Tagged: regulation

Focused on Change: European Fintech Alliance Kicks Off at Deutsche Bourse


The European Fintech Alliance, established in Berlin early this summer, seeks to represent the interests of startups in the political arena and to build bridges between policymakers and regulators at European level.  The platform touts a non-national, but EU-wide approach, for FinTechs only. Initiated by political… Read More

How to Fix the Fix Crowdfunding Act


Let me begin by saying god bless Congressman Patrick McHenry. He is out there on the front lines actually trying to make a difference and help entrepreneurs and small businesses get off the ground and succeed. Of course, no good deed goes unpunished, and a… Read More

NASAA & Congress Agree on Intrastate Crowdfunding Rule Update


Last week, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) issued a statement in support of updating Rule 147 and Rule 504 of Reg D – rules that impact intrastate crowdfunding.  The statement by NASAA supported a letter sent out by several members of the Congress… Read More

Federal Court Calls CFPB Structure Unconstitutional

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The Consumer and Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has been labeled “unconstitutional” by a federal appeals court.  The ruling addressed specifically the agency’s structure and the amount of control exercised by its director – currently Richard Cordray.  The ruling allows for the CFPB to continue to… Read More

Brian Korn Says CFPB on the Offensive with CashCall Action & More

Brian Korn LendTech Angels LendLab

Brian Korn, a prominent attorney in the alternative finance sector, says the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is on the offensive. Korn pointed to recent settlements with LendUp and CashCall as indicative of its aggressive approach towards financial service enforcement. At the end of 2013,… Read More

Recent Developments in Equity-Crowdfunding and its Regulation in Taiwan

Taiwan Lantern Festival

As of July 2016, there are three equity-crowdfunding platforms in Taiwan, including Startup Shares, eFUN, and Crowdfund Masterlink. According to equity crowdfunding regulations in Taiwan, it is necessary to apply for a securities broker license. However, if the securities broker operates only an equity crowdfunding… Read More

Here is the FCA Competition Report

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a Competition Report, alongside their annual report this year. Incorporated in HM Treasury’s 2015 Productivity Statement, the FCA was asked to produce a standalone annual competition report to show how well they are delivering on their competition objective…. Read More

Global Crowdfunding & Local Regulation: From Light Touch to Prescriptive Bespoke Rules

The Evolving Universe of Crowdfunding Regulations

Crowdfunding is flourishing all around the world, exhibiting double or even triple digit growth rates in many markets, from the US to the UK to China. Governments have seen this boom as both an opportunity and a challenge. From 2012 on, they started responding by… Read More

Dear Jack Lew: Please Do Not Dampen Marketplace Lending Innovation

Members of Congress Letter to Jack Lew Sketch

  This past Tuesday (May 3rd), twenty members of Congress joined to ask the Secretary of the Treasury, Jack Lew, to tread lightly when it came to the emerging marketplace lending industry. The timing of bi-partisan missive is important as Treasury has announced it will… Read More

Getting it Right: the UK Supports SME Growth with EIS & SEIS Tax Programs

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Starting and creating a new business is a highly risky endeavor.  Yet these same small businesses are the ones that create the most jobs and drive economic growth. In brief, SMEs are imperative for society as a whole. The UK has supported an innovation-based economy… Read More

The Fix Crowdfunding Act is Mostly About Investor Protection

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  Last week the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets, part of the powerful House Financial Services Committee, debated several important bills that may boost access to capital for SMEs.  One of the bills, the Fix Crowdfunding Act (HR 4855), has the profound potential to turn… Read More

Crowdfunding is Crowdfunding to a Crowd: But Any Other Name Would Work As Well

The Crowd Benjamin Money Stadium

Exploring the dynamics of equity crowdfunding and provoking thought about what crowdfunding means to you.  Crowdfunding has always existed, and will continue to exist, as long as there are people and scarcity of resources. People have pooled and transferred resources for the benefit of another,… Read More

Three US Senators Ask the GAO to Research Fintech & Peer to Peer Lending

US Sentors Merkley Brown Shaheen

In a letter addressed to the General Accounting Office (GAO), signed by Democratic Senators Jeff Merkley, Sherrod Brown, and Jeanne Shaheen, a request was made to research and make recommendations regarding Fintech and Peer to Peer / Marketplace Lending. The letter, dated April 18, 2016,… Read More

IOSCO Lists Crowdfunding, Cryptocurrencies on List of Investor Risks

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The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has included crowdfunding, bitcoin / cryptocurrencies in their March report as part of their long list of investor risks and concerns regarding financial stability. IOSCO is the international body that brings together securities regulators from around the world…. Read More

Finland Updates Investment Crowdfunding Rules, The Act Will “Improve New Financing Options, Particularly in Bottleneck Situations Affecting the Growth of SMEs”

Minister of Finance Alexander Stubb

The government of Finland has submitted its proposal to update the regulatory environment for raising capital online. According to a recent release by the Ministry of Finance, the new Act will ease the regulation of investment-based crowdfunding and clarify the rules for loan-based crowdfunding. The “Crowdfunding… Read More

Entrepreneurs Beware: The EB-5 & JOBS Act Industries Are Under the SEC Enforcement Microscope  

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The recent economic downturn is not the only challenge for entrepreneurs in the EB-5 and JOBS Act industries.  Rather, the challenges include close regulatory scrutiny by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Enforcement.  While both EB-5 and the JOBS Act were… Read More

The Regulatory Risk for Marketplace Lending is Rising

Base Jumping by Chris McNaught

  As marketplace lending grows and matures it is natural, even expected, for policy makers and regulators to stand up and take notice. While in the overall world of finance direct online lenders are still relatively small, more and more frequently amounts are measured in… Read More