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European Parliament Agrees to EC Proposal on Online Payments

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The European Parliament has adopted the proposal by the European Commission regarding a revised directive on payment services – also called PSD2. The law was originally proposed in July of 2013.  The legislation is designed to protect consumers when they make payments online and via… Read More

CMU is a Good Thing Says PwC, But it Needs Some Help as Market Based Finance is Underdeveloped in Europe

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PwC has recently published an interesting report on the European Capital Markets Union (CMU).   The European Commission has an objective to diversify and improve access to capital.  Knocking down barriers and streamlining processes to accomplish this goal should be good for the entire EU… Read More

Access Granted: Ireland’s Small Businesses Soon To Access Low-Interest, Asset-Backed Loans, Funded By The State


  Asset-backed finance has been chosen as the next round of lending for the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI), which was set up in 2014 to offer low-cost loans to lenders, according to a recent story in the Independent. The SBCI, led by Scotsman Nick… Read More

European Securities & Markets Authority Warns on Crowdfunding & Money Laundering / Terrorist Financing

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The European Securities & Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a Q&A addressing the potential for nefarious characters to abuse investment crowdfunding to launder cash or provide financing to terrorist organizations.  This is a subject the traditional banking sector knows rather well as they are subjected… 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

EU Conducts Survey on Perceptions of Investment Crowdfunding

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The Financial Services Users Group (FSUG) has launched a survey to measure perspectives on crowdfunding across the European Union. The FSUG is a “consultative group” for the Commission and is targeting investor opinion regarding both debt and equity crowdfunding platforms. The notice of the survey… Read More

Taxing Crowdfunds: Canary Wharf Hack Moot In The Face of Brussels Butchery of EU VAT Laws

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EU Poised to Tax Crowdfunding Campaigns Potentially Killing Off Source of SME Funding Will Crowdfunders from the US and across the world be caught in the crossfire as the EU quietly prepares to declare war on the Internet’s behemoths? The European Union is considering the… Read More

Report: European Crowdfunding Stakeholders Forum Meets

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The European Crowdfunding Stakeholders Forum, created in 2014 comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders in the emergent crowdfunding sector, met last month in Brussels. Unfortunately for those unable to attend these gatherings are not live-streamed (something we compliment the US SEC on doing). There… Read More

Invesdor is First European Crowdfunding Platform to Receive EU MiFID License

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Invesdor intends to become the largest cross-border investment crowdfunding platform in Europe. Invesdor, an investment crowdfunding platform based in Helsinki, has claimed the first EU license MiFID licence by financial authorities, to expand debt and equity crowdfunding services across all 31 EU and EEA countries. This level of operational… Read More

Report Followup: InvestUP’s James Tuckett Shares his Perspective on Massolution’s Crowdfunding Publication

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In a release, InvestUp MD and Co-Founder James Tuckett opined on Massolution’s Crowdfunding Report.  An excerpt follows: It’s not often that we get to write about the only global report on crowdfunding worth talking about. And this one’s doubly special, as we’ve waited for over two… Read More

Crowdfunding Guide: European Commission Explains Crowdfunding for SMEs

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The European Commission has been pushing forward with a diverse array of initiatives to improve economic growth and foster an innovation economy. This is not an easy task but improving the environment for SME’s is clearly the path forward. Last year the Commission issued a… Read More

European Banking Authority Opinion on Debt Based Crowdfunding

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The European Banking Authority (EBA) has been engaged with internet finance for some time recognizing the importance of crowdfunding to their industry. The EBA is an independent EU authority that strives to ensure effective regulation across Europe – a bit of a tall task.  Across… Read More

Europe Wants a Capital Markets Union. Crowdfunding Can Be A Catalyst.

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The European Union published a “green paper” on Building a Capital Markets Union for the broader European community.  The ambitious goals are laudable but the challenge is high. While in the United States, and other countries around the globe, SME’s are the engine of growth…. Read More

Oliver Gajda, Co-Founder & Executive Board Chairman of the European Crowdfunding Network, Creates Transparency and Accountability in EU Crowdfunding Market

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As many Crowdfund Insiders know, when The University of Cambridge teamed up with EY and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey, the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of alternative finance in Europe was initiated. This benchmarking survey, which closed on 6 January 2015,  seeks to capture the size,… Read More

Abundance Co-Founder & UKCFA Director Bruce Davis Spotlights Democratic Finance, ISAs & Crowdfunding in the UK

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The European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey deadline has been extended until 6 January 2015. 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… Read More

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

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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… Read More

European Crowdfunding Network Reviews Global Crowdfunding Regulations

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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… Read More

ESMA: Investment Crowdfunding Needs EU Wide Approach

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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… Read More