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SEC Issues C&DIs and Small Entity Compliance Guides for Crowdfunding

On May 13, 2016, the SEC issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) on Rules 100 (Crowdfunding Exemption and Requirements), 201 (Disclosure Requirements), 204 (Advertising) and 205 (Promoter Compensation)...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.26.16

The SEC has opened an inquiry into Alibaba’s accounting related to affiliated companies and related-party transactions, a big deal for a company “long seen as a symbol of China’s growing technological might”...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.20.16

Manhattan USA Preet Bharara’s back in front of the cameras and back on the insider-trading horse with the announcement yesterday of criminal charges against well-known sports bettor Billy Walters and former investment banker...more

U.S. Treasury Department Issues White Paper on Online Marketplace Lending Industry

On May 10, 2016, the Department of the Treasury issued a white paper on online marketplace lending that maps the current market landscape, reviews industry insights and offers policy proposals for the road ahead. Based on...more

NASAA Releases Proposed Model Rule for Crowdfunded Offerings

On May 16, 2016, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) released for public comment its proposed model rule and uniform notice filing form for crowdfunded offerings. ...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 254 use of social media in a best practices compliance program [Video]

In this episode I consider how to use the tools of social media in a compliance program. I discuss how CCO Louis Sapirman at Dun and Bradstreet has incorporated the tools of social media into his company's compliance efforts....more

Supreme Court Issues Two Decisions That Limit Access to Federal Courts

On May 16, 2016, the United States Supreme Court handed down two decisions that may, in practice, limit the ability to access federal district courts. In Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, No. 13-1339, 578 U.S. ___ (2016), the Supreme...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.18.16

Lending Club week continues here on the Brief, where the Deal Professor tries to take the good (disrupting the traditional banking system and opening up new paths of credit for consumers) with the bad (yet another...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 253-Loren Steffy reflects on the Enron, the trials of Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling and... [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Loren Steffy who covered the Enron trial for the Houston Chronicle. He reflects on the lasting impact of the Enron scandal and how it continues to resonate today. ...more

New Crowdfunding Rules Present Challenges and Opportunity

On May 16th, the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s long-awaited rules known as “Regulation Crowdfunding” take effect, providing a revolutionary method for emerging companies to raise capital. The SEC’s adopting...more

May 16th: Title III Crowdfunding Effective Date

In time for the effective date of Regulation Crowdfunding, FINRA has issued an investor alert and a press release....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

Regulation Crowdfunding Takes Effect

In Depth - On May 16, 2016, the final rules adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with respect to Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) took effect (except for certain forms...more

New C&DIs on Regulation Crowdfunding

On Friday the SEC released a new set of Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations on Regulation Crowdfunding ahead of the effective date of Regulation Crowdfunding on May 16. The C&DIs address issuer communications with the...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #5

Commission discusses crowdfunding in the CMU - The Commission has published a report on crowdfunding in the EU capital markets union (CMU). The report assesses national regimes, identifies best practice and presents the...more

Beyond Bitcoin: Blockchain - The Essential Building Block in Designing the Future

Bitcoin relies on its peer-to-peer network to do two things: maintain the authoritative ledger of transactions and issue new currency. The application of the blockchain is anticipated to extend far beyond financial services...more

Crowdfunding Begins on May 16, 2016

Funding portal registration is now available through FINRA. This LawFlash discusses funding portals, which are the intermediaries through which crowdfunding will occur, specifically regarding the registration process...more

Regulation Crowdfunding: Worth the Wait?

You’ve been waiting more than four years since Congress passed the JOBS Act to use equity crowdfunding to raise capital for your company. On May 16, 2016, the SEC’s final crowdfunding rules under the Securities Act of 1933...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.11.16

The fallout from Lending Club’s surprise news about Renaud Laplanche’s departure continues, with Goldman Sachs and Jeffries LLC hitting the pause on planned LC bond sales – WSJ... A Treasury Department white paper...more

European Commission To Promote Crowdfunding under Capital Markets Union

The European Commission announced that it would not, at this stage, be proposing legislation to regulate crowdfunding. The Commission pledged to report on whether crowdfunding should become regulated at EU-level as part of...more

Crowdfund Your Restaurant: New Equity Financing Option Could be Industry Game Changer

Have you always dreamed of investing in a restaurant, but never had the capital necessary to make that vision a reality? Or, perhaps you are an aspiring restaurateur looking to engage local food lovers more deeply in the...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

BNA Insights: Regulation Crowdfunding and Small Businesses: A Match Made in SEC-Regulated Heaven?

The Dawn of a New Era in Capital Formation - The need for crowdfunding regulation became apparent after the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a cease and desist order to stop a crowdfunding effort by two men...more

House of Representatives Passes the HALOS Act; Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2016 is Introduced

On April 27, 2016, the House of Representatives passed the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act (H.R. 4498) (the “HALOS Act”), which was first introduced on April 16, 2015. The HALOS Act directs the SEC to amend Regulation D...more

Public Mining of Securities Regulatory Big Data

An article in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal called for FINRA to make the database underlying its BrokerCheck® system (of reports on stockbroker registration and disciplinary history) more widely available for data mining...more

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