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This Presentation Shows How Huge the Reg D Private Placement Market is in the US

Public vs Private Capital Raising

The presentation below was created by SEC Senior Financial Economist Vladimir Ivanov and incorporates data on the private placement securities market through 2013.  While there are other available reports the research provided by Ivanov is probably the best.  Prior to his first review in 2012 no one really knew how significant private placements are to… Read More

NASAA Launches Electronic Filing Depository for Form D, Rule 506

NASAA Logo

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) has launched their online Electronic Filing Depository (EFD) directed towards the regulatory filing process for certain exempt securities offerings. Developed by NASAA, EFD is an online system that allows an issuer to submit a Form D for a Regulation D, Rule 506 offering to state securities regulators and pay… Read More

Dr. Rotem Shneor, Head of the Nordic Crowdfunding Alliance, Professor at University of Agder’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Aligns Innovators and Interrupters

Dr. Rotem Shneor, Head of the Nordic Crowdfunding Alliance

The University of Cambridge teamed up with EY, the global professional services organization, and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey with the support of major European industry associations in November. As readers may know, this is the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of alternative finance in Europe.  This benchmarking survey, which opened on 25… Read More

SEC Submits Changes to Exchange Act Registration Requirements Moving Forward on Title V & Title VI of JOBS Act

SEC Securities and Exchange Commission Green

As part of the JOBS Act, the SEC has proposed amendments that addresses Title V and Title VI of the Act.  The revised rules relate to the thresholds for registration, termination of registration, and suspension of reporting under Section 12(g) of the Exchange Act. The SEC will seek public comment on the proposed rule amendments for 60… Read More

European Crowdfunding Network Reviews Global Crowdfunding Regulations

Oliver Gajda ECN Paris

The European Crowdfunding Network (ECN), an advocacy group based in Brussels, has published their annual report reviewing crowdfunding regulations in Europe, the United States, Israel and Canada. “Since we have started our work in 2012 and especially since our first edition of this paper in 2013, the discussion around crowdfunding has resulted in detailed regulatory… Read More

ESMA: Investment Crowdfunding Needs EU Wide Approach

Europe Crowdfunding Regulations

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an Opinion along with an Advice on investment crowdfunding. The ESMA is an independent EU authority that works closely with other EU supervisory authorities such as the EBA, EIOPA and the ERSB.  The organizations mission is to enhance investor protection and promote a well functioning financial market… Read More

Commissioner Gallagher: “I still do not believe that we need to be spending our time ‘protecting’ millionaires”

Daniel Gallagher at SEC Small Business Advisory Committee

Earlier today at the offices of the SEC the Advisory Committee on Small & Emerging Companies held their first meeting in quite some time.  The appointed pro-bono group is convened at the invitation of SEC Chair Mary Jo White. This diverse gathering of professionals is tasked to advise the Commission on the very important issues… Read More

UK Thought Leader Sam Ridler, Executive Director of Peer-to-Peer Finance Association, Delivers Answers, Challenges & Inspires

Sam Ridler P2PFA Quote

In late November  The University of Cambridge teamed up with EY, the global professional services organization, and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey with the support of major European industry associations. As readers may know, this is the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of alternative finance in Europe.  This benchmarking survey, which opened on… Read More

2015: The Ascendency of Small Business & the Middle Class in Washington, DC

Reason to Be Hopeful 2015 Washington DC

As 2014 comes to a close, this is the time of year when all good journalists look back at the year’s events, and then look forward – typically with a list of bold predictions for the year ahead.  For those of you focused on small business capital formation in our Nation’s Capital, the former task… Read More

Engine: Dear SEC, Finalize JOBS Act Rules Now

JOBS Act US Capital Christmas

Today, Engine sent a letter signed by more than 200 entrepreneurs, investors, and members of the startup community to the Securities Commission to tell the agency it’s time it fulfills its statutory obligation and finalize rules to make the JOBS Act a reality. You can find the full text of the letter below and read… Read More

Financement Participatif France Submits Proposed Changes for Crowdfunding Rules

Arc de Triomphe by Benjamin Stäudinger Paris France

Regulations guiding crowdfunding have barely been in force in France but the representative group Financement Participatif France (FPF) has already submitted proposed changes to the French government in their push to improve the environment for crowdfunding for the country.  Final rules were released just this past October.  While broadly lauded for the speed of implementation… Read More

German Crowdfunding Network Thought Leader & IKOSOM Founder Karsten Wenzlaff: Interview Highlights German Crowdfunding Markets

Karsten Wenzlaff Germany Featured Quote

In recent weeks  The University of Cambridge has teamed up with EY, the global professional services organization, and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey with the support of major European industry associations. This is the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of alternative finance in Europe.  This benchmarking survey, which opened on 25 November and closes… Read More

SEC Advisory Committee on Small & Emerging Companies to Tackle Accredited Investor Definition

SEC Headquarters in DC

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released the agenda for the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies that is set to meet on December 17th.  This committee has been dormant for quite some time and recently SEC Chair Mary Jo White re-animated the group recognizing the benefit it may play in the ongoing… Read More

Crowdfunding Author Marianne IIZUKA Examines French Crowdfunding Industry: ANACOFI and AFIP Member Shares Expertise

Marianne Ilzuka France Featured

In November The University of Cambridge teamed up with EY, the global professional services organization, and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey with the support of major European industry associations. This is the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of alternative finance in Europe.  This benchmarking survey, which opened on 25 November and closes on 20 December, aims… Read More

Alphaworks CEO Calls on SEC to Act & Finalize Title III Crowdfunding Rules

Erin Glenn

Alphaworks is part of the Betaworks family that is building really cool companies. Betaworks is a New York based entrepreneur factory that  claims Ken Lerer as Chairman and John Borthwick as Founder and CEO.  Lerner was one of the founders of HuffPo and lists a few other big names on his CV like Buzzfeed. Borthwick… Read More

Consensus Forming in Washington, DC on Accredited Investor Definition

Approved Accredited Investor Stamp

  Momentum is building towards a consensus on the highly controversial updates to the accredited investor definition (currently a person who has over $200,000 in income (or $300,000 jointly with spouse) or over $1M in net worth, excluding personal residence). Initially, there was some suggestion that these thresholds should be increased to adjust for inflation… Read More

Groundfloor Shocker as it Backs NASAA Process on State Blue Sky Review

The Battle of Blue Sky Review

  Groundfloor, a real estate investment crowdfunding platform based in Atlanta that offers “micro-loans”, posted a comment letter on the SEC site in mid November sharing their opinion on the hot topic of State Blue Sky Pre-emption:  something viewed by many as a compelling aspect of Title IV of the JOBS Act.  The industry has… Read More

European Banking Authority’s Response to EC Consultation Paper on Crowdfunding

EBA European Banking Authority

This one falls under the category of recently discovered. The European Banking Authority (EBA) published a response to the European Commission’s consultation paper on crowdfunding way back in December of 2013.  Now we probably would not even publish this because people change as do opinions, but this document was presented at the European Crowdfunding Stakeholders… Read More

UK Financial Conduct Authority: “To Regulate Effectively We Must Evolve Too”

Martin Wheatley

FCA Announces New Strategic Approach & Sharper Focus on Regulatory Challenges. The FCA intends on confronting regulatory challenges by reviewing their process and approach. Following this internal review the financial regulators have revealed their new strategy in tackling the fast changing realm of securities and markets. Representatives of the FCA state that the number of… Read More

SEC List Pushes Date Back for JOBS Act Rules on OMB Site

Washington Monument DC

The Securities and Exchange Commission agency rule list for the Fall of 2014 has recently been updated on the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs web site.  The OIRA is part of the Office of Management and Budget. Remaining rules of the JOBS Act have seen their final rule making dates pushed back to October… Read More