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FCA Annual Report: “Breaking down those barriers that have prevented firms coming into sectors, like banking, is an essential part of our role”

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has been tasked with a mission to change and adapt to present day financial market realities.  Charged with the very important role of investor protection, and market efficiency, the FCA also maintains a mission to encourage competition.  It is this… Read More

Malaysia is First ASEAN Country with Crowdfunding Laws

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Malaysia has been at the forefront of countries in Asia advocating on behalf of capital access and innovative finance.  Largely championed by the Securities Commission, Malaysia now becomes the first country in the Asean region to have a defined regulatory environment to facilitate investment crowdfunding…. Read More

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey Lists Crowdfunding Legislation as Significant Accomplishment

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The Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey, has taken an outsized approach to promoting, and improving, the state of Arizona.  He was quoted last month in the Capitol Times as saying; “What we’re not going to have are overly aggressive regulators who are going beyond the scope… Read More

SEC Issues Cease & Desist Order To “EB-5” Investment Companies For Acting As Unregistered Broker-Dealers: This Matters to the Crowdfunding Industry

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  Last week the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued  a Cease and Desist Order (the “Order” embedded below) against two related companies for acting as unregistered broker-dealers in connection with the sale of securities under the “EB-5” Investor Program (also sometimes referred to… Read More

European Parliament to EC: Capital Markets Union Must Help Fund SMEs

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“High-quality, easily comparable financial information on the companies seeking crowdfunding or peer-to-peer lending should be available across borders” state MEPs The European Parliament issued a statement last week regarding the hot topic of the Capital Markets Union (CMU) across the European Union. One of the… Read More

SEC Staff Provides Early Guidance on Use of Regulation A+

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  On June 23, 2015, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission provided some public guidance on certain issues arising under the new Regulation A+ Final Rules. In a new section of the SEC’s Compliance and Disclosure and Interpretations (C&DI’s),  a Q and A… Read More

Montana & Massachusetts Update “Fools Errand” SEC Lawsuit

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The states of Massachusetts and Montana have filed a joint preliminary statement of issues. Once again the two state securities regulators, William Galvin in Massachusetts and Monica Lindeen in Montana, are reiterating their criticism of the SEC and recently enacted rules for Regulation A+. The… Read More

German Crowdfunding Network & Others Warn on Proposed Capital Gains Tax Increase

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The German Crowdfunding Network joined a broad coalition of business advocates last month to plead with the German government to not raise taxes on capital gains. Typically politicians are always in search of revenue (new taxes) to spend on public projects and services. Some with merit,… Read More

Regulation A+ Day 1: A Look Past the Mainstream Media Headlines

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And Regulation A+’s Forgotten Crowdfunding Cousin Quietly Comes to Life in Congress Some History Lessons Though some may quibble over the details, June 19, 2015, was an historic day in U.S. regulatory history, at least as far as raising capital for small businesses is concerned… Read More

Indiegogo on Reg A+: “We are Encouraged by the SEC’s New Equity Crowdfunding Regulations”

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Indiegogo has been very forthright about it’s intent on entering into investment crowdfunding.  While the process may be similar to its rewards based platform today, investment crowdfunding is a highly regulated space where the SEC, and others, will always be on guard. Tomorrow, Title IV… Read More

Montana Denied: Regulation A+ Still A Go As SEC Denies Montana’s Request to Stay

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As you may know, Montana has filed a “Petition For Review” to challenge the final rules adopted by the SEC under Title IV of the JOBS Act (commonly referred to as Regulation A+). In connection with its suit, Monica J. Lindeen, Montana State Auditor and… Read More

SEC Advisory Committee Recommends Modernizing Rule 147 To Support Intrastate Crowdfunding

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The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies met in early June to discuss various topics concerning, of course, small businesses. One of the primary topics the Committee addressed was the growing enactment and use of state-based crowdfunding (i.e. “Intrastate… Read More

UK Tax Authority HM Revenue and Customs Opens Up ISAs To P2P Investment Trusts

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HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the UK tax authority, will allow savers to hold peer-to-peer lending investment trusts in their Individual Savings Accounts (ISA), according to CityWire Money. The change will take effect July 1–in about two weeks. The move is part of the government’s alternative… Read More

House Committee Scheduled to Discuss Definition of An Accredited Investor

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The Subcommittee on Capital Markets an Government Sponsored Enterprises, part of the Committee on Financial Services, has scheduled a hearing to discuss two bills. The first is the Small Business Credit Availability Act which has been crafted to amend the Investment Committee Act of 1940… Read More

Update: More Details Regarding Crowdfunding Platforms Approved by Malaysia Securities Commission

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Yesterday, the Malaysian Securities Commission (MSC) has approved of six equity crowdfunding (ECF) platforms to start their operations by the end of the year. Today updates and further comments were shared by key innovators regarding the approval. “It is timely to further widen access through innovation in financial… Read More

OTC Markets Targets Reg A+ Issuers: Creates “On-Ramp” for Companies to Trade Shares

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OTC Markets has published proposed new rules and standards for companies seeking to use newly adopted “Regulation A+,” or Title IV of the JOBS Act.  The objective is to have companies using this new exemption  to list their securities on OTCQX Best or OTCQB Venture… Read More

Securities Commission Malaysia “Advances Greater Inclusivity” in Promoting Equity Crowdfunding

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Malaysia has been at the forefront of advocating on behalf of internet finance in Southeast Asia.  This week the Securities Commission Malaysia took another step in providing greater access to capital for innovative firms by announcing six approved equity crowdfunding platforms. Revealed during the Synergy and… Read More

Dear Congress: A Venture Exchange Must Be Inclusive of Alternative Trading Systems

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Several publicly traded companies have sent a letter to Representatives Scott  Garrett and Carolyn Maloney addressing the hot topic of venture exchanges.  The subject of venture exchanges has been making the rounds on Capital Hill, and at the SEC, as policy makers search for the best path to create liquidity… Read More