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Crowdfunding Funding Portal

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 -

SEC Amends Forms and Rules for JOBS Act, Adopts Indexed EGC Definition

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The SEC has adopted a number of amendments to its forms and rules to reflect changes that resulted from the JOBS Act. The amendments will affect all public companies, including EGCs, as follows: All Domestic Public...more

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

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

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

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

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

by Allen Matkins on

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 Regulations: Urgent Action Required from Loan-based Crowdfunding Platforms

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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

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

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

Regulation Crowdfunding: A Six-Month Update

by Mintz Levin - Mintz Edge on

It has been almost seven months since issuers across the country began raising money through Regulation Crowdfunding (“Reg CF”), which went into effect on May 16, 2016. In the six months since Reg CF went into effect, 160...more

TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - December 2016

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Letter from the Editors - Dear Readers, Our client, Benji Cohen, was running an Energy Markets Division at Macquarie when he had a lightbulb moment. Everywhere he looked valuation models were being put together in...more

FINRA Action Against Crowdfunding Platform

On November 2, 2016, FINRA terminated the FINRA registration for UFP, LLC (“UFP”), making UFP the first crowdfunding portal to be expelled from FINRA. UFP ran an online funding portal, uFundingPortal.com, where it acted as...more

Newest MNvest Crowdfunding Portal To Rely on Blockchain Technology

An equity and debt based crowdfunding portal built on Blockchain technology is set to begin offering crowd-sourced financing opportunities to non-accredited investors under Minnesota’s MNvest crowdfunding legislation. Silicon...more

Minnesota’s First Crowdfunding Portal Approved, But The Question Remains: Will Anyone Actually Use It?

On November 9, 2016, the Minnesota Department of Commerce approved the first crowdfunding portal operator, VentureNear.com, under the crowdfunding legislation known as MNvest. As soon as the portal is populated with...more

Effectiveness Dates Set for Amended Rule 147, New Rule 147A, Amended Rule 504 and Repeal of Rule 505

On October 26, 2016, the SEC adopted final rules (1) amending Rule 147 and Rule 504 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), (2) establishing a new Securities Act exemption designated Rule 147A,...more

New capital raising initiatives for start-up businesses in Alberta

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The Alberta Securities Commission (the ASC) has recently announced two initiatives intended to make it easier for Alberta businesses to access small levels of investment....more

SEC Hosts Panel Discussion on Online Marketplace Lending and Crowdfunding in First Ever SEC Fintech Forum

On November 14, 2016, the SEC hosted a panel discussion entitled the “Impact of Recent Innovation in Capital Formation,” as part of its public forum on financial technology (Fintech) innovation held in Washington, D.C., and...more

ASC Adopts Crowdfunding Prospectus Exemption for Small or Start-up Alberta Businesses

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Effective October 31, 2016, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) adopted Multilateral Instrument 45-108 Crowdfunding (MI 45-108) which provides Alberta-based issuers with a crowdfunding prospectus exemption. MI 45-108 is...more

SEC Eases Rules on Intrastate Crowdfunding

On October 26 the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) unanimously adopted new and amended rules aimed at making it easier for companies to raise money from investors through intrastate and small offerings....more

SEC Adopts Final Rules Regarding Intrastate and Regional Offerings - Updated

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On October 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted final rules regarding intrastate and regional offerings, which largely follow the SEC’s proposed rules issued on October 30, 2015. The final...more

SEC Adopts Final Rules Regarding Intrastate and Regional Offerings

On October 26, 2016 at an open meeting, the SEC adopted final rules regarding intrastate and regional offerings, which closely follow the SEC’s proposed rules issued on October 30, 2015. The final rules amend Securities Act...more

Direct-to-Consumer Equity Offerings: Are Loyal Customers Happy Shareholders?

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

“Direct-to-consumer” offerings enable companies to raise capital directly from their customers, with or without the use of underwriters or other financial intermediaries. Direct-to-consumer offerings have garnered attention...more

The Code-Based Fund: The Future of Crowdsourced Startup Funding

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

For your startup business, crowdfunding campaigns can be a great way to both raise funds and validate your product market. Bridging the gap between crowdfunding and venture financing, the Decentralized Autonomous...more

FTC Announces FinTech Forum on Crowdfunding, Peer-to-Peer Payments

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On August 3, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released two items in connection with its series of events on the implications of FinTech for consumers. First, the FTC announced it will be hosting the next event in the...more

TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - July 2016

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Letter from the Editors - Dear Readers, One of the interesting facts that we have learned over the years is that there appears to be a correlation between the NASDAQ public market (which is heavily weighted with...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

MAS Improves Access to Securities-Based Crowdfunding

by Morgan Lewis on

The changes modify securities crowdfunding rules to facilitate access to retail investors. Following a yearlong public consultation exercise, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will make it easier for securities...more

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