Politics

Sorry for the Delay: FCA Apologizes for Extensive Wait Times for Authorizations

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has finally “fessed up” and publicly admitted to what everyone already knew. They are backed up and behind in processing authorizations for firms seeking their stamp of approval.  Of course, this includes alternative finance platforms and P2P lenders seeking approval… Read More

Gillian Roche-Saunders Shares Insight into UK FCA Crowdfunding Regulatory Review

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Gillian Roche-Saunders, is a partner at the law firm of Bates, Wells & Braithwaite in London.  She is a leading regulatory consultant in the Fintech sector having been engaged in alternative finance for the past five years – before the FCA jumped in to officially… Read More

Brexit Fallout? Report Says VC Activity Declined to Lowest Level in Years

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What we do know about the Brexit is that uncertainty equals risk. And additional risk compels investors to become more cautious in their actions. With so many unknowns regarding the ramifications of the Brexit decision, it is going to take some time to sort things… Read More

UK Fintech Bridge Launched with Korea as FCA & FSC Sign Cooperation Agreement

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Just because small events like Brexit crop up does not mean the UK is going to slow down its drive for Fintech relevance and dominance. This week the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Korean Financial Services Commission (FSC) signed a “regulatory cooperation agreement”. This new… Read More

Renaissance Australia: 10 Australian Startups, Including Fintech & Cybersecurity, Join Tel-Aviv Accelerator Program

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Earlier this week, StartUpIsrael reported that 10 Australian startups from Fintech and cyber security are joining a Tel-Aviv accelerator program. Dave Sharma, Australia’s ambassador in Tel Aviv, told StartUpIsrael; “Australia is seeking to become a more innovative and entrepreneurial economy. We have been blessed with natural resources,… Read More

Incoming FCA Chief Executive Sets Course in Speech at Annual Meeting

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The new Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Chief Executive Andrew Bailey, delivered a wide-ranging speech outlining his vision for the regulatory agency at the Annual Public Meeting yesterday (July 21).  Bailey replaced outgoing executive Tracey McDermott who announced her decision to not seek reappointment this past… Read More

Mary Jo White: SEC Staff Continues to Closely Monitor Reg CF, Reg A+

Mary Jo White at ACSEC

Two important elements of the JOBS Act are Title III and Title IV.  These two portions of the act created Reg CF, retail crowdfunding, and Reg A+, a scaled disclosure exemption for companies to raise up to $50 million.  In the opening remarks of the… Read More

OTC Markets Presents on Reg A+ at SEC ACSEC Meeting (Deck)

Elio Trading on OTCQX

Daniel Zinn, General Counsel of OTC Markets, visited the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (ACSEC) today. He followed a presentation by Paul Elio of Elio Motors to continue a theme on Reg A+, providing liquidity and the future of venture markets. The… Read More

Here is the Draft ACSEC Letter to the SEC on Definition of Accredited Investor

ACSEC Sarah Hanks and Stephen Graham

Below is the draft letter from the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (ACSEC) regarding the definition of an Accredited Investor. The Committee is working on the details now with one of the suggestions being a test of sophistication that allows a work-around from… Read More

A Case of Regulatory Evolution: A Review of the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s Approach to Crowdfunding

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  Across Europe, crowdfunding is quickly moving from a fringe funding instrument to becoming a mainstream – finance channel, connecting “crowds” to fund businesses, projects and individuals. In its recently published Report on Crowdfunding in the EU Capital Markets Union, the European Commission details the… Read More

NASAA Criticizes National Securities Exchange Regulatory Parity Act as Undermining State Authority

Judith Shaw at SEC IAC

The North American Securities Administrator Association (NASAA), the lobbying group for state securities regulators, published a comment last week regarding the passage of the National Securities Exchange Regulatory Parity Act (HR 5421).  NASAA appears ready to battle the legislation, which passed on a voice vote… Read More

SEC ACSEC Meeting to Review Reg A+, Elio Motors Experience

Paul Elio

The SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (ACSEC) has published its agenda for its meeting next week and it should be a more interesting gathering. As part of the ACSEC program, the SEC Division of Corporate Finance will deliver an update on the… Read More

FCA Prioritises Fintech Innovation & Consumer Protection in Crowdfunding Review

FCA Regulatory Review UK

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will look to ensure that consumers are sufficiently protected against the risks inherent in crowdfunding while supporting innovation in the growing market in a forthcoming review of its regulation of the industry. Crowdfunding rules were introduced by the FCA in… Read More

Congressional Committee Reviews Marketplace Lending

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  Do Online Lenders Benefit from Regulatory Arbitrage? Yesterday (July 12), the subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit (part of the House Financial Services Committee) hosted an educational hearing on Fintech and Marketplace Lending. The meeting saw the participation of several industry executives including… Read More

National Securities Exchange Regulatory Parity Act Passes House on Voice Vote

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The National Securities Exchange Regulatory Parity Act (HR 5421) passed the House of Representatives yesterday on a voice vote. It previously was approved by the House Financial Services Committee on a vote of 47-12 last month. The bill will alter how the SEC regulates exchanges. The… Read More

Fact Sheet: SEC Proposes Rules to Simplify Disclosure Requirements

SEC Securities and Exchange Commission

The Securities and Exchange Commission proposed rules today to streamline and simplify certain disclosure requirements to “eliminate redundant, overlapping, outdated, or superseded provisions.” SEC Chair Mary Jo White commented on the proposal; “The proposed amendments address outdated and redundant disclosure requirements while continuing to require… Read More