-called “sharing economy” delivering untold wealth to savvy twenty-somethings, entrepreneurs are correctly wondering how this economic phenomenon translates to capital-raising for start-ups. Enter: crowdfunding. ...more

IOSCO addresses regulation of crowdfunding

IOSCO has published a statement on addressing the regulation of crowdfunding alongside the Crowdfunding 2015 Survey Responses Report. IOSCO seeks to raise awareness concerning some of the major risks investors face when...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - December 2015

In an article published by Financial Advisor on December 8, 2015, Burr & Forman Associate Rhett Owens discusses a proposed rule change from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regarding variable annuities (VAs) that’s set to...more

Marketing of Financial Products to Retail Investors: Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority Issues Guidance on New Rules

On 27 October 2015, the Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (“FSMA”) issued circular FSMA-2015-16 (the “Circular”) providing detailed guidance on the recently amended rules governing marketing materials used in...more

Startup Companies Have Another Tool in the Basket for Raising Funds

Long awaited Regulation Crowdfunding has finally been adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It provides startup companies with another tool for raising funds from the public without the need of a...more

What you need to know about the New SEC Rules on Crowdfunding

On Oct. 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted new rules that will enable some private companies to use the Internet for crowdfunding campaigns seeking up to $1 million per 12-month...more

FINRA Issues Notice on Member Website References and Hyperlinks to BrokerCheck

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released Regulatory Notice 15-50, which discusses the Securities and Exchange Commission’s approval of amendments to FINRA Rule 2210 (Communications with the Public). The amendments...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 12.15.15

The Supreme Court just added a “Part IV” to the Times’ series on the impact of arbitration clauses on average consumers – NYTimes... Dealbook’s White Collar Watch column asks what makes a misstatement material in a...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 12.11.15

An update on the Dow/DuPont merger (which is expected to be followed, in short order, by a three-way split into ag chemicals, specialty products, and materials companies) – NYTimes and WSJ...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 12.10.15

It’s official now: Yahoo’s keeping Alibaba but spinning off its core internet business and Yahoo Japan. All the details here – NYTimes and WSJ... Some thoughts on what, exactly, that means for CEO Marissa Mayer –...more

The Link to FINRA BrokerCheck

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently approved a rule change to amend FINRA Rule 2210 to require broker-dealers to include a “readily apparent reference and hyperlink” to BrokerCheck on their websites. The...more

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