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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The JOBS Act at Five: Congressional Hearing Highlights Need for Further Reform

On March 22, the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment of the Financial Services Committee conducted a hearing entitled “The JOBS Act at Five: Examining Its Impact and Ensuring the Competitiveness of the...more

Crowdfunding or Private Placement Memorandum?

Spurred by the frenzy of mid-century modern furniture of the 1950s and 1960s returning in popularity, a growing number of collectors are investing in and holding vintage furniture. Capitalizing on that craze, N. Stile Sune’s...more

FTC Hosts FinTech Forum on Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Technologies

On Thursday, March 9th, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a forum on the consumer implications of recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technologies. This was the FTC’s third forum on...more

SEC Releases White Paper on Crowdfunding

On February 28, 2017, the SEC released a white paper analyzing crowdfunded offerings during the first six months following the effective date of Regulation Crowdfunding (May 16, 2016). The white paper noted that crowdfunding...more

Pro Te: Solutio - Vol.9 No.3 – Fall 2016

The Fall 2016 issue of Pro Te is about all things regulatory, including a peek at the newly developing issue of crowdfunding for medical devices. In EMA Guidance on Clinical Data Publication, we discuss recent guidance...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 5

Discussion and Analysis Last week, the SEC’s Office of the Investor Advocate announced that it will host an “Evidence Summit” to discuss strategies for raising retail investors’ understanding of critical investment...more

Can It Be That California, “The Biggest Loser” Is Also Number One?

In February, I published a post entitled Is California “The Biggest Loser”. My reference was to Professor Lynn LoPucki’s finding that “California, home to 1,210 [public] companies but state of incorporation for only 112, is...more

UK Regulator Concerned that Loan-Based Crowdfunding Platforms may be Facilitating Loans to Lending Business that are not Properly...

The Financial Conduct Authority has published a letter addressed to the CEOs of firms operating a loan-based crowdfunding platform about concerns that the platforms may be facilitating loans to lending businesses that do not...more

UK Regulations: Urgent Action Required from Loan-based Crowdfunding Platforms

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) published a “Dear CEO” letter on 28 February 2017 that requires urgent action from firms which operate a loan-based crowdfunding platform that facilitates loans to lending...more

HB 2946 – The New and Improved Illinois Angel Investment Tax Credit Program

For those who don’t know, Illinois has had an “Angel Investment” program since 2012 where investors who invested in qualifying companies would receive a 25% tax credit against their Illinois income taxes. Sounds great in...more

Initial Results Validate Crowdfunding Reforms

Beginning in 2012 America started a bold experiment to prove that: Less is more; and, Addition by subtraction works. The experiment tested whether reducing government regulation would produce better...more

Integration of Private and Public Offerings 2017

I. INTRODUCTION - A. Outline Coverage - This outline reviews the SEC’s interpretations that relate to the integration of private and public offerings and the challenges they impose for the capital formation process....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFTC Indicates Willingness to Help Incubate Fintech - On February 21, 2017, J. Christopher Giancarlo, the acting chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC"), has diverged from other U.S. federal...more

U.S. Securities-Based Crowdfunding

Acting Chair Piwowar made remarks at the the Dialogue on Crowdfunding hosted by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Salomon Center for the Study of Financial Institutions at New York University. In his remarks,...more

SEC, NASAA Sign Info-Sharing Agreement for Crowdfunding and Other Offerings

On February 17, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) signed an agreement to facilitate information sharing with respect to rules regarding...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 4

Discussion and Analysis - On February 17, just as new rules to further facilitate intrastate and regional crowdfunding offerings are beginning to take effect, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the North...more

SEC and North American Securities Administrators Association Sign Information-Sharing Agreement

On February 17, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the North America Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) entered into an information-sharing agreement in connection with intrastate crowdfunding...more

Let’s Finally Fix Crowdfunding!

On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed into law the landmark Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), for the purpose of encouraging the funding of startups and small businesses throughout the United States. Title...more

Securities Crowdfunding in the U.S.

On February 28, 2017, the SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA) and New York University’s Salomon Center for the Study of Financial Institutions will host a dialogue on Securities Crowdfunding in the U.S. The...more

Updated Market Statistics

At the 35th Annual Federal Securities Institute, a representative of the Securities and Exchange Commission shared some market data....more

The State of Venture Capital in 2017

After three years of strong growth, venture capital financing activity slowed noticeably in 2016. According to data published by Pitchbook and the National Venture Capital Association, companies raised $69.1 Billion in 2016...more

Capital Markets Disruptor: Real Estate Crowdfunding in the United States

Public REITs and other sponsors of real estate funds and projects have traditionally enjoyed the benefit of a broad range of choices to raise capital. Public REITs can obtain financing on a project-by-project basis or at the...more

New Belgian Crowdfunding Law: Requirements and Tax Benefits

The Belgian Law of 18 December 2016 on crowdfunding will enter into force on 1 February 2017. The crowdfunding law creates a specific status for equity and debt crowdfunding platforms (referred to as “alternative...more

Illinois Crowdfunding Starting Strong in 2017

While it took longer than expected to get here, Crowdfunding for Illinois businesses is now officially up and running and its full steam ahead. To mark the occasion, a joint press conference was held Tuesday at local...more

Want to Ruin Your Relationships? Ask Family and Friends to Fund Your Startup

When you need cash to fuel your startup, it’s tempting to “think local.” The people with the strongest ties to you—relatives, friends, college roommates, running buddies, and co-workers—are the ones who believe in you. You’d...more

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