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 -
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Winery Equity Crowdfunding Raises Opportunities, Risks

Many are familiar with the rewards-based model of crowdfunding popularized by websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The basic idea is that a group of individuals — the “crowd” — contributes funds to a company or project in...more

Crowdfunding Portals Can Now Register with the SEC

As discussed in the November 6, 2015 edition of the Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest, on October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted “Regulation Crowdfunding,” which consists of final rules that will...more

JOBS Act Quick Start – A Brief Overview of the JOBS Act, 2016 Update

Many market participants were taken by surprise by the enactment of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The JOBS Act, HR 3606, was passed by the United States House of Representatives on March 8, 2012. On March...more

SEC Approves FINRA’s Funding Portal Rules

The SEC approved FINRA’s Funding Portal rules for entities that intend to function as funding portals in crowdfunded offerings made pursuant to Regulation Crowdfunding. We had previously posted a link to the rule text. On...more

The SEC's New Crowdfunding Rules Under the JOBS Act to Become Effective May 2016

Regulation Crowdfunding, a set of new rules that enables private companies to raise up to $1 million in a 12-month period without registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (“Securities Act”), will become...more

Crowdfunding Portals Begin to Register With the SEC

The SEC registration process for Title III crowdfunding portals was recently commenced. So far we are aware of one Form Funding Portal that has been filed to begin the registration process. ...more

FINRA Amends Proposed Funding Portal Rules

On January 21st, FINRA filed an amendment to its proposed rule changes relating to the registration, supervision and oversight of crowdfunding funding portals. The Securities and Exchange Commission published a notice and...more

Joining the Crowd: SEC Adopts Final Crowdfunding Regulations - Part III - Intermediaries

On October 30, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted final rules in the form of Regulation Crowdfunding to implement the securities-based crowdfunding exemption in Section 4(a)(6) of the Securities Act...more

Looking Abroad

Speaking today at a Practising Law Institute session, Keith Higgins, Director of the Division of Corporation Finance of the SEC, Higgins addressed a number of interesting topics. For example, Mr. Higgins commented on the...more

Securities Law and Corporate Governance Developments: A Look Back at 2015 and a Preview of 2016

Initiatives by Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), activist shareholders, and federal and state courts from 2015 will reshape public company disclosure and policies, and offer new avenues for private...more

"SEC Rulemaking Update: A Year of Changes, With More to Come"

Last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) made major progress in completing its rulemaking mandates under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) and the Dodd-Frank Act. Additionally, Congress enacted...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of January 10, 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Challenging Uber, Lyft Bets on a Road Wide Enough for Two - We ended our last post pondering the anti-competitive nature of a marketplace dominated by tech...more

New Crowdfunding Rules for Issuers: Opportunities or Landmines? - Part III

This is the third post in our three-part blog post exploring Regulation Crowdfunding and its provisions before the final rules become effective on May 16, 2016. Practical Takeaways from Regulation Crowdfunding...more

SEC Crowdfunding Regulations: The Changing Landscape of Film Finance

On January 29, 2016, the new Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) crowdfunding regulation (“Regulation Crowdfunding”), further discussed here, will go into effect. The new regulation has been a long time coming. In 2012,...more

Finding Investors in a Crowd—New SEC Rules Clear the Way for Startups to Use Crowdfunding to Exchange Equity for Capital

Soon startups will be able to use crowdfunding platforms to sell an equity stake in their business to investors in exchange for working capital. However, as explained below, this new capital pathway may be of limited utility...more

New Crowdfunding Rules for Issuers: Opportunities or Landmines? - Part II

This is the second of our blog posts exploring Regulation Crowdfunding and its provisions before the final rules become effective on May 16, 2016. Issuer Requirements - Certain Issuers Ineligible for...more

Investor Advisory Committee Meeting

The SEC announced that the next meeting of the Investor Advisory Committee will be held on January 21, 2016. Among other things, the Committee will discuss the Financial Accounting Standards Board proposed amendments to the...more

Mintz TechConnect - December 2015

Letter from the Editors - Welcome to the second issue of Mintz Levin’s TechConnect — our bi-monthly newsletter on “all things technology” in the legal and business world, from our perspective, of course. This issue...more

SEC Release on Transfer Agents Addresses Restricted Securities and Crowdfunding

The SEC has issued a release soliciting comment on the regulation of transfer agents. After some initial background, it’s divided into two parts. The first is an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, seeking comment on...more

SEC Permits EDGAR Test Filings of Crowdfunding Offerings

The SEC is permitting EDGAR test filings of Regulation Crowdfunding offerings. Under new SEC rules that take effect on May 16, 2016, companies will be permitted to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding....more

New Crowdfunding Regulations May Not Be As Helpful As They First Appear

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted its final rules governing the offer and sale of securities under new Section 4(a)(6) of the Securities Act of 1933, also known as equity crowdfunding....more

Startup Companies Have Another Tool in the Basket for Raising Funds

Long awaited Regulation Crowdfunding has finally been adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It provides startup companies with another tool for raising funds from the public without the need of a...more

What you need to know about the New SEC Rules on Crowdfunding

On Oct. 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted new rules that will enable some private companies to use the Internet for crowdfunding campaigns seeking up to $1 million per 12-month...more

New Crowdfunding Rules for Issuers: Opportunities or Landmines?

As directed by Congress under the JOBS Act of 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted final rules to permit equity “crowdfunding,” characterized by the SEC as “a relatively new and evolving method...more

Regulation Crowdfunding: The Long Wait Is Over, But Is Equity Crowdfunding D.O.A.?

Three and a half years after the passage of the JOBS Act, the SEC on October 30, 2015 adopted final rules for Title III of that Act, more popularly known as equity crowdfunding and dubbed by the SEC as “Regulation...more

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