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Crowdfunding Securities & Exchange Commission

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 to ICO Players: Our Game, Our Rules

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) published an investigative report (the “Report”) cautioning market participants that the offer and sale of digital assets such as “coins” or “tokens,”...more

SEC Focuses on Initial Coin Offerings: Tokens May Be Securities Under Federal Securities Laws

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has recently taken several actions to make clear that it is focused on and actively monitoring the rapidly growing market for so-called “token sales” or “initial coin...more

SEC Taking Action Against Cryptocurrency ICO Promoters

by Slim Ventures LLC on

The SEC has begun clamping down on Initial Coin Offerings of cryptocurrency investments, with promoters needlessly running afoul of the SEC. With over a billion dollars raised year-to-date (a five fold increase over all of...more

Blockchain Week in Review – August 2017 #6

by Perkins Coie on

Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of...more

The Guide to Social Media and the Securities Laws

The growing use of social media has created challenges for federal securities regulators, who must enforce antifraud rules that were written at a time when the prevailing technology was the newspaper. This Guide...more

What Startups Need to Know About the Revised Reg D

Startups need funding, and most startups want to raise money with as little legal red tape as possible. But when a startup takes investment money, it is issuing securities, and federal securities laws generally require a...more

Using “Finders” to Find Capital: Avoiding Problems for Your Company

by Varnum LLP on

Raising money for your startup can be hard. Not every entrepreneur can walk into Silicon Valley with a business idea and walk out with multiple VC term sheets in hand. Sometimes the only path to financing your startup is...more

SEC Warns That ICOs and Other Internet Token Sales May Be Securities Offerings Subject to Federal Securities Laws

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On Tuesday, July 25, as many practitioners probably expected, the SEC issued a warning that offers and sales of digital assets (virtual coins or tokens) by organizations using blockchain or distributed ledger technology...more

Raising Capital from Individual Investors Using Regulation A+

by Varnum LLP on

Raising capital is essential to startups, and a new option to fundraising allows you to raise money from individual investors through the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Regulation A+. We'll explore the different...more

SEC Extends Key JOBS Act Benefit for All IPOs and Recently Public Companies

by Fenwick & West LLP on

On June 29, 2017 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it would permit all companies registering for an initial public offering to take advantage of the confidential review process that was previously...more

California Lags Behind The SEC In Permitting Testing Of The Waters In Regulation A Offerings

by Allen Matkins on

In 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted amendments to Regulation A and other rules and forms to implement Section 401 of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. One significant enhancement to...more

Good Choice: Important Capital Formation Reforms in Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 Passed by House

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On June 8, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 on a vote of 233-186. Congress loves acronyms, and here “CHOICE” stands for Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and...more

WSGR FinTech Update - June 2017

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is pleased to present the June 2017 issue of the WSGR Fintech Update. This latest edition features an article discussing recent statements by SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar and the SEC staff...more

Legislation Relating to Capital Formation

As the 115th United States Congress is currently in session, a number of bills designed to promote capital raising for companies have been introduced in both the House and the Senate. In the last two months, both the House...more

Five Things to Consider Before Launching a Crowdfunding Offering

by Smith Anderson on

In 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted Regulation Crowdfunding. This created a new way for small companies to raise the capital they need to build their businesses by publicly offering investments...more

SEC Amends Crowdfunding Rules

Under the Jumpstart our Business Startups Acts of 2012 (the “JOBS Act”), the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted rules allowing for securities-based crowdfunding in 2015. The JOBS Act required the SEC to...more

SEC Commissioner Wonders if SAFEs are Safe for Crowdfunding

In remarks at the Annual SEC/NASAA Conference, SEC Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar focused on the suitability and adequacy of disclosure of a security known as a “SAFE” that has been used in crowdfunding transactions. SAFE is...more

SEC Amends Crowdfunding Rules

Under the Jumpstart our Business Startups Acts of 2012 (the “JOBS Act”), the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted rules allowing for securities-based crowdfunding in 2015. The JOBS Act required the SEC to...more

SEC changes filing cover pages, raises thresholds for EGCs and crowdfunding

by DLA Piper on

The SEC has adopted a number of technical amendments to the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the JOBS Act) to conform its existing rules and regulations to the requirements of the JOBS Act and implement statutory...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - April 2017

by Stoel Rives LLP on

A host of things happened in the last few months regarding Conflict Minerals, although likely not much that will affect what a public company reports on its Form SD, due May 31. (Spoiler alert: The same thing companies have...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - SEC Publishes Compliance and Disclosure Guidance for Regulation Crowdfunding - On April 5, 2017, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

SEC Adopts JOBS Act Amendments to Forms and Rules, EGC, and Crowdfunding Inflation Adjustments

by Alston & Bird on

On March 31, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted technical amendments to several rules and commonly used forms, including Forms S-1, S-3, and S-4 under the Securities Act and Forms 8-K, 10-Q, and 10-K...more

SEC Publishes Compliance and Disclosure Guidance for Regulation Crowdfunding

On April 5, 2017, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC“) published a “Compliance and Disclosure Interpretation: Regulation Crowdfunding: Rule 202: Ongoing Reporting...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - SEC Adopts Jobs Act Amendments - On April 5, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") announced that it has adopted amendments to increase the amount of money companies can...more

SEC Releases New Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations on Regulation Crowdfunding

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On April 5, the Division of Corporate Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission released two new compliance and disclosure interpretations (“C&DIs”) regarding Regulation Crowdfunding. Regulation Crowdfunding was...more

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