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In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - September, 2017 #2

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: How Pro Rata Works in Venture Capital Deals - VC’s suffer from FOMO just like the rest of us. ...more

Equity For The Crowd

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

On May 16, 2016 the long awaited Crowdfunding rules became final. In some 680 pages of regulations, not to mention the length of the text of the enabling law, Congress and securities regulators have sought to balance the...more

3D Printing: Where’s the Money Coming From?

by Benesch on

Based on research we deployed, here is a general report. Like any industry, 3D printing took a while to find solid footing, but in recent years it has gained notable attention. Since 2011, 3D printing companies raised...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

by Bryan Cave on

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?

by WilmerHale on

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

A Snapshot of New SEC Crowdfunding Rules

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

At the end of October 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission finally passed new federal crowdfunding rules. Crowdfunders will have to wait until April 2016, when the new rules "go live," to raise funds. Here are four...more

The SEC's Final Crowdfunding Rules: Still May Not Be a Crowd Pleaser

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) released the final rules under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (“JOBS”) Act to permit companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding....more

Investing in the Next “Big Thing” Just Got Easier – SEC Promulgates New Crowdfunding Rules

On October 30, 2015, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) moved forward in implementing Title III of the JOBS Act and adopted new rules permitting companies to offer and sell securities to all...more

Crowdfunding: A Potential Cash Source for Business That Could Make a Well-Intentioned Company's Financial State Worse

by Stoel Rives LLP on

“Crowdfunding”: In broad terms, it’s a decade-old means to an end for those with bright ideas and dim financials who hope to bring an inspired cause to market. As established as the practice is, with the more recent explosion...more

What is a Public Benefit Corporation Anyway?

Kickstarter, the well-known crowdfunding website, recently made news by announcing that it has become a Delaware “public benefit corporation” under that state’s new (2013) PBC statute. For example, a New York Times headline...more

Crowdfunding 101: The Four Types You Need To Know

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

This post was originally written by Dylan Rochon, 2015 Foley & Lardner LLP Startup Connector. The term “crowdfunding” is closely associated with websites such as Kickstarter.com and GoFundMe.com. These sites provide a...more

On-Line Fundraising, Some Tax Implications

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Many have participated in, or know someone who has launched, a “Kickstarter” campaign or other online means of securing funds for a project. Others may have encountered a request for contributions to a “fund” for some tragic...more

What is Crowdfunding Anyway?

Rarely has a capital markets concept been more ambiguous, and potentially more confusing, than crowdfunding. It seems that everyone has his or her own definition, which sometimes varies depending on the circumstances. ...more

FTC Takes Its First Action Against Crowdfunding Site

by Wilson Elser on

As the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) targets more FinTech (new and emerging financial technology) under the banner of protecting consumers from deceptive trade practices, the Commission finally turned its attention to the...more

SEC Regulations on Investment Securities Crowdfunding

by Blank Rome LLP on

Crowdfunding has created a revolution in the raising of funds for startup companies and for other projects, including both for-profit and not-for-profit projects. Crowdfunding is a process by which a company or project can...more

FTC Eyes Kickstarter Campaigns for Consumer Protection

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Most Kickstarter projects never reach the funding threshold, so funders never pay anything into the venture. However, as shown by recent enforcement action, agencies such as the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) have become...more

The Florida Crowdfunding Act - An Attempt to Facilitate Capital Raising by Small Businesses in Florida

by Akerman LLP on

"Crowdfunding" is the collection of small amounts of money from a large number of people to fund innovative projects, artistic endeavors, and non-profit political and charitable causes through the Internet. Over the past...more

Advertising Law - June 2015 #4

In Case You Missed It: FCC Adopts Significant Changes to TCPA Rules - Last week, in TCPA Connect, our newsletter devoted to cases and developments surrounding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, we reported on the...more

Crowdfunding and IP in Health and Biotech Start-ups (Part 2): The JOBS Act

Crowd Funding ImageThis is the second in a 3-part series about the use of crowdfunding in health and biotech start-ups. We started with the story of a tech start-up which set records for funding through a Kickstarter...more

Crowdfunding and IP in Health and Biotech Start-ups (Part 1): The Beginning

Crowd Funding ImageThis is the first in a 3-part series about the use of crowdfunding in health and biotech start-ups. We start with the story of a tech start-up which set records for funding through a Kickstarter campaign,...more

FTC Announces First Action Involving Crowdfunding

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last week, the FTC announced its first legal action involving crowdfunding. For those of you who don’t know, crowdfunding is the practice of raising money for a project by seeking contributions from a large number of people,...more

Crowdfunding Isn’t Charity

“How do I get backers for my project?” - You see this question asked frequently on social media sites. The projects are sometimes serious, but have often advanced little more than a dream. The person seeking funds may...more

Misuse of Funds Dooms Crowdfunding Board Game Project

by Balough Law Offices, LLC on

For those participating in the crowdfunding for The Doom That Came to Atlantic City, their investment was doomed by the promoter who used the funds for himself. In its first crowdfunding case, the Federal Trade Commission...more

Equity Crowdfunding - A new way to raise money.

by Winstead PC on

So you have a great idea for a new business but don’t have the money to get it off the ground. Equity crowdfunding is now a popular way to draw attention (and potential funders) to startups. But is it the right choice for...more

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