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 -
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Open for Comment: FINRA’s Funding Portal Rules

With all the noise about the proposed set of rules for crowdfunding the SEC released in October, one piece of the puzzle almost slipped by unnoticed. In tandem, FINRA released rules and related forms for funding portals as...more

Update: SEC Releases Long-Awaited Proposed Crowdfunding Rules

In This Issue: - Requirements and Obligations Governing Crowdfunding Offerings - Regulation of Crowdfunding Portals - Additional Notable Provisions of the Proposed Rules - Next Steps - For More Information...more

Standing out from the Crowd: A Closer Look at the SEC’s and FINRA’s Proposed Crowdfunding Rules

In this alert, we provide a detailed overview of the proposed regulatory framework that will be applicable to crowdfunding offerings conducted pursuant to Title III of the JOBS Act in reliance on Section 4(a)(6) of the...more

SEC and FINRA Rule Proposals Take Next Steps Towards Fulfilling JOBS Act Crowdfunding Mandate

The SEC issued a rule proposal designed to fulfill a mandate under the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups (“JOBS”) Act to adopt rules that implement changes to the federal securities laws under the JOBS Act that permit...more

SEC Issues Proposed Crowdfunding Rules

On October 23, 2013, the SEC issued a unanimous rule proposal authorized under Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the JOBS Act) permitting securities-based crowdfunding. The proposed rules provide a...more

Crowdfunding 101: What Is It? And Should I Be Excited About it? PART 1

Ever since the passage of the JOBS Act (the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act), there’s been a lot of hype about crowdfunding. A lot of startups have built their entire business model on the assumed ability to use...more

OSC’s Crowdfunding Proposal Receives Favourable Comments

On March 8, 2013, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) closed the comment period on its Staff Consultation Paper 45-710: Considerations for New Capital Raising Prospectus Exemptions (the Consultation Paper), which sought...more

SEC Speaks: Agency Takes Back-To-Basics Approach In Face Of Changing Leadership, Congressional Mandates And New Technologies

The annual “SEC Speaks” conference, in which Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) representatives review the agency’s efforts over the past year and preview the year to come, was held on February 22-23, 2013. A...more

FINRA Issues Voluntary Interim Form for Crowdfunding Portals

On January 10, 2013 the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) issued a voluntary Interim Form for funding portals (the “Interim Form”). The Interim Form is designed for prospective crowdfunding portals under the...more

Focus on Securities - Will Canada Make Room for Crowdfunding?

In This Issue: - 1. Will Canada Make Room for Crowdfunding? - 2. Contact Us Excerpt From “Will Canada Make Room for Crowdfunding?” When the U.S. recently changed its securities laws to enable...more

Legal Update - June 2012: The JOBS Act: Sure, It’s a Catchy Name, But Will It Boost Capital Formation and Create New Jobs?

On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”). The full formal name for the legislation: “An Act to increase American job creation and economic growth by improving...more

The Troubles With The New Crowdfunding Law?

Everyone is very excited about the new crowdfunding-for-securities law. Crowdfunding is a great idea–in concept. And now we have a new law which is about to make crowdfunding for securities a reality, at least in some sense....more

Crowdfunding: Weighing the Opportunities, Risks

On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed into law the "JOBS Act." The acronym (for “Jumpstarting Our Business Startups”) is a little misleading, as the Act has less to do with jobs, per se, than with easing regulatory...more

Crowdfunding: A New Way to Raise Capital Or A Cut-Back in Investor Protection? April 19, 2012

“Crowdsourcing” and “crowdfunding” have become popular terms for harnessing the power of the “crowd” (that is, the general public) to solve problems. On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Jumpstart Our...more

Crowdfunding – There Will Be Investor Losses

With preternatural sagacity, Yogi Berra once observed that “prediction is very hard, especially about the future”. Although I whole heartedly concur with Mr. Berra’s assessment of the difficulties that inhere in...more

Crowdfunding: One Step Closer to Reality

On Tuesday, March 27, the House of Representatives passed the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act (H.R. 3606) by an overwhelming majority of 380-41. With this vote, the JOBS Act has passed the final congressional...more

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