Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a method for raising capital whereby many individuals network and pool their funds, usually via the internet or social media. Crowdfunding methods are used in a variety of circumstances including,... more +
Crowdfunding is a method for raising capital whereby many individuals network and pool their funds, usually via the internet or social media. Crowdfunding methods are used in a variety of circumstances including, but not limited to, supporting charitable organizations, disaster relief, product development, artistic projects, and financing start-up companies. The passage of the JOBS Act of 2012 sought to broaden the use of crowdfunding in developing private capital for start-up companies by relaxing certain SEC investor registration requirements. less -
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Top 12 Legal Mistakes Made by Startup Breweries and Distilleries

Undertaking any entrepreneurial endeavor can be a daunting task. It can get very complicated when doing so in a highly regulated environment, such as the one that governs the manufacture and sale of alcohol related products....more

10 Ways to Finance a Business

A great business idea is not enough—a business needs capital to thrive. Attorneys can help their clients consider all the financing options, figure out which one(s) are the best fit, and comply with applicable laws....more

Global Crowdfunding Site Consents to SEC Censure

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission censured Eureeca Capital SPC, an online, securities-based crowdfunding site incorporated in the Cayman Islands, for failing to implement procedures “reasonably designed” to...more

Legal Brief: Financial Dreams--Four Legal Risks of Crowdfunding Your Best Ideas

When Sunny T. wanted to launch a new line of titanium accessories, he did not get out his credit cards or call his rich uncle for a loan. He launched a Kickstarter campaign where people could contribute money to his venture,...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #46

We are pleased to present the 46th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent cases that address class actions pending against Silicon Valley companies,...more

Non-Enforcement

When the U.S. Congress passed the crowdfunding exemption under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “Jobs Act”) in 2012, there was much anticipation and optimism for the ability of issuers of securities to be able to...more

Lender-to-thy-Neighbor: P2P Lending in Perspective

Closely related to the crowdfunding phenomenon has been the evolution of the peer-to-peer (P2P) lending model. As the early standard-bearers of P2P prepare to enter the public markets, the model itself is poised for greater...more

Blog: Republicans To SEC Chair: Delay Pay Ratio Rules. Is A Repeal Attempt In The Offing?

The WSJ reports that three Republican congressman — House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, and Reps. Scott Garrett and Bill Huizenga — have written to SEC Chair Mary Jo White urging that the SEC stop...more

Oregon Intrastate Private Offering Exemption: Securities-Based Crowdfunding in Oregon, at Last?

Oregon is on the verge of joining a small number of other states in charting a path for its small businesses looking to raise a relatively small amount of capital through the sale of securities to a broader range of potential...more

A Closer Look at Regulation D: OfferBoard Finds Rule 506(c) Offerings Have Lowest Percentage of Funds Committed at Time of Filing;...

In “Equity Crowdfunding Under Title II of the JOBS Act: The First Year,” OfferBoard reveals many interesting findings regarding offerings under Regulation D. The white paper finds that offerings under Rule 506(c) of Reg. D...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 46

In this issue: - US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Grants Petition for Rehearing of Decision on Conflicts Minerals Rule - Register for Our 2015 Proxy Season Update Webinar - SEC...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - November 2014 #3

FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed “Pay-to-Play” Rule - FINRA issued Regulatory Notice 14-50 requesting comment on proposed “pay-to-play” and related rules that would regulate in a manner similar to Rule 206(4)-5 under...more

Tweet, Tweet: The SEC Gets Social

The SEC recently issued an investor alert to warn investors about potential fraudulent investment schemes involving popular social media sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, turning its eye towards investor fraud...more

IP|Trend: Starting Up Your Protection of Intellectual Property [Video]

Start-ups are justifiably focused on getting products to market and ensuring that their financial runways are long enough to make it happen. But, failing to pay attention to long-term protections of intellectual property...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 21 • November 2014 (Global)

Criminal securities fraud charges filed against Bitcoin operator. US federal prosecutors filed the first criminal securities fraud charges involving a virtual currency. Trendon Shavers, who founded Bitcoin Savings and...more

SEC Commissioners on Capital Formation

Recently, various SEC Commissioners, including Commissioner Stein and Commissioner Gallagher, have addressed issues related to capital formation in their public remarks. At a Los Angeles County Bar Association...more

Crowdfunding Disclaimers Aren’t Adequate to Avoid Liability under U.S. Securities Laws

Warning to non-United States equity crowdfunding sites: it’s not enough to warn that offerings are not being made to United States residents. Your procedures must verify that investors are not United States residents. On...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - November 2014

1.As the year moves to a close, expect lots of chatter about the upcoming 2015 proxy season. Including from us beginning right now. 2.Almost certainly because good corporate governance practices just change so darn...more

SEC Scrutiny of Crowdinvesting Sites Not Registered as Broker-Dealers

On November 10, 2014, the SEC announced a settlement with Eureeca Capital SPC, which is a crowdinvesting portal incorporated in the Cayman Islands. Eureeca’s website seeks to match foreign-based issuers with investors...more

Crowd-funding Site Named In SEC Proceeding

Raising capital through crowd-funding is one of the key provisions of the JOBS Act. It is supposed to facilitate raising small amounts of capital for start-up operations. An off-shore crowd-funding site that sold unregistered...more

SEC Finds Crowdfunding Website a General Solicitation and Violated Broker-Dealer Rules

In a settled enforcement action, the SEC alleged the defendant failed to implement procedures reasonably designed to prevent U.S. persons from accessing and investing in securities through its crowdfunding website. The...more

A Guide to Real Estate Crowdfunding Today - The Legal Landscape for Peer-to-Peer Lending

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending is a rapidly growing vehicle for consumer and business purpose lending. It can provide fast, efficient access to capital, particularly for small businesses, and relatively attractive financing to...more

REsource -- Fall 2014

A Guide to Real Estate Crowdfunding Today - The idea of creating large scale syndicates to purchase real estate is a classic concept. Large scale syndication traces its roots directly back to the 1920’s, when...more

The Latest on Crowdfunding—Intrastate Intrigue

With all the constant chatter about Crowdfunding, I’ve come to realize that, as the three-year Halloween anniversary of my first post on Crowdfunding approaches, I was ahead of the curve on this one....more

Texas Adopts Intrastate Crowdfunding Exemption

On October 22, 2014, the Texas State Securities Board (the "TSSB") voted to formally adopt its proposed Rule 139.25, which provides an exemption from registration for intrastate securities offerings employing a limited...more

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